LEISA SHELTON

Leisa Shelton is a performance artist/ maker and curator with a practice that foregrounds collaboration and an advocacy for new Australian transdiciplinary work and expanded cultural and practice exchange across AustralAsia.

Leisa's current practice is focussed on Curatorship and the Development of new frames for the presentation of Performance. This has seen her in residence at the Spill Festival in London, as a guest artist and member of the International jury for the 2010 Taishin Art Prize, in Taiwan, as well as guest artist in NY, Chicago and LA, meeting with artists and producers toward future dialogues and collaborations.

In 2014, she curated and presented a body of Australian work as co-curator of the Venice Performance Week (Dec 2104) and launched the touring project MAPPING, a commissioned work for EXPERIMENTA Recharge- the Australian bienniale of new media art.

Alongside these collaborations Leisa has been physical director/ collaborator on productions with Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre CO and Belvoir St Theatre.

She was the inaugural recipient of the Rex Cramphorn Memorial Prize for director and her productions have been nominated for several green room awards.

Leisas practice is also strongly committed to the training and development of future Australian artists and companies. She led the Postgraduate Performance Making Course (Animatuering), at the VCA (2006-2012) and has taught physical performance at Monash, VUT, Deakin and Syndey Universities, as well as being an associate teacher with NIDA in Sydney (1993-97).

Internationally, she has been a guest artist and TNUA Taipei National University of the Arts, 2012, DasArts in Amsterdam (2005) and a member of staff with the International Research Centre for Asian Theatre, TTRP Singapore. Leisa was a member of the Meryl Tankard Company (1991-1993) touring nationally and internationally before establishing her own independent practice.


SHU-FEN YAO

Director and Choreographer of Contemporary Dance Co.

Yao Shu-Fen obtained her master degree from New York University in performing arts and choreography. During her time in the US, she received a scholarship from the renowned Merce Cunningham School, as well support from American Asian Cultural Foundation. Amercian dance magazine "Attitude", described her as a "precious dance performer, from her there are many things to learn".

She currently teaches at the National Taiwan University of Arts and focuses on improvisation, composition and contemporary technique. She is also the leader and main choreographer of Century Contemporary Dance Company.

In recent years, the style of her work is ever-changing, yet at the same time always focusing on the contemporary culture of our times and reflecting on the relationship between humanity and the environment. Yao Shu-Fen seeks inspiration from details of the multi-dimensional space in daily life, with a magic realist touch. And she is one of the few artist in Taiwan capable of interpreting theatrical structure through the language of dance. She frequently receives invitations to perform at major festivals in US, Europe and Japan.

In 2010, Yao was invited to be the assistant director of La Fura dels Baus during the 2010 Shanghai Expo Show Window of the City and choreographed the 10th Anniversary of Century Contemporary Dance Company's production of Les Noces/ Le Sacre Du Printemps. Yao Shu-fen is the winner of the 9th Taishin Art Award in Performance Art category. Her recent production 'Wings of Desire' was commissioned by the National Theatre of Taipei and is scheduled to tour Germany in 2015.