Dance on the Edge 2017

Celebrate Ausdance ACT Dance Week 2017 with our own professional Dance Artists – and experience their constantly imaginative and inspiring dance practice. Be ready for the captivating, the compelling and the courageous! These dudes can dazzle!

The ACT is home to a diverse, creative and passionate dance community, and while small in number, they are big in their vision and practice. Many of them work locally, nationally and internationally – and we warmly welcome them to BAC for this event to share their latest and greatest with us.

Artists performing this year include Alison Plevey, Holly Diggle and Olivia Fyfe in three ways, Debora di Centa in NaturaI, Eliza Sanders in Let Resting Dogs Tell Fibs, Emma Strapps in Flight/less, and Flight Year performing in anxious depressed obsessed.

There will be free Q&A sessions after the 8pm Saturday performance and 2pm Sunday performance, to provide audience members the opportunity to meet the dancers and gain further insight into their works.

WHERE > Belconnen Arts Centre, Dance Studio

WHEN> 4.00pm & 8.00pm Saturday 29 April & 2.00pm Sunday 30 April

COST > $25, $18 concession Friends discount available


> 29 April 4pm BOOK HERE

> 29 April 8pm BOOK HERE

> 30 April 2pm BOOK HERE

NB: Early booking strongly recommended as seating is strictly limited.


Alison Plevey

three ways explores the perspectives of three women living in 2016. This piece identifies the choices, pathways and opportunities as well as physiological realities women meet today. In this fortunate Western society – What do we seek?

Money? Love? Knowledge? Is there options that we have not even imagined?

At first, the performance space is divided, three sections of light marcate the space. The three women move separately yet simultaneously existing together. Gradually these boundaries are dissolved, where parallel lives, alternate perspectives and possibilities open up, a physical dialogue between the trio. What can we learn from each other? What do we share? Can we celebrate our differences?

This work in process, is essentially about the three dancers, an insight into current thinking and feeling of women and their place in the world. Choreographic content will result from interviews, discussions and tasks directly driven by the personal opinions and experiences of these individuals. I am interested in our similarities, but more so our differences.

three ways will begin the process of creative development for larger Australian Dance Party work to be created in 2018, which will include more performers from diverse backgrounds.


Flight Year

anxious depressed obsessed is a three-piece work about being mentally ill. Each piece follows the trajectory of the illness, as personally experienced by one or both of the performers. The work aims to provoke thought and create awareness of mental health issues.


Deborah di Centa

“Natural” is a choreography inspired by a series of dance explorations,  improvisation, natural movement practice and mindful walks in the Australian woods. Human movement is strongly related to Nature and it has many affinities with animals and plants movement. The results of our relationships to the environment that surrounds us creates our movement patterns and influences our body structure and behaviour.

In my role as a performer I aim to offer glimpses of the natural and powerful experience of life in Nature through dance. Kinaesthetic memories, improvisation and specific choreographic choices are the elements that compose my work. I choose to spend most of my time in Nature and I enjoy my special connections to it.


Paul Jesseph Base Hickman and Kathleen Lott


The act, practice, or process of doing something and behaviour of a specified kind of person or thing. It is defined as belief, attitude or style that is referred to by a word.

This is a full-length contemporary dance duo.

ism’s concept and inspiration is from the ‘Mona-ism’ gallery exhibition in Hobart Tasmania Australia. This piece was originally performed as a solo work.

This was recently performed in Cebu City Philippines in January 2017 and part of Dancehouse Melbourne Fringe Festival September 2016  season.


Eliza Saunders

I will move my body in conjunction with abstract sounds and stream of consciousness poetry that I will speak myself. I may sing and I may use a separate backing track, or both. The work is yet to be created. I will make it in the weeks leading up to ‘Dance on the Edge’. It will be a continuation of my work in combining of absurdist theatre, contemporary dance and cabaret forms that I have been exploring in my works ‘Pedal’ and ‘Castles’. Feel free to check out footage, images in info on these works at


Emma Strapps

This piece explores d the theme of a net. That is, states of being caught in a net and yet the net as protector; having a safety net and having no safety net; being free while having no freedom.