Cass Mortimer Eipper is an award-winning director/choreographer/dancer. Creating for both stage and film, he has presented work throughout Australia, Europe, Canada and the U.S.A.
Awards include: Global Short Film Awards Cannes: Best Dance Film – for ‘Brute’; The Helpmann Award: Most Outstanding Male Dancer for his performance in William Forsythe’s ‘Quintett’; Rome International Choreography Competition: Most Outstanding Performance for his work ‘Solo 1.5’; Stuttgart International Dance Festival: 3rd prize for his performance in Emma Sandall’s ‘BodySong’; West Australian Dance Awards: Most Outstanding Choreography for his collaboration with Emma Sandall on their work ‘Fleck & Flecker’.
Funding sources include: the Australia Council for the Arts, the Department of Culture and the Arts and Create NSW. His choreographic residencies include Strut Dance W.A and ImPulsTanz, Vienna. Choreographic commissions include: Sydney Dance Company, Milwaukee Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Expressions dance company, Transit Dance Company, Link Dance Company, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian dance/media company, Ludwig of which he was co-director.
In addition to performing with Sydney Dance Company and West Australian Ballet, he has worked with and performed works by Gideon Obarzanek, Alexander Ekman, Melanie Lane, Jacopo Godani, Francis Rings, Lightfoot Leon, Andonis Foniadakis, Rafael Bonachela, Gabrielle Nankivell.
Born in Sydney Australia, Viola Iida is a graduate of Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year, where she worked with the likes of Sara Black, Lisa Griffiths, Thomas Bradley, Daniel Riley, Iratxe Ansa, and Gideon Obarzarnek. She also studied at Ev & Bow (Sydney) where she worked with Larissa McGowan and Adam Blanch.
Independently, Viola’s artistic practice spans across contemporary dance, film, performance art and dance theatre. She has worked with a variety of artists around Australia including Kristina Chan, Lewis Major, Cass Mortimer-Eipper, Luke Smiles, and Amrita Hepi. In association with Sydney Dance Company (Rafael Bonachela), Viola worked as both an Associate Artist and Teaching Artist, and performed “Crazy Times” by Antony Hamilton (Chunky Move) and toured the work to the Sydney Opera House and regional Sydney schools.
Viola was nominated as “The Best Newcomer” in the 2020 PAWA Awards, for Maxine Doyle’s “Sunset” presented by STRUT Dance in association with TURA New Music.
Viola is currently a performer in “Sleep No More”, Shanghai (Punchdrunk, SMG Live).
Other dance credits include: “Decadance” a remount of Ohad Naharin’s work by Rachael Osborne, Guy Shomroni and Hillel Kogan (STRUT Dance), “Brew” by Tasdance, “The Soldier’s Tale” by Sydney Symphony Orchestra, “Curious Fish” by Kan Katsura, and “Horses/Courses” by Hannes Langolf.
Luke Smiles creates highly detailed soundtracks for theatre, dance and film, working across all areas of music composition, sound design, foley and sound effects editing. Luke’s appreciation of cinema has inspired a diverse sound making practice. He is renowned for producing detailed soundtracks with a focus on a complete sound experience, a quality that sees his work in great demand both nationally and around the world, and awarded him a Helpmann Awards nomination (2013) for Best Sound Design (Windmill Theatre – School Dance) and a Matilda Award (2019) for Best Sound Design/Composition (The Farm – Throttle).
Working under his business name motion laboratories Luke has composed and produced soundtracks for many Australian and International artists & companies, including: Australian Dance Theatre, Bare Bones Dance Company (UK), Brink Productions, Belvoir, Chunky Move, Dancenorth, Frontier Danceland (Singapore), Gabrielle Nankivell, Melbourne Theatre Company, Nederlands Dans Theatre, Ox (Belgium/Slovenia), Rachel Arianne Ogle, Rambert Dance Company (UK), Restless Dance Theatre, State Theatre Company South Australia, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Tasdance, The Farm, West Australian Ballet and Windmill Theatre Co.
Luke’s film credits include, Sound Designer – Girl Asleep (dir. Rosemary Myers), Sound Editor – Rogue (dir. Greg McLean).
Suziie Wang is the working title for Samantha Chami. Based in Sydney, Australia, she works as a Director of Photography, Director and Editor.
She has been working in the Film and TV industry for over 10 years across a variety of different areas covering comedy, music videos, TV shows, short film, dance, documentary and stop motion animation.
Nadia Bailey is writer, editor and critic. She is the recipient of the 2020 National Library of Australia’s Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing, and in 2019, she was awarded a residency in Kraków for the UNESCO Cities of Literature program. In 2018, she was the recipient of a Midsumma Futures fellowship, a creative development program for queer artists. She has published four non-fiction books on popular culture with Smith Street Books, and her short fiction, poetry and essays have been widely represented in journals and independent presses.