New Move Network Presents:

Event: Collusion: Turbine


The New Move Network presents artists in residence Collusion, developing their work Turbine.

Turbine takes existing power structures and turns them on their head. 

It explores the similarities between Australia’s continued reliance on fossil fuels with the hyper-masculinity of the ‘Aussie Male’. The reluctance to move towards clean and renewable energy echoes our culture’s slow movement away from outdated cultural norms of gender and marriage inequality, contrasted with the turbine as a powerful symbol of change, renewal and progression. 

A workshop will give participants the chance to play a part in the creation of â€˜Turbine’ through tasks that explore group cohesion, problem solving and reliance on individual members, while an open class will focus on balletic technique and the compositional structures employed to re-code ballet as a medium for contemporary expression.

This is the first creative development of Collusion’s third chamber ballet and is the beginning of an evening-length work for four male dancers and live string quartet. 




Artist Biographies


Gareth Belling - Choreographer

Resident Choreographer of Collusion, Gareth has collaborated with this exciting group of chamber musicians on two evening-length, and many shorter ballets since 2005. He has also created works for Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, Queensland University of Technology and WAAPA. Along with Collusion, he was shortlisted for a 2016 Australian Dance Award for their chamber ballet DESIRELINES. 

Gareth has received fellowships and grants from the Australia Council, Arts Queensland, Australia-China Council, was mentored by Nils Christe (JUMP Mentorship) and selected for the Swiss International Coaching Project for Choreographers (SiWiC).

He holds a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology. 

Gareth danced with Queensland Ballet from 2002 to 2012, and continues to perform as a freelance artist, most recently with Odyssey Dance Theatre, Singapore.


Benjamin Greaves - Concept Design and Music Direction

Benjamin Greaves is the Artistic Director and Co-producer of Collusion. Collusion is Queensland’s own original fine art music and dance ensemble ( Under Ben’s direction this group of award-winning chamber music musicians, in collaboration with composers and a choreographer and dancers, bring together exceptionally strong performances. As a student he was a scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music and was awarded the Westpac Scholarship upon graduation at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. International studies took place in Belgium and the Czech Republic. Independently he is a successful freelance musician having performed and recorded with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata, Circa, Southern Cross Soloists, Queensland Ballet, Opera Queensland, and has featured at several festivals Nation-wide. He has recorded 4 CDs and performed in recital for an ABC Classics Broadcast. 


Michael Smith - Dancer

Michael is a freelance contemporary dance performer and choreographer. He graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Dance Performance - First Class. For his postgraduate studies, Michael was invited to showcase his collaborative project ‘Planets’ at the esteemed Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. ‘Planets’ went on to the Japanese Media Arts Festival where it received a Jury Selection award.
Michael received an Australia Council ‘ArtStart’ grant, allowing him first-hand experience of the artistic practices of world renowned dance practitioners Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company), Noa Werthiem (Vertigo Dance Company), Anouk Van Dijk (Chunky Move), Shaun Parker (Shaun Parker & Company) and Raewyn Hill (Co3).

As a freelance artist, Michael has worked with choreographers Matt Cornell, Lizzie and Zaimon Vilmanis, Liesel Zink, Gareth Belling, Louise Deleur (Lucid Dance Theatre), Paul Selwyn-Norton, Vanessa Mafe-Keane, Lisa Wilson, Courtney Scheu, Melissa Lanham (LissaJane Dance) and participated in Shaun Parker’s ‘trigger’ program for the development of his new work ‘XY’.
Michael recently performed Ohad Naharin’s ‘DecaDance’ with STRUT Dance for both the ‘Move Me’ festival and the Australian Dance Awards. He is also a published author and has co-authored a research paper ‘Perceiving the Interactive Body in Dance – Enhancing kinaesthetic empathy through art objects’ with Dr. Jenny Roche, published by Brunel’s Body, Space, Technology Journal.


Jacob Watten - Dancer

Jacob Watton is a Brisbane-based choreographer and performer. Recently graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at QUT. His choreographic credits include: Into the Blender, 2014 supported by the RADF and Queensland Government, Here, In My Bed, 2015 and Human (read Humane), 2016 at the DIY Festival, Loops, 2016 as part of the dance film series ‘Motion Capture’ and the development of and JULIET at the FAST Festival and QUT’s NEXUS series of original dance work. Most recently he premiered his first full length dance work, and JULIET, at the Supercell Contemporary Dance Festival in Brisbane. 

Jacob has danced in works by Richard Causer (We Are Schadenfreude), Gareth Belling (Before), Yolande Brown (The Tipping Point, The Tipping Point: Beijing Dance Tour), Jen Murray (Brief Encounters, Vacancies of the Heart), Matthew Lawrence (A Short History of Life), Csaba Buday (Pack), Lucas Jervies (Smile), and Jack Chambers (Until Late)

Most recently Jacob is undergoing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at QUT where he is investigating choreographic practice and transdisciplinary collaboration.


Image by FenLan Chuang

Event details

Dates:Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 - Friday, 31 Mar 2017

Open Workshop Wednesday March 22nd  |  3pm - 4pm

Masterclass Saturday 25th March | 10.30am-12.30pm

Public Showing Friday 31st March | 6pm (approximately 50 mins including Q&A)

Venue:The Space, Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns
Program:New Move Network
Genre:Dance, Workshop

Masterclass - $10 BOOK HERE 

Public Showing - $10  BOOK HERE

Open Workshop - Free | To book email or call 4088 1010