Leg Up Emerging Artists
Leg Up is Legs On The Wall’s continued commitment to fostering and supporting independent artists in new/early career. The focus and intent of Leg Up is an opportunity for professional development through the sharing of physical and theatrical know-how with the potential of future work with Legs on the Wall. The Program will be made up of a small group of artists that have shown a vested interest in the company and a passion to develop their skills. Leg Up will run over a 12-month term, starting inJanuary which concludes at the end of each year.
The Leg Up Program offers:
Free workshop and classes
Mentorship from the Artistic Director
Grant and budget guidance
Free Space when available
Understudy opportunities on Legs shows
Cross-promotion of individuals’ projects
The 2019 artists have been selected (see below). To apply for 2020, or if you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
2019 Leg Uppers
Romain is a generalist at heart and a practitioner of things movement. With origins in parkour, art du deplacement, capoeira and breaking, they are always entrenched in his practice, however his focus over the last few years has fallen under the umbrella of contemporary dance.
Romain currently works between the realms of dance, circus and parkour. He worked with Big hArt in the development and stage performance of ‘Skate project’ and is currently with the circus dance company Blindful in Melbourne where he has been touring with them since 2017. He has featured in several TV commercials and shoots involving parkour: including Canon and Jeep.
He was a part of the Melbourne pre professional youth dance company Yellowwheel and Melbourne Parkour as an instructor and practitioner. He was also a member of United Art of Movement in Ballarat and Hybrid Elements collective in Tasmania whose focus was to bridge the gap between dance, martial arts tricking and parkour.
In 2018 Romain choreographed a trio piece in development called ‘Crepitus’ and developed two solo pieces performed for Moonah moves festival in Tasmania and with the artists in residence program at the Van L dance company performed in Melbourne and Sydney.
What am I looking forward to as part of Leg Up?
I am looking forward to gaining some new skills to add to the arsenal and to take in and store whatever is thrown at me.
Born in Sydney, Tiana studied her first full-time dance course in 2013 at Ev & Bow Fulltime Dance Training Centre. In 2014, she went on to continue her training in contemporary dance at The New Zealand School of Dance where she graduated in 2016 with a Diploma in Dance Performance.
After graduating, Tiana worked with Taki Rua Productions alongside renowned New Zealand musicians Tiki Taane and Sam Trevethick on their National Tour of ‘Tiki Taane Mahuta’. She then joined Okareka Dance Company as part of the cast of ‘Mana Wahine’, which toured internationally throughout the year to Holland, Tahiti, Australia and Canada.
During 2018, Tiana joined Discotheque Dance Company for their new work ‘Missing Lids’, developed as part of Wellesley Studios Summer residency and went on to premiere in Auckland. She then rejoined the cast of Okareka Dance Company’s ‘Mana Wahine’ for their international tour of Hawaii. Returning to Sydney, Tiana worked with Kristina Chan on the first development of her new work ‘BRIGHTNESS’. She joined the cast as a dancer for the 30th year anniversary of the ‘World of Wearable Art Awards Show’ in Wellington. Ending the year, Tiana worked with Sydney based company, Legs On The Wall as a guest performer at the Ev & Bow Full-time Dance Training Centre 2018 Graduation.
This year, Tiana joined Ross McCormack’s company Muscle Mouth on their new work ‘As It Stands’ which premiered in the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival.
Originally from Sydney, Isabel is a contemporary dance artist with a passion for constant searching and innovation in movement. She completed her full-time training at the New Zealand School of Dance, graduating in 2016 as a contemporary dance major.
In 2016 she joined Okareka Dance Company for their show “Mana Wahine” which performed in Auckland, Wellington and at APAM in Brisbane. She also performed the short work “Fiercely Cool Animal Shapes” choreographed by Holly Newsome for the Dance Architect Choreographic Awards in Melbourne.
In February of 2017 she performed in a double bill of the works “Subsequent Slavery” by Samuel Hall and “Incognito” by Holly Newsome for Wellington Fringe Festival. In March she rejoined the cast of “Mana Wahine” for their international tours to the Netherlands, Tahiti, Canada and Australia. In May she joined Limitless Dance Company for their season of “SE7EN”.
In 2018 she re-joined Okareka for the Hawaiian tour of “Mana Wahine”. She also joined Discotheque as a collaborator for the Wellesley Studio's Summer Residency and became a cast member of their show "Missing Lids" which premiered in Auckland. Later on she join the team at World of Wearable Arts as a 2018 cast member and performed as part of the 30th Anniversary season.
In 2018 she was also fortunate enough to be granted a Spark residency at Legs on the Wall to explore her interest in the relationship between dance and stop motion film. Through her residency she was able to create her first dance stop-motion film "Liminal".
What am I looking forward to as part of the Leg Up Program?
I'm really excited to keep exploring and pushing myself further as an artist by working with the vast array of talented people who are apart of the Legs family.