Rachael Bott has been performing, choreographing and teaching dance for more than 20 years since completing a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Rachael has performed nationally and internationally, created work across a range of contexts and taught technique and creative process to all ages and experiences. Since 2015, Rachael has been co-director of Creative Moves WA, a company delivering creative dance programs in schools and community organisations with a particular focus on teaching children to create their own movement. Rachael also has a keen interest in using dance as a tool for engaging students and synthesising learning across the whole curriculum.
Yola Bakker is a multidisciplinary artist from the Northern Territory who loves driving creative practice within broader industries. Whilst her performance background is embedded in dance (traditional classic Indonesian, RAD ballet and contemporary), she has, for several years now, shifted focus to playing with her poetry and photography. Yola is a creative for change dedicated to enhancing overall accessibility to the arts, particularly by marginalised communities such as those based in the regions and CaLD demographics.
Isha Sharvani is a highly regarded dance artist in India today. Touring Internationally from the age of 12, Isha has toured more than 25 countries performing in over 3000 stage shows including Holland Dance Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and Perth International Arts Festival, Royal Albert Hall and Kennedy Centre. She is also a film actor with 11 Indian feature films to her credit in three different Indian languages including Bollywood hits like Luck By Chance on Netflix. Since moving to Australia in 2015, Isha has become a mother, a climate change activist and dance therapist. She has also grown culturally through connection to country during the making of Kaya (2016) and Kwongkan (2019) with Ochre Dance. She was last seen in Wistleblower by The Last Great Hunt for Perth Festival 2021, and is currently in creative development stages for her new work Ascent.
Growing up in Albany, Rachael Colmer has always been interested in the performing arts. In 2000, she successfully auditioned and was offered a place at the WA Academy of Performing Arts in Theatre. In 2016, Rachael graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Masters of Primary Teaching. She currently teaches Drama at Great Southern Grammar in Albany. Rachael is also involved with Breaksea (formally Vocal Performance Initiative), a company which aims to provide vocal performance projects in collaboration with professional and community organisations.
Sonya Stephen trained under the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) then furthered her dance studies with NAISDA (National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association). Combining skills, Sonya has a wealth of experience with Indigenous performing arts industry and collaborate communities to choreograph and be a cultural advisor, mentor and mediator. Choreographing mainly for students in high schools and remote communities of all ages has been rewarding but the most memorable was directing and choreographing for the Cairns Indigenous Deaf Dance group performing our cultural dancers. Most recent works she has choreographed for a Documentary on the Stolen Generation for the Follow The Dream Project with students from Cecil Andrews College and Lesmurdie High also a piece with ex WAAPA students Tai Savange and Cezera Critti Schnaars about Mr Edward Koiki Mabo. Sonya is an active community member represented in Indigenous committees to bring forth positive awareness and change.
Bernadette Lewis is a dance artist living on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar (Borloo/Perth) working across performance, choreography, improvisation, teaching and community engagement. A WAAPA and LINK Dance graduate, she is producer and lead mentor of Hidden Movements, an experimental performance platform for emerging dancers in WA. In 2014 she was nominated for most outstanding female performer at the WA Dance Awards. Performance highlights include Maxine Doyle’s Sunset, Didier Théron’s Shanghai Bolero and Unearthly created and performed in collaboration with Natalie Allen for Perth Festival 2021. Choreographic highlights include several new commissions by WAAPA, BSSTC’s Oklahoma! and The Honeymoon Suite (winner Dance and Physical Theatre Award, FRINGE WORLD 2018). Currently, Bernadette is collaborating with fellow freelancers on strategies that will transform vertical hierarchies in the arts into harmonious ecosystems of diversity and sustainability.
Rita Cobussen is an Albany based contemporary dance creator and performer. Primarily an independent artist, Rita regularly collaborates with a broad array of Artists in the Great Southern as well as further afield in Adelaide. She has been a key performer in several award winning contemporary dance works including innature, by Cayleigh Davies which received the Graham F. Smith Peace Award for its premiere in 2017, and more recently for her co-directed work, Retrieve Your Jeans, which won the 2020 Adelaide Festival Centre's InSPACE Development award. She has performed with Annette Carmichael Projects for My War? And Chorus 2020.
Dance assistant Shannon McCann began to dance at the age of two and to perform at the age of seven. Shannon has participated in various dance showcases, musicals and competitions as a performer; her most recent performance being The Producers at the Regal Theatre. For the last three years, Shannon has also explored dance teaching and creating choreography. In 2019, Shannon was fortunate enough to move to Sydney and study at The Academy of Music and Performing Arts where she graduated with an Associate Degree of Dance.
Zoe Street a multi-disciplinary artist, facilitator and creative producer living and working on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar in Perth. With a passion for community and place-responsive work, listening and connection are the heart of her practice. Zoe has experience as a visual scribe, participatory installation artist, community engaged practitioner, curator, performer and illustrator across various festivals and projects locally and internationally. She recently graduated from the International Youth Initiative Program, a year long social entrepreneurship education program. Recently, Zoe has participated in the Perth Festival Lab, the Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Social Impact project and Perth artist-run-initiative FLOCK. Alongside freelance arts work, she is currently an artist and facilitator with youth environmental organisation Millennium Kids.
David Rastrick is a trumpeter, vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. The skills of a jazz musician with classical and contemporary grounding have allowed David to play most any style with literally hundreds of bands in WA and around Australia - live or on recordings - primarily on trumpet. David is currently working a PhD in music with the University of Southern Queensland - exploring the creative possibilities of fusing jazz with the traditional and regional music of Oceania. David composed and produced music for our family project, Because of You… by Sandi Woo.
Award winning painter Indra Geidans has had her work exhibited around Australia and internationally, from China to Switzerland. Her work is held in collections including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Federal Law Courts of Australia and numerous universities and local governments. She was a visual designer for The Beauty Index, A Light Shade of Red and Chorus.
Symantha Parr has had a lifelong love affair with dance: performing, teaching and creating. She performed in The Creation of Now and has choreographed her own projects for Brave New Works, Denmark, and the Albany Fringe Festival. Symantha was Stage Manager for My War? and costume designer for The Beauty Index, A Light Shade of Red and Chorus.
Robert Castiglione has had a long career working across different genres in capacities including writing/directing, cinematography, sound and editing. His documentary Three Dragon Tenors and short film My Nan and the Yandi were both broadcast by the ABC. His commercial work includes music videos for successful indie bands Mama Kin and San Cisco. Robert has created documentaries of Annette’s work and mentored young artists for A Light Shade of Red’s media installation.
Kevin Draper works primarily with forged steel, using minimal materials to create a sense of volume and space. His work is heavily influenced by the natural environment and has been exhibited in Australia and internationally, including Australian Perspecta and Basel, Switzerland, A regular exhibitor at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi and Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, Kevin's distinctive black and white creations are a recurring motif in Annette’s productions. He was a visual designer for The Beauty Index, A Light Shade of Red and Chorus.
Brisbane-based independent producer, dance artist, community development facilitator and educator Sandi Woo has worked with Annette on projects including The Creation of Now and The Beauty Index. She was awarded the WA Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Regional and/or Community Dance for her project YouTubeMeDance in 2013. Her parent-child dance project Because of You…, first produced in Broome in 2013. In 2020 Sandi recreated Because of You... as an online performance live-streamed from the homes of families in Denmark.
Award winning photographer Nic Duncan’s ongoing artistic collaboration with Annette culminated in a joint exhibition of The Index, their multi-media art installation, at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. Nic was stills photographer for the movie Breath and is a multi-award winning portrait photographer. She works with performers to create exquisite photographic records of our projects, and shared her talents with a select group of young people for A Light Shade of Red.
James Gentle has collaborated with Annette on projects including The Beauty Index, A Light Shade of Red, Chorus, The Snake Run Project, My War?, Air and Artefact and The Index. His musical scores are epic in scope and feature original sound that explores mathematics, polyrhythmic structures and the sound world around us.