Contact seeks to express why our bodies yearn for understanding and community after the impact of personalized objects and technology. How can we return the power back to the body and find human connection?

Three dancers and an unknown figure are driven towards the dark forces that lie within. Robert Downie's live score is a futuristic dreamscape through which the dancers are entwined and Andrew Treloar clothes them with an edge of fashion. Serpentine, relentless, encountering objects. Remove the mask. Contact.


Concept/Choreoghraphy: Jack Riley
Performers: Olivia McPherson, Isabelle Beauvard, Andrew Treloar, Robert Downie
Costumes: Andrew Treloar
Sound Design: Robert Downie
Lighting Design: Rachel Zany Lee


Date: 14-17 September
Times: 7:30pm
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse
Cost: $25 F | $20 C | $15 DH Members




14 - 17 September:
$39 ($13 each)


Jack Riley is a recent graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, BFA in dance. Jack is 22 years of age and is largely influenced by his elite level success in the martial arts of Judo, representing Australia at National and International level. Jack began dancing with Quantum Leap Youth Dance Ensemble in Canberra, under the artistic direction of Ruth Osborne and worked with many established dance artists. After graduating from VCA Jack has laid a foundation in Melbourne as a performer and choreographer, presenting at popular events such as the Melbourne Fringe Festival, reflected in being nominated for best dance award for 2016. Early this year Jack had the experience of working for Tasdance company on their new work Fragile Matter. Jack recently finished performing with the Australian Opera in their new production of the King Roger, following this presenting his second full length work Contact in Canberra.

Olivia McPherson is a 2016 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. Whilst at the VCA, Olivia performed in Singapore at the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2015: Continuum Dance Exchange and travelled to France to participate in workshops at the Camping Festival, Micadanses and the Montpellier Dance Festival. Olivia presented her own work Render in the 2016 VCA danceON Season, and was awarded the Orloff Family Trust Scholarship for most outstanding in her graduating year at VCA. She also performed in Melanie Lane's work, Remake, as part of Chunky Move's Next Move program and in the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Most recently Olivia worked with Tasdance on the seasons of Fragile Matter, choreographed by Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis, and Brew, choreographed by the company ensemble and AD Felicity Bott.

Isabelle Beauverd is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts, and a recipient of the Choreographic Development Fund Award. In 2015 Isabelle travelled to France to participate in workshops led by Joné San Martin, before being selected to perform in Singapore for the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival. While at the VCA, Isabelle has worked with distinguished choreographers such as Sandra Parker, Lee Serle, Stephanie Lake, and Prue Lang. In 2016 she presented her work Bottom line at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and performed in Sandra Parker's Human Version for Lucy Guerin's 'Pieces for Small Spaces' program.

Andrew Treloar is an interdisciplinary artist working between contemporary art, performance and fashion design. He develops his projects and hosts others in his purpose-built studio TRELOARLAND. He completed a Masters in Fine Art by Research in 2014, studying interrelationships between training and conditioning practices in dance and sport to generate processes for making art works. Andrew's costume work for dance has included multiple works for Dancenorth, Rebecca Jensen's Explorer, Shian Law's Vanishing Point, and was nominated for a Green Room Award for Lillian Steiner and Leah Landau’s BUNKER.

Robert Downie is a producer, sound designer and an artist. Downie has composed and performed in contemporary dance works at Inner Varnika Festival (2016), Strawberry Fields (2016) and Melbourne Fringe (2016), worked with blogs Munday and Youth Misinterpreted, composed scores for several short films including Lola (dir. James Carroll 2016) and 'Under the Table’ (dir. Max Walter 2015), and a number of theatre shows including Matrophobia! (Adelaide Fringe 2017). As Halvardan, Downie wrote a short graphic novel that is to be read while listening to an experimental music album, released in 2017. Currently Downie is making an EP with his band Hemm to be released with Smooch Records in mid 2017, and working with an engineer and sculptor to create music making robots.

Rachel Zany Lee has worked with various performance venues based in Singapore including The Star Performing Arts Centre and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay - since completing her studies in Audio-Visual Technology at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Currently an undergraduate of Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Rachel is a lighting designer with a passion for live performances as a storytelling medium. Works in VCA includes No End of Blame (2016), HOLT! Who Goes There? (2016) and A Live Exhibition (2016). Professional works includes Le Carton (Singapore, 2014) and NUS CAC+US (Singapore, 2016). Rachel is a 2016 Lyrebird Awards nominee for her design on Camberwell Grammarians’ Theatre Co. (CGTC) adaptation of One Man, Two Guvnors (2016). At present, she has completed internship with Tony Award winner, Nigel Levings on The Production Company’s Hello, Dolly! (2017) and is set on another exciting one with Bangarra Dance Theatre for their 2017 premiere work, Bennelong (2017).


The artists gratefully acknowledge their partner, QL2 Youth Dance Ensemble.