Bree Van Reyk
Thomas E.S. Kelly
Alyx Dennison was a founding member of experimental pop duo kyü which made waves in its short lifespan, winning various awards such as the Qantas Spirit Of Youth Awards. They toured extensively and played at Mona Foma, Meredith Music and Sydney festivals. Since the exodus of kyü, she has had the opportunity to collaborate with many artists including High Places (USA), Lamb (UK), Jonathan Boulet, The Bedroom Philosopher, and was a member of Sydneys Australian Music Prize nominated band Richard In Your Mind. She spent some time overseas learning Indian classical voice before returning to Australia to release her first solo single “LAX”, from her forthcoming LP.
Bob Scott is an experienced and versatile Sound Designer, Recording and Mix Engineer. He has an extensive resume in modern music production and acoustic music recording, editing and mixing.
Bob has acted as audio director for the Anzac Day Ceremonies in Gallipoli, Turkey, Canberra International Music Festival, Four Winds Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and numerous large-scale outdoor events, including Nigel Kennedy and WASO, SSO in the Park and acted as sound supervisor in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. Freelance recording credits include Australian Chamber Orchestra for the BBC series Classical Destinations, and numerous Chamber Music CDs.
He has worked as a recording and mix engineer for various artists including Nigel Kennedy, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, WASO, Song Company, Ensemble Offspring, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Salut Baroque, Marshall McGuire, Genevieve Lacey, Brett Dean, Terry Riley, Synergy Percussion and Nigel Westlake. In the non-classical world, Bob mixes for Jackie Orszaczky, Paul Kelly, Inga Liljestrøm, Deborah Conway, Aronas, HiFi Mike, Abi Tucker to name a few. Sound design credits include Opera Australia’s Bliss, Shaun Parker’s Happy as Larry, Meryl Tankard’s Kaidan, Nederlands Dans Theater’s One Week in White and Ros Oades’s Stories of Love and Hate.
Bree van Reyk is a versatile percussionist, drummer, multi-instrumentalist and composer who has toured and recorded extensively throughout Australia and overseas for over a decade.
She is a core member of new music groups Synergy Percussion and Ensemble Offspring, while her drumming credits include stints with Paul Kelly, Holly Throsby, Sally Seltmann, Sarah Blasko, Seeker Lover Keeper, Lior and Katie Noonan.
Bree has composed and produced scores for Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Dance Company, Shaun Parker, and visual artist Lauren Brincat – with whom she most recently created an installation work for 50 tambourine players at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Damien loves lighting dance and his highlights include The Australian Ballet’s The Narrative Of Nothing, Swan Lake and Romeo And Juliet, Chunky Move’s Mortal Engine, Bangarra’s Of Earth And Sky and Australian Dance Theatre’s Birdbrain. Theatre includes Exit The King on Broadway; Miss Julie, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll and Keating! for Belvoir; and Storm Boy, The Lost Echo, The Women Of Troy, Tot Mom for STC. Opera credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream for Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company and The Lyric Opera Chicago; Cosi Fan Tutte for Opera Australia and HGO; and Peter Grimes for Opera Australia, HGO and COC. Damien has won three Sydney Theatre Awards and three Green Room Awards.
Growing up in the Sutherland Shire, Eden began her training at age 3 studying at Ettingshausens, Ev&Bow and Alvin Ailey.
She has been fortunate enough to work alongside well known Choreographers including; Sarah Boulter, Anton, Paul White, Adam Parsons, Sarah Jayne Howard, Thern Reynolds, Joshua Horner, Christina Chan and Kelley Abbey. Eden also assisted Sarah Boulter on SYTYCD 2009 & 2010, Michael Schwandt and Adam Parsons whilst in Australia, and Jo Bolden at the Phoenix International Dance Convention in New Zealand.
Performance credits include; The X Factor Grand Finale 2013, back up dancer for Kelly Rowland on SYTYCD, The Short & Sweet Dance Festival, and performing in a short film Choreographed by Victoria Chiu. In 2013 she also joined Austinmer Dance Theatre.
In September 2013 Eden was thrilled to work with Shaun Parker & Company in Spill.
Jason is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in clarinet performance, graduating with First Class Honours.
Jason is a core player with Ensemble Offspring, with whom he has toured to Europe, China, Hong Kong and all major Australian capitals and regional centres. He has also performed with Halcyon, Synergy Percussion, Theatre Kantanka, Sonic Art Ensemble, Gondwana Voices and Clocked Out Duo. He has also performed in the bands of Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby.
Recent projects include an October 2013 European tour with Ensemble Offspring, and with Synergy in the Steve Reich Festival at the Sydney Opera House where he performed alongside Steve Reich in Music for 18 Musicians. Jason travelled to Kabul, Afghanistan in January 2013 to perform and teach at the Afghan National Institute of Music. He also appeared at Sydney’s TedX at the Opera House performing Phillip Glass.
Jess is a composer, guitarist and vocalist who works across a broad range of styles and in many settings. She studied Jazz Performance at the ANU, and has performed with many nationally known artists including The catholics, and Jim Conway as well as releasing albums with her own groups including “The Bright Sparks”. Jess has worked collaboratively in Theatre and Dance and has recorded for television, she is also known as an educator, both as a lecturer at several universities and as a performer for Musica Viva. Jess was a recipient of the Jann Rutherford Memorial award in 2006 and a nominee for the Freedman Award in 2007.
Jessica is an experienced and versatile artist with a Bachelor of Music from Sydney University and a Diploma of Opera from the Victorian College of the Arts. She was a Young Artist with Opera Queensland and at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London) where she performed extensively as a principal artist and soloist for numerous operas, concerts and national tours. Jessica also performed with the highly acclaimed pop group CODA who have featured at The Sydney Opera House, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Adelaide International Arts Festival, the Bangkok International Festival of Music and Dance and the Vivid Festival of Light in Sydney (Brian Eno). Jessica has performed professionally as a jazz vocalist appearing at all the major jazz festivals and venues including Manly Jazz Festival, Thredbo Jazz Festival, The Basement and Notes in Newtown. Jessica has released a double CD with The Renaissance Players, two CDs with CODA (ARIA nominees), three CDs with Kinderjazz, three music videos and has done extensive session work for TV and radio.
Jessie Oshodi trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance, graduating from Adelaide College of the Arts in 2010 with a Bachelor of Dance Performance. Jessie collaborates and performs in projects across film, music, photography and dance. In 2011 Jessie worked for Dancenorth as a full-time company member, touring and performing extensively across Australia. Jessie has recently worked with Lucy Guerin (Live Film), Antony Hamilton (Black Project 2– Helpmann Award winner for Best Choreography, 2013), and Michael Kantor, Garry Stewart and Larissa McGowen (The Boy Castaways). Jessie has also worked with Daniel Jaber, Raewyn Hill and Cameron McMillan.
Josh Mu has worked with a wide variety of choreographers and directors, collaborating and performing both nationally and internationally. A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, his career has led him to perform dance as well as physical theatre for many independent dance projects, major contemporary dance companies and theatre companies. Such choreographers/companies include: STEPS, Perth Theatre Company, Aimee Smith, Buzz Dance Theatre Company, Tracks Dance Theatre Company, Katrina Lazaroff, Sue Peacock, Chrissie Parrott, Alice Lee Holland, Tim Darbyshire, Gavin Webber, Sydney Theatre Company, Antony Hamilton Projects, Jo Lloyd, Shaun Parker & Company, Garry Stewart, Kate Champion (Force Majeure), Gideon Orbarzanek, Stephanie Lake, Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move) and Meryl Tankard.
Mu has been an ArtsNT scholarship recipient and an AusdanceWA award winner for ‘Outstanding Performance’.
Julian Renlong Wong is a musician and dancer. He has studied classical western and Chinese music, playing Chinese flutes, cello and voice, and completed a Diploma of Music Performance at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. His physical background is in shaolin gongfu and baguazhan, circus fire twirling, contact improvisation and contemporary dance, which he studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He is currently studying to become a practitioner of Feldenkrais.
Marnie trained at the University of Western Sydney. Since 2004 she has worked for Branch Nebula, Shaun Parker & Company, Chunky Move, Antony Hamilton, Sydney Theatre Company, Nigel Jamison, Garry Stewart, Jason Pitt, Bernadette Walong, Dean Walsh and Liz Lea. Marnie has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, America, London, Russia and Korea. Marnie has choreographed for Tasdance, Sydney Festival First Night (2009), Pulse8 Dance Company, TV commercials for Big W and Oral B, ABC 2s Giggles and Hoot, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (2011), QL2 Centre for Youth Dance and Dance Makers Collective.
Melanie Palomares trained at the University of Western Sydney. Since graduating she’s worked with Independent choreographers Jason Pitt (Oi, Blueprint, What Remains), Bernadette Walong (Hidden Revealed), Liz Lea & Company (In Flight, 120 Birds, Bird Talk), Dance Makers Collective (Big Dance in Small Chunks), Deborah Pollard/Paschal Daantos Berrys (Within & Without), Dirty Feet Dance Collective, Kay Armstrong, Martin del Amo, Narelle Benjamin, and Fiona Malone for Pulse8 (You Move).
Since 2011, Melanie has worked with Shaun Parker & Company in Happy as Larry and toured Internationally to the UK and Reunion Island. She also acted as Rehearsal Director for Shaun Parker’s The Yard and toured with them regionally in 2012.
Nick Wales music is a hybrid between classical forms, electronic and popular music working in the realms of concert, contemporary dance, film, public events, contemporary art and theatre. Nick composed the soundtrack for feature film Around the Block due for release in 2014 starring Christina Ricci. In 2012 Nicks dance works Spill and Trolleys, created in partnership with choreographer Shaun Parker, were featured in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Nick collaborated with Sarah Blasko writing the orchestral arrangements for her recent album I Awake. The pair also collaborated with Rafael Bonachela and Sydney Dance Company for his 2013 production Emergence, whilst Nick composed original music for Bonachelas 2oneAnother.
Nick has collaborated with Shaun Parker on numerous works including Happy As Larry (with Bree van Reyk), The Yard and This Show is About People. Nicks other interests include collaborating with performance artist Justin Shoulder and contributing to the alternative cabaret performance events of the Sydney collective The Glitter Militia. He is a Founding Member and Co-Composer of CODA, a critically acclaimed musical group that incorporates classical styling with contemporary rock and electronica.
Born in Madras and raised in Paris, Shantala grew up in a world filled with dance and music, initiated by her mother, dancer Savitry Nair. Deeply moved and inspired by Master Vempati Chinna Satyams pure and graceful style, Shantala dedicated herself to Kuchipudi under his instruction. Shantala’s choreography and dancing in the Kuchipudi style continue to find inspiration through her artistic collaborations with some of the foremost artists of our time, including Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook, Pina Bausch and Ushio Amagatsu. Today, Shantala shares her time between touring, expanding her choreographic work, and collaborating with other artists in the exploration of dance, music and theatre.
Shaun Parker is an award-winning choreographer whose work has toured the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Asia, New Zealand and across Australia. A graduate of BA Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, his performing career has spanned seventeen years with leading companies such as Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre, Kate Champion’s Force Majeure, Sydney Theatre Company, Chunky Move, The Song Company, State Theatre Company (of SA), Compagnie ALIAS (Geneva), Meredith Monk (New York) and Sasha Waltz (Berlin).
Parker’s works include Happy As Larry, This Show Is About People, The Yard, Divine Harmonies, My Little Garden, Blue Love, VAMP, Love Instalment, Tenebrae III and the award winning short films The Love Trilogy and NO. Other work includes creative developments with Australian Theatre of the Deaf and the National Aboriginal & Islander College (NAISDA).
In 2012, Parker created two new outdoor works commissioned for London’s Cultural Olympiad: Spill for Dancexchange and the International Dance Festival of Birmingham and Trolleys for the Without Walls Consortium. Spill played 36 locations across the West Midlands and featured as a ten-part series on the BBC’s free-to-air digital channel THE SPACE and played as part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About in 2013. Trolleys won the Argus Angel award for Best Work at the Brighton Festival and Fringe 2012 and played Perth’s Awesome Festival in 2013.
In 2013, Parker received a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Presentation for Children and in 2012 won an Australian Dance Award for Most Outstanding Production in Youth or Community Dance for The Yard, a work about survival and cultural divide in the school yard, inspired by William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies and featuring 33 Western Sydney immigrant teenagers. Happy As Larry won 12 Children’s Jury Awards in Perth, a Bansky Award in New Zealand and This Show Is About People won an Australian Dance Award in 2008.
Sophia is a graduate of the Mcdonald College of Performing Arts (2006) and West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, (WAAPA, 2010). Her credits include: Premier State Youth Ballet Company (2005), JW Mariottʼs New Years Eve show (Mumbai, India 2005 & 2007), Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (2011) assistant choreographer to Marnie Palomares. Dirty Feet Dance Companyʼs choreographic Lab (2011), SUPERMODERN- Dance of Distraction (Anton), choreographer of Voiced (WAAPA, 2012), Un Ballo In Machera (Opera Australia), Moving Forward (curated by Tanya Voges, Museum of Contemporary Art), Dance Massive studio showings (Anya Mckee and Tanya Voges), Happy as Larry 2013 Australia tour (Shaun Parker & Company) and the Dance Makers Collective.
Toby is a graduate of VCASS (2010) and WAAPA (2012) completing an Advance Diploma in Dance. Toby trained with The Australian Ballet School, performing with the company in their Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet seasons (2003-04). At WAAPA, Toby performed for the Queen at the CHOGM 2011 (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) and toured Taiwan, taking part in the 2012 International Festival of Dance Academies. 2013 credits include: BUZZ DANCE THEATRE Look The Other Way (Cadi McCarthy), Shaun Parker & Company Happy As Larry 2013 Australian Tour, Shaun Parker & Co / BUZZ DANCE THEATRE Trolleys (Awesome Festival Perth) and Sugar Mountain Festival (Antony Hamilton).
Tunji & Ulli Beier were the founders of the Border Crossings Festival in Bayreuth, the home of Richard Wagner. Tunji was based in Berlin and toured throughout Europe with various ensembles from a Serbian & Croation 24 piece orchestra to a trio comprising of massive church organ, trombone & Tunji on percussion.
During Border Crossings the encounter with the musician, performer Linsey Pollak, blossomed into what is now a 16-year, 5 CD musical partnership. Together they have toured to Germany, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand (WOMAD), WA, N.T., Victoria and NSW.
Tunji has, throughout his career, collaborated with Billy Cobham, Karnataka College of Percussion, Adrian Sherriff (AAO), Karaikudi Mani, Ghatam Suresh. Ghatam Kartik, Charlie Mariano, Zakir Hussain, Hossam Ramsy, Satsuki Odamura, Gary Daly, Dr. Kim Cunio, Iain Ballamy, Terje Isungset (Iceman), Billy Cobham, Trillok Gurtu and Matthias Loibner.
Veronica has a BA in Performing Arts majoring in theatre from the University of Southern Queensland. She has worked extensively as an actor throughout Australia over the last 23 years. Awards include a Matilda Award and Inaugural John Harris Critics Award. Veronica then began to specialise in physical theatre and joined Legs on the Wall for 5 years. Veronica has collaborated extensively with Kate Champion and her company Force Majeure; Veronica was co-devisor, performer and writer on three major festival shows (Same Same But Different, Already Elsewhere, The Age I’m In). These shows also won several Australian theatre awards including the
Australian Dance award for Best Physical Theatre Production and two Helpmann Awards. Veronica has directed / devised and written shows for NIDA, A.T.Y.P. and the Queensland Theatre Company. As a dramaturge Veronica has worked with Shaun Parker &Company on This Show is About People and Happy As Larry. Veronica co- produced and wrote the ABC documentary Pieces Of Me and is the author of the book of the same title. Veronica has appeared in many films and television shows as an actor, most recently in the title role of feature film Girl Clock. She is currently the Artistic Director of Vulcana Women’s Circus.