Who's Who

Tanja Liedtke's Twelfth Floor

Creative Team & Performers

 

Conceived and Directed by: Tanja Liedtke
Choreographed by: Tanja Liedtke in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Anton
Kristina Chan
Julian Crotti
Amelia McQueen
Paul White
Craig Bary
Lisa Griffiths
Joshua Thomson
Remount Director: Solon Ulbrich
Dramaturg & Script Development: Joshua Tyler
Design: Gaelle Mellis
Composer: DJ Tr!p
Lighting Design: Gus Macdonald
Video: Closer Productions
Producer: Performing Lines

Tanja Liedtke – Director / Choreographer

German born Tanja Liedtke began her dance and theatre studies in Madrid, then continued her training at the Elmhurst Ballet School and Ballet Rambert School in the UK. In 1996 she took up residence in Sydney, Australia, and in 1999 joined Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) under the directorship of Garry Stewart. Tanja danced with ADT for four years, touring across Australia, Asia, UK and North America.  In 2003 she joined Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre for the award winning Channel Four film and European tour of The Cost of Living, and the 2005 creation and international tour of Just for Show. Tanja also developed her distinctive choreographic voice and was commissioned to create works across four continents including Tasdance (Australia); De Anima Ballet Contemporaneo (Brazil); Akademie des Tanzes (Germany); Taipei Idea (Taiwan); and David Hughes Dance Company (Scotland) among others. She was also recognised with a Fellowship from The Australian Choreographic Centre. During her career she received several noted awards, including Dance Australia Critic’s Choice for most promising choreography in 1999 and 2000; the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for her work Twelfth Floor; and Best Choreography in the 2008 Helpmann Awards for her work construct. Tanja was the newly appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company at the time of her accidental death in August 2007.

 

Anton - Performer

Anton graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 1996. As a performer he has worked with numerous Australian dance companies including Dancenorth and Australian Dance Theatre, and independent choreographers Troy Mundy, Shaun Parker, Meryl Tankard and Tanja Liedtke. Anton has also collaborated and performed with the Australian physical theatre company, Legs On The Wall. Anton started making dance works at the age of 23. His commissions include works for Dancenorth, Australian Dance Theatre and several youth dance and theatre companies. He has made four dance films, some of which have been shown in USA, Holland, Italy and New Zealand, receiving a nomination for a REELDANCE Award 2004, and for an Australian Dance Award 2006. Anton has worked on music videos; two for electronic artists Mr Jigga of Level Two Music (with Electronmusic maker being screened as part of Melbourne International film festival); choreographed for Abby Dobson; and for U.K. music artists UNKLE.  Anton is much sought after as a teacher, director and choreographer.

 

Kristina Chan – Performer

Kristina has performed with numerous dance and theatre companies throughout Australia including Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, One Extra Company, Tasdance, Stalker Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, and Theatre of Image. Kristina has featured in two dance films River Woman directed by Michelle Mahrer, and Hansel and Gretel directed by Anton. Kristina worked closely with independent choreographer Tanja Liedtke creating works; Endstation Wunderkind, To my Suite, Defiled, Figures Fragile, Twelfth Floor, and construct. She has also worked as assistant to Liedtke at DeAnima Ballet Contemporaneo in Rio de Janeiro, on the remount of two short works by Liedtke. Kristina won the 2006 Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding performance by a Female Dancer’ for her performance in Twelfth Floor, was nominated for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative 2006-2007, the Greenroom Awards 2007 for Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for Twelfth Floor, and in 2005 the Australian Dance Award for Narelle Benjamin’s Out of Water.

 

Julian Crotti – Performer

Julian studied acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and film making at M.A.P.S. (Hamilton College). He has performed in Hamlet (SASTC/QTC 2007), Private Secret Real (Atypical Troupe 2008), Jet of Blood (Ignite 2006), Tanja Liedtke's Twelfth Floor (2006), tts Australia; route 21 (PVI Collective 2005) and is back-up dancer for the electro-pop-euro-trash band The Bad Father. In 2003 he wrote a series of commercials for SnackinaBox that aired nationally in Australia. His films have featured in staged works 2Connect (No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability/Adelaide Fringe 2005) and Paulo Castro's Regina vs. Contemporary Art (Lisbon 2007). In 2008 he was co-producer and dramaturg for a series of short films made by young Indigenous Australians in Wadeye (Australia's largest Indigenous community). Julian has been an associate artist at No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability since 2004. In 2008, in association with N.S.A., Tom the Loneliest played a sellout season in Adelaide. Julian was responsible for the original concept/original direction/co-writing/co-producing and performing in Tom the Loneliest which was directed by Paulo Castro.

 

Amelia McQueen - Performer

Amelia graduated from AIT Arts (Adelaide) with a Bachelor of Dance Performance in 2000. In 1998 she co-founded dropArt: AERIAL DANCERS whose performance credits include a new work commissioned by Legs on the Wall for the b Sharp season at Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney. Her contemporary dance credits include developing and performing roles in pieces choreographed by Tanja Liedtke, Solon Ulbrich and Natalie Weir among others. Her physical theatre highlights include touring the musical production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and numerous international tours for Stalker Theatre Company and Strange Fruit. In 2006 she was based in Japan, performing in the resident company of the Australian Pavilion at World Expo, under the artistic direction of Kate Denborough. Recently she performed in Austria for Tanz Atelier Wein, before joining Tasdance in Australia.

 

Paul White - Performer

Paul began his dance training at age three in Mackay, North Queensland. Working as a dancer in the commercial sector since he was thirteen, Paul joined Australian Dance Theatre in 2001, under the directorship of Garry Stewart. During his time with ADT, he performed and toured in numerous productions choreographed by Stewart, including Birdbrain and Held. He also choreographed two works for the company’s annual Ignition Season. In 2004 Paul joined DV8 Physical Theatre for the development of Just For Show and the Asian and European tours. In 2006 he performed as a guest artist in Exodo with Venezuelan dance company Danzahoy at the Joyce Theatre, New York. In 2006, Paul returned to Australia to participate in the Honour Bound project (Sydney Opera House/ Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne) and to perform in Tanja Liedtke’s Twelfth Floor. In 2007, he worked with Liedtke on the development of her new work construct, and performed in the premiere season at the Southbank Centre, London. In 2008 he performed in the Sydney season of construct at the 2008 Sydney Festival. Paul also worked on the development of a new work The Red Room for David Hughes Dance Edinburgh, Scotland, choreographed a short piece for Quantum Leap ACT, and collaborated with Meryl Tankard on a solo work The Oracle.  For his role in Liedtke’s construct, Paul won the 2008 Helpmann Award for the Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Theatre Production, and for his role in Honour Bound he received the 2008 Australian Dance Award for the Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer.

 

Craig Bary – Performer (Understudy)

Before graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1998, Craig worked with The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Footnote Dance Company. In 1999 he joined Michael Parmenter's Commotion Company and then Garry Stewart's Thwack. From 2000-2002 was a member of the Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) returning to ADT as a guest artist for the tours of Birdbrain, Held and Devolution. As a resident dancer at Tasdance from 2002-2005 Craig worked with Tanja Liedtke, Shaun Parker, Natalie Weir, Chrissie Parrott, Phillip Adams, Anna Smith, Neil Adams, Fiona Reilly and Graeme Murphy. As an independent dancer in Australia and New Zealand, Craig has worked on Raewyn Hill's Soapbox Productions, Douglas Wright Dance Inland and Black Milk, and with Gideon Obarzanek's Chunky Move, Leigh Warren and Dancers, Sue Healey Company and Kage Physical Theatre. In 2005 he was nominated for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and Most Outstanding Performance by a Male at the Australian Dance Awards. In 2007 Craig toured with Nigel Jamieson's Honour Bound as the company rehearsal director.  Craig has created two short works for the ADT Ignition seasons. 2008 saw his first development of a new full length work in collaboration with Lisa Griffiths. In 2008 he won the award for Best Male Performer in New Zealand's Tempo Festival and was made a Distinguished Graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance.

 

Lisa Griffiths – Performer (Understudy)

Lisa worked with Chris Jannides’ Darc Swan before joining Gideon Obarzanek’s Chunky Move. In 2003 Lisa was commissioned to make a short dance work for Dance Tracks at the Studio, Sydney Opera House. In the same year she joined Tasdance, working with choreographers Natalie Weir, Phillip Adams, Tanja Liedtke and Sue Healey. Lisa has been a guest dancer with Sue Healey Company since 2003, touring Australia and New Zealand, and has performed in Healey’s films Fine Line, 3 Times and Once in a Blue Moon. Lisa worked with Meryl Tankard on Pearl, Carolyn Carlson in SWIC Project (Zurich), and was offered a scholarship to attend Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. Lisa joined Leigh Warren and Dancers in 2005, touring the USA in the production of Quick Brown Fox, a work by Leigh Warren and William Forsythe. Currently Lisa is developing a new work with dancer Craig Bary.

 

Joshua Thomson - Performer (Understudy)

Joshua is a 2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) graduate of the Queensland University of Technology. Joshua has worked for a number of Australian dance companies including Dancenorth, Tasdance and Expressions. Currently Joshua is a full time member of Dancenorth Australia, but is delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of this tour.

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Solon Ulbrich – Remount Director

Sol is an Australian independent director, choreographer, teacher and arts producer. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Sol’s performance career features engagements with Australian Dance Theatre and Ricochet Dance Productions (UK). Sol’s choreographic career has been recognised by a Choreographic Fellowship from the Australian Choreographic Centre. The short film Restoration which he co-choreographed and performed with Narelle Benjamin won the Australian Dance Award 1999 for best dance on film. Sol was Artistic Associate in a partnership with choreographer Tanja Liedtke, providing artistic collaboration and project management and is director for her repertoire. Having completed a Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts) from the University of South Australia, Sol held the position of Dance and Performance Event Co-ordinator for the Southbank Centre London and Rehearsal Director for Australian Dance Theatre. He has been lecturer in movement for the Circus Space degree course (London) in 2004-2005, and Project Director for Soft Landing (QL2 Centre for Youth Dance's annual intensive career development program) since 2006. His teaching experience includes Contemporary and Yoga techniques for Australian Dance Theatre, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Dance North, DV8 Physical Theatre, Sydney Dance Company Studios, Tasdance and Taipei National University of the Arts.

 

Joshua Tyler - Dramaturg & Script Development

Joshua Tyler has been a working dramaturg for over five years in both Contemporary Dance and text based Drama. Working with established choreographers such as Tanja Liedtke to emerging playwrights such as Duncan Graham, Joshua's breadth of experience ranges across all forms of live performance. With a Masters in Screenwriting from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and an Advanced Diploma in Acting from ACArts Joshua has spent the last ten years working in both stage and screen. His short films have screened at major festivals around the world, his plays have won various awards and his theatre productions have played to audiences around the country.  Joshua worked on both of Tanja Liedtke's two major works Twelfth Floor and construct and as researcher, writer and performer on various other projects. Joshua has worked with other choreographers including Solon Ulbrich, Anton, Kelly Alexander and Ros Warby. Joshua has recently been working with Lisa Griffith and Craig Bary and guest teaching at the NIDA Playwrights Studio in Sydney.

 

Gaelle Mellis - Designer

Gaelle works as a designer for theatre, dance and events. She is resident designer for Restless Dance Theatre and has designed all their shows to date. Design credits include Age of Unbeauty, Nothing, Birdbrain (Australian Dance Theatre), Frozen, Salt, A Number, The Goat, or who is Silvia? (State Theatre Company of South Australia), this uncharted hour, Killer Joe & Drums in the Night (Brink Productions), Infinity (Rambert Dance Company) and Tanja Liedtke’s Twelfth Floor. Gaelle is a co-founder of new performance company Ladykillers designing Lullaby and its accompanying exhibitionat the Arts Space Gallery, and their award winning production Cake. Gaelle received a 2004 Churchill Fellowship; 2002 Adelaide Critics Circle Individual Award; 2006 Adelaide Fringe Festival Award for Design; in 2007 she was nominated for both a Ruby Award & Green Room Award. Most recently she was costume designer for Australian Dance Theatre’s international tour of G.

 

DJ TR!P  -  Composer

DJ TR!P is an independent electronic musician who creates and composes for an eclectic range of arts projects. TR!P performs his music live & also works as a DJ, remix artist, workshop tutor and composer for theatre, dance, film & radio. He has performed & collaborated under many aliases such as The New Pollutants, Echelon & Cooperblack. With The New Pollutants he rescored Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, which was performed live at the Adelaide Film Festival, Perth’s Revelations Film Festival & Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival at ACMI. As a soundtrack composer he has written for companies including the State Theatre of SA, Australian Dance Theatre (Ignition Series x 3), Adelaide Fringe Festival, Kurruru Indigenous Youth Performing Arts, Tasdance, & Restless Dance Company. In 2006 he created a music score for the Dream Seed Projects live Installation at Federation Square in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve. He had a strong relationship with choreographer Tanja Liedtke, collaborating on many award winning shows, including Twelfth Floor (Australian Tour 2006) and construct (U.K. Tour 2007 & Australian premiere at the Sydney Festival 2008. His upcoming work includes music for Windmill, Zephyr Quartet & Kage Physical Theatre. He was most recently the Australian support for John Foxx (Ultra Vox) & was a featured guest in Melbourne at ACMIs Game On (Video Game Exhibition from the Barbican Art Gallery London), where he performed his own 8-bit set before the Australian Premiere of (US) Documentary 8-Bit. He was also part of a Game On panel, talking about some collecting & the use of outmoded computer & console technology in his composition. In 2003 & 2004 he won dB Magazines Reader Awards for most popular DJ.

 

Gus Macdonald – Lighting Designer

After completing studies in 1989, Angus has buried himself in the arts industry, applying himself to all manner of different projects. He has worked with most of South Australia’s theatre companies, performing, lighting and sound designs, designs, project management and production management. This has taken him from places like Newton Primary SA to New York USA on tours, and on genres including opera, dance, musicals, drama, puppetry and performance art.  He has more recently helped set up and launch the very successful children's theatre company Windmill Performing Arts, and engaged with many tours to interstate festivals and overseas. Gus leaves the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts as Production Coordinator to head up Production Management with the Adelaide Centre for the Arts.

 

Closer Productions - Video

Bryan Mason is an award winning Filmmaker and co-partner of Closer Productions ­ a screen media company based in South Australia.  Bryan has shot and edited a variety of different screen based projects including short films, dance films and video for performance, advertisements, music video clips, broadcast documentaries and feature films.  He has directed two documentaries for Channel 9, four internationally renowned skateboarding videos and several music video clips and produces a variety of screen work through Closer Productions. Closer Productions are currently making a documentary about Tanja Liedtke’s life.

 

Performing Lines - Producer

Performing Lines develops, produces and tours innovative Australian performance nationally and internationally – across genres including physical theatre, circus, dance, indigenous and intercultural arts, music theatre, hybrid work, and text-based theatre. Performing Lines assists artists to realise their creative vision working with artists at every stage of their careers, from emerging artists to internationally recognised names. We work at all levels of the performing arts industry, at home and abroad – from the smaller contemporary spaces, to regional venues large and small, to flagship venues and major festivals.  Performing Lines has created opportunities for many of the major Australian artists of the past 20 years, including Meryl Tankard, William Yang, Kate Champion, Legs on the Wall, Sydney Front, Open City, Handspan, Chamber Made Opera, Wesley Enoch, Jack Davis, Margaret Cameron and Arena Theatre Co.  We produced Nigel Jamieson and Paul Grabowsky’s extraordinary collaboration with Indonesian artists, The Theft of Sita; and have toured a major body of Indigenous work, including Jack Davis’ No Sugar (commissioned by Performing Lines), and the first Australian Indigenous production to tour overseas, Robert Merritt’s The Cake Man (1982).

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