Liesel Zink is an award-winning Australian choreographer interested in the body in shifting environmental and political landscapes landscapes. Seeking to engage new and diverse audiences in meaningful arts experiences she creates performance projects in the public realm and uses her process as an opportunity for artistic, cultural and intergenerational exchange.
Liesel received the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for her durational public space work project ‘The Stance’ which has been presented extensively within Australia as well as internationally at City Contemporary Dance Festival (Hong Kong, 2019), Sziget Festival (Hungary 2017) and Ansan Street Arts Festival (South Korea 2017).
Liesel’s becoming increasingly more interested in how she can use her practice to communicate complex scientific concepts, currently developing Awesome: a state of wonder and fear, and having been commissioned to create a dance / science performance INTER for Flowstate 2018 (South Bank Cooperation, Queensland).
In 2019 Liesel choreographed a new site-specific performance at Mystetski Arsenal for Zelyonka Festival (Ukraine) in collaboration with 10 Ukrainian dancers. She is joining Force Majeure as an associate artist and she also regularly works with Polytoxic Dance Theater. As a choreographer Liesel has also been commissioned to create works for Australian Dance Companies including Tasdance, EDC and LINK Dance Company.
Liesel’s beginning work and development as a dramaturge and provocateur, most recently facilitating a Southeast Asia Choreolab (Malaysia) and dramaturging for Courtney Scheu's 'Plastic Belly'.
As a producer she is passionate about building artistic development opportunities for independent artists Liesel is currently producing a Hong Kong / Australia Independent Dance project aim at strengthening the relationships between Hong Kong and Queensland. This includes presentation of her project ‘Granite’, a durational performance installation seeing four performers (two Hong Kong and two Australian artists) work with 120kg of granite in the exploration of shifting landscapes. She’s currently working for Performing Lines to produce Amrita Hepi’s 2019 international tour of A Call To Dance and in 2018 produced for Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance, Brisbane Australia.
Liesel is the current chair of Supercell Dance Festival.