Liesel Zink is an award-winning Australian choreographer whose practice centers around politics and social psychology. She creates large-scale dance and sound works in busy urban spaces, conducting social experiments amongst the busy flow of pedestrian traffic while exposing artistic process and practice to new and extensive audiences.
Liesel received the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for her project The Stance. The work also featured in Australia Council for the Arts 'Connecting Australians' research paper into participation in the arts in Australia.
Exploring the choreography of bodies in protest, Liesel’s public space work The Stance has been presented in Hungary for Sziget Festival 2017, South Korea for Ansan Street Arts Festival 2017, Sydney for Liveworks Festival (Performance Space NSW), Hobart for Salamanca Moves TAS, Launceston for Junction Arts Festival TAS, and Brisbane for both the Australian Performing Arts Market and Slipstream Festival (Metro Arts QLD). It is soon to be presented in Perth with Co3 Youth and in Hong Kong in 2019.
Her previous public space work fifteen (Next Wave Festival VIC 2012 & Brisbane Festival QLD 2012) won Melbourne Time Out's Best Small to Medium Work (2012) and Queensland's 2012 Round Up Award's Best Dance Work.
2018 has seen Liesel create a new dance and science collaboration Inter and begin development of a new large scale gallery performance work Balloons & Granite. She also was a lead artist in the creation of Force Majeure's new site-specific work FLOCK.
Liesel has been commissioned to choreograph works for contemporary dance companies Tasdance (Plain English, Evolve/Revolve Season 2016), Expressions Dance Company (Synapse 2013; It fell on the floor between them 2010), LINK Dance Company (The Miranda Warning 2014), Tasdance Education Program (Image 2012) and created two new Dance Theatre in works for Artslink QLD Schools Touring in 2014 and 2015 (Shift & No Way). In 2017 she developed a new physical theatre work Warm Lettuce on the Applied Theatre students at Griffith University 2017. Her choreographic style has evolved from her postgraduate research body language and she has an ongoing interest in the relationship between psychology and art.
In 2013 Liesel commenced a research project The Psychology Project through residencies at both Metro Arts (QLD) & DANscienCE Fest. (ACT). This established an ongoing relationship with psychology researcher Rohan Kapitany, his podcast team Psychobabble & the UQ psychology department, enabling her to rigorously explore the relationship between art & psychology.
Liesel is passionate about sharing practice. In 2017 she lead the Stompin Youth Choreographic Project, mentoring young dancers in the creation of site-specific work that was presented at Junction Arts Festival in Tasmania. She also produces Michael Smith for his new work COWBOY and co-produces Phluxus2 Dance Collective's IndepenDANCE Project and The Angry Mime performance evening.
As a performer, Liesel regularly works with Polytoxic Dance Company and has performed for PVI Collective, Liz Lea, Dave Sleswick and other independent choreographers in Brisbane. She’s been a peer assessor for the Australian Council for the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia.