Bree Van Reyk
Samuel Hauturu Beazley
Robert Alejandro Tinning
Adam is a designer, production designer and producer. His design work includes Die Winterreise for Malthouse, Happy As Larry for Shaun Parker & Company, Rembrandt’s Wife for Victoria Opera, A View of Concrete for Malthouse, Virgins for Bryant & Frank, and The Eistedfodd for Stuck Pigs Squealing. As a producer he has worked for Brisbane Powerhouse, White Night Melbourne, Blake Entertainment, and he is currently producer at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
After graduating from Newtown High School of Performing Arts he chose to further pursue his study of contemporary dance and went on to attend a fulltime course of contemporary and classic dance at Sydney’s Ev and Bow under the directorship of Sarah Boulter and Lisa Bowmer. Alex continued his studies in 2015 at New Zealand School of Dance, graduating with a Certificate in Dance Performance.
Alex has worked with renowned choreographers and dancers such as Lloyd Newson, Ross McCormack, James Vu Ahn Pham and Kimball Wong as part of his training and has been a part of such works as “Metamorphosis”, choreographed by Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich, “Wallow”, choreographed by Erica Sobol during this time
In 2017 Alex was hired by STRUT Dance as an independent artist to be a part of “One Flat Thing: Reproduced”, choreographed by William Forsythe and staged by STRUT during the Perth Fringe Festival. Alex was also contracted by Limitless Dance Company to perform “Se7en”, Choreographed by Mitchell Turnbell. Alex has most recently been working with Shaun Parker and Company to create and stage new work.
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.
Anna Tregloan’s work has been described as twisted, unique and beautiful. Her history includes both costume and scenography for contemporary dance, performance, physical theatre and drama as well as intervention and installation. Her particular focus is on revealing what makes live and three dimensional work especially poignant in a screen biased culture. Her work has toured to all Australian Capitals along with work showing in Seoul, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Paris, New York, Prague, London, Kyoto, Dublin and numerous other international stages. She has been awarded five Greenroom Awards and a Helpmann Award. In 2006 she was awarded the prestigious John Truscott Award for Excellence in Design for Theatre and in 2012 an Australia Council Theatre Board Fellowship.
Antek Marciniec is an athlete who practices slacklining, parkour and freerunning. He has performed globally including Branch Nebula’s Snake Sessions and Shaun Parker & Company’s SPILL across Sydney and New York, USA.
Ben is an award winning Lighting Designer who works both nationally and internationally. Ben’s Lighting Design Credits Include: Shaun Parker & Company: King; for Griffin Theatre Company: Replay, Diving For Pearls, 2016 Season Launch, 2018 Season Launch; For Ensemble Theatre: Tribes, The Big Dry, The Plant, Neville’s Island, Baby Doll; For Darlinghurst Theatre Company: Broken, Detroit, Mother Fucker With a Hat, Tinder Box; For NTOP: The Girl/ The Woman; For Apocalypse theatre: Metamorphoses, Angels In America part 1 and 2; For Mad March Hare: Eurydice. You Got Older, Bengal Tiger at Baghdad Zoo, Belleville, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Shivered; For Bakehouse Theatre Company: Dresden, Visiting Hours, The Laden Table, Jatinga, Straight; For Bontom: Chamber pot Opera (Sydney Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe Festival); For Squabbalogic: Herringbone, Grey Gardens The Musical, Mystery Musical, Man of La Mancha; For Spark Youth Theatre; Political Children; For Unhappen: Mr. Kolpert, Awkward Conversations with Animals I have Fucked, Cough, Animal/People; For Legs on the wall: Cat’s Cradle The Raft Development.
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.
Damian began dancing at 3 and was initially interested in Jazz, Hip-hop, Contemporary and Ballet. He performed as a child ensemble in Graeme Murphy’s adaption of Nutcracker (2009). In 2008 trained at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, discovering an aptitude for acrobatics, then worked as a dancer/acrobat in Baz Luhrmann’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2010). He then trained at National Institute of Circus Arts from 2012-2013. After high school, he taught dance, acrobatics, and circus and performed in large-scale music and arts festivals including Strawberry Fields Festival (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), Earthcore’s 20th Anniversary (2013), Falls Festival Marion Bay (2013/14), Falls Festival Lorne (2014/15), and Esoteric Festival (2016). In 2016, Damian trained full-time in contemporary dance at Transit Dance, worked with them and performed in ‘Yours Truly’ (2016). He was a professional cast member in Matthew Bourne’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ (2017) at Melbourne Art Centre’s State Theatre. In 2016, Damian created his project-based company ‘Movement DÉCOR’, which debuted its first work at Strawberry Fields 2016. His choreography and sound design formulated ‘Political DÉCOR’ for Melbourne Fringe Festival (2017).
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.
Harrison has performed with a range of leading artists including Gideon Orbazanek, Lucy Guerin, Tony Yap (Malaysia), La Fura Dels Baus (Spain), the Australian Ballet, Yumi Umuimare / Theatre Gumbo (Japan), and Antony Hamilton. Since the age of eight he has studied movement across many disciplines and forms, from Ballet to Martial Arts, Butoh to Parkour. Harrison Hall completed his formal education at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in Melbourne, before graduating from the Australian Ballet School. He was commissioned by Dancenorth to make his own work and premiered his first full length work at Melbourne Fringe Festival in late 2018.
Imanuel Dado is a Perth based artist trained as a B-boy in Darwin N.T. competed at interstate events and festivals. Also trained extensively in various Martial Arts styles, all this has influenced heavily in his physicality and technical dance and theatre practice.
Imanuel Started with TRACKS Dance Company from 2005 to 2008 at the age of 16.
Then graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2011 Imanuel has since worked with a multitude of Australian and International Choreographers and Directors in Dance, Puppetry and Theatre.
Having a best male dancer nomination for the Perth remount of William Forsythe’s “One Flat Thing Reproduced”.
Imogen began work in the creative arts industry as a contemporary musician, vocalist and composer. Prior to her studies at NIDA, Imogen completed a Diploma of Contemporary Music Performance at JMC and a Diploma of Film, Television and Radio at AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School).
Imogen’s interests are interdepartmental. Inspired by her Technical Theatre & Stage Management studies at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), she continues to pave a career as a technician and operator across the fields of audio, lighting and video. Imogen also holds a keen interest in stage management and production management. She is driven by the prospect of working at new and challenging venues.
Last year, Imogen launched herself into the chaotic world of festivals and touring. She has since worked with artists Grace Jones, Mark Vincent, Lorenzo Rositano, Robyn Archer, Rob Mills, SLUMBERJACK, Carmada, Cloud Control, Nyxen and talented industry professionals including Nigel Jamieson (Director, Sydney 2000 Olympics opening ceremony), Luke Cresswell (STOMP), Matt Chromatic (Defqon.1), Geoff Cobham (State Theatre Company), and Shaun Parker (TROLLEYS, AM I, Happy As Larry).
This year, Imogen will be graduating from NIDA with a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts. She is also thrilled to be the touring Stage Manager for Shaun Parker & Company’s remount of Happy As Larry through Austria and Germany and the touring Stage Manager on their debut tour of KING, which is travelling to the Middle East in April.
Ivo Dimchev is a choreographer, visual artist, singer-songwriter from Bulgaria. His work is an extreme and colourful mixture of performance art, dance, theatre, music, drawings and photography. Dimchev is the creator of more than 30 performances and has received numerous international awards for dance and theatre and has presented his work all over Europe, South and North America. From 2013 – 2017 Ivo Dimchev was an Artist in Residence in Kaaitheater / Brussels and in 2014 Ivo opened his new performance space MOZEI in Sofia Bulgaria, an independent space focused on contemporary art and music.
Jana Castillo is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance where she was selected to perform Paul Taylor’s Airs and Frances Rings’ X300 and was invited by Richard Taylor to work with Weta Workshop in designing movement. She participated in several body art performances and won the performers award in 2006 and 2007. In 2010 Jana toured with Nimby Opera’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen and was funded by Artstart and the Dorothy Daniels Dance Foundation to attend the Paul Taylor Summer Intensive in New York. Other credits include Tim Podesta’s Visceral with Projections Dance Company (at Tempo Dance Festival), Forseen, a double bill including Narelle Benjamin’s The Dark Room and Frances Rings’ Debris, and The Conch’s Masi (Sydney Festival 2013).
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.
Jo Stone graduated from Flinders Drama Centre and works in theatre, television and film. She formed Stone/Castro with Paulo Castro in Europe 2002.
Theatre credits include; ‘Welcome the Bright World’/ Sewell (Charles Sanders/ STCSA umbrella), ‘The Country’ /Martin Crimp (Stone/Castro) Adelaide Festival 16, ‘Infected’/ Stephen Sewell (Charles Sanders), ‘White Rabbit, Red Rabbit’ (Nassim Soleimanpour), ‘Blackout’ (Paulo Castro) Adelaide Festival 14, ‘Information for Foreigners’ (Benedict Andrews), ‘Danton’s Death’ (Paulo Castro), ‘Congratulations’ (Stone/Castro), ‘B-File’ (Paulo Castro) (nominated Best performer Green room awards 07), ‘Superheroes’ (Stone/Castro), ‘Pyjama Girl’ (LadyKillers) and ‘Please Continue ’by Duncan Graham (David Mealor), ‘MiWi 3027’ development (STCSA/ Country Arts SA) Julian Meyrick.
Directions include; ‘Dis-integration’ (DanceNorth), ‘Untitled’ (AC Arts), ‘Private Lives’ (Feast Festival 09), and ‘Superheroes’ (Stone/Castro),‘Fury’/ Joanna Murray Smith (AC Arts).
Dance theatre/ Opera performances include; ‘Foi’ (Sidi Larbi Cherokaui/ Co les Ballet C de la B, ‘Blue Love’ (co-directed/performed with Shaun Parker), ‘Big in Bombay’ and ‘Back to the Present’ (Constanza Macras), ‘Writing to Vermeer’ (Peter Greenaway), ‘Madam Butterfly’ (Moffatt Oxenbould /Matthew Barclay) State Opera SA.
Film credits include; “The Big Nothing’ (Sharptooth Pictures) (nominated Best Actress FirstGlance Film Festival Hollywood), ‘Grounded (Luke Wissell), Going for Gold (Glen Pictures) and ‘Double Happiness Uranium’ (Cole Larson).
TV credits; Children’s TV series “Music Shop” (Ch:9 Series 1, 2), ‘Changed Forever’, ‘Plonk’ Series 2, guest role on ABC mini series ‘Anzac Girls’ and ‘Pine Gap’.
Originally from Tasmania, Joel is a professional contemporary dance theatre artist.
Joel completed a Master of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2017 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at Queensland University of Technology in 2010. His Masters explored the process of creating and crafting contemporary dance theatre through his SITCOMS task based improvisation practice.
Joel received a JUMP mentorship in 2013, where he was mentored by Shaun Parker. This mentorship has been ongoing with Joel currently developing his skills in the roles of Project Coordinator, Tour Manager and Rehearsal Director for Shaun Parker & Company. Since joining the company in 2015, Joel has performed in KING, Happy as Larry, Trolleys, Hover, The Box, Axle & Spin, touring extensively across Australia and internationally to Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Austria and Germany.
Joel has performed or choreographed for Tasdance, Devize Co, Brand X, Lyric Opera, Phluxus2Dance Collective, QL2, Stompin and several independent artists. Joel was Artist in Residence at University of Tasmania in 2018 and undertook an Arts Tasmania Education Residency at Launceston College in 2019. He produced Summer Solo Series in Melbourne 2012-14, Tasmanian Solo Series in Launceston 2020 and The Dance Photography Exhibition in Brisbane 2010.
Josh Mu is an Australian-based independent contemporary dancer with over 15 years professional experience. His dance roots began in breakdance and hip hop culture, and expanded to include contemporary dance, ballet, circus, gymnastics, yoga and physical theatre.
Mu’s varied skill set has enabled him to work with a wide range of prominent companies and artists across Australia, including Chunky Move, Force Majeure, Dancenorth, Antony Hamilton Projects, Shaun Parker & Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Marrugeku, Tracks Dance Theatre, Buzz Dance Theatre, Jo Lloyd, Stephanie Lake, Gavin Webber, Garry Stewart, Lucy Guerin, Gideon Obarzanek and Meryl Tankard.
Mu is 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.
Lewis is a graduate of the Adelaide Centre for the Arts. Along with dance, Lewis performs with street theatre group Slack Taxi and has performed at WOMADelaide, the Tour Down Under, the Singapore Grand Prix and the Singapore Youth Olympics. Lewis has performed in Stone/Castro’s Superheroes (at the Adelaide Festival Centre and Arts House, Melbourne), Alison Currie’s dance installation 42a, Francis Rings’ Breathe (with Leigh Warren & Dancers at WOMADelaide), Breathe and Impulse (a double bill at Edinburgh Festival 2012), dance film The Boy Castaway’s (Director Michael Kantor, Choreographer Garry Stewart) and Larissa McGowan’s Skeleton (at Adelaide Festival, Dance Massive and the Dublin Dance Festival).
Libby Zyrel Montilla is a graduate of CAPTIVATE in Western Sydney, where Shaun Parker mentored him as a teenage street dancer. Libby then the joined Shaun Parker & Company in 2011, premiering in The Yard at Sydney’s Seymour Centre. From 2012-2015, Libby has toured regionally and internationally Parker’s works The Yard (which is now a 20 minute piece, touring schools from 2015 onwards) and Happy As Larry. In 2016 Libby co-led Parker’s TUT for Art and About City of Sydney and performed in Parramatta Lanes late 2017.
Lucia has a successful career in theatre, physical theatre, film, TV and as a voice artist with an extensive list of credits. Some of the major theatre companies and plays she has performed in, include Belvoir St’s Twelfth Night, The Book of Everything, Scorched, Macbeth, Vicious Angel, Under The Influence, Popular Mechanicals 1 & 2, Love And Magic In Mammas Kitchen. For Sydney Theatre Company Talk, Marriage Blanc and Romeo and Juliet, Griffin Theatre’s Ladies Day, Bell Shakespeare Company, the State Theatre Company of SA and Melbourne Theatre Company.
Lucia’s physical theatre credits include Legs on the Wall’s Under the Influence (EDINBURGH FESTIVAL, HAMMERSMITH LONDON, EUROPEAN TOUR) Magpie Theatre’s Verona, The Longest Night Urban Theatre Projects Adelaide Festival and NYID Running Show. (AURHAUS FESTIVAL, HAMBURG EXPO), BLUE LOVE
(STUTTGART DANCE FESTIVAL, NZ TOUR) Doppio Teatro- RICORDI (LEEDS FESTIVAL, LONDON HAMMERSMITH) Lucia was the Co-Director for the acclaimed Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe. (UK Tour)
Luiz is a NIDA graduate who has designed and co-designed productions across the world for festivals including Edinburgh, Wellington, Belfast, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne International Arts Festivals. Luiz’s lighting design credits include: Rabbit, The Removalists, Love-Lies-Bleeding, Saturn’s Return, Waiki Hip, The 7 Stages of Grieving, Romeo & Juliet (Sydney Theatre Company), The Call, Concussion, The Story of Miracles at Cookie’s Table, The Nightwatchman, The Kid (Griffin Theatre Company), Antigone, Ruben Guthrie (Company B), Hitler’s Daughter, Fox, Thursday’s Child, The Prospectors, Milli Jack and The Dancing Cat, I am Jack (Monkey Baa). In 2006 and 2007 the Sydney Theatre Critics Award nominated Luiz for “Best Lighting Design”.
Mark has worked with many leading Australian and international contemporary arts companies across performance, dance, music and visual arts practice and has toured work across 4 continents.
He has built major projects with Sydney Theatre Company, Marrugeku, erth Visual and Physical, Societas Raffaello Sanzio, Stalker Theatre, Animal Farm Collective, Legs on the Wall, Company B Belvoir and was the Production Manager for the original season of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical. He has also created unique festival performances with artists such as Wesley Enoch, Nigel Jamieson and Shaun Gladwell.
Aside from his production management, he is a director and educator exploring performance-based collaborations between non-traditional theatrical artists.
Marnie has performed extensively nationally and internationally. She has worked for Branch Nebula, Shaun Parker & Company, Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Force Majeure, Marrugeku, Antony Hamilton, Narelle Benjamin, Martin Del Amo, Kristina Chan, Sydney Theatre Company, Nigel Jamison, Garry Stewart, Jason Pitt, Bernadette Walong, Dean Walsh and Liz Lea. Marnie’s choreographic credits include works for Tasdance, Sydney Festival First Night (2009), Pulse8 Dance, QL2, Ev & Bow, Catapult Flipside Dance, Synergy Percussion, Tissue Girl in collaboration with High Tea with Mrs Woo designers and dance film Home for Blacktown Arts Centre’s Balik Bayan Philippine art project
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 released in 2014 starring Christina Ricci. In 2012 Nick’s dance works Spill and Trolleys were featured as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, both collaborations with choreographer Shaun Parker. Nick collaborated with Sarah Blasko writing the orchestral arrangements for her recent album I Awake, also collaborating with Sydney Dance Company. Nick has collaborated with Shaun Parker on numerous works including TUT, Am I, Happy As Larry (with Bree van Reyk), The Yard and This Show is About People.
Beginning to learn playing cello at age 4, Nils Hobiger was awarded his Trinity College London – Performer’s Certificate in Violoncello aged 14 in 2006, his Associate Diploma in Music Australia in 2007, and his Bachelor of Music in 2012. Nils has played with multiple orchestras, including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, and the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra (Principal). His passion for orchestral music is equally profound for chamber music and although classical music is his core, he also plays other genres, including traditional gypsy, Romanian and Kletzmer music.
Robert Tinning is an emerging Freelance artist from Byron Bay, New South Wales. Since expanding upon his cultural Latin heritage (Latin Dance) and beginning his foray into contemporary movement at WAAPA (2015 graduate), Robert has worked as a freelance artist on various independent projects, as a Company dancer for Tasdance and Shaun Parker & Company, and as a freelancer for several of the choreographic body, STRUT Dance’s, own commissioned projects.
Working with and experiencing the creative processes of Jukstapoz (Paul Blackman & Christine Gouzelis), Gabrielle Nankivell, Ohad Naharin (through STRUT Dance’s remount of Decadance and associated Batsheva Dance Company members), Kynan Hughes (STRUT Dance), Didier Theron, Shaun Parker, Cadi McCarthy (Co3), Liesel Zink and his own/collaborative works, has pushed Robert in the direction of exploring movement through the physical improvisations and spoken word, along with combination of other forms of media (technology and sound)
After completing his Bachelor of the Arts, in Dance at Wesley Institute, Sam has continued to pursue dance by performing in various performances such as Short and Sweet, participating in Shaun Parker’s TRIGGER residency and also competing in various competitions with his two hip-hop dance crews “The Pack” and “Common Phases”. Recently, being able to represent Australia in Las Vegas for the Hip Hop Internationals. By using his natural movements from hip hop, Sam would like to transfer his style to all aspects of his dancing.
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, dancer, actor and counter-tenor whose work has spanned film, television and live theatre productions. Born on a grape-growing property in Mildura, and a graduate of the VCA, his work has toured to 18 countries including Germany, Sweden, Austria, Luxembourg, France, Malaysia, USA, Lebanon, Palestine and the UK. His choreographic works include: KING, REMOTE, In The Zone, Am I, Happy As Larry, This Show is About People, The Yard, SPILL, TROLLEYS, Rika’s Story, My Little Garden, Blue Love, TUT, Love Installment, Tenebrae III and the award winning short films ‘The Love Trilogy’ and ‘NO’. Parker won an Australian Dance Award for both This Show is About People, and The Yard, for his work with underprivileged teenagers in Western Sydney, the Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography, a Green Room Award for AM I, the Argus Angel Award (UK), the Bearer of Hope Award (Germany), the Banksy Award (New Zealand), the NSW Premier’s Creative Achievement Award, and was nominated for three Helpmann Awards and the NSW Premier’s Export Awards. Parker’s anti-bullying dance program into schools, and his other interactive community events have been lauded for their connection with audiences to deliver strong social impact.
Sophia is a graduate of the McDonald College of Performing Arts and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), qualified with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, 2010. She joined Shaun Parker & Company in 2013 touring festivals nationally and throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East with productions Happy as Larry, TROLLEYS and AM I. Her credits also include productions by La Fura Dels Baus & Opera Australia, Ministry of Sound, Xerox, Force Majeure, Melanie Lane, Victoria Hunt, Britta Lieberknecht & Company, Martin Del Amo, and more.
Sophia is a founding member of the Dance Makers Collective, a group of independent dance artists in Sydney who (through the support of Arts NSW and Australia Council for the Arts) collaboratively choreograph and produce contemporary dance work. Her own choreographic works include: Found Lost (2011), Voiced (WAAPA 2012), Zeitgeist (Dance Makers Collective 2013) and TV commercials including Best & Less and Virgin Australia/The Australian Chamber Orchestra.
In 2017 Sophia joined electronic musician CLARK on the World Tour of his highly anticipated show, DEATH PEAK LIVE, choreographed by Melanie Lane. 2018 Sophia performed throughout Europe and Asia with large scale productions for AUDI, X Factor Germany, Fresh Music Live and DHL under the Artistic Direction of Nici Grandison. In 2019 Sophia’s live credits include Dj Bobo’s Kaleidoluna tour and Lena’s Only Love tour. She dances on Netflix series ‘Babylon Berlin’ season 3 and continues modeling for clients such as Adidas, Deichmann, Wizz Air, Zalando and C&A.
Thuba Ndibali grew up in the township of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. He was heavily influenced by the street corner dancers commonly known as Pansulas in Southern parts of Africa. With Pansula being his signature style, when Thuba arrived in Australia in 2008, he was exposed to other styles such as popping, ticking, bonebreaking which were quite identical to Pansula. In 2010, he was recruited into the Boys Hip Hop in the Schools Spectacular. He then began formal training in 2013 in styles such as Contemporary, Latin American, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop for three intensive years to earn a Bachelor degree in Dance (2016). Thuba has been mentored by Shaun Parker over several years, also appearing in TUT for Art & About Festival and Parramatta Lanes Festival as well as being a team leader in the company’s BIG DANCE workshops.
QUT trained, Timothy has been performing professionally for over 13 years. He has worked with Australian Dance Theatre, Force Majeure, KAGE, Shaun Parker & Co, Lucy Guerin Inc., Meryl Tankard, Legs on the Wall, Strings Attached, Stalker, Torque Show, Strut & Fret, Theatre of Image, The Song Company, Anton, Raw Metal, Opera Queensland, Opera Australia and Chunky Move, performing Stephanie Lake’s Mix Tape, for which he received a 2010 Green Room award. Timothy has choreographed a handful of short works performed in Expressions Dance Company’s ‘SOLO – Festival of Dance’ in Brisbane and ‘iOU Dance Solo Series’ (Spring Dance 2012) in Sydney.
Toby is a graduate of VCASS, the Australian Ballet School and WAAPA. At WAAPA, he performed for the Queen at the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) and toured to Taipei to take part in the 2012 International Festival of Dance Academies. Since graduating, Toby has worked with Antony Hamilton on the Sugar Mountain Festival 2013 and Buzz Dance Theatre on their production of Look The Other Way. Toby toured with Shaun Parker’s Happy As Larry to the Middle East and Europe and Trolleys to Malaysia. Following this, Toby graduated from NIDA as an actor, and has now returned to the dance industry with this new production King.
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 graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts majoring in Theatre. Since then she has worked extensively as an Actor for major theatre companies throughout Australia over the last 23 years. She has won a Matilda Award and the Inaugural John Harris Critics Award for her contribution to theatre. Veronica began to specialise in Physical theatre and joined Legs on the Wall physical theatre company as a full time company member for 5years. Over the last ten years Veronica has collaborated extensively with Kate Champion and her company Force Majeure. With 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) that toured the world. These shows also won several Australian theatre awards including the Australian Dance award for Best Physical Theatre Production and two Sir Robert Helpman Awards. Veronica has directed / devised and written shows for NIDA, The Australian Theatre for Young People and the Queensland Theatre Company. As a Dramaturge Veronica has worked with Shaun Parker and Company on his two major works (This Show is About People and Happy As Larry). “This Show is About People” was awarded the Australian Dance Awards’ Best Physical theatre Production. Veronica co-produced and wrote the ABC documentary ‘’Pieces Of Me’’ and is a published author with a book of the same title. Veronica has also appeared in many films and television shows as an actor, most recently in the title role of the feature film ‘’Girl Clock’’. She is currently the Artistic Director of Vulcana Women’s Circus.
Yilin graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Arts in 2011. She has worked with artists Sue Peacock, Rachel Ogle, Alice Lee Holland, Rhiannon Newton, Brooke Leeder and Sydney based collective Flatline. Since graduating Yilin has performed with Buzz Dance Theatre in Look the Other Way, OCHRE Contemporary Dance Company in Dreamtide, the opening of Sculptures by the Sea, Articulating Landscapes and DNA: Simply Human, Barking Gecko Theatre Company in Onefivezeroseven and with the West Australian Opera in their production of Madama Butterfly. She has also performed in Brooke Leeders’ The Mechnic and as understudy in Patrice Smiths’ Verge. Yilin was the winner of the 2013 Western Australian dance award for emerging artist.