Liesel Zink is a Brisbane based choreographer inspired by politics, psychology and social psychology. She is currently researching the political body in public space under a social psychology framework.
As an independent, she works with key collaborators sound artist Mike Willmett and dramaturg Martyn Coutts to create large scale dance and sound works in busy urban spaces, conducting social experiments amongst the busy flow of pedestrian traffic while exposing artistic process and practice to new and extensive audiences.
One of Liesel's currect public space works is The Stance which explores the choreography of bodies in protest and is unique to each different city in which it is presented. The work has already been presented in South Korea for Ansan Street Arts Festival 2017, Sydney for Liveworks Festival (Performance Space NSW), Hobart for Salamanca Moves TAS, Launceston for Junction Arts Festival TAS, and Brisbane for both the Australian Performing Arts Market and Slipstream Festival (Metro Arts QLD).
Her previous public space work fifteen (Next Wave Festival VIC 2012 & Brisbane Festival QLD 2012) won Melbourne Time Out's Best Small to Medium Work (2012) and Queensland's 2012 Round Up Award's Best Dance Work.
Liesel has been commissioned to choreograph works for contemporary dance companies Tasdance (Plain English, Evolve/Revolve Season 2016), Expressions Dance Company (Synapse 2013; It fell on the floor between them 2010), LINK Dance Company (The Miranda Warning 2014), Tasdance Education Program (Image 2012) and created two new Dance Theatre in works for Artslink QLD Schools Touring in 2014 and 2015 (Shift & No Way). She recently developed a new physical theatre work Warm Lettuce on the Applied Theatre students at Griffith University 2017. Her choreographic style has evolved from her postgraduate research body language and she has an ongoing interest in the relationship between psychology and art.
In 2013 Liesel commenced a research project The Psychology Project through residencies at both Metro Arts (QLD) & DANscienCE Fest. (ACT). This established an ongoing relationship with psychology researcher Rohan Kapitany, his podcast team Psychobabble & the UQ psychology department, enabling her to rigorously explore the relationship between art & psychology.
Liesel is a regular performer with Polytoxic Dance Company, co-organiser for Phluxus2 Dance Collective's IndepenDANCE Project, has been an associate artist of La Boite Theatre Company, Expressions Dance Company, on the Advisory Panel for Backbone Youth Arts and is currently a co-producer of The Angry Mime.
Liesel has received support from the Australia Council, Brisbane City Council Creative Sparks, Arts Queensland and Ian Potter. She’s been a peer assessor for the Australian Council for the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia.