Received an Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer’ for her performance of Juliet inAct III of Natalie Weir’s “R & J”.
Dancer – Expressions Dance Company; “R & J” (South Australian Tour), “Where The Heart Is” (QPAC) “Dance Energy”, a Collaboration with Queensland Ballet for the 2012 Brisbane Festival and “Carmen” with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QPAC).
Named in industry publication: Dance Australia Magazine’s Annual Dance Critic’s Survey as ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ – Queensland Feb/March Edition 1013 (for her role in ‘Carmen’ in November 2012).
Co-choreographed a work ‘Memorandum’ for ‘Dance 2012′ the Queensland University of Technology Dance Graduation season at the Garden’s Point Theatre in Brisbane.
Commenced a Master of Arts – Research at Queensland University of Technology (Part Time).
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Workshop facilitator: “Shifting Lenses” a creative development workshop investigating the body, the camera and shifting perspectives. A workshop that aims to help dance artists frame, conceptualise and create video for their dance work.
“In between spaces” live solo performance and choreographic collaboration with Shaaron Boughen – presented as part of the QUT Dance Graduation Performance Season & shared program with Expressions Dance Company.
Nominated for an Australian Dance Award In the ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer’ Category for “Where the Heart Is” EDC, 2010.
Dancer – Expressions Dance Company; “R & J”, “Solo” and “First Ritual” Seasons. Toured with EDC to Korea (Pusan International Dance Festival) and Switzerland for “Scripsi Scriptum”, a collaboration with Basel’s Cathy Sharpe Dance Ensemble.
Choreographed a solo “The Woman With Two Smiles” for Samantha Mitchell in EDC’s “Solo Festival” May 2011
Named in industry publication: Dance Australia Magazine’s Annual Dance Critic’s Survey as ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ – Queensland Feb/March Edition 2010 & 2011
4 week cultural collaboration/ exchange project in China with ‘Beijing Dance – LDTX’ Company and Expressions Dance Company on a new work “First Ritual” by Natalie Weir and Willy Tsao.
“Where the Heart Is” QPAC and “While Others Sleep” Judith Wright Centre Seasons – Expressions Dance Company
Brisbane Front Residency – “Elise May’s Screen Dance Laboratory” Judith Wright Centre Shopfront supported by Ausdance Qld, The Judith Wright Centre & Brisbane City Council.
Pusan International Dance Festival Korea – Expressions Dance Company. Performer in triple bill “The Dance Maker’s” Season in Brisbane & Regional Queensland 2009
Presented “Close Proximity” solo performance installation in the Brisbane Festival 09 Under the Radar Program
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Commissioned to choreograph a new work, “End Up”, for Expressions Dance Company’s ‘Core Borders’ program
Joined Expressions as a dancer in April 2008. Performed Maggi Sietsma’s “On Thin Ice” – Guandong Modern Dance Festival – China and performed Maggi Sietsma’s “Score!” in New York. – Brooklyn Acadamy of Arts Theatre
Participated in the Young Artist Mentorship Program run by Youth Arts Queensland. This allowed Elise to work with mentor Mariana Verdaasdonk. The beginnings of a work (which later developed into Close Proximity) were explored and tested during the mentorship.
Appointed Membership Services Officer, Australian Dance Council – Ausdance Queensland. Ausdance is Queensland’s state advisory body for dance. Duties involved arts administration, arts research, programing, and small events management, compiling educational resources and basic box office/ ticketing.
Presented a choreographic workshop presentation at the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific Bridge Conference in Singapore 2007
Collaborated with Russell Miledge & Rebecca Youdell (Bonemap) & Lawrence English (composer) in their production “TiLT” as part of the On Edge Contemporary Media and Performance Festival, Cairns.
Recipient of the 2006 ‘Take Your Partner’ Australia Council grant for a supported mentorship period with Wendy Morrow and creative development of a new solo performance installation work – “Dare you Look” September/ October 2006.
Performer/ costume design – “Accented Body” Dr Cheryl Stock’s 2006 Brisbane Festival Project. The work was an intercultural, interdisciplinary, site-specific project involving teams of contemporary Australian, Japanese, Korean, Singaporean, Taiwanese and UK artists exploring cultural and artistic collaborations and new media at the Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove. Performer/ collaborator in “The Living Lens” immersive performance installation devised by a team of Australian, Taiwanese and Japanese artists, led by QUT PhD researcher Mariana Verdaasdonk.
Represented Australia as one of three international choreographers in the Asian Young Choreographer’s Project in Kaohsiung city, Taiwan July/ August 2005. Coordinated by the Jih Sun Foundation for Education and The World Dance Alliance – Asia Pacific
Performer & collaborator in “Churchill’s Black Dog” a work by Clare Dyson, at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts Brisbane in April, and the ANU Arts Centre in Canberra in September 2005.
Commissioned to create a work “Knee Deep in Sunshine” for the Queensland University of Technology’s first year students in their undergraduate performance season, ‘Dance Bytes’ at the Gardens Theatre, Brisbane, June 2004.
Performer – “Dispatch” a multi‐media/ new media dance production by directors Chrissie Parrot (choreographer) and Jonathon Mustard (composer) at the Creative Industries Precinct theatre ‘the Loft’, Brisbane and the ‘Breadbox’ theatre, Perth. The show used color tracking and video technologies to inform movement/performer interaction with sound composition in performance.
Expressions Dance Company – worked with the company as an understudy for their production of “Richard III”.
Expressions Dance in Education program – toured “Chance the Dance” and “Lines in the Sand” programs in High Schools and Primary Schools throughout regional Queensland.
Choreographed two contemporary dance pieces “Elegance Thy Name…” and “Real Life Situation Failure” for the ‘Critical Mass’ independent choreographer’s seasons at the Brisbane Powerhouse in February and October 2003
Performed with RAWcollective in their work “Submerged” at the North Melbourne Town Hall as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival
Graduated from QUT Bachelor of Fine Arts – Dance
Invited to perform “Swanstyles.mpeg” a self devised/multimedia solo as part of Linkx WAAPA Graduate Dance Company’s showcase season at Dancehouse, Melbourne in December 2002.
Performer/ costume design “Ada” in a six week interdisciplinary residency project at the Choreographic Centre, ACT, as part of a New Media/ Choreographic Fellowship by QUT Masters student Sarah Neville. Collaborated with a hard wear electronics designer to create an interactive “jacket” which was used by an actor/ dancer in the show to trigger sound and images in the performance space.