The Training Ground – Collections

Erindale Theatre
Saturday 28 October 2023
One show only
Duration 1 hour 20 minutes

The Training Ground presents a selection of group, solo, duet and trio dance works, as well as a few student-devised works, showcasing the strength of the company’s dancers, their studio and their achievements in 2023. Hurry – tickets are very limited.

QL2 Dance: the Quantum Leap ensemble – Communicate

The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre
18–20 May 2023

This is a triple bill created by  choreographers Alice Lee Holland (Townsville), Kyall Shanks (Melbourne) and Lordfai Navinda Pachimsawat (Bangkok) working with Artistic Director Ruth Osborne, Assistant to the Artistic Director Stephen Gow and the Quantum Leap ensemble.

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Batchelor + Lea – a Dance Week double bill

Canberra Theatre Centre
Saturday 29 April 2023
James Batchelor: Shortcuts to Familiar Places at 3pm
Liz Lea: RED at 5pm

Shortcuts to Familiar Places is a personal exploration of memory and history inscribed on the body using film and live performance.

RED is a soul-baring story of one woman’s journey through illness and recovery, with an eye to the future.

Barbie spoke to Liz Lea and James Batchelor about their performances.

Australian Dance Party – Culture Cruises

Weekends until April 2023
10.30am to 3pm
Departing from and returning to National Museum Wharf, Lawson Crescent, Acton
Performers: Yolande Lowatta, Levente Szabo/Douglas Stone, Liam Budge, Stefanie Lekkas

Australian Dance Party is a Canberra based company with a particular interest in site-specific works. ADP aims to bring together dance and other arts, people and place.

Sara Black from the Australian Dance Party about its Culture Cruises
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New studios and production for The Training Ground

Erindale Theatre
28-29 July 2023

Training Ground directors Suzy Piani and Bonnie Neate have just opened their new studio in Phillip and are working towards the company’s third major dance theatre production, Unhinged.

Directors Suzy Piani and Bonnie Neate talk to Barbie about The Training Ground
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Localjinni –  Lakeside Pride Walk

Saturday, 11 March 2023
8.00pm – approx 9.30pm 

This event spotlights Canberra’s underground art and activism through site-responsive stories, in celebration of International Women’s Day and World Pride. 

Barbie spoke to event producer Fiona Hooton about Localjinni
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The Stellar Company and Liz Lea – A Stellar Lineup

Belconnen Arts Centre
7pm, December 2 and 3 2022

To celebrate the power of inclusion and imperative for excellence we are aligning with International Day of People with Disability to launch The Stellar Company, a new and inclusive voice in community arts in the ACT.

Barbie spoke to Liz Lea about A Stellar Lineup
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QL2 Dance Chaos Project 2022 – Big Little Things

Canberra College, 2 Launceston St Phillip ACT
Friday 14 October 2022 at 6pm
Saturday 15 October 2022 at 3pm and 6pm

Each year, QL2 Dance in Canberra runs a development and performance project for younger dancers, referred to affectionately as the Chaos project. 

Barbie speaks with QL2’s Artistic Director, Ruth Osborne
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Folk Dance Canberra  – Orfeevi Ritmi (Rhythms of Orfeus)

Folk Dance Canberra Hall
114 Maitland Street, Hackett ACT
Friday, 23 September, 7.30pm – 9pm

Experience wild rhythms, exotic melodies and bold singing, blending ancient traditions with modern musical idioms. Canberra duo, Alister Price (accordionist) and Desi Gancheva (singer), perform Balkan music and leading dances that everyone can join in.

The BOLD Festival

2-6 March, 2022
Various venues and online

Professional and community dance artists present workshops, performances, talks, forums and film showings in this year’s festival with 10 world premieres, eight national premieres and three established works at the National Film and Sound Archive, National Library of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Gorman House, QL2 Dance and Canberra Theatre Centre.

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ZEST Dance for Well Being Classes resume

Online during February 2022 and later at Belconnen Arts Centre and Tuggeranong Arts Centre (COVID dependent)

The ACT is one of the first Australian jurisdictions to provide Dance for Wellbeing programs, catering for seniors and for people with Parkinson’s, Dementia, and other physical and neurological conditions.  The ZWSR program aims to help participants keep their bodies and brains active and healthy, regardless of mobility, skill or age. 

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ZEST Dance for Wellbeing program

Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres
Ongoing, 10 week terms, parallel to the ACT School Terms

ZEST classes are designed for adults who want to keep their body and brain active and healthy, regardless of their mobility, skill or age. This program is managed and conducted by Philip Piggin, Jan Ingall, Debora di Centa and Jacqui Simmonds.

Philip Piggin talks about the ZEST Dance for Wellbeing program
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