Laurie Young

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Canadian-born Berlin-based dancer/choreographer, Laurie Young is the latest guest artist to join The Corner Dance Lab 2015. This is an 8-day program of dance workshops, masterclasses and experimentation held at The Federal School of Arts, which is just 30 minutes inland from Byron Bay, New South Wales.

Young joins an exciting line up of creatives working across different artistic modalities including performance, sound design, visual art and multi-media projection. The line up comprises Phil Blackman, Philip Channells, Hsin-Ju Chiu (Raw), Ben Ely, Kate Harman, Lee-Anne Litton, Kellie O’Dempsey, Grayson Millwood, Kimberley McIntyre, Timothy Ohl, Alison Toft (Auslan) and Gavin Webber.

This disability-inclusive dance program is a collaboration between Philip Channells (Dance Integrated Australia) and Gavin Webber (The Farm) and is based around a basic philosophy of utilising communication as a creative tool. The program runs from Friday 16 – Saturday 24 January 2015 and is suitable for people with different life and performance experience. The Corner Dance Lab 2015 will have Auslan interpreters throughout the project.

The Corner Dance Lab is a unique chance to meet local and international artists of true diversity. There is no other place in the world quite like Jasper Corner and this beautiful landscape is bound to open up new and surprising ways of connecting and playing together. Laurie Young

The Federal School of Arts’ Jasper Corner (community hall and old chapel) is an accessible venue.

Expressions of Interest close on Monday 22 December 2014.

For more information or to request an Expression of Interest form, email Sean Campbell <> or telephone / text Philip Channells on +61 432 073 304.

The Corner Dance Lab 2015 was made possible by the Australian Government’s regional arts program, the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australians, wherever they live, better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts.


Laurie Young is a Canadian Berlin-based choreographer and performer. She moved to Berlin in 1996 to be a founding member of Sasha Waltz and Guests and performed in over 8 pieces with her all over the world.

Laurie was an ensemble member of Schaubühne am Leniner Platz between 2000-2003 and has also worked with Meg Stuart, Constanza Macras, Benoit Lachambre, Animal Farm Collective, Grayson Millwood among many others.

Laurie’s own pieces include “Natural Habitat” (2011) which was created for the Natural History Museum of Berlin and “How is Now” (2014) and is now currently working on a new film documentary about the history of the Berlin dance community of the last 25 years.

Her choreographies cross over into film and theater where she has enjoyed rich collaborations with film director Bruce laBruce (Bad Breast, Hau 2009), Discoteca Flaming Star, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay and Heike Schuppelius. Her latest choreographic contribution with Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Burres Miller (Alter Bahnhof Video Walk) was exhibited at Documenta (13) in Kassel.

Laurie is currently involved with the Volkswagen Institute’s new initiative of bringing artists and scientists together to work on research development.

Photo: Isabel Robson