mover • maker
I am a Brisbane-based dance artist, creator, producer and community arts facilitator. I aspire to create and participate in unique artistic projects with particular interest in site-specific performance, street arts, heightened audience engagement projects and festivals. I am passionate about using dance and movement as a vehicle for empowerment, celebration, shared reflection and change. I believe in the democratic nature of dance – its ability to connect all people and transcend language, culture and other barriers - and strive for creative processes that do not take place behind closed doors, but that engage with local artists and local people.
After graduating from QUT (Brisbane) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) in 2012, Ashleigh moved to Europe and completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Contemporary Dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) in 2013 and a Postgraduate in Production and Cultural Event Management at the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2016.
As a performer, Ashleigh has worked with international companies and choreographers including Liesel Zink, Guts Dance (AUS), Companyia AGITART | Roger Fernandez Cifuentes, Grace Euna Kim (BCN), Denada Dance Theatre (Spain/UK), Jamaal Burkmaar Dance for the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase, James Wilton Dance, Ben Wright and Frauke Requardt (UK). Ashleigh has choreographed for and performed in festivals throughout the world, including the Guandong Modern Dance Festival (China), 2High Arts Festival (Australia), Sismógraf (Spain), Swallowsfeet (UK) and Ripollesdansa (Spain).
Ashleigh has a long history working with young people, using dance as a tool for expression, confidence and creativity. From 2013 - 2018 she was a facilitator for COSMOU and CONARTE (Spain), leading movement workshops for primary and secondary students alongside creating multidisciplinary performances with young people. Ashleigh is currently a choreographic collaborator for Alice Can Dance, creating This is Music (2018) and Our Planet, Our Future (2019) large-scale contemporary dance works with 200 young people in Mpartnwe | Alice Springs.
As a producer she is passionate about working on festivals which disrupt and surprise audiences. In 2013, Ashleigh co-founded AGITART: Figueres es mou (Spain), a cultural project consisting of an internationally-recognized annual dance festival, audience engagement projects, a touring dance company, theatre programming and collaborations with international partners. Since 2018, she has been the Program Manager for Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance (Brisbane).
Ashleigh is currently creating her first full work, Fertile Ground, alongside creative collaborator Michael Smith, receiving an Ausdance QLD Four Walls Residency in collaboration with Expressions Dance Company. She is also a selected artist on the Place2Play program with the Sunshine Coast Council, creating a site-responsive work to premiere in Caloundra in early 2020.
ARTISTIC AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
ARTS Queensland Individuals Fund Recipient (2018)
Participation in Ice Hot Nordic Dance (December 2018, Reykjavik) and The Festival Academy’s Atelier for Young Festival Managers (March 2019, Malta).
2016 Participation in CASA Project (Audience and Marketing Development) (Belgium)
European programme designed by five arts organisations: MiramirO (Belgium), CircusInfo Finland (Finland), Cirqueon (Czech Republic), FiraTàrrega (Spain) and Subtopia (Sweden).