My name is Olivia Ansell and I am a Sydney based independent choreographer, producer and performer. To say that I just do one thing, would be ridiculous, as I have discovered that I have a crazy love of immersing myself in every aspect of the performing arts. Appearing in musicals, plays, sketch shows, TV, film and regularly performing stand-up comedy, I would never have thought all those years ago whilst training to be a contemporary dancer at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School in New York, and QUT-Academy of the Arts Brisbane, that I would branch so far and wide with my pursuits.
At present, I am the resident choreographer for Luna Park’s Summer Street Theatre Shows, The Festival Director of Short Sweet + Dance, festival mentor to Western Sydney Dance Action’s youth version Fast + Fresh Dance, Artistic Director of my own production company, Live Ideas, and regular teacher at a range of full-time schools in Sydney.
AND IN TERMS OF OPPORTUNITIES!!-look no further than this next paragraph. I have some very exciting info for you all!
Short Sweet + Dance 2009
Following it’s inaugural, sell-out season, SHORT SWEET+DANCE returns in February 2009 at the Seymour Centre Downstairs!
The expanded three-week season will showcase short dance pieces (up to 10 minutes in length) by professional choreographers, and feature many established and emerging performing artists.
Submissions for the festival will close 3rd November 2008.
For regular updates and to download entry forms,
For expressions of interest or more information, contact Olivia Ansell -Festival Director of Short Sweet+Dance firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year’s debut season sent a galaxy of stars into the orbit of fame & success!
Vanessa Sew Hoy went on to make the final six of Channel 10’s “So You Think You Can Dance”. Marko Panzic, winner of the festival’s Outstanding Male Dancer award made SYTYCD’s final 20 while Paul Bennett also featured prominently on the TV show.
Sarah Boulter, who created the work Inner Sole has established herself as regular guest choreographer on the show as has Juliette Verne (Dear Mr President).
Fast + Fresh Dance 2008-Late entries still open!
Following the success of Short Sweet+Dance -we have launched a youth version of the dance festival: FAST+FRESH DANCE.
Open to young choreographers and dances aged 16-21, these pieces up to 5 minutes in length are being produced as a festival at Riverside Theatres Parramatta in conjunction with Western Sydney Dance Action. The heats are Tues 25- Fri 28 November in the spectacular Lennox Theatre, with the gala final on Saturday November 29. Finalists will compete for sponsored prizes and a slot in the Feb 2009 Seymour Centre season of the senior Short Sweet+Dance festival.
Late entries are still being accepted-so if you have a flair for choreography, or a passion to create your own movement-click on the below link and send us your entry!
More information – including entry forms – at www.wsda.org.au/projectsedu.htm
So start choreographing and send us your entries-we are seeking a broad range of choreographic styles for both festivals.
Don’t miss this fab opportunity to showcase yourself to the performing arts industry!
Hope to see you at our showing days!!
Introducing Olivia Ansell