Biographies

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Gala Moody

Gala graduated from the West Australian Academy of Arts (WAAPA) in 2004, after attending John Curtin College of the Arts and dancing for 5 years with STEPS Youth Dance Company also working for directors including Phillip Adams and Frances d’Ath. 

After graduation, Gala joined Leigh Warren and Dancers for four years, touring both nationally and internationally. Meanwhile, her own creations were at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, at the Melbourne National Theatre and the Playhouse in Canberra.

In 2009 Gala moved to Brussels to join Charleroi Danses -M. A. De Mey for the creation of ‘Neige’, also performing in ‘Sinfonia Eroica’ (in which she replaced De Mey), touring extensively.

For the next few years, Gala worked with directors including Romeo Castellucci, Louise Chardon/andwhatbeside(s)death – Antwerp, Cie.TPO- Prato, Anuschka Van Oppen/Cie.SOIT – Brussels, Gabrielle Nankivelle – Adelaide, during this time Gala created the solo ‘A Body’ for Ivo Dimchevs Volksroom.

In 2014, Gala worked with Wim Vandekeybus in the creation of ‘Talk to the Demon’. At Ultima Vez she also performed in ‘Spiritual Unity’ and ‘Booty Looting’; replacing actress Birgit Walter as Medea.  Gala has worked with Notch Company, with whom she started a solo titled “ Arcane Majeur – How to Make Decisions”, with director Oriane Varak.

In 2016, Gala joined Pieter Ampe to work on his first group performance, ‘It’s in the Small Things’.  That year Gala was artist-in-residence at the WAM! Festival in Faenza, where she filmed and studied the daily movements of Faenza residents on the street, creating an anthropological performance, ‘Re-Gesture Study’.

This year Gala has worked as a dancer for various fashion brands, such as Hermès, Le Bon Marché, Issey Miyake, Youjia Jin, and A PART Magazine, appearing in fashion shows in London, Paris and Shanghai.  She also performed in the movie “Suspiria” by Luca Guadagnino. 

 

Michael Carter

Michael Carter (Sydney, 1980), trained at The Australian Ballet School before joining The Australian Ballet Company, with whom he danced with from 2000 until 2003, and then again in 2006. Between he worked for several contemporary dance directors throughout Australia, including Leigh Warren, Sue Healey and Merryl Tankard.

In 2007 he moved to Spain where he joined first the Ballet Victor Ullate and then Compañía Nacional de Danza under director Nacho Duato, where he worked for several years, in which time he also created works in the companies choreographic seasons.

In 2012/13, Michael moved into the creation of theatre works, forming the company Cía. del Señor Smith, a conglomerate of actors, directors and artists. He also produced NOW! A series of one off improvised performances in site-specific locations. Michael has made 16 short dance films, and a series for youtube called Inside the Compañía Nacional de Danza.

He performed in feature films; The Book of Revelations directed by Anna Kokkinos, in Homing directed by Xabier Iriondo and Brittle Failure by Lesley Telford. Michael is also a teacher and rehearsal director and has taught several workshops on dance for camera.

In 2014, Michael accepted a position as guest artist with the company Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, afterwards joining the company full time in 2015 and where he continues to work to the present day.

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