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27–29 July 2017

National contemporary youth dance company based in Canberra


And so QL2 Dance’s Quantum Leap ensemble uses The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as a launchpad to explore our sense of belonging and sense of responsibility: what is climate change doing to our beliefs?

Celebrated West Australian choreographer Claudia Alessi will bring her extensive background in physical theatre; Jack Ziesing (ex- Expressions Dance Company) returns; and QL2 alumni Eliza Sanders brings an exciting new voice to contemporary youth dance.

This Poisoned Sea will be epic, thoughtful and physical. Contemporary dance for all audiences.

“a compelling example of the use of dance to illuminate difficult themes.”
Bill Stephens, CityNews

“…tight in execution… energy, strength, and grace surprising in dancers so young.”
John P. Harvey, Stage Whispers

QL2 Dance is home to Quantum Leap, Canberra’s auditioned youth dance ensemble. They assist dance graduates to find their creative pathway.

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QL2 Dance

Dance School Event

70 minutes, no interval

This show contains fog haze effects.

This show is suitable for children.

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Quantum Leap Alumni

QL2 Dance in Canberra is a dance school programming regular classes for junior (8+) through to pre-professional dancers. Quantum Leap is QL2 Dance’s pre-professional ensemble.
Previous dancers of Quantum Leap have gone on to have enormous success as professional dancers including:

Daniel Riley of Bangarra Dance Theatre. Photograph by Tiffany Parker

Luke Currie-Richardson of Bangarra Dance Theatre. Photograph by Tiffany Parker

James Batchelor of Chunky Move.

Sam Young-Wright of Sydney Dance Company.


Daniel is an Indigenous man from the Wiradjuri nation, whose bloodlines traces back to Wellington and Dubbo of Western New South Wales.

Miyagan (2016) is his third work for Bangarra, following Riley (2010), and Scar, as part of Blak (2013).

Since graduating from Queensland University of Technology in 2006, he has danced for Leigh Warren & Dancers, Bangarra Dance Theatre, New Movement Collective (UK) and Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (UK). He has been nominated for Best Male Dancer at the Australian Dance Awards (2010 & 2013), and for Deadly dancer of the year at The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deadly Awards (2010, 2012 & 2013). Daniel’s film credits include Dan Sultan: Under Your Skin, and Stephen Page’s Spear, where he made his film debut as well as working as Director’s Attachment.

His other choreographic credits include works for QL2 Youth Dance, QUT Graduating year, Canberra Dance Development Centre, Third Row Dance Company (UK), Louisville Ballet (USA) and Sydney Dance Company.


Luke is a descendant of the Kuku Yalanji and Djabugay peoples, the Munaldjali Clan of South East QLD and the Meriam people of the Eastern Torres Strait Islands.

Luke has danced with the Gerib Sik Torres Strait Islander Dance Group (2002) QL2 (Quantum Leap) and MakeShift Dance Collective – an emerging group of Brisbane independent dance artists.

He studied Dance at NAISDA and in 2010 commenced a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

During his career, Luke has worked with a vast array of choreographers such as Vicki Van Hout, Marko Panzic, Graeme Watson, Frances Rings and Tammi Gissell.

In 2012 Luke appeared in Wesley Enoch’s I Am Eora for Sydney Festival. That same year he joined Bangarra as a trainee dancer, touring nationally with the company performing in Frances Rings’ Terrain.

He joined the company permanently in 2013 and has since performed Bangarra’s national, regional and international programs, including 2014’s successful 25th anniversary season.

Luke says he is honoured to be apart of the Bangarra family and aspires to be a role model for young children both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.


James Batchelor is a multidisciplinary artist working internationally. His mission is to make work that inspires curiosity. To shift assumptions, widen awareness and create possibility. He strives to find ways that dance can be a conversation, collaboration and exchange with other disciplines and communities. His work is particular in how it responds to context, from conception to presentation; it strongly considers how a performance exists within a specific space and time. James’ projects have been presented by major festivals, companies and venues around the world in theatres, galleries, museums and public contexts. In 2017 he is undertaking projects in Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Italy, Luxembourg and Paris and premiering new works for Dance Massive and Chunky Move.


Sam began dancing with Quantum Leap Youth Dance Company in Canberra, before studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year. In 2014 Sam was awarded a scholarship to attend the Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive, performing a new creation by Marco Goecke and repertoire from Crystal Pite, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot. In 2013 Sam seconded with Sydney Dance Company for the Australian premiere of Alexander Ekman‘s Cacti. Since joining Sydney Dance Company, Sam has performed works by Rafael Bonachela, Alexander Ekman, Mira Calix, Andonis Foniadakis, Kristina Chan, Gideon Obarzanek and William Forsythe.

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