About Us

Expressions Dance Company (EDC) is Queensland's premier contemporary dance theatre 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, including 10 Helpmann Award and 10 Australian Dance Award 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), R&J (2011) and When Time Stops (2013), 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) and The Host (2015).

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 Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Beijing LTDX and City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong).  EDC has also collaborated with Singapore Dance Theatre, Switzerland based Cathy Sharp Dance Ensemble, Queensland Ballet, Brisbane Festival, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata, Topology, Trichotomy and Southern Cross Soloists.


“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

OUR MISSION

To enrich Australian culture by communicating human emotion through contemporary dance theatre.

OUR VALUES

Our art underpins our identity.

Our dancers underpin our reputation.

Our community underpins our capacity.

Our organisation underpins our delivery.

Recent Awards and Nominations

2017 Nominated Australian Dance Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer Black Richard Causer
2016 Nominated Australian Dance Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer The Host Jack Ziesing
2016 Nominated Australian Dance Award Outstanding Performance by a Company The Host
2016 Nominated Australian Dance Award Best Choreography 7 Deadly Sins Natalie Weir
2016 Nominated Helpmann Award Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work The Host Daryl Brandwood
2015 Nominated Helpmann Award Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work The Red Shoes Jack Ziesing
2015 Nominated Helpmann Award Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work The Red Shoes Elise May
2015 Nominated Helpmann Award Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production The Red Shoes Natalie Weir
2014 Nominated Australian Dance Award Outstanding Achievement in Choreography When Time Stops Natalie Weir
2014 Nominated Australian Dance Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer When Time Stops Jack Ziesing
2014 WON Helpmann Award Best Original Score When Time Stops Iain Grandage
2012 WON Australian Dance Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer R&J Elise May
2012 WON Australian Dance Award Outstanding Achievement in Choreography R&J Natalie Weir
2011 WON Helpmann Award Best Ballet or Dance work where the heart is Natalie Weir
2011 WON Helpmann Award Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production where the heart is Natalie Weir
2011 Nominated Helpmann Award Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work where the heart is Richard Causer
2011 WON Australian Dance Award Outstanding Performance by a Company where the heart is Natalie Weir
2011 Nominated Australian Dance Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer where the heart is Richard Causer
2007 WON Drover Award Tour Management Excellence Award
2007 WON Drover Award Special Award for Innovation

About Natalie Weir

About the EDC Dancers

Past Productions

The Chinese Australian Dance Exchange Project

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