International choreographers support TAFE SA dance students find their feet

Nov 29, 2017


Internationally renowned choreographers Lee Brummer and Israel Aloni are in Adelaide sharing some of the tricks of their trade with graduating TAFE SA dance students, in the lead up to their final performance which premieres tonight.

Lee and Israel, who are directors and founders of ilDance – a Swedish based dance company – spent a semester with the students last year, and have returned to choreograph their graduation dance production.

The end of year performance includes two pieces, I Say Yes and 21, which will be performed in front of industry professionals from across the country on Saturday 2 December 2017.

Lee, who has been in the field teaching and choreographing for 15 years, said she enjoyed working with the students and helping them to connect with their individual creativity through dance.

“We encourage the students to find, understand and break down the mental and physical barriers that may stand in their way,” Lee said.

“Through our teaching methods, we get them to discover more about themselves.

“Israel and I bring different things – he’s worked with a lot of choreographers all around the world and I have different varied experiences background including theatre, pilates and psychology, both of us bring our professional and personal experiences into our practise”

As part of the industry night, the students will perform in front of a range of renowned choreographers including Felicity Bott (Tasdance), Raewyn Hill (Co3, Perth), Stephanie Lake (Stephanie Lake Company, Melbourne), Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move, Melbourne) and Kristina Chan (Sydney).

The students will also undertake auditions and workshops with some of the choreographers before their final performance.

TAFE SA Principal Lecturer – Performing Arts (Dance) Peter Sheedy said Israel and Lee brought a completely different “philosophy, approach and style” of dance to the classroom.

“They have a completely different teaching methodology and a big focus on improvisation,” Peter said.

“We are so grateful to have them here to share their knowledge and experiences with our students and give them a new perspective on how they move and perform.”

I Say Yes and 21 will be performed at TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts from 29 November 2017 to 2 December 2017. Tickets are $25 (adult) or $15 (concession) from or available at the door.

Caption: TAFE SA 2017 graduation dance students (L-R) Zoe Gay, Connor Gibson, Emma Leggett, Tina Ebenreuter, Jacinta Jeffries and Felicity Boyd.