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Leisa Shelton

Leisa Shelton

Initiating Artist

Leisa is a performance artist /maker and curator with a practice that foregrounds collaboration and an advocacy for new Australian trans disciplinary work.

She initiated and curated the STEPS programs for Independent Dance in Sydney, 1994-98 through which the first International Dance on Screen festival was created.

In 2008, she founded Fragment31; a multidiscipline performance collective, whose most recent work has created performance translations for Canadian writer, Anne Carson’s – Autobiography of Red (Malthouse Theatre) and Irony is not Enough-Essay on my life as Catherine Deneuve (Arts House).

Leisa’s current practice is again focused on Curatorship and the development of new frames for the presentation of Performance. She is currently a co-curator for the Venice International Performance Week and will present MAPPING the Archive – tracing a shared history of New Media Art, commissioned by EXPERIMENTA for the 2015/16 Recharge tour.

Leisa’s practice is also strongly committed to creating advocacy and training for future Australian artists. She led the Postgraduate Performance Making Course (Animateuring) at the VCA (2006-2012) and now teaches independently across Australia and guest lectures with the VCA Centre for Cultural Partnerships.

Leisa was a member of the Meryl Tankard Company touring nationally and internationally before establishing her own independent practice.

Shu-Fen Yao

Shu-Fen Yao

Director and Choreographer of Century Contemporary Dance Co.

Yao Shu-fen has a Masters in Dance from New York University. During her time in the US, she received a scholarship from the renowned Merce Cunningham School, as well as support from the American Asian Cultural Foundation. She currently teaches at the National Taiwan University of Arts and focuses on improvisation, composition and contemporary technique.

In recent years, the style of her work is ever changing, yet at the same time always focusing on the contemporary culture of our times and reflecting on the relationship between humanity and the environment. She frequently receives invitations to perform at major festivals in US, Europe and Japan, and in 2010, Yao was invited to be the assistant director of La Fura dels Baus during the 2010 Shanghai Expo Project, Window of the City.

She has created over 10 major works with her company Century Contemporary Dance most notable Les Noces / Le Sacre Du Printemps with which she won the 9th Taishin Art Prize. Her recent production ‘Wings of Desire’ was commissioned by the National Theatre of Taipei and is scheduled to tour Internationally in 2015.