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Dr Alexander Hunter

Musical Director

 

Alexander Hunter studied music composition, performance and ethnomusicology at Northern Illinois University, and received a PhD in composition from Edinburgh Napier University. In his current role at the ANU Hunter has taught a range of music, art and design, and computer science subjects, and has developed new cross-disciplinary multimedia design and performance curricula. His creative practice is informed by his experience as an autistic composer, and uses field recordings to focus on observation, highlighting otherwise unheard details and patterns in our surroundings. His work with performers from music, dance and visual art backgrounds is based on non-hierarchical collaboration. 

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Graham Davis King

Musician & Cultural Advisor

Graham Davis King is a Wiradjuri and Ngiyampaa artist and activist. He was born in the Crown Street Women’s Hospital in March 1967 to Ada King and Sid Davis. King’s grandfather Archie King was among the last Aboriginal law men to go through ancient Wiradjuri and Ngiyampaa Aboriginal law ceremonies in the first half of the 20th century. King grew up in the Sydney inner city suburb of Redfern and in and around the inner western suburbs. From an early age King has been involved in projects that concentrate on Aboriginal culture and education as an outcome. In 1985, and for the following 10 years, King worked on an Aboriginal radio program called 'Aborigines in Focus’ for Radio 2SER in Sydney whilst concurrently working at Radio Redfern (1985-1993). In 1993 King received a writing award from the Cannes Film Festival for his work on the film Lake Mungo Lady. King also continues to work as a dancer and storyteller and has performed in the Koories In Theatre troupe alongside the renowned storyteller, Pauline McLeod (deceased) from 1993 to 1999. This troupe performed at many venues in and around Sydney including schools, galleries and museums and also on ABC TV for Playschool. King also performed as a dancer with Yidaki Didj and Dance from 1994 to 2005 and travelled across Australia and internationally with this dance company. King currently resides in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney where he set up the Blue Mountains Aboriginal Artists Cooperative in Katoomba in 2006 and is a Director of the Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture and Resource Centre. Through this work King has been able to stage local exhibitions in which he also participates. In 2005 and 2006 King was a finalist in the Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Award held at NSW Parliament House, Sydney. In the 2006 show he won the inaugural College of Fine Arts Professional Development Award. This award offered King a residency at COFA and the chance to work with COFA staff in an art form of his choosing. King chose to work alongside printmaker, Michael Kempson, a collaboration that resulted in King’s first solo exhibition, Wantanganura, staged at COFAspace in October, 2007.

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Liz Lea 

Director/Movement

Liz was awarded a 2017 Australian Dance Award for her direction of Great Sport! at the National Museum of Australia. She was also named the 2017 was the ACT Artist of the Year and was the 2018 ACT Dance Artist of the 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 Leap, 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.

 

Liz worked for Ausdance ACT for 4 years, becoming the Creative Director in 2019. In 2020 she has toured RED to the UK and is Movement Director for a new production at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre. Liz is a member of the ACT Minister’s Creative Council and is represented by Karen Gallagher and Associates.