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Supercell – Brisbane’s festival of contemporary dance

10 February - 18 February

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Queensland’s premier festival of contemporary dance returns to Brisbane for its second year with a boundary-pushing and thought-provoking program. A cultural celebration held across eight days, Supercell; a contemporary dance festival spans workshops, talks and performances for professional dancers and dance-lovers.

  • Held from 10 to the 18 February
  • local, national and international artists
  • 32 genre-defying performances, masterclasses, workshops and discussions
  • four main stage dance theatre productions at Brisbane Powerhouse
  • welcoming visiting artists from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Singapore alongside Queenslanders

Highlights of Supercell

  • Prying Eye Productions’ dance-theatre comedy The Inquisition of the Big Bad Wolf
  • [MIS]CONCEIVE by trailblazing Indigenous dance artist Thomas E.S. Kelly
  • ARTICIPATE program highlights include The Farm’s acclaimed Bare Bones workshop festival, which brings together high-profile teachers and international artists alongside professional
    and emerging Australian dancers for a three-day convergence.

“Supercell is at the forefront of Brisbane’s contemporary dance scene, embracing multiple perspectives and championing works that put a spotlight on globalisation, identity and First Nations heritage,” Supercell Dance Festival Curator Kate Usher said.

“Continuing our commitment towards making Brisbane a national and international hub for contemporary dance, we are proud to present the exclusive Australian premiere of Juli Apponen and Jon R. Skulberg’s award-winning piece Everything Remains; a choreography for a tired body,” Usher said.

“We’re also thrilled to welcome to Brisbane Singapore’s acclaimed T.H.E Dance Company and independent artist Daniel Kok, who will both present original works as part of our one-night-only Forecast event, which also features Queensland sensations The Farm and Expressions Dance Company.”

This year’s INDEX program features Surge Dance Collective as they question contemporary consumerism and womanhood in @_WHY, while Charles Ball and Scott Sneddon’s Farthest Distance… looks at the complexity of long distance relationships.

Supercell 2018 also welcomes Australian dance industry stalwarts Glen Murray and Wendy McPhee with the debut of their proactive new concept Truth or Dare.

Interlacing the three themes of Supercell 2018, the THINK program provides a series of panel discussions that delves into the relationship between the performance work and its audiences; how dramaturgs and choreographers work together to make dance; and how differently identity is portrayed.

“There’s a common misconception at a local level that the dance community in Queensland is just dance graduates,” Usher said.

“Instead, we’re a very complex, robust and dynamic dance community. Supercell allows us to come together and entangle in each other’s work. It’s a lovely way to start what is promising to be an amazing year for dance in Queensland.”

Supercell runs across Brisbane from February 10 – 18.

For full program details, visit

Supercell is supported by the Queensland Government through the Arts Queensland and by Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Powerhouse and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.


10 February
18 February
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