ENCOUNTER, in partnership with FORM Dance Projects and Sydney Youth Orchestras, presented in Sydney Festival 2020
CO ARTISTIC DIRECTORS
ROB MCCREDIE and GABRIELLE ROSE
Rob is Co Artistic Director of FLING Physical Theatre with Gabrielle Rose, and has been with FLING since 2014. Highlights include making Speech, created for Rule of Three, collaborating with Ensemble Offspring for the Four Winds Festival, the presentation of Australian Dance Award winning work Body and Environment in 2018, and collaborating with FORM Dance Projects and choreographer Emma Saunders on ENCOUNTER for Four Winds and Sydney Festival.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Dance from VCA and has performed with Legs on the Wall/ Form Dance Projects, Natalie Cursio Co, and Finucane and Smith, and numerous independent artists. He has created his own work for Next Wave Festival, Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for Small Spaces and DirtyFeet. He has also created set installations for Fiona Bryant and Jo Lloyd, and created work integrating dance and design with collaborators Holly Durant and Tim Newth.
Gabrielle is the current Co Artistic Director of FLING Physical Theatre with Rob McCredie and has been with FLING since 2013. She is inspired by experiences that excite the imagination, ignite joy and ultimately catalyse connection between people. These values have inspired her work with FLING, and as a result she has created and facilitated a broad range of work that has engaged, activated and inspired her regional community.
Gabrielle holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Choreography) from the Victorian College of the Arts, a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Dance and Theatre Studies) from the University of New South Wales and was a participant in the Solo Performance Residency at Victoria University. In both Australia and the UK Gabrielle has presented her own choreographic work, facilitated learning and making processes, worked as a performer and produced events that served as a platform for other dance artists. Gabrielle was also recipient of the Wilma Firth Award for outstanding achievement in Dance Education.
DANCE DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS
Beth is one of the Dance Development Officers at FLING Physical Theatre.
A graduate of the VCA/UniMelb, (Bachelor of Dance), she has worked as a dancer and creator on a range of independent performance projects in Australia, NZ and Berlin. Beth is an established and sort after teacher in dance education, youth and community projects throughout Australia. Creating, teaching and facilitating program development has taken her into university, school, higher education and company spaces.
Beth worked with choreographer Russell Dumas ‘Dance Exchange’, maintained a regular studio practice with the Company and was exposed to the wealth of knowledge held by Dumas and his creative associates around the world.
Fascinated by the body, her teaching is influenced by a range of somatic movement practices. She facilitates spaces to move which are thorough as well as playful, specific and imaginative. She continues her own learning in somatic practice with practitioners Shona Innes and Wendy Smith, alongside her own teaching and creating.
Paddy is one of the Dance Development Officers at FLING Physical Theatre.
Growing up in the Bega Valley, he thrived in his family connection to dance. His mother Colleen (Finneran) Meessmann, a local teacher and former dancer with Pina Bausch, instilled dance and creativity in daily life. Paddy joined Lee Pemberton at FLING Physical Theatre from the company’s beginnings.
A graduate of the VCA/UniMelb (Bachelor of dance), Paddy has worked professionally as a performer and dance educator across Australia. He was a member of The Australian Ballet’s Dance Education Ensemble, delivering the ‘Out There’ program, designed and mentored by Helen Cameron. He has co-directed dance programs, devised performance, and worked as an artist in residence in schools throughout Australia.
Paddy has performed with Opera Australia as a dancer and actor, worked with Delia Silvan on ‘La Pellegrina’, directed by Rodney Hall for Woodend Winter Arts Festival. In creative collaborations, he has designed and created set and costuming, choreographed and presented work independently at ‘You are Here” in Canberra, PAVE in Emerald and Dunedin Fringe in New Zealand.
Paddy is excited by the potential in dance to open a dialogue and pass information through bodies. He is looking forward to reconnecting with his home community to share his passion for movement, creativity and body awareness.
Anton has had 24 years of professional experience as a performer, choreographer, producer, project director, dance filmmaker, movement director, rehearsal director and dance teacher. As a performer, he has worked with Dance North, Australian Dance Theatre, Tasdance, Legs on the Wall, Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Opera and independents Shaun Parker, Meryl Tankard, Tanja Liedtke and Martin del Amo. Commissions and choreographies include Supermodern - Dance of Distraction (Form Dance Projects, 2012), IOU (Spring Dance 2012, Sydney Opera House), Durak (Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2012), Beautiful Noise (Brisbane Arts Festival, 2011), Compact Homo Sapien (TanzFestival Ingolstadt, Germany, 2010), Capacity (WAPPA, 2010), The Blur (Tasdance, 2009) and Freedom to Launch (Sydney Opera House Education Unit, 2007). Anton was also the Project Director of the 2014 Australian Dance Awards and the Opening Bloc Party at Parramasala 2013. Anton’s dance films have been screened nationally and internationally, receiving nominations at the Australian Dance Awards (2006) and REEL DANCE (2004).
After discovering backstage theatre in her teens Anne went on to train in Stage Management, Lighting and Sound at the then Centre for the Performing Arts in Adelaide. On graduating she travelled to Scotland where she spent 10 years working in lighting at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, touring with Scottish Opera and finally as Deputy Electrician/ Technical Training Tutor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Relocating to the Bega Valley in 2005 with a young family Anne held a variety of jobs before joining the FLING team as bookkeeper in 2013. As Production Coordinator Anne now combines all her skills and experience to manage the smooth running of the office and support productions in anyway possible, from managing Front of House to Lighting Design and anywhere in between.
Jazmyn grew up in the Bega Valley - joining FLING in 2010 and performing with the company in all FLING's major productions over a seven year period. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) in 2019, and whilst there worked with choreographers including Alisdair Macindoe, Larissa McGowan, Sue Healey, Stephanie Lake, Prue Lang and Sarah-Jayne Howard.
During this time she also performed in Stephanie Lake’s Colossus (2018, 2019), in a choreographic exploration for Tracie Mitchell’s Waste Project Experiment (2019), Lee Pemberton’s Heritage, Lineage & Future (2018), and a re-creation of Gertrud Bodenwieser’s Demon Machine as part of the Dancing Sculpture program and Brave New World Exhibition at the NGV (2017). She created her first short dance film OBSERVER in 2019, which was presented at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris.
Currently based in Melbourne, Jazmyn was delighted to return to the valley in 2020 to work with the FLING Company to create film project Whose Thoughts Are They.
The FLING Company at Four Winds Festival, Image Ben Marden
FLING BOARD MEMBERS
Emma Hibbert - (BA Theatre, Grad Dip Ed. MA Ed.) - Chair
Emma is an experienced manager, producer and educator, and has worked for Sydney Theatre Company and Company B Belvoir. Now teaching Drama at a secondary college, she brings to the board professional industry experience and a creative and pragmatic approach to production and theatre.
Belinda Rosenbaum - Deputy Chair
Belinda is an artist with a background in design and arts administration. In 2016 she initiated the Lonely Arts Club Pambula, a team of local artists and arts workers that facilitate art workshops and creative projects such as the Ephemeral Festival with Panboola Wetlands. Prior to this, she worked with The Glasshouse Regional Gallery (Port Macquarie) in the development and delivery of children’s activities and public programs. She was commissioned by the Bega Valley Shire Council to create the mural Dream Swim for the Sapphire Aquatic Centre in 2014, and the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club in 2016 for the mural The Mob & Moonbeams.
Faith Maclennan - Chartered Accountant - Treasurer
Faith has worked in the Bega Valley as an accountant for nearly ten years. Faith has always had a love for dance with her childhood aspirations to be a dancer. Instead she followed her other interest in accountancy and completed the Chartered Accountants program in 2013. Over the time she has worked in audit and taxation.
Jen Hughes - Secretary
Jen Hughes, a long time resident of Merimbula, has years of intertwining her spare time with the arts through her involvement in theatre, teaching yoga, and competing in speech and debate. In her professional work, she is an experienced business leader and recruitment specialist with a passion for marketing and sales. In the arts: Prior to her debut in locally produced Prix D’Amour in 2010 with Spectrum Theatre Group of Merimbula, she spent her youth competing in drama, prose, and impromptu and in 2004, was one of 12 coaches on a high school speech & debate team. Jen has since had an opportunity to direct a one-act play, be a board member with Spectrum Theatre Group, and teach adult Yoga in the area. She loves to draw from all of her work & volunteer experiences to drive growth, create high value for her colleagues, and motivate people to unite. She loves the art of creating and producing high quality performances for both youth and adults alike.
Marianna is a business person, educator and advocate of kids' freedom of self-expression. She grew up in the Bega Valley in a time when performance opportunities and the arts culture were lacking, so was delighted, when she returned with young family, to discover a strong and established arts organisation in FLING. Marianna lives simply on life’s basics, happy to combine her indulgences of literature, music and theatre with her commitment to the fling board.
Matt is a Koori man who has dedicated his career to working with Aboriginal communities. He has worked in diverse remote and urban Indigenous communities across Australia. Matt's moral purpose is to see the future built with a deeper understanding of and support for Australian Aboriginal cultures. Across 17 years he has established strong relationships with communities, schools and various government sectors. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education), Graduate Diploma Education - Secondary Master of Education - Leadership, Policy, Change Management Cert IV Training and Assessment Cert IV Career Development, St.Lukes Strength to Strength and Solution Focused Framework Cognitive Coaching GROWTH Coaching.
The FLING Company in Body and Environment, Image Andrew Norman