About Blink Dance Theatre

About Blink
Dance Theatre

Blink is a project based company established in 2013 by Lyndel Quick, with support from a broad team of multidisciplinary artists and dancers. We make devised collaborative performance, ensemble theatre, movement and event happenings on Wadawurrung Country in Djilang/Geelong and further afield. 

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Lyndel Quick – Artistic Director

Lyndel Quick

Artistic Director

Lyndel’s formative teen years were spent acting and performing with the Barwon Theatre Company. She completed further training in dance, theatre and education at Deakin University, Rusden and Box Hill TAFE. Lyndel has designed and implemented arts programs, directed works, facilitated workshops and choreography for schools, theatre companies, training organisations and private dance studios in Australia and the UK, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Victorian College of the Arts, Ausdance Victoria, Back to Back Theatre, Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Courthouse Arts.

Lyndel was co-artistic director of Room2move Youth Dance Company for four years, alongside Rachel Fitzgerald. The company was twice nominated for an Australian Dance Award and highlights include an adaptation of Daniel Keene’s ‘The Violin,’ as well as commissioning dance artists Dianne Reid, Adam Wheeler and Caroline Meaden to choreograph for the company. Lyndel’s work has received support from Arts Victoria, City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Connected Communities, Next Wave Festival, Geelong Arts Centre’s Creative Engine program, and a Lab Residency with Platform Arts. In 2016, Lyndel was awarded the Australian Independent Dance Teachers Award.

Lyndel founded Blink in 2013 as an extension of her studio practice with support from Ebony Newstead and a team of local dancers. Lyndel has created numerous events and performances with Blink over a 10-year period, including The Red Tree 2013, Written on the Body 2014, Soft Landing 2015, Heart of Glass 2018, Assembly Room 2019, Memory House 2020 and Small Wonders 2022; working on multiple projects with long term performers and collaborators, Jessica Lesosky and Elise Wilkinson.

In 2020, Lyndel conceived, co-produced and developed the movement direction for short film, Memory House, created with Glass Kingdom Films and presenting partner Geelong Arts Centre. The film was selected for screening at numerous international film festivals including the European Short Film Festival (Germany), Inshadow Lisbon Screendance Festival (Portugal), Wilddogs International Screendance Festival (Canada), San Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (USA), Inspired Dance Festival (Australia) and Dumbo Film Festival (New York.) 

Lyndel’s creative work is influenced by improvisational dance methodology, nature, storytelling, community, embodied mythology and research led practice, as well as masterclasses with Frantic Assembly, Augusto Boal and Force Majeure. For 20 years, Lyndel has facilitated events at her studio, The Loft located in Geelong, the creative hub for Blink and where she regularly teaches and practices.

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Jessica Lesosky (She/Her) – Creative Producer/Performer

Jessica is an independent artist in community called Movement and Space. Jessica is a Canadian born dancer, performer, and Dance/Movement therapist. With dance and movement, Jessica has extensive experience creating specialised dance/movement programs. Creating art with the community, of the community. A person-centred practice that holds the space for creation which encompasses the physical, personal, social and cognitive of the whole individual in self and within the group. Jessica has recently travelled to Wagga Wagga, supported by the City of Wagga Wagga for their FRESH 2023 inclusive Arts event. Jessica ran 3 all-inclusive dance/movement sessions with community members of all abilities at the Civic Theatre. Jessica works regularly as an Artist in movement with Back to Back Theatre’s Theatre of Speed.

Jessica also works clinically in community health services across Victoria’s Barwon Southwest working closely with Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists and  NDIS clients.

Jessica’s arts practice and work are to support people’s creativity, mobility, connection to each other, communication, social skills. To enhance our capacity to build better relationships ,value of being seen. The creative connection between body and  community.

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Elise Wilkinson (she/her)– Creative Producer/Performer

Elise Wilkinson

Creative Producer/Performer

Elise has worked as an actor for theatre and film for almost thirty years. After studying physical theatre with Bruce Alexander – Melbourne Acting Studio she joined Arthouse Theatre Company and Wax Studios where she co-created work and performances throughout the 1990s. She co- founded Aardark Pub Theatre and created and performed sketch comedy, drama and Shakespeare in Melbourne Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festivals for several years. Since moving to the Bellarine Peninsula she has performed at The Queenscliff Music Festival and Apollo Bay Music Festival and works as an actor and voice artist for Deakin University and Cengage Learning Australia. She also works part time as a Social Worker for Barwon Health and is passionate about the transformative power of storytelling.

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Lyndel Quick – Artistic Director

Lyndel Quick

Artistic Director

Lyndel’s formative teen years were spent acting and performing with the Barwon Theatre Company.  She completed further training in dance, theatre and education at Deakin University, Rusden and Box Hill TAFE. Lyndel has designed and implemented arts programs, directed works, facilitated workshops and choreography for schools, theatre companies, training organisations and private dance studios in Australia and the UK, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Victorian College of the Arts, Ausdance Victoria, Back to Back Theatre, Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Courthouse Arts.

Lyndel was co-artistic director of Room2move Youth Dance Company for four years, alongside Rachel Fitzgerald. The company was twice nominated for an Australian Dance Award and highlights include an adaptation of Daniel Keene’s ‘The Violin,’ as well as commissioning dance artists Dianne Reid, Adam Wheeler and Caroline Meaden to choreograph for the company. Lyndel’s work has received support from Arts Victoria, City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Connected Communities, Next Wave Festival, Geelong Arts Centre’s Creative Engine program, and a Lab Residency with Platform Arts. In 2016, Lyndel was awarded the Australian Independent Dance Teachers Award.

Lyndel founded Blink in 2013 as an extension of her studio practice with support from Ebony Newstead and a team of local dancers. Lyndel has created numerous productions and events with Blink over a 10-year period, including The Red Tree 2013, Written on the Body 2014, Soft Landing 2015, Heart of Glass 2018, Assembly Room 2019, Memory House 2020 and Small Wonders 2022; working on multiple projects with long term collaborators Jessica Lesosky and Elise Wilkinson.

In 2020, Lyndel conceived, co-produced and developed the movement direction for short film, Memory House, created with Glass Kingdom Films and presenting partner Geelong Arts Centre. The film was selected for screening at international film festivals; European Short Film Festival (Germany), Inshadow Lisbon Screendance Festival (Portugal), Wilddogs International Screendance Festival (Canada), San Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (USA), Inspired Dance Festival (Australia) and Dumbo Film Festival (New York.)

Lyndel’s creative work is influenced by improvisational dance methodology, nature, storytelling, community, embodied mythology and research led practice, as well as masterclasses with Frantic Assembly, Augusto Boal and Force Majeure. For 20 years, Lyndel has facilitated workshops and events at her studio, The Loft located in Geelong, the creative hub for Blink and where she regularly teaches and practices.

Jessica Lesosky

(she/her)
Creative Producer/Performer

Jessica Lesosky is an independent artist in a community called Movement and Space. Jessica is a Canadian-born dancer, performer, and Dance/Movement therapist. With dance and movement, Jessica has extensive experience creating specialised dance/movement programs. Creating art with the community, of the community. A person-centred practice that holds the space for creation which encompasses the physical, personal, social and cognitive of the whole individual in self and within the group.

 Jessica has recently travelled to Wagga Wagga, supported by the City of Wagga Wagga for their FRESH 2023 inclusive Arts event. Jessica ran three all-inclusive dance/movement sessions with community members of all abilities at the Civic Theatre.

Jessica also works clinically in community health services across Victoria’s Barwon Southwest, working closely with Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and  NDIS clients.

Jessica’s arts practice and work support people’s creativity, mobility, connection to each other, communication, and social skills. To enhance our capacity to build better relationships, both value of being seen. The creative connection between body and community.

Elise Wilkinson

(she/her) Creative Producer/Performer

Elise has worked as an actor for theatre and film for almost thirty years. After studying physical theatre with Bruce Alexander  at the Melbourne Acting Studio she joined Arthouse Theatre Company and Wax Studios where she co-created work and performances throughout the 1990s. She co- founded Aardark Pub Theatre and created and performed sketch comedy, drama and Shakespeare in Melbourne Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festivals for several years. 

Since moving to the Bellarine Peninsula she has performed at The Queenscliff Music Festival and Apollo Bay Music Festival and works as an actor and voice artist for Deakin University and Cengage Learning Australia. Elise joined Blink Dance Theatre in 2013 as both Performer and Producer. She also works part time as a Social Worker for Barwon Health and is passionate about the transformative power of storytelling.