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Phaedra Brown
︎ Sandra Theresa

Sarah Saxon
︎ Hamish McIntosh

Oscar Sweeney
︎Jessica Higgins

Lachlan Wolters
︎ Anna Cordingley

Tamara Bouman
︎ Hamish McIntosh

Phaedra Brown: Choreographer/ Dancer

Phaedra Brown is a Greek/Australian independent dancer, choreographer and producer from Sydney. She works with improvisation, site-specific dance, film and digital technology. Her practice draws on a collage of elements from choreography, curating and public art.

Phaedra is undertaking a Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW, and has completed a BFA (Dance) with Honours from the VCA and a Certificate IV in dance from Ev & Bow Dance Training Centre. While at the VCA she received the prestigious Dr Phillip Law Travel award (2019).

Phaedra’s performance highlights include Interchange Dance Project’s ‘Train Escape’ (2021,2022), Andrew Fraser and Victoria Punturere’s ‘Everything is Everything’ (2019), Stephanie Lake’s ‘Colossus’ (2018, 2019), Thalia Livingstone’s ‘Dark Points’ (2019), the National Gallery of Victoria’s ‘Triennial Extra’ Programme (2018) and the National Gallery of Victoria’s reconstruction of ‘Demon Machine’ (2017).

Phaedra’s choreographic work ‘Waiting Game’ premiered to a sold-out season as part of March Dance Festival 2022 and is due to be presented as part of Melbourne Fringe in October 2022, supported by Maribyrnong City Council. Her work ‘A Small Spectacle’, appeared via livestream at the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival and the 2021 March Dance Festival in Sydney. Her 2018 work ‘Animinimalis’ was performed at Melbourne Fringe Festival before being re-worked to appear at the Guild Theatre Fringe Festival Hub in 2019 and leading to an AusDance NSW DAIR residency in 2019.

In 2019 she co-produced VCA student choreography season, ‘Student Works’ alongside Sarah Saxon, and in 2022 produced The House That Dan Built’s ‘Whispers and Roars’ Festival.

Sarah Saxon: Dancer

Sarah Saxon is a dancer, choreographer and dance-filmmaker based in Naarm/ Melbourne. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) and completed her BFA (Honours) in 2021. She has created a site-conditioned dance practice, HikeDance, inspired by her research into the reciprocity between nature and people. She has released an online gallery to present five screen dances, Inhabitance I-V, produced from this research.

Saxon presented has created a number of choreographic works including the Inhabitance I-V series,Inhabitance VI (Out of Bounds, Lucy Guerin Inc. & Temperance Hall, 2022), Tomatoes & Oranges (2020), and Reflective State(2019). In 2020 she co-produced Student Works 2020 and Grad Festat the Victorian College of the Arts.

She has seconded with the Liz Roche Company (Ireland) for Yes and Yes (2022) and with Prue Lang (Melbourne) Project F (2019-2020). As a performer she has worked with Linda Sastradipradja (Melbourne Soereng - 2021, Sight Unseen - 2020), Anouk van Dijk (Surge - 2020), Prue Lang (MTAFU - 2019), Caroline Ellis(Social Bodies - 2019), Alexandra Dobson (Calving Face - 2019), Brianna Kell (The Wave Beneath Us - 2019) and Rebecca Jensen (Blue Illusion - 2018).  She has completed a One Body One Career Countertechnique intensive with Anouk van Dijk (Amsterdam, 2022) and attended workshops at Centre National de la Danse in Paris in 2022 (Matija Ferlin) and 2019 (Johanne Saunier) and at the Dublin Dance Festival with Jonathan Burrows and Jessica Traynor (2022).

She is a recipient of the Dr Philip Law Travel Scholarship (2020), the Grace Marion Wilson Trust Scholarship (2020) and the Melbourne Global Scholars Award (2019).

Oscar Sweeney: Composer

Oscar is a music composer of film and media, with a background in both digital and acoustic writing. Completing his Bachelor of Music: Composition from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2019, Oscar’s current practice is spent between writing popular music, chamber works and most prominently film and media scoring. During his studies, Oscar was under the tutelage of composers Michael Smetanin and Paul Stanhope, and his composition for brass quartet, Bragi’s Lament, was performed as part of a festival at the Verona Conservatorio in 2017.

Oscar has composed for many short film and animation projects working with various directors and producers, across all genres and styles. He has collaborated on projects from directors at The University of Sydney, UNSW, UTS and AFTRS. In 2018, Oscar worked with director Guy Mansfield, on his short film ‘Swan Song’. He has also worked on theatre productions, notably as composer and musical director of the 2018 Sydney University Commerce Revue. In mid 2020, Oscar worked in collaboration with Moorambilla Voices on their Module series, creating accompanying music for Courtney Scheu’s yoga series and indigenous artist Frank Wright’s painting series.

Oscar is also a vocalist and chorist. His performance highlights include singing with the State Music Choir for His Majesty King Harold V of Norway in 2015, as a vocal soloist at the Carols on Norton alongside the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus in 2016, and performing in the Sydney Philharmonia with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis at their film scores concert at the Sydney Opera House in 2019.

Lachlan Wolters: Lighting Designer

From an early age, Lachlan has been building, jumping and throwing light on any ‘Stage’ he stumbled upon. Now Lachlan is an independent lighting and 3D designer based in Melbourne.

Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts form the Victorian College of the Arts, specialising in Production design and Management. Prior to his studies he assisted, worked for and performed in many various community and local performing arts groups; including the Young Australian Broadway Chorus, and many others across Canberra and Melbourne.

Since then, Lachlan has lit and designed projected visuals for a variety of dance and contemporary theatre productions. These include lighting design for ‘Seeing Red’ (2019) by Ashleigh Dougan, presented at Melbourne Fringe Festival and  ‘My Fretty Friend’(2020) by Babble Productions; and vision design for ‘Earthquakes in London’ (2020) directed by Sarah Goodes.

Tamara Bouman: Artistic Consultant/ original cast member

Tamara Bouman has been performing as a professional dance artist since 2018. She has Birrpai/Yolngu and European roots and is passionate about cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Past performances include Stephanie Lake’s Colossus (2018, 2019, 2020), Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen’s What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD) (2019),Dream Cellscapes with Alice Weber (2021) Rebecca Jensen’s Sinkhole X (2022), Alisdair Macindoe’s A.I.D pop-up performance (2022) and Ngioka Bunda- Heath’s Bridge (2022). Tamara has been also fortunate enough to work with artists Cloé Fournier, Phaedra Brown, Matt Cornell, Wendy Yu, Emily Flannery, and Daniel Riley on a wide range of creative developments. She was a member of the 2021 Leg Up Program with Legs on the Wall. She is a current member of Sydney Dance Company.

Tamara choreographic work includes her 2021 work What Do I Do Today, a solo commissioned by Dance Maker’s Collective for their ‘Home Bodies’ series.