ARTISTS – Encore
Act 1 – Apartness and Callosity
Riannon graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2000 and was awarded distinguished graduate in 2010.
A professional dance artist, creator and choreographer, her extensive experience as a professional performer, teacher and creator, spans across 22 years.
She has worked for Merenia Grey Dance Company (New Zealand) Dance North, ADT (Australian Dance Theatre) and was a member of the Australasian Dance Collective (formally Expressions Dance Company) from 2007 to 2013, performing in Natalie Weir’s ‘Where The Heart Is’, ‘R&J’, ‘Carmen Sweet’, ‘Four Seasons’
RIannon is currently the ADC Youth Ensemble Director, a role which she established with the company in 2019.
WENDY (EDDIE) MCPHEE
After graduating from the Australian Ballet School in 1981, she made a radical
change by joining Mantis, one of Britain’s most avant-garde contemporary dance
companies. There she worked with choreographers including Dan Wagner, Bill T
Jones and Arne Zane and performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe and
South East Asia.
McPhee has worked with contemporary dance and circus companies in Australia
including DanceNorth, Tasdance, Tony’s Imaginary Circus and The Tiny Top.
McPhee was Lecturer in Contemporary Dance at Queensland University of
Technology graduating with a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) 2004, completed a Certificate in Public Health (Sexology) 2012 and a Diploma of Contemporary Pilates
She was co-director of WaW Dance, has worked with Vulcana Circus (Small
Change, As If No-One Is Watching) and is currently Mature Program Coordinator for
Australasian Dance Collective.
Act 2 – Butterfly Effect
After 2 years at The Australian Ballet School, under Dame Margaret Scott, Justine accepted Artistic Director Maina Gielgud’s offer to join The Australian Ballet Company at 18yrs of age.
Travelling Nationally and Internationally with The Australian Ballet from 1988-2000, 2003, 2012 (USA, China, Taiwan, Bangkok, Singapore, Italy, London) Justine rose steadily through the ranks to Principal Artist in 1996.
She performed with many international guest artists Rex Harrington (National Ballet of Canada), Bruce Samson (Royal Ballet) Vladimir Malakhov (American Ballet Theatre), Igor Yebra (Bilbao-Spain), Li Cunxin (Houston Ballet/ Australian Ballet) in most of the Classical and Neo-Classical Repertoire.
Rachael graduated from The Australian Ballet School and joined Queensland Ballet in 1998. She was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2003 and enjoyed an 18-year professional career with the Company.
In addition to performing Principal roles in many classical ballets, including Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and The Nutcracker, Rachael enjoyed the creative process and collaboration of character-driven dramatic ballets such as Carmen, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Little Mermaid and François Klaus’ much loved ballet, Cloudland. Her signature roles have been Carmen, Juliet and Giselle.
Following her retirement from the stage in July 2014, she continued to work with the Company in business development, and as a mentor and coach for dancers in Australia. Rachel is now Director of Foundation at Queensland Ballet.
Paul Boyd’s performing career spanned 25 years in companies in Germany, Switzerland, and at Queensland Ballet.
He danced the major classics and received the German Critics Award for Best Up and Coming Artist and Best Established Artist in Europe. Paul’s choreographic works have been performed by Queensland Ballet, The Australian Ballet (Bodytorque season), The Royal Ballet School (London).
Paul has been Guest Teacher for the Royal Ballet School, Hong Kong Ballet, and is currently Head of the Queensland Ballet Academy Upper School and Queensland Ballet Academy Resident Choreographer.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Camilo began dancing in age 10 at the National Ballet School in Havana. He started dance as a hobby but fell in love with the art form after his first ballet class. In 2007, he joined the National Ballet of Cuba, and was then promoted to Principal Dancer in 2011. Camilo joined Queensland Ballet as a soloist in 2015, and in 2017 was promoted to Principal Artist during the company’s season of Peter Pan. In 2021 Camilo retired as Principal Artist and in 2022 took the role of Pre-Professional Program Coordinator for the Queensland Ballet Academy.
Completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) in Australia at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2004, he soon launched into his choreographic career by opening the ‘national design conference 4um? for Advertising and Design Asia Pacific’ with his first choreographic work ‘Delirium’ in 2005 which was also presented at the Malaysian Dance Festival in the same year.
In 2006, Richard joined Expressions Dance Company (EDC- now known as Australasian Dance Collective) touring throughout Australia and internationally, earning nominations for Most Outstanding Male Dancer for both the Australian Dance Awards and Helpmann Awards. In 2011, he choreographed and performed his own solo ‘Wilhelm’s Scream’, which earned him another nomination for Most Outstanding Male Dancer at the 2012 Australian Dance Awards.
In 2016 Richard re-joined EDC and continued to explore his choreographic flair creating works for Expressions Dance Company, QUT, and The Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts (ACPA), and various dance schools around the country.
In 2019 Richard undertook an Artist in Residence at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and took on a new role at Australasian Dance Collective as Rehearsal Director. Richard continues to work as a freelance dance artist, performing, choreographing, and teaching across Australia.
Curator and Choreographer RANI LUTHER’S professional career began with the Kiel Ballet Company Germany in 1995 before moving to dance with world-renowned Netherlands Dance Theatre 2 and Netherlands Dance Theatre 1. In 2003 Rani returned home to dance with The Australian Ballet Company then joined Sydney Dance Company in 2007 and retired from stage as a Principal Dancer with Melbourne Ballet Company in 2011.
Rani’s choreographic creations include two works for NDT Workshop performances 2001/2002, Face the Music for Carriageworks Theatre Sydney 2012, Illuminate for MBC Empyrean season 2016 and Outside In for The Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional season 2017. In 2018 Rani choreographed Lunar for Queensland Ballet’s inaugural season of Synergy and in 2019 Heartstrings for the Australian Ballet Company’s Bodytorque season. In 2020 Rani choreographed From. To. Here for Queensland Ballet’s Bespoke season. In 2019 Rani was appointed Ballet Mistress and Creative Associate for Queensland Ballet and in 2022 Creative Associate.