Summer Intensive 19


JANUARY 14 - 18

Yellow Wheel presents its annual Summer Intensive, an immersive contemporary dance experience that connects young dancers with some of the country's most exciting artists. Five dance artists over five days will teach class and share their practice, challenging the way we move and create. Join us in the brand new WXYZ Studios for an inspiring week of dance and dance making.

$250 / Full Week
$60 / Day Passes

Places are strictly limited!


James Batchelor

James Batchelor is one of Australia’s leading young choreographers. His work is known for its visual clarity, architectural sensitivity to space and rhythmic playfulness.

James trained at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Dance) in 2012. Over the last five years he has generated an extensive body of work in Australia including commissions from Chunky Move (REDSHIFT), Dance Massive (DEEPSPACE), Dancehouse (ISLAND), Keir Choreographic Award (METASYSTEMS, INHABITED GEOMETRIES) and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. (SMOOTH TRANSLATION).

His international work is focused mainly in Europe and Asia having presented in Paris (La Briqueterie), Versailles (Plastique Danse Flore), Luxembourg (Trois CL), Bassano del Grappa Italy (B.motion), Bangkok (Creative Industries) and Chongqing China (501 Artspace). In 2018 he has travelled to the UK (Birmingham International Dance Festival, Dance 4 Nottingham, Hackney Showroom London, Arnolfini Bristol), Bassano del Grappa Italy (B.motion), Rome (Balletto di Roma), La Briqueterie Paris (Les Plateaux), Finland (Lonely in the Rain), Groningen The Netherlands (Jonge Harten), Riga Latvia (Homo Novus) and Brugge Belgium (December Dance).

As a performer he has worked with internationally renowned choreographers such as Iván Pérez, Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move), Antony Hamilton, Prue Lang, Stephanie Lake and Sue Healey.

Photo by Morgan Hickenbotham.


Melanie Lane

Melanie Lane is a Javanese/Australian choreographer and performer. Her choreographic practice examines the representation of the body in negotiation with materiality, physical histories and training methods. Based in Europe from 2000–2014, Melanie worked with artists such as Arco Renz, Club Guy and Roni, and Tino Seghal performing internationally.⠀⠀⠀⠀

In Australia Melanie has performed with Lucy Guerin Inc, Antony Hamilton Projects, Chunky Move and has collaborated with artists Clark, Martin Böttger, Bridie Lunney and Amos Gebhardt.

In 2015, Melanie was appointed resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc and has created new works for Chunky Move and Sydney Dance Company.

Melanie has established a repertory of works presenting in international festivals and venues such as Tanz im August, Uzes Danse Festival, Indonesian Dance Festival, O Espaco do Tempo, Festival Antigel, Dance Massive and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.

She received the 2017 Leipziger Bewegungskunstpreis and the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award for her choreographic work.

Photo by Barbara Dietl

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Paea Leach

Paea is an independent dance artist, writer, mother, minor academic, shiatsu practitioner and world citizen. Her current work prefaces sensation over sensationalism, activating and amplifying choreographies emergent from working with kinaesthetic attention and somatic practices. She is deeply taken by the matter of the body when in movement, and in then naming all of it dance.

Having worked professionally for companies such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman, Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Perth Theatre Company and a swathe of independent dance and theatre makers in Australia and overseas, she is interested in expanding her collaborative and writing fields. Paea has made work for Strut, Chunky Move, WAAPA and Keir Choreographic Award. She was an Asialink artist in residence and has taught for many years across a wide spectrum of trained and untrained bodies in Australia, Europe and Asia. Paea is also interested in resilience and survival of artists, especially and of course, the dancers.


Joshua Lowe

Joshua formed youth dance company DRILL in Tasmania in 2007, and as Artistic Director has produced and choreographed numerous major works and educational programs for the company since then. Joshua was also recently appointed as the Artistic Director of Melbourne's pre-professional dance company, Yellow Wheel, after working for the company as Company Manager since 2012. He has made two works for the company, including for I Came Here To Dance Once (2014), which was shortlisted for an Australian Dance Award.

Joshua has worked for Tasdance, having choreographed and delivered their Education Performance Project Bright Spark (2013) and Alter (2014) as well as their DanceNET program in schools (2013). He was the recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts Early Career Residency with Tasdance.

In 2014 Joshua was an Asialink Resident and spent time working in Sumatra with Institut Seni Indonesia, returning in 2017 to perform his solo Black Words in Golden Speech for the Festival Langgam Tari II. Since 2015 he has sat on numerous funding panels, including for Arts Tasmania, Regional Arts Australia, and The Australia Council. 2017 saw Joshua perform in Hermann Nitsch's 150.Action (Dark Mofo), and choreograph new major work for DRILL, Cold Omens, which was awarded Best Production and Best Design at the 2018 Tasmanian Theatre Awards.

Photo by Luke Byrne.

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Lauren Langlois

Lauren Langlois is a Melbourne-based performer, teacher and emerging choreographer. She began her career with the Australian Dance Theatre and Sydney Dance Company before relocating to Melbourne in 2012 to collaborate on Keep Everything, Antony Hamilton's critically-acclaimed work for Chunky Move. For her performance in Keep Everything she has been nominated for Helpmann, Green Room and Australian Dance Awards. And since her arrival at Chunky Move, Lauren has collaborated with Anouk van Dijk intensively, performing in An Act of Now (2012), 247 Days (2013), Complexity of Belonging (2014) and LUCID (2016). For her work in Complexity of Belonging, Lauren received the 2015 Green Room Award for Best Female Dancer. Lauren has also worked with Australia’s leading choreographers, theatre directors and companies including Force Majeure, Lucy Guerin Inc, Stephanie Lake Company, Antony Hamilton, Lina Limosani, Prue Lang, Samara Hersch and Chamber Made. In 2017, Lauren was the recipient of the Tanja Liedtke Fellowship and has since choreographed works for the New Zealand School of Dance, Transit Dance and Footnote Dance Company. Lauren was commissioned by Chunky Move to choreograph a short work, titled Nether, as part of the 2018 Next Move season. She will next appear in Ross McCormack’s (Muscle Mouth) new work As It Stands for the Auckland Festival in March 2019.