Alana Culverhouse appointed as new Co3 Executive Director

Western Australia’s flagship contemporary dance company, Co3 Australia, is delighted to announce the appointment of Alana Culverhouse as its new Executive Director. Alana joins Co3 after 10 years with the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries where she has steered arts investment and development in Western Australia, and with more than two decades in the arts sector. She will take up her position in mid-October.

Alana steps into the role as current Executive Director, Richard Longbottom, resumes and expands the position of Engagement Director allowing him to focus fully on his passion for youth dance, education and community engagement.

Co3 Australia Chair, Mario D’Orazio said, “After a dedicated search to find the person with the exact skill-set, integrity and values that align with those of Co3, the Board could not be more thrilled to appoint Alana to this vital role as the company looks to its next stage of growth. 

“We began our search a few months ago when Richard approached the Board about succession planning and also expressed his desire to focus and build on the company’s success in youth dance and education – recognised by our recent Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance for Project NEXT 2017.

It’s fantastic that Alana’s coming on board and that we get to keep Richard in the Co3 family, driving his passion.  The Board whole-heartedly thanks Richard for stepping into the role 18 months ago, wearing so many hats and steering the company while successfully growing our education and engagement programs. Richard has driven our strong values-based culture.

Alana is committed to leading contemporary arts practice and is a champion for investment in the arts and said, “I’m very excited by this opportunity to work for such an innovative company alongside world-class Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill. Co3 Australia is absolutely committed to leading contemporary dance practice and creating experiences that enrich lives. Co3 not only produces some of the best contemporary dance works you would see anywhere in the world but fuels creative practice.

The company has a unique approach to dancer development, wellness and professional pathways to create opportunities for Australian choreographers and artistic talent. I believe that Co3 can position itself as one of the key performing arts companies in Australia and bring Western Australian contemporary dance to the forefront of both the national and international stage.

Co3’s Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill said, “I am so proud of what Co3 has been able to achieve since we began four years ago and of the talented team of people that make up the Co3 family.

I am excited about Co3’s future, with this appointment that rounds out our senior team and takes us closer to becoming Australasia’s leading contemporary dance company.

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Renowned Japanese Architect sets the stage

His designs can be found throughout Japan and worldwide, and for the first-time renowned architect, Satoshi Okada, is making work for stage collaborating such Co3’s Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, Okada’s large scale set piece will transform the Heath Ledger Theatre in September for THE ZONE.

Raewyn discovered Okada-san’s work over a decade ago, when drawn to the simplicity of form, and the importance of light within the design of his Mt Fuji House (2000). They eventually met in Tokyo 2012 when both their works were presented at the National Arts Centre, Tokyo. During Raewyn’s AsiaLink residency to the Tokyo Wondersite in 2016 she finally invited him to create the set for her new work, THE ZONE, a work about community.

Of Satoshi, Raewyn says:

“Satoshi Okada’s architectural work is breath taking in beauty and simplicity, and it is an honour that he has agreed to design the set for THE ZONE. This is Okada-san’s first foray into designing anything for stage, and I am deeply honoured to have the opportunity to work with him and his team.”

Raewyn has long been interested in the intersection of human movement with architecture. It can be argued that architecture is inherently social; it has no functionality unless humans interact with it, explore it, live in it. The same can be said for contemporary dance; it is a form that is embodied and requires a viewer to engage with it, and meaning can only be discovered through this engagement.

“For me, dance is the ultimate in figurative sculpture, an emotionally engaging, embodied language communicating through the magical third space between performer and viewer. As a creator, I seek to make the invisible visible, relying on the viewer actively engaging with my work and connecting to the emotionality represented in movement by the dancers.” Raewyn said.

With the support of Jonathan Lake at HASSELL architects, the set will be constructed at MosArts in Mosman Park for the duration of the rehearsal period before being installed at the Heath Ledger Theatre for the opening of THE ZONE that runs 7–16 September.


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A New Lead for Co3

Co3, Western Australia’s leading contemporary dance company, is pleased to welcome Richard Longbottom to the seat of Executive Director, commencing April 2017.

Richard is currently the Community Engagement Director with the Company and will take over the reins from outgoing Executive Director, Aaron Beach.

On the appointment of Richard Longbottom, Aaron Beach says, “I couldn’t be leaving the position and the company in better hands. Richard’s wealth of experience and passion for industry will ensure continued success for Co3, I look forward to watching the company’s growth over the next few years.”

This appointment strengthens the company’s position in the Perth dance sector with an ongoing commitment to community engagement, education and the development of the company of professional dancers.

Richard Longbottom started his career as a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and has worked in a number of roles including General Manager, Tasdance; Community and Education Manager, DanceNorth; other roles as a dancer and repetiteur; and since January 2015, Richard has been working as strategy and investment consultant to Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative, supporting young people in alternative education to successfully transition into employment, tertiary training, or back into mainstream schooling.

Of the new role, Richard says: “I have relished the opportunity over the past two years at Co3 to build the Community Engagement Program to a strong and sustainable model that is an anchor for the company. It not only provides training for young dancers but also employment for Co3’s dancers. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead of us as a Company and can’t wait for an amazing 2017!”

Co3 enters its second full year of programming in 2017 since its launch in October 2015. Of the transition in the company, Chair Wendy Wise says: “Co3 is unique in its organisational structure and an internal appointment ensures a continued understanding and commitment to the ethos of the Company. The Board of Directors and I are looking forward to working with Richard into the future.”

Aaron Beach will finish up with Co3 in April 2017, following the Perth premiere of Frank Enstein, the Company’s first collaboration with THE FARM. Aaron will commence the role of Deputy Executive Director of Belvoir in Sydney in April.For all media enquiries, please contact Georgia Malone on 0411 100 340 or

About Co3

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Co3 is the state’s flagship contemporary dance company, contributing a unique voice to the national cultural environment.

Co3 reinvigorates the conversation about, and experience of, contemporary dance. The company supports and inspires the development of contemporary dance, dancers and dance culture. Co3 is guided by the key programming principles of curate, commission, and create.

Co3 is currently a resident company at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia.

New opportunities for Co3 founding Executive Director

WA’s leading contemporary dance company is excited to see extraordinary opportunities open for its Executive Director, Aaron Beach, who will be taking up the position of Deputy Executive Director at Sydney’s Belvoir.

Aaron has been a part of the company since its inception and has played an integral role in ensuring the rapid growth of the company. Aaron has worked closely with founding Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, setting the strategic direction of the Company; the recruitment of the team; development of the philanthropy and partnership program and the growth of the community engagement program.

Of her colleague, Raewyn Hill says: “It’s been an honour working alongside Aaron these past two years, working in a partnership to get this company off the ground. We have achieved so much over this time and we couldn’t have done it without Aaron’s expertise, support and of course his sense of humour! The team will miss him immeasurably, however we know he’ll bring great strength and inspirational leadership to Belvoir and the theatre industry and we look forward to supporting him in his new role.”

Of his time with Co3, Aaron says: “To come to a company at its infancy and to see it grow into the strong, self-assured company it is today has been a rare opportunity. The team we have pulled together has allowed us to break convention and do things differently. I am proud of all we have achieved as a company and know I’m leaving it in great hands. I can’t wait to see the company continue to grow and flourish through national and international collaborations and beyond.”

Belvoir is located in Surry Hills, Sydney and presents a diverse program of theatre in its two spaces. Belvoir is a Major Performing Arts Company and has toured work around the world including an acclaimed season of The Wild Duck at the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival.

Chair of Co3, Wendy Wise says: “Aaron has been instrumental in ensuring the success of Co3 and I thank him from the bottom of my heart for his commitment and expertise in setting the company up to be in such a strong position. I am very pleased that Aaron now finds himself working at the heart of an established major arts organisation with prospects of a strong and rewarding future.”

Aaron remains with Co3 until April 2017 following the company’s world premiere season of Frank Enstein in collaboration The Farm and the Bleach* Festival. The recruitment of the Executive Director for Co3 will commence in February. |


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2017 – a year of growth and partnership

The first 18 months of Co3 Australia, WA’s flagship contemporary dance company, has delivered opportunities for artists and audiences to further grow contemporary dance in Western Australia. In this short time, the company has engaged over 100 artists and attracted more than 16,000 people to the artistic and engagement programs.


Reflecting on Co3 Australia’s first full program in 2016 Artistic Director Raewyn Hill says: “2016 was such a massive year for this little company. I am constantly in awe of the commitment and dedication of the team around me from our small admin team to the Company artists and the Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth ensemble members. I’m so proud to be the founding Artistic Director of Co3 and in a year where I presented my first full length work for the Company, and our Youth present their own performance season at the Dolphin Theatre, we are ready to take 2017 head on and continue to offer a full program for dancers and dance lovers of all ages.”


2017 will be Co3’s second full artistic program, with a focus on partnerships in creating and presenting new works, we continue to lay the foundations for opportunities to engage with dance in Perth and beyond. Company dancers will be split across a variety of projects and we invite local, national and international artists into the Co3 creative team.


As resident company at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Co3 will be presenting two new works in 2017. The Company partners with The Farm Directors Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood on Frank Enstein, a new work that will have its world premiere at the 2017 Bleach* Festival on the Gold Coast, before heading to Perth for a public and schools season. With a cast of Co3 dancers and The Farm collaborators, Frank Enstein is a retelling of the classic tale for children and adults – magical dance-theatre illuminating a path to self-acceptance. This is theatre as if made by Michel Gondry, handcrafted and full of the love of old fashioned techniques.


In September, Co3 returns to the Health Ledger Theatre with THE ZONE, an explosive dance work that explores the notion of community forming in extraordinary circumstances. Profound yet playful, the performance chronicles the creation of community told through Hill’s stunning movement language. Artistic Director and choreographer Raewyn Hill will be joined again by music collaborator Eden Mulholland to play the live score, and world renowned Japanese architect Satoshi Okada will join the creative team as set designer.


Of the mainstage artistic program, Artistic Director Raewyn Hill says: “In Co3’s second annual program we continue to explore partnerships and welcome some of the best makers and artists from around the world. Following on from an Asialink residency to Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo in mid 2016, I am thrilled to be working with the incomparable architect Satoshi Okada for my next full length work, THE ZONE. As Co3 continues to grow, these collaborations and partnerships allow the company to not only bring some of the world most renowned artists to Perth but gives us flexiblity in our artistic presentations each year”.


2017 will see the continuation of Reason for Being, a partnership with the Art Gallery of Western Australia. This residency has been popular with visitors to the gallery this year with more than 5,000 people visiting the gallery view the company in action and engage with the creative process along the way. The first Reason for Being in 2017 will be in February and throughout the year Raewyn will invite several WA artists to join her in the development of work in response to the Sate Collection and the architecture of the building.


Co3 is excited to be collaborating with Sydney Dance Company on a new work made especially for Primary-school-aged children. This collaboration with Sydney Dance Company, Crazy Times by the brilliant choreographer Anthony Hamilton and dramaturg Matthew Whittet, will premiere in March at the Sydney Opera House, with a Perth and regional Western Australian season to be announced in early 2017.


Also in 2017, Co3 invites the prolific WA artist and dance maker, Chrissie Parrott to the Co3 artistic family to develop her most recent work, Elk. “I am passionate about creating an ongoing opportunity to support WA artists to develop a new work for the company,” says Raewyn Hill. “In 2017 Co3 launches Co: Lab as a way to begin to support choreographic voices of the local independent dance community in Perth. We also welcome the inaugural Co:Lab artist Tyrone Robinson to the Co3 family in early 2017.”


This nurturing is again reflected in the strengthening of the Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble, the centrepiece of the company’s community engagement program. The Act-Belong- Commit Co:Youth ensemble offers 60 young dancers regular training and development and have three performance outcomes next year including a new co presentation with companies LINK and Tracksuit. In 2016 the Elite Training Squad was introduced and was offered to 20 of the most promising young dancers with a focus on technical development, strength and conditioning.


The company’s community engagement program in 2017 with a remounted tour of Paper Scissors Rocket! created by independent WA artists, UnKempt Dance, which will be performed alongside Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s presentation of Saltbush at the State Theatre Centre of WA in July.


For full program details, including the full community engagement program, see


2017 Program

Frank Enstein

Made by The Farm in collaboration with Co3 Australia

Presented by Co3 Australia, The Farm and Bleach* Festival

Wed 5-Sat 8 April, 7.30pm

Wed 5 April, 1pm (School Matinee)

Thurs 6 & Fri 7, 11am (School Matinees)

Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA Tickets from $25


Thurs 7–Sat 16 September, 7.30pm

Fri 8, Tues 12, Thurs 14 September, 11am (School Matinees)

Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA Tickets from $40

TWO SHOW PACKAGE: Buy both Frank Enstein and THE ZONE and save! Premium $90 / A Reserve $80 / Concession $55

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Youth Takes Centre Stage

As 2016 draws to a close, the Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble prepare to take the stage with their new contemporary dance performance, Our City, Our Stories. This December, at the Dolphin Theatre, UWA, the ensemble present two new works that they have created over the past nine months, mentored by a number of the Co3 professional dancers and community engagement team.


The sixty-member ensemble divided into two casts, and the young creators were given the challenge of creating their own contemporary dance work reflecting aspects of their experience of living in Perth.


One of the two works travels from rural WA to the bustling city centre, with innovative choreography contrasting the serenity of the bush with the high-tempo pace of the CBD.


The other performance cleverly uses Perth’s train system to move through stations relevant to the young dancers lives (home, school and community) and deftly incorporates light-hearted moments with sincere reflections on life in the city.


A senior member of the Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble, Jade, comments “It’s definitely a privilege to be given the chance to take a show and do what we can with it. Everything we do we’ve done ourselves”.


Co3 offers Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble for young people aged 7-18 years to extend their creative and technical development in dance. achieved through immersion in choreography, performance skills and improvisation techniques. The Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble program includes weekly Co:Sunday workshops taught by some of WA’s leading teaching artists and national and international guests. Under guidance of Co3’s professional dance artists, Co3 provides opportunities for participants to create and perform their own choreography, learn existing Co3 repertoire, and develop site-specific works.


Highlights of the 2016 program include performances in the Perth Cultural Centre for KickstART Festival as part of National Youth Week, self-devised works for Shakespeare Festival, and guest workshops from dancers from Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre.


Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble’s Otto K describes his time with the ensemble: “I dance because it’s an enjoyable way to move; I can be creative, active and fit and all the while having fun. And Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth is a place where I can do all of that, as the ensemble has lots of difference aspects to it from the fitness aspect and the creativity and fun side of dancing, too”.

Of the engagement program, Co3 Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill says: “We’re really proud of our Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble; they are a vital part of our company. Every week throughout the year they bring a youthful enthusiasm and a real passion for expressing themselves. Our focus for the program is on using contemporary dance and the performing arts as a foundation to support the holistic growth of young people and challenging them to take positive, creative, risks”.


The Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth program continues in 2017 with sixty young dancers taking part. For more information see here:


The Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble, and all of Co3’s education and engagement programs are proudly sponsored by Healthway promoting the health message of Act-Belong-Commit.


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Mix things up with Co3 in 2016

In 2016, Co3 takes dance out of the studio and into the gallery for the Art Gallery of WA’s first artistic residency.


Presented as part of the Perth International Arts Festival, Raewyn Hill, with six Co3 dancers, will start the development a new work, Reason for Being, in the lower concourse of the Art Gallery of WA from 17-21 February.


Over the week, Raewyn will reveal her process of creating and defining a distinct contemporary choreographic language based on two concepts: emotion and architecture.


Raewyn will invite people who are blind or vision impaired into the development to describe how they express emotion without having seen emotion expressed. With the Co3 dancers, Raewyn will translate this conversation into a physical language and develop characters that embody their experiences. Inspired by AGWA Architect Charles Sierakowski, Raewyn will use the Bauhaus philosophy of ‘form follows function’ in the structure of movement material.


Throughout the development, the dancers will ask the question: if you take a sense away, is the physicality of emotion learned? Or is it innate?


Audiences are invited to sit and observe the artists unpack the creation of a movement language from 10am–4pm every day, culminating in a public showing at 3pm on Sunday 21 February.


Of the project, Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill says: “To me, being alive means to engage in creative activity and as a choreographer, I am always seeking new ways and environments to create work. I am grateful to have the opportunity to spend time in the beautiful space of the Art Gallery of WA and thrilled to partner with AGWA, enabling the extraordinary company dancers to join me on this journey.”


Of the partnership, AGWA Director Stefano Carboni said, “I’m delighted that WA’s newest contemporary dance company, Co3, is AGWA’s first artistic residency for 2016. It is an innovative partnership that will allow visitors to experience contemporary dance created in response to works on view at AGWA and the Gallery’s striking architecture.


“In 2016, we’re inviting people to see things differently, and this new collaboration is a leading highlight of our program. The interpretation of visual arts across art forms is an exciting area to explore, and the opportunity for audiences to follow the creation of each dance work is a rare opportunity,” he continued.


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Co3, finding new ways to connect

Co3 connects audiences with contemporary dance with a full night of entertainment in March with the launch of the Co:nnect Series. The Co:nnect Series is a program to showcase the future of Australian artists, by providing opportunities for dancers and creators to present work alongside Co3 main performance season. It offers audiences an opportunity to engage with the company in new ways, adding value to their Co3 experience.


Co3 is committed to furthering audience engagement with contemporary dance, and the Co:nnect Series as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the artists and creators involved in making the performances.


“Driven by excellence and collaboration, Co3 is a contemporary organisation, generating contemporary conversations through dance. The Co:nnect series is a perfect way for audiences to engage with the company beyond the traditional theatre setting,” says Artistic Director Raewyn Hill.


As part of the March season of re:Loaded, ticket buyers will gain an insight into the new Co3 Elite Training Squad prior to the main performance. Audiences are invited to enter the theatre at 6pm (prior to the 7.30pm performance on 18 and 19 March) for an introduction into the Co3 Elite Training Squad who will present a class demonstration followed by a performance of their re-imagination of Raewyn Hill’s the gates. The Co3 Elite Training replicates the training method of the Co3 main ensemble and is selected from senior members of the Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth ensemble, who intend to enter tertiary dance training.


Following the performance of re:Loaded on 18 and 19 March, audiences will be treated to a musical performance by composer, Ben Ely, in the courtyard of the State Theatre Centre. Free to ticket holders, Ben Ely will perform an acoustic set from his new solo album, Goodbye Machine. Best known as a member of Australian rock group, Regurgitator, Ben Ely composed the score for Gavin Webber’s What’s Left from re:Loaded 2016.


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New music accentuates unique and inspiring dance in Co3’s the cry

In her first full length work for Co3 Australia, founding Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, presents the cry, a work that exemplifies her signature choreographic style and is accompanied by a new score, performed live by composer and musician Eden Mulholland.


Presented as part of the MoveMe Festival, the cry is a work that highlights the richness of human existence. The premiere season at Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, features six of the Co3 company members Kathryn Gurr, Mitch Harvey, Zachary Lopez, Talitha Maslin, Andrew Searle and Russell Thorpe.


Follow the characters as their energies and relationships ebb and flow throughout the cry, with sensitive duets siting alongside the uncompromising power of the group. Eden’s absorbing rhythms and captivating voice guide the viewer through the authenticity and humanity of Raewyn’s work. Expect the unexpected and be swept away and inspired.


Internationally commissioned, Raewyn is renowned for creating intricate and powerful dance, which is underpinned by an emotional intensity and in-depth research. Beyond the physical, there is also a philosophical language for delivery of movement that is exchanged between Raewyn and her dancers. Most recently, Raewyn’s choreography is influenced by time in Japan in 2016, with an incorporation of the seven principles of Bushido: rectitude, courage, benevolence, politeness, honesty, honour, and loyalty.


The cry includes the added element of live music for the premiere season and Co3 welcomes Raewyn’s long-time collaborator, Eden Mulholland to Perth to create a new score for the work. Eden has recently returned from a number of international gigs, including working on a new album in Los Angeles and composing for a solo dance performance in New Zealand.


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Co3 makes international debut

Co3, in association with STEPS Youth Dance Company, will make its first international appearance when six young West Australian dancers represent the company at the 13th World Congress of Dance and the Child International (daCi) in Copenhagen, Denmark, during July. The dancers, aged 11- 17 years, are all former members of STEPS Youth Dance Company whose programs of contemporary dance for young people have been taken up by Co3 in 2015. Under the leadership of Alice Lee Holland, and supported by emerging artist and former STEPS company member, Jacinta Larcombe, the dancers will present a world premiere season of You be my mirror, a dance work created especially for the Congress. The work has been created by Holland in collaboration with the dancers and addresses the Congress theme of “Identity in Dance.”

Holland explains: “The work has been created to showcase the distinct movement personalities of the six young dancers – and to celebrate a creative process that develops their individual artistry and collaborative skills simultaneously. The dancers have worked tremendously hard to prepare for the tour and we’re really proud to share this work on an international platform.”

daCi is an association dedicated to the growth and development of dance for children on an international basis. The Congress is the primary international platform for performance, promotion and research presentation for dance for young people and engages with children, young people, educators, artists and researchers.

Co3 Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, said: “That STEPS has been selected to perform, present workshops and a lecture at this international event is an endorsement of the company’s leadership in youth dance practice. It is a highly competitive platform and Co3 is delighted that we will have young ambassadors for the young people’s programs representing the company in this prestigious context.”

In 2015, 35 groups of children and young people from across the world will attend the Congress, which will be attended by over 700 people. daCi runs from 5 – 10 July. Apart from performing and presenting workshops and a lecture, the young dancers will participate in a range of dance activities including opportunities to explore dance genres and styles from across the world.

The daCi Tour has been supported by the State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts and STEPS Youth Dance Company.

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