The NFSA presents a screening of 2 films by Sue Healey, produced by QL2 Dance on behalf of Youth Dance Australia with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Meeting Place – 8 Australian youth dance companies sharing common practices, 4 meeting places to connect, create, collaborate.
Alumni – 16 renowned Australian dancers who began their creative journeys in youth dance companies.
Sue Healey is the recipient of the Australia Council Award for Dance 2021. She is a Sydney-based choreographer, filmmaker and installation artist, with 40 years’ experience in Australia and internationally. Experimenting with form and perception, Healey creates performance and film for diverse spaces and contexts: galleries, theatres and screens. A graduate of Victorian College of the Arts (BA Performance and MA Choreography), Sue was a founding member of Danceworks Melbourne, and has created many works for Australian companies and as an independent artist.
She was awarded an Australia Council Creative Fellowship in 2014 and an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Melbourne in 2017. Her dance works and films have won national and international awards including 6 Australian Dance Awards and a Hong Kong Dance Award. Her recent work ON VIEW – a 5-year collaboration produced by West Kowloon Hong Kong, Aichi Arts Centre Japan and Performance Space Australia – toured Sydney and Hong Kong in 2021.
QL2 Dance is a contemporary dance organisation and a dance hub for the ACT, offering comprehensive programs and residencies for the dance community. It is the home of Quantum Leap youth dance company and the Chaos Project, involving young dance artists aged 8 to 20 and emerging and professional dance artists as choreographers and mentors. We create a nurturing, supportive environment for dance artists to create and develop, to connect and share, to be challenged and to be themselves in all their diversity.
We also create a space where young people, emerging and professional dance artists can explore and express their creativity and develop their skills. Our programs and projects build confidence and resilience as well as support physical and mental health and wellbeing for all our participants. Our performance projects are as much about the making and the process of developing and creating new works as they are about the performance outcome. The outcome, however, are always high quality, collaborative and creative performances, and decidedly inspiring and thought-provoking audience experiences, that give a voice to young people and to emerging professional dance artists.
YOUTH DANCE AUSTRALIA
Youth Dance Australia is a network of youth dance companies and artists that advocate for, support and develop youth dance practice in Australia.