MakeShift Collaborators

Emma Fishwick


Project: One Two Ten 2015 Anywhere Festival

Emma is an emerging artist whose work takes numerous forms. Creatively curious and technologically driven her practice spans dance, visual-arts, digital media and the written word. Based in Perth, Emma graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Honours (Dance) program LINK Dance Company in 2010. In 2014 Emma collaboratively produced and performed her solo 'A dance with no home' as part of the sold-out triple bill entitled 'Paperland' during FringeWorld 2014. 'Paperland' subsequently won FringeWorld’s 2014’s ‘Best Dance Show’ award. In 2014, Emma undertook a Department of Culture and the Arts WA Fellowship, which has enabled her to undertake multiple projects spanning Sydney, Berlin and Perth. During this time Emma created 'These Rooms' in collaboration with video and photographer Fionn Mulholland. An in-depth investigation into lineage of space, persons and community. 
Emma has also been awarded an Australia Council for the ArtsJUMP mentoring grant (2012); developed her own new media performance work ‘Multiple Mobs of 1’ alongside Perth video artist Kynan Tan (2012); and performed her solo ‘In-HUman on her Sleeve’ at the ACT Festival in Bilbao Spain (2013). In 2015, Emma is a successful applicant of Next Wave's 2015 Kickstart program. Successful in a highly competitive field, She will develop a new work, 'microLandscapes' in the lead-up to Next Wave Festival 2016.

Hannah Peake

Project: One Two Ten 2015 Anywhere Festival

Hannah Peake is a Brisbane based dance artist interested in the intersection of arts and entrepreneurship. Currently completing her masters in cultural management, her research investigates developing sustainable economies for the arts, and where lies its relevance and significance in society. 

With a fine arts bachelor in dance, her creative practice draws from built environment and film combining these with extensive movement knowledge. A reoccurring topic of exploration for Hannah comes from a curiosity of [brain]washing processes achieved through art. It is a desire to reconnect with an ultimately honest and primitive self. 

Her performance and collaborative experience spans Australia, Singapore, and London, and recent works include: 

Summer Solo Series – Melbourne

Really Bright Media film collaborations – London 

Cloud Dance Festival – London

Notting Hill Carnival – London

Maya Dance Company – Singapore

Stephen Quinn

Project: One Two Ten 2015 Anywhere Festival

Stephen is an independent performer, producer and performance maker. He graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama), and with a Masters of Creative Industries (Creative Production and Arts Management) in 2012.

In his production roles, Stephen has worked with Circa Ensemble, Queensland Theatre Company, Switchboard Arts, Festival of Australian Student Theatre and Phluxus2 Dance Collective.

As a performer Stephen has worked with many independent theatre artists, performing in The Judith Wright Centre’s FRESH GROUND Program, La Boite’s Scratch Program, Metro Arts FreeRange Program, Metro Arts Awkward Conversations, and Anywhere Theatre Festival. Stephen began working with The Danger Ensemble in 2013, performing in Sons of Sin (2013), assistant directing The Wizard of Oz (2013) and performing and associate directing Caligula (2014).

As a performance maker Stephen is interested in heightened visual story telling; for the last few years he has been experimenting with the fusion of theatrical performance, and digital and visual installation. He has created works for Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival (2013) and 2High Festival (2015). 

Courtney Scheu

Project: One Two Ten 2015 Anywhere Festival

is a Brisbane based dancer and choreographer whose practice seeks to elevate the human spirit. Drawing from literature, improvisation and varying disciplines, she explores the physical potential of the human body and how she might use her choreographic practice to disrupt familiar patterns of moving. 
In 2011, Courtney was selected to perform with להקת מחול תמי/נמרוד פריד Tami Dance Company/Nimrod Freed (Israel) in the improvisation work PeepDance - Brisbane Tel Aviv during Brisbane Festival. Courtney was invited to perform PeepDance with Tami Dance again in the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture (Venice) on a travel scholarship from QUT. After completing her Honours in 2012 (exploring the application of improvised movement scores within choreographic practice) Courtney has collaborated with various artists, presenting work for Anywhere Theatre Festival, the Backbone Youth Arts 2high Festival Brisbane, the Brisbane Dance Industry Night (JWCoCA), the Brisbane Fringe Festival, the Crack Theatre Festival, Ignite12!, You Are Here as part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations, and independently in Brisbane and Melbourne. 
In 2014, Courtney toured around QLD performing new dance theatre works 'Shift' and ‘No Way’, choreographed by Liesel Zink and commissioned by Artslink Queensland. She has also been in residency at the The Arts Centre Gold Coastl through Ausdance Queensland’s Creative Development Residency Program looking at the relationship between dance and responsive technology. Courtney is committed to developing her practice and creating work in Brisbane, contributing to conversations of dance and the overall cultural landscape of the city.

Brodie Mcallister


Project: One Two Ten 2015 Anywhere Festival

Brodie is an Australian Trombonist, Composer and Educator whose focus resides in the blurred lines between notated and improvised contemporary art musics. As a composer he has had works (and collaborations) premiered throughout Australia and Europe by ensembles such as: Ensemble Eigengrau, Kupka’s Paino, WAYJO, Doek, E.M.O, Jazzkill bandits, BULLHORN and Dot enter (the world forum on music). His compositional work is concerned with the exploration of space/architecture, sound mass and locational listening. 
As a Trombonist Brodie has covered a wide array of musical landscapes in both a literal and musical sense and has seen himself perform with ensembles by the likes of: ELISION Ensemble, BULLHORN, Andrew Garton’s Abbreviations Jazz Orchestra, The Mute Canary and The Con artists; to name a few. In 2014 Brodie began explorations into performing/creating works for solo trombone and has since had the opportunity to preform original and seminal trombone works throughout Western Europe and the Australian East-coast. This work consisted largely of musings in extended trombone mechanics and movement.
Currently based in Brisbane he is working on delivering two studios albums in 2015 for his Chamber orchestra, Trio and; working as a freelance Trombonist, Composer, Educator whilst working towards his Master of Philosophy in Music Performance.

Kate Harmen

Project: One Two Ten 2015 Anywhere Festival

Kate is a contemporary dancer, performer, choreographer and collaborator who has been working for 10 years between Australia and Europe. She has created and performed in works within the realms of dance, theatre, circus, performative installation and in projects created with amateurs and young people. She most commonly works with THE FARM, a collaborative group working for utopian ideals, whose works varies in style from traditional theatre spaces, to sight specific and interactive works.

After completing her dance training at the Queensland University of Technology Kate spent four years at Dancenorth under the Artistic Direction of Gavin Webber. In 2006 and 2007 the company presented her first work, 'This you made of me', created with Alice Hinde. In 2009 Kate relocated to Gemany where she joined Pvc Tanz Freiburg (Physical Virus Collective). At PVC she worked in theatre and dance productions with Directors Christoph Frick and Tom Schneider, and Choreographers Gavin Webber, Grayson Milwood and Graham Smith. Her works have been presented by Dance North, Theater Freiburg, Theater Heidelberg and PVCtanz Germany.Since 2013 Kate has once again been working out of Australia and focusing her energy on projects with THE FARM and developing her solo choreographic practise. She is currently questioning the notion of performance and the idea of authenticity within a performance context and has always been interested in an honest exchange between the performer and audience.

Dr Nicholas Ng


Project: One Two Ten 2015 Anywhere Festival

Nicholas is a composer/performer who has appeared at Sydney Opera House, Merkin Concert Hall (New York), KunstenFESTIVALdesarts (Brussels), Melbourne International Arts FestivalOzAsia Festival (Adelaide) and Push Festival (Vancouver).

Nicholas’ compositions may be heard on ABC radio. Published by Orpheus Music, he has been commissioned by the Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, QL2 Dance Inc (Canberra, Australia), Griffin Theatre, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Voices, Chronology Arts, Society for Universal Sacred Music, and Performance 4a. 

He edited 'ENCOUNTERS: Musical meetings between Australia and China', a book based on the 2010 festival that he curated while on staff at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.Nicholas is passionate about creating awareness about the history and contemporary culture of the Chinese in Australia. He practices Tai Chi weaponry, ballet and enjoys cooking.

Sammie Williams

Project: One Two Ten 2015 Anywhere Festival

Sammie is an independent performer, teacher and choreographer ranging in styles from contemporary to commercial. Sammie completed her formal training at QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. Sammie believes strongly in the role of community arts for young people and has a lot of experience working in schools and with youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Some of her choreography credits include the film clip ‘Balloons’ for Foals, ‘Empty Beats for Lonely Dancers’ (2009), ‘One Way’ (2010) and ‘Hands that Hurt’ (2012) for the QUT graduation seasons. As a choreographer Sammie is most interested in developing her choreographic style by exploring the physicality of combining contemporary and street dance.
As a performer Sammie participated in Force Majeure’s choreographic lab Culminate/Cultivate season 2013/14. Sammie has also previously performed for the Expressions Dance Company Education Team, Queensland Arts Council, Dancehouse, Melbourne Australia, The Place Prize (UK), the Australian Dance Festival Official and numerous independent seasons and commercial works. Some of her recent performance credits include ‘Hot Brown Honey Burlesque’, ‘Boiling Point’ (Phluxus2 Dance Collective), Slowdive (Claire Marshall Projects), Fifteen (Liesel Zink) and solo work ‘Klub Kulcha’ for Metro Arts’ Cross-stitch. Most recently Sammie performed in Motherboard Productions production of 'Deluge' for the Brisbane Festival and Seoul International Dance Festival.

Hsin-Ju Chiu (aka Raw) 

Project: One Two Ten 2015 Anywhere Festival

Originally from Taiwan, Hsin-Ju completed her BFA (Dance) and MFA (Dance) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and appeared as a guest artist for Dancenorth’s productions such as 'Gravity Feed', 'The Sleeping End' (choreographed by Antony Hamilton), 'NightCafe06' and 'Underground' as part of her masters project. 
After graduating, Hsin-Ju joined Dancenorth collaborating and performing with Gavin Webber in performances such as 'Underground', 'NightCafe07', 'Remember Me' and 'Nowhere Fast' (choreographed by Ross McCormack). In 2008, she was invited to Vienna with Dancenorth for a two week residency at ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival
In 2009 she performed in Gavin Webber's 'Rock Show', in collaboration with Australian rock band Regurgitator as part of @Q150. The following year she performed with Sydney’s Stalker Theatre Company on a large scale work titled 'Shanghai Lady Killer'. In early 2010, Hsin-Ju was invited to Austria to join Splintergroup for Festspielhaus St. Polten's Australia in Residence program and performed 'Remember Me' and 'Legless'. 
In 2012, she performed in Brisbane based independent artist Lisa Wilson Projects 'Lake' which then toured regionally in Australia in 2014. The same year, she returned to her home country to work with the Hong Kong filmmaker Maurice Lai on a dance video titled 'Rite of City-Reminisce' for Jumping Frames Dance Video Festival 2012 which has been shown all over the world. 
In 2013, she moved to Melbourne and performed in Melbourne Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker season, working as guest artist at Bounczn Dance Company and guest contemporary dance teacher at Melbourne City Ballet
In late 2014, Hsin-Ju worked with Lisa Wilson again for her new show 'Never Without' (first development) and Phluxus2 Dance Collective's 'The indepenDANCE project'. 
In 2015, she returned to Melbourne for Royal Children Hospital/Ausdance Victoria's project Love and participated in Melbourne based choreographer Victoria Chiu's work 'Do You Speak Chinese?' (in collaboration with Kristina Chan). 
Currently finished two weeks development with Stalker Theatre Company for its new show called 'The Burrangong Affairs'. In May 2015, she will work with THE FARM (Gold Coast based dance company) for a two weeks beach open studio project called 'Inside Out'.

The Feather Collector

Project: One Two Ten 2015 Anywhere Festival

The Feather Collector is the mysterious and ethereal vocal project of Brisbane based vocalist and composer, Hannaka. Using a loop pedal and an improvised language, The Feather Collector is a means for transcending the mundane.

Devised as a vehicle to conjure feeling that moves beyond words, the vocalisations begin the breath and on ideas surrounding our cyclic existence. The Feather Collector weaves a web of sound, movement and passion in a not quite music, not quite dance, not quite performance art, not quite drone manner.

The Feather Collector stands between the borders of different art practices. Her works vary from music-driven performances, which are wild, tribal-like and emotional, to installation and durational pieces that feature recorded sound productions, accompanying images and objects, giving life and expression to things such as trees, bones and water.The project was dreamt up on the rooftop of a hotel in Jakarta, while listening to the Azan-call from the mosques that goes out across the nation at dusk. Moved and inspired by the myriad of sounds that floated up, it sparked a desire to retell stories, mythologies and marginal histories. Like collecting feathers. Giving place and expression to wildness, the inverse of dominant discourse and the vague sense of transcendence that mankind experiences in times of rapture. As The Feather Collector, Hannaka Johnson has worked with a number of artists including composer Daniel Fournier, compiling a 4-track Ep entitled Ereshkigal that is now available on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Andrew Searle

Project: THAT PRODUCTION COMPANY Artists in Residency 2014

Andrew Searle, born 23/01/1991 in Adelaide, South Austraia. Trained in commercial dance since age 3 at Eastern Districts Academy of Dance before moving to Terry Simpson Studios to pursue training in classical and contemporarydance from age 14.

He graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2012 and performed with DanceNorth in Townsville from 2013-2014 touring Queensland, Tasmania and New Zealand. 

Mariana Paraizo

Project: THAT PRODUCTION COMPANY Artists in Residency 2014

Mariana was born in Brazil and moved to Portugal at the age of 14. She holds a Degree in Dance (Escola Superior de Dança – Portugal) and has performed in many different countries such as Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Luxemburg, Denmark, Russia and Australia.

In 2010, she was finalist of the TV Show So You Think You Can Dance’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Mariana looks for versatility, in 2011 went to Los Angeles, California to take classes and workshops. She has a passion for choreography and has worked as a choreographer for numerous companies such as ADAM Dance Company, Ritmos Urbanos, Anime and the Dance Conservatory School in Madeira Island.

Aimee Dittmer

Project: THAT PRODUCTION COMPANY Artists in Residency 2014

Aimee is a young emerging artist in Brisbane. Her work is focused in the fields of Applied Theatre, acting/performance maker.

She graduated from Griffith University in a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre. Her performance credits are: The Eisteddfod by That Production Company 2013, Envelope by the Vertebras 2013,The Strange – itorium by Linda Hassall as a part of Out of the Box Children’s Festival 2012, Lysistrata by That Production Company 2012, The Room by Backbone Youth Ensemble as a part of the World Theatre Festival 2012

Christy Williams

Project: Three Easy Steps Anywhere Theatre Festival 2013

Christy moved to Australia in September 2012 from New York State.

Prior to her move overseas, Christy had been performing and producing work based in New York City, Philadelphia and throughout the Northeastern United States.  

She has been a member of the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, Inclined Dance Project and the founding director of the xt Danscollective.

She has also performed freelance work with Séan Curran Company, Opera Boston, BalletRox among others including a work in the Brisbane Festival 2012 (Capitol, physical theatre work by Tina Dobaj Eder and Gregor Kamnikar). 

Along with performing and choreographing Christy teaches ballet, jazz and contemporary classes.

Christy is very excited to be performing with MakeShift this winter!