I Dance Festival - a mini film festival of dance films, showcasing excellence in dance films curated and created by artists with disability across the ACT, Australia and the world.

Hosted by Hanna Cormick, Matt Shilcock and Liz Lea and funded by an ACT I Day grant for the 2020 International Day of People with Disability

Hanna Cormick

Hanna Cormick is a performance artist, theatre-maker and curator, with a background in physical theatre, dance, circus and interdisciplinary art. Cormick’s practice has spanned many genres and continents over twenty years, including as a founding member of Australian interdisciplinary art-science group Last Man To Die, one half of Parisian cirque – cabaret duo Les Douleurs Exquises, and as a mask artist in France and Indonesia. She is a graduate of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (Paris), Charl es Sturt University’s Acting degree, NIDA’s Young Actor’s Studio, Ecole des Arts Chinois du Spectacle (Paris) and has trained with The Grotowski Center (ARTA, Paris), Pan Théâtre/Roy Hart Centre (Malerargues), and Per Brahe (Bali). Her recent work centres around disability activism and includes The Mermaid (2018 Art, Not Apart; 2018 Ainslie+Gorman; 2020 Sydney Festival), Canary (2019 – 2020 worldwide locations for Climate Change Theatre Action), Little Monsters (2019 Art, Not Apart), Theatre & Plagues (2020 online), the current work – in – progress theatre work Zebracorn, and as co-curator of Eastern Riverina Arts’ online disability arts festival Platform LIVE (2020). In 2018 she was a finalist for the National Award for Disability Leadership (Arts) and the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award (Young Leader). Her current practice is a reclamation of the body through radical visibility.

Matt Shilcock

Matt Shilcock is a South Australian based contemporary dance theatre artist. Diagnosed at birth with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, commonly known as ‘brittle bone disorder’, he spent much of his youth in a wheelchair before learning to walk at the age of fifteen. He has toured his work and spoken at conferences and performed internationally. Matt is currently an associate artist with The Australian Dance Theatre where he combines his passions for dance and choreography and interests in Alchemy to develop his own choreographic methodology and movement language Osteogenuine.

Liz Lea

Liz Lea has 30 years experience as a nationally and internationally recognised dance artist, choreographer and producer. She has been commissioned in India, UK, Australia, South Africa, Singapore and the USA. Liz was named the 2017 ACT Artist of the Year and also received an Australian Dance Award that year. Liz directed Canberra Dance Theatre for 6 years and directs two Festivals – DANscienCE where dance and science meet and BOLD, which celebrates the legacy of dance across all identities. BOLD III is due to run in March 2021. Liz has extensive experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and sits on the National Portrait Gallery’s Access Advisory Group. Liz has presented two TEDx performance talks (2014 and 2018). In 2019 she toured her one-woman show RED, directed One Giant Le ap, a cross-community project celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing and worked in Singapore as part of an Asialink Residency with Maya Dance Theatre and DADC, a company of dancers who live with Down Syndrome. In 2020 she toured RED to the UK and is Movement Director for a new production in Kuwait. Liz is a member of the ACT Minister’s Creative Council.

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