Expressions Dance Company (EDC) is Queensland's premier contemporary dance company with an ensemble of 6-8 dancers.
EDC was founded in 1984 by previous Artistic Director Maggie Sietsma. Since then, EDC has created more than 170 works by more than 75 renowned national and international choreographers, while providing sustainable employment for more than 70 dancers throughout its history. In addition to performing at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and other Brisbane venues such as The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and Brisbane Powerhouse, the company has enjoyed 22 international tours to 17 countries and 23 major Australian tours, including into regional Queensland.
EDC is defined by its commitment to excellence in performance and sector development, contributing to the evolution and future of contemporary Australian dance.
Under the leadership of internationally acclaimed Artistic Director Natalie Weir (appointed 2009), and with the talent of an extraordinary ensemble of dancers, the company’s work is achieving significant recognition through national awards and nominations.
Natalie Weir is as an established and acclaimed choreographer, known internationally for her highly physical partner work, her organic movement style and her touching insight into human nature. Natalie’s signature works for EDC include where the heart is (2010 and 2012), R&J (2011) and When Time Stops (2013 and 2016), The Red Shoes (2014), 7 Deadly Sins (2015) and Behind Closed Doors (2017). Other highlights include While Others Sleep, Raw (2010), Don’t, The Lament (2012), Carmen Sweet (2013), The Host (2015), and Mozart Airborne (with Opera Queensland, 2017).
Recently, EDC’s commitment to cultural collaboration has been articulated through its Chinese Australian Dance Exchange Project, a groundbreaking partnership with China's leading contemporary dance companies. Additional collaborative highlights include Singapore Dance Theatre’s celebrated Ballet Under The Stars event in 2013 (which included the world premiere of Natalie’s 4Seasons and a special performance of EDC’s Carmen Sweet), First Ritual with LDTX/BeijingDance (2010 and 2011) and Scripsi Scriptum (2011 and 2012) with Switzerland based Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble. EDC has also worked with Queensland Ballet, Dancenorth, Brisbane Festival, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata, Southern Cross Soloists and Queensland Theatre Company.
“This strong company produces some extraordinary performances, matching the best seen on QPAC stages.” The Australian
“Weir’s movement always generates excitement. There’s a visceral thrill of seeing bodies propelling through space, dancers launching themselves or being hurled in all directions. The intricacies of Weir’s lift transitions, executed seamlessly by her superb ensemble, are another Weir hallmark.” The Courier-Mail
“A stunning display of grace, strength, and pure raw emotions.” Brisbane Times
“Expressions Dance Company continues to carve its path as leading Australian artists.” Australian Stage
To enrich Australian culture by communicating human emotion through contemporary dance theatre.
Our art underpins our identity.
Our dancers underpin our reputation.
Our community underpins our capacity.
Our organisation underpins our delivery.