2019 Tasdance artists
Tasdance is committed to nurturing the making of new works and the development of contemporary dance artists. Our 2019 Tasdance Artists
Sofie makes and performs in artistic work related to the body, in a range of contexts. Interested in the performativity of the every day, Sofie’s work utilises performative practices as public acts for personal, social and political encounter. Inherent in Sofie’s work, is reflection and critique of the place of performance and consideration of the relevance and social function of art itself. Sofie’s artistic practice has led her to make, perform and present work in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and the US. Sofie has a Bachelor of Arts (dance) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, was a participant in performance studies course TAKING POSITION | THE POLITICAL AND PLACE with Portuguese academic group Baldio and is completing a Master of Arts (Public Space) at RMIT University. Sofie is a Tasdance artist 2018 - 2020 and currently performs in the work of Miguel Pereira (O Rumo Do Fumo, POR).
Gabriel Comerford is an independent artist with 10 years professional experience and is a founding member of MakeShift Dance Collective.
He thrives off working across disciplines and is constantly seeking to challenge and extend himself. Whilst his practice is rooted in dance, his experiences have allowed him to learn from and incorporate elements of physical theatre, object theatre, puppetry, visual-arts, site-specific, Butoh, Suzuki integrated practice, installation and durational performance.
His interest lies in collaboration and the creative process; sifting through first impressions to expose the core of the theme or concepts at hand. He has an inquisitive mind, a powerful physicality and a captivating stage presence.
Thomas E.S. Kelly
Thomas graduated in 2012 from NAISDA Dance College and has since worked with the likes of Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company, Branch Nebula, ERTH, Chunky Move, Tasdance, Outer Urban Projects and Urban Theatre Projects.
His choreographic credits include his Green Room Award winning work [MIS]CONCEIVE, VESSEL for Outer Urban Projects and SHIFTING > SHAPES.
Thomas is a proud Bundjalung, Wiradjuri, Ni-Vanuatu man. Thomas creates work that explores high intensity physical works stemming from a cultural practice fused with contemporary, which incorporates voice and physical percussion. Creating work that ebbs and flows whilst mimicking nature. Thomas creates work that reveals subject matters that offers an opportunity to learn and develop. Remembering the past to better understand the present so we can move forward into the future.
In 2017 Thomas created Karul Projects. A new company led by new indigenous voices telling new stories. Karul Projects is resident company at PACT.
Rachel Arianne Ogle
Rachel Arianne Ogle is a dance artist with an extensive career spanning sixteen years as a dancer, performer, choreographer, educator and arts worker. Rachel has performed with a range of companies and independent artists, including Melbourne’s Phillip Adams’ BalletLab, Perth’s Buzz Dance Theatre, Hydra Poesis, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, pvi collective and The Last Great Hunt.
Rachel’s work is distinguished by precise, physically demanding and acutely complex choreography. Her detailed approach to kinesthetic movement and energy allows intricate, elastic dynamics to emerge and immersive experiences to manifest through the dancing body. Rachel’s works seamlessly integrate choreography and design, creating synergetic collaborations with designers across visual, spatial and sonic planes. Focusing on the body as a site to explore temporal concepts of time, space and self, Rachel interrogates the physical language and signiﬁcation of dance as a mode for both performer and audience to engage with the world as revealed through the body. Drawing from the cosmos, works often place the audience in a liminal space which oscillate between the micro and the macro.
Rachel has created work for Sydney Dance Company, Maya Dance Theatre (Singapore), Proximity Festival, Link Dance Company, WAAPA, Nat Cursio Company, STRUT Dance and STEPS Youth Dance Company. Her work has been presented in Australia, France, Netherlands, Singapore and Nigeria. Rachel’s full-length work precipice was nominated for both a Helpmann Award for ‘Best Dance Work’ and an Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance’ in 2015. Rachel has studied intensively with renowned artist David Zambrano, participating in his international project ’50 Days in Costa Rica’ in 2010.
Rachel has been the recipient of an Asialink Residency (2016); an Australia Council International Residency at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC) in New York (2017); and most recently an Australia Council International Residency at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, to be undertaken in 2018.
Isabella Stone is a dance artist based in Perth working in both performance and choreography. Isabella trained and completed her BA in Dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts 2009, continuing her studies with LINK Dance Company 2010. She has worked with choreographers Sue Peacock, Aimee Smith, Bianca Martin, Didier Thèron, Tyrone Robinson, Alice-Lee Holland, Emma Fishwick, Shona Erskine, Laura Boynes (Praxis) and JukStaPoz as a company member of Tasdance 2017.
Isabella’s major choreographic achievement to date was the independent production of mouseprint, premiering at the STCWA. She has created work for STEPS Youth Dance Company, WAAAPA, LINK Dance Company, Co3 Youth ensemble, short works for Strut dance’s shortcuts seasons and InSitu, and for the Tasdance season BREW.
A curious observer, Isabella is an artist who works with the present body and state of mind to imagine, embody and reflect on her experience of the world and cast light on what it is to be alive now. Produced through abstract story telling, her work has a particular focus on human interactions, the simplicity (or lack of) of living, the simple routines and seemingly mundane events.
Isabella was the 2014 recipient of the West Australian Dance Award Emerging Artist.