Alison is an award winning choreographer and dance and physical artist based in Canberra. Her practice spans youth dance and theatre, dance education, choreography and performance, cross-disciplinary collaboration, solo research and industry development in Central Western NSW and the ACT. Alison holds a first class BA honours degree from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She is a member of The Childer’s Group, an independent arts advocacy body in Canberra and works closely with youth dance organisation QL2 Dance as tutor, education manager and choreographer.
In 2012 Alison established dance and physical theatre company Lingua Franca with Adam Deusien. Based in her home town of Bathurst they create visceral new performance engaging professional, emerging and community artists. Their work unsustainable behaviour was presented at Artlands Dubbo 2016.
In Canberra, Alison leads Australian Dance Party, driven by her ongoing study of dance as a universal communicative medium to experience, debate and celebrate. The Party aims to build the sustainability of professional dance in the capital, embracing its political culture and engaging community in contemporary ideas through the power, playfulness and vulnerability of dance.
Recent work includes Water Tight at Art, Not Apart Festival, In a flash at the National Portrait Gallery, and Moving to Zero dance film series supported by ACT Environment. In November they present full length work ENERGEIA at Mount Majura solar farm.
Through her teaching, performance work and creative/activist practices, Alison is committed to utilising dance as a vital tool for social connection, communication and change.