Alice is an Australian director, choreographer and dance animateur

Unafraid to think from zero, Alice is an ambitious artist committed to carving new paths. She has worked nationally and internationally across contemporary dance and circus, with diverse communities of people, trained and untrained, young and old.

Alice’s choreographic style is relentlessly physical: “…athletic and physically dramatic, it’s dance that makes the muscle fibres twitch… eminently watchable dance.” The West Australian. Credits include Tasdance, Buzz Dance Theatre, QL2 and WAAPA, and two self-produced works Preparing to be Beautiful (2008) and tiny little tragedies (2012).

In 2015 Alice was appointed Resident Director for the world-renowned Circa Contemporary Circus (Brisbane), during which time she toured ten different productions across nine countries and was involved with five new creations. Alice was part of the Circa team at the helm of Depart – a production commissioned by the London International Festival of Theatre for the Tower Hamlet Cemetery Park, which involved 150 performers across circus, dance and music.

As Artistic Director she led Western Australia’s STEPS Youth Dance Company (now Co3:Youth) through its incredibly successful final chapter. Highlights include; seven nominations for the Australian Dance Awards including the 2015 winner Fights & Flights – the Company’s 25th anniversary production, Trois Generations (Jean-Claude Gallotta) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (As You Like It) (Dmitry Krymov) for the 2013 and 2014 Perth Festivals, and presentations at the Dance and the Child International Congress (Taiwan 2012, Copenhagen 2015).

Alice is a graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Workshops

Summer West Coast Workshop

– with Alice Lee Holland & James O’Hara

Contemporary dance technique, improvisation & creation

2-6 January 2018
State Theatre Centre of Western Australia

2018 celebrates 10 years of summer workshops in Perth, Western Australia!

This summer, we extend the invitation to mature dancers. In addition to the popular half-day session for intermediate/advanced level dancers, James & Alice will together lead a daily 2-hour workshop session for bodies that desire a little more time and space to move.

EVEN & CONSIDERED

10:00-12:00 daily | $110

James & Alice will lead this session together, working through movement sequences and improvisation tasks designed for individual physical exploration, technical refinement and creative freedom. This session is ideal for older dancers, or dancers returning to dance looking to regain capacity at a more moderate pace.

ACCELERATE

13:00-17:00 daily | $195

This workshop will run in two parts:

Part One – Safety Release Technique

Alice’s choreographic practice is relentlessly physical, both virtuosic and intimate. This stems from a base in Safety Release Technique (SRT); a unique contemporary dance style with strong foundations in Bartenieff developed by B.J. Sullivan (USA). SRT includes progressive floor work, which begins with simple, repetitive neuromuscular patterning, and then becomes increasingly complicated musically, temporally and sequentially. The second part of the class focuses more equally on the incorporation of the vertical; yet maintains the key focus that the dancer is in command of their movement through their awareness of and reference through the core.

Part Two – Dancing for and with each other, as only you can.

James is strongly influenced by his time working with Marina Mascarall, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Michael Keegan Dolan. Through these collaborations and his own research in workshops and creations, he has developed a passion for working with dancers to enhance and grow the unique qualities and personality in their dance. “Embracing the stories within our cells, bones, muscles and minds we will employ the present, learning through the practice of listening within and sharing with others. Improvising in contact with other bodies, we will learn more about our own instincts and potential. We will search a dance that is personal, honest, conscious and compassionate.”

To attend, please complete the 2018 registration.  Limited places available.

Workshops

Summer West Coast Workshop

– with Alice Lee Holland & James O’Hara

Contemporary dance technique, improvisation & creation

2-6 January 2018
State Theatre Centre of Western Australia

2018 celebrates 10 years of summer workshops in Perth, Western Australia!

This summer, we extend the invitation to mature dancers. In addition to the popular half-day session for intermediate/advanced level dancers, James & Alice will together lead a daily 2-hour workshop session for bodies that desire a little more time and space to move.

EVEN & CONSIDERED

10:00-12:00 daily | $110

James & Alice will lead this session together, working through movement sequences and improvisation tasks designed for individual physical exploration, technical refinement and creative freedom. This session is ideal for older dancers, or dancers returning to dance looking to regain capacity at a more moderate pace.

ACCELERATE

13:00-17:00 daily | $195

This workshop will run in two parts:

Part One – Safety Release Technique

Alice’s choreographic practice is relentlessly physical, both virtuosic and intimate. This stems from a base in Safety Release Technique (SRT); a unique contemporary dance style with strong foundations in Bartenieff developed by B.J. Sullivan (USA). SRT includes progressive floor work, which begins with simple, repetitive neuromuscular patterning, and then becomes increasingly complicated musically, temporally and sequentially. The second part of the class focuses more equally on the incorporation of the vertical; yet maintains the key focus that the dancer is in command of their movement through their awareness of and reference through the core.

Part Two – Dancing for and with each other, as only you can.

James is strongly influenced by his time working with Marina Mascarall, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Michael Keegan Dolan. Through these collaborations and his own research in workshops and creations, he has developed a passion for working with dancers to enhance and grow the unique qualities and personality in their dance. “Embracing the stories within our cells, bones, muscles and minds we will employ the present, learning through the practice of listening within and sharing with others. Improvising in contact with other bodies, we will learn more about our own instincts and potential. We will search a dance that is personal, honest, conscious and compassionate.”

To attend, please complete the 2018 registration.  Limited places available.

© 2017 - Alice Lee Holland Choreographer   |   Image Credit THE SOLO SERIES (2016) – by Sophia Natale.