Liesel Zink is an award-winning choreographer of Ukrainian and German descent interested in collective bodies as a tool for social change. She has developed and presented work around Australia, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Liesel’s practice explores the intersection of contemporary dance and community engagement often seeing her create performances in public-space and use her creative process as a means for artistic, cultural, and intergenerational exchange.
As an Independent choreographer, Liesel creates large-scale performances in public space. In 2023 she premiered en-masse public space performance Us And All Of This (Arts Centre Melbourne, Geelong Arts Centre and Bunjil Place), commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne with the support of the Betty Amsden Foundation, engaging over 250 community members in a powerful resistance to atomized ways of living. Her other significant public space work ‘The Stance’ was awarded the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance and was presented in 10 cities worldwide, engaging 80 dancers from ages 8 – 84. Other recent Independent projects include: ‘Daruvaty’ (Bleach Festival 2022), ‘Awesome: a state of wonder and fear’ (World Science Festival 2021), ‘Our New’ (IMA Gallery 2020), ‘We and the Uncertain’ (Ukraine 2019), and ‘Inter’ (Flowstate 2018).
As a choreographer, Liesel has also been commissioned to choreograph for Expressions Dance Company, Tasdance, and LINK. Liesel is currently an Associate Artist for Force Majeure and a board member of Theatre Network Australia. More broadly, Liesel is a dramaturge, facilitator, movement coordinator, producer, and advocate.
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