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Jack Ziesing

Company Dancer

Jack began dancing in Canberra at Quantum Leap Youth Dance Company under the direction of Ruth Osborne. 

In 2008 Jack undertook training at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. During his studies he travelled to Taiwan and the United States, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance.

Jack joined Expressions Dance Company in 2011 under artistic director Natalie Weir. He performed in many of Weir’s signature award winning works, touring extensively nationally and internationally, collaborating with other companies including Queensland Ballet, LDTX/Beijing Dance, Singapore Dance Theatre and Guangzhou Modern Dance Company. 

In 2016 he performed in Ohad Naharin’s Decadance for STRUT as part of the MoveMe festival in Perth. 

2017 saw Jack performing in Stephanie Lake’s award winning Pile Of Bones, he premiered his work A Hellish Thing as part of QL2’s This Poisoned Sea and joined Dancenorth under the direction of Kyle Page and Amber Haines as a full time company member. During his time at Dancenorth, Jack has performed in Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek’s Attractor, Tectonic, the 2018 Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, Gabrielle Nankivell’s Surge, Rainbow Vomit and Dust.

Jack is a multiple nominee for the Australian Dance Awards, Green Room Awards and Robert Helpmann Awards for Best Dance Performance by a Male.

 


60 SECONDS WITH JACK

BIRTH PLACE: Canberra, ACT

WHAT AGE DID YOU START DANCING? ‘I started dancing at age 12.’

 WHAT ARE YOU INSPIRED BY? ‘I am inspired by works that utilise many aspects of a live space and that allow each aspect to inform and influence the next.
I enjoy being part of works that challenge me as well as others. I enjoy finding the openness in performance amongst structured choreography and making connections with other performers and the audience.'

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT CONTEMPORARY DANCE? 'Dancing's most important tool is the mundane body, what we walk around in, use for every single task and rest in. It is a beautiful thing to hold the power to question, inspire and transform with what we are most familiar with, our own bodies.'