mover • maker
Ashleigh (she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, producer and community arts facilitator. She uses the body as the central tool for creation, alongside text, object and space, creating works that balance darkness and fear with light, hope and reflection. Ashleigh uses movement as a vehicle to spark empowerment, celebration and change, encouraging active witnessing by audiences and participants.
In 2020, Ashleigh was a performer with GUTS Dance (Mpartnwe | Arrernte Country) for the regional Australian tour of The Perception Experiment and the Darwin Festival presentation of Dance: A Short Homage. She has been a choreographic collaborator for their large-scale education project Alice Can Dance since 2018.
She regularly performs in the work of other artists including Liesel Zink, Prying Eye (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 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.
Ashleigh holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) from QUT (Brisbane, 2012), a Postgraduate Diploma of Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK, 2013) and a Postgraduate in Production and Cultural Event Management from the University of Barcelona (Spain, 2016).
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).