Liesel is a Brisbane-based dance artist who is constantly searching for new ways by which her practice can contribute to social change. Psychology and sociology research are integral to her choreographic process and the development of creative work is often heavily influenced by her motivation to communicate social provocations to new audiences.
Since completing her post-graduate research at Queensland University of Technology (researching communication through body language and contemporary dance) Liesel has performed as a dancer across a range of forms and disciplines. She has performed with Tasdance, Phluxus2, Polytoxic Dance Theatre and for independent choreographers Nerida Matthaei, Zaimon Vilmanis, Jay Baily, Elise May, and Fenlan Chuang. She has also performed at La Boite Theatre Company (directed by Dave Sleswick) and at interdisciplinary events such as Brisbane Festival’s Intimate Encounters (curated by Clare Dyson) and Metro Art’s CROSS-STITCH: You Are Everything I Want You To Be (curated by Daniel Santangeli).
In 2013 Liesel choreographed Synapse for Expressions Dance Company as part of a Double Bill season Propel. Liesel is currently in close collaboration with psychology researcher Rohan Kapitany and is undergoing a Work In Residence at Metro Arts titled The Psychology Project; this has already resulted in an academic research study into ‘the Sacredness of Love’ and instigated a project that investigates social identity theory and collective action. Artslink QLD has also comissioned Liesel to create a new Dance Theatre work Shift for touring around Queensland in 2014 and 2015. This work sees Liesel collaborate with Adrianne Jones from the Bullying. No Way! Campaign to address the issue of bullying in schools. In 2014 and 2015 she will once again join Phluxus2 in the creation of a new work with the support of the Judith Wright Centre’s Fresh Ground Program, and join Benjamin Knapton for his development of Genesis.
In 2012 Liesel’s work fifteen received critical acclaim, enjoying sold out seasons at both Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival (receiving Time Out Theatre Award for best small/medium dance work in 2012) and Brisbane Festival (receiving 2012 Round Up award for Best Dance Work). She performed as an actor for Dave Sleswick’s contemporary theatre work La Voix Humaine at La Boite Theatre Company and Ron Seeto’s Oni at 2High Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
In 2011 Liesel choreographed the full length work A Collection of Various Selves (2011 Season of the Independents, Metro Arts), co-choreographed Image for Tasdance’s education program, joined La Boite Theatre Company as an Associate Artist and was accepted to take part in the Ausdance QLD Bell Jar Program 2011 working with mentors Brian Lucas, Jacqui Carroll and Rosetta Cook. Liesel was also fortunate to be a recipient of the Australian Council for the Arts’ ArtStart grant, JUMP Mentoring program, and Dance and Music Initiative 2011.
In 2010, Liesel was commissioned to choreograph the work It fell on the floor between them for Expressions Dance Company’s Launch Pad season, received an Ausdance QLD Brisbane Front Residency for the choreography and performance of I lived at 51 Rusden St, and joined Phluxus2 as Artist in Residence at Dance North for the development and performance of Boiling Point.
Liesel’s choreography extends beyond the contemporary dance genre, working on film clips, advertisements, multi media performances, and movement co-ordinating for drama productions including Room 328 directed by Daniel Santangeli and Lunch with Vincent River directed by Jamie Kable. Liesel also works extensively for people living with disabilities, teaching at Access Arts, choreographing for Blue Roo Theatre Company, rehearsal assisting for Restless Dance Theatre’s Take Me There and support working for Contact Inc’s The Best.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //
2011 Season of the Independents / A Collection of Various Selves – co-presented by Metro Arts, Liesel Zink and Nicholas Paine, Choreographer/Performer
2011 CROSS-STITCH / CROSS-STITCH: You Are Everything I Want You To Be – curated by Daniel Santangeli, Performer
2010 Allies / Room 328 – co-presented by Metro Arts and Daniel Santangeli & Genevieve Trace, Choreographer
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