Curator and co-founder of Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance Kate Usher will lead the creative storm of art, movement and storytelling when it descends on Brisbane from 30 March to 7 April.

The showcase of contemporary dance leaps on to stages across the city, spotlighting Queensland’s major dance companies including Expressions Dance Company, Dancenorth, Queensland Ballet, Phluxus2 Dance Collective and The Farm as well as interstate artists and emerging and independent talent. Usher said the 2019 theme was The view from here: Dance in the Asia Pacific and encompasses seven major performance pieces, emerging works, a film program, a series of workshops for beginners through to industry professionals and a nightly schedule of facilitated conversations. “We’re particularly focused this year on programming strong female artists and works so are delighted to welcome Lucy Guerin, one of Australia’s leading choreographers, to present Split. This is the first time in over 10 years that her company, Lucy Guerin Inc, has toured to Brisbane,” Usher said.

The program combines a myriad of performances, spanning a great diversity of creative talent. “At the heart of Supercell is a desire to engage, inspire and connect audiences and artists and this year we are forging strong partnerships in the Asia Pacific region; championing the stories and talent of women; spotlighting artists with disability; and opening our public programs and workshops to dance lovers of all people and bodies,” Usher said. “More than 7000 people have attended a Supercell performance, event or workshop over the past two years and we look forward to welcoming many more in 2019.”

Supercell runs across multiple Brisbane venues including Brisbane Powerhouse, JWCOCA and New Farm Cinema. Supercell is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and by Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Powerhouse and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

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