Decadance
Ohad Neharin
MoveMe Festival, Perth 2016
Artists: Asher Bowen-Saunders, Jack Ziesing, Alexander Perrozzi, Dean Lincoln, Harrison Ritchie-Jones, Jess Goodfellow, Linton Aberle, May Greenberg, Michael Smith, Natalie Allen, Olympia Kotopoulos, Patrick Wiehr, Robert Tinning, Viola Iida, Yilin Kong, Zoe Wozniak 

Decadance is one of the most popular works of the internationally-acclaimed choreographer Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company).  Naharin has reorganised excerpts from various works into a coherent, new whole. Decadance is constantly evolving and features in a variety of forms in the repertory of major companies around the globe. STRUT Dance presented its own unique version: Decadance Perth 2016 with many of the exceptional dancers that have been researching Gaga: Ohad Naharin's movement language over the past three years.

“Beauty and ugliness, refinement and vulgarity, tribal urgency and individual will, humor and sadness: all are present, sometimes simultaneously, in Decadance.” – New York Times

Photography: Pete Lee

Jaded Vanities
Russall Beatie
Adelaide Fringe 2016
Artists: Asher Bowen-Saunders, Natalya Alessi , Lauren Skopalova, Catherine Davies, Flora Payat, Anthony Howes

From the demented mind of Russall S. Beattie (The Empire Strips Back – A Star Wars Burlesque Parody and The Dames Of Throne Burlesque Show) comes something original and mysterious. Breaking free from the themes and characters of familiar franchises, this show is an indication of what happens in his mind when there are no boundaries. Don’t expect any fan dances or feather boas here - this is a burlesque show like no other, evolving the genre, and truly a dark sexual journey of the imagination. 

The Empire Strips Back
Russall Beatie
Australia national tour 2015, 2016, 2017
Artists: Asher Bowen-Saunders, Natalya Alessi, Zelia Zikito, Danni Hocking, Kael Murray, Drew Fairley, Djani Davidson, Jordan Odavis, James Barry, Neven Connol 

The Empire Strips Back takes the classic characters from the beloved Star Wars film franchise, and drops them into the world of Burlesque, creating a show like no other. Be amazed at Russall S. Beattie’s attention to detail in re-creating the magic and childhood wonder of the original three films, and then be thrilled as the childhood wonder is abolished by good old fashioned adult fun! Combining striptease, song and dance, troupe routines and comedy, this show is truly destined to deliver you to the dark side.

Photography: Jill Kerswill

IndepenDANCE Project 2015 
Charles Ball
Dancers: Asher Bowen-Saunders, Enrui Foo, Essie Horn, Lauren Graham, Laura Wood, Gradey Mitchell, Keia McGrady, Cody Lavery

An experimental exploration of sight and the depersonalisation of dancers through unified movement. By attempting to recreate a kaleidoscope, many underlying tones were revealed about the intriguing connection we have with gaze and how powerful it can be when used as a tool for audience manipulation.

Photography: Brendan Galinie

Soul Windows 
Melissa Laham
Dancers: Asher Bowen-Saunders, Michael Smith
Film: Brendan Galinie
A dance/theatre installation work in progress that focuses on the scientific research that states that 'emotions filter our reality, shaping what we see before light ever reaches the inner eye. ' We tend to think of perception as something that happens after an image is received by the brain, but in fact emotions influence vision at the very earliest moments of visual encoding.'A. Anderson Cornell Uni. 
Fusing two beautiful dancers and film - in this moving installation at Caloundra Regional Gallery as part of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 10th Anniversary. This project is fully supported by RADF and Arts Qld in partnership with Caloundra Regional Gallery.

Performed at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, August 2015.

Photography: Dana Weeks

DNA - Simply Human 
Ochre Contemporary Dance Company
Dancers: Jesse Martin, Katina Olsen, Kenny Johnson, Asher Bowen-Saunders, Yilin Kong, Matthew Tupper, Tyrel Dulvarie, Floeur Alder
Creative Director: Louise Howden-Smith OAM
Artistic Associate: Penelope Mullen
Production Manager: Da
vid Mogridge
A primal, yet tender dance experience consisting of six stories that illuminate the physical and emotional qualities we all possess, the evolution of the human spirit manifested through movement and the revelations that follow. This explosive new program comprises a richly diverse cohort of Australian and International choreographers including Oded Ronen (Israel), Gareth Belling (QLD) Penny Mullen (QLD), Jesse Martin (NSW) and Floeur Alder (WA). Together, through stylized dance, they explore what makes us human, the commonalities that connect us to universal themes relating to place, community, touch and ritual. The works will illuminate the grace, artistry and dynamic energies of this unique company and inspire audiences to question ‘what is it to be Simply Human’? Performed in July 2015 at the Dolphin theatre as part of the University of Western Australia's Winter Arts season.

Photography: Jill Kerswill

Concerning a Proposal 
Courtney Scheu
Dancers: Enrui Foo, Lisa Barry, Hsin-ju Chiu, Asher Bowen-Saunders, Belinda Raisin 
Violinist: Matthew Nguyen

photo Jill Kerswill
"an innovative piece that explored the use of an odd text as a score for developing movement."
Melissa Lee
Performed at the Judith Wright Centre as part of Phluxus2 Dance Collective's IndepenDANCE Project, December 2014
Photography: Ric Frearson

Photography: Ric Frearson

Transient Beauty
Gareth Belling
 
Dancers: Gareth Belling, Rosetta Cook, Asher Bowen-Saunders, Melissa Tannam
Musicians:  Benjamin Greaves, Danielle Bentley, Diana Tolmie, Philip Eames

Four dancers and four musicians create more than a fairy tale, a beautiful and inspiring story of a woman’s search to rebuild her family.Transient Beauty returns to Brisbane for one show only on 11 October, 2014 as part of the Queensland Conservatorium’s Crossbows Music Festival, before performances in Cairns (23 Oct) and Townsville (25 Oct). Collusion Music is joined on stage by dancers Rosetta Cook, Gareth Belling, Melissa Tattam and Asher Bowen-Saunders. Don’t miss this beautiful fusion of dance and music at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre.

From the opening sequence, Belling’s muscular and fluid choreography creates a striking image of mankind’s desperate yearning for connection and belonging. Original compositions by Susan Hawkins, i read the old dream slowly and a new work for violin and piano, Within the Silent Frame, build a tensely elegant soundscape. Her music is woven between existing pieces by Carl Vine, Nigel Sabin and Tom Green to create an engaging musical language for this evocative chamber ballet.

Performed at the Queensland Conservatorium (Brisbane), Dancenorth (Townsville) and CoCa (Cairns), October 2014. 

Photography: Nerida Matthei

Polarity
Nerida Matthei
 
Dancers: Alex Baden Bryce, Asher Bowen-Saunders, Timothy Brown, Estelle Delalande

Performed at the Judith Wright Centre as part of Dance Creations 2014. 

Photography: Hayley Kerr

Not Alice
Courtney Scheu
 
Dancers: Chloe Lanham, Asher Bowen-Saunders, Jacob Williams, Paul Jackson and Michael Smith
Visual artist: Georgina Munton

Imagine, the characters of Lord of the Flies in the pressure pot of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?. Now throw in a pinch of the nonsensical world of Alice in Wonderland and your mind has just conjured something akin to Not Alice. Not Alice presents some of Brisbane’s most exciting young dancers and creators in the presentation of this highly imaginative and physically demanding piece of contemporary dance. Seated in the round, the audience will be sucked into the chess-like contest, sitting close enough to feel the swish of a coat in passing and hear the sound of a desperate inhalation as the characters peel away their opponents pretences and self-respect in a series of detailed interplays. The audience “may even find themselves competing with each other, being more than a fly on the wall over the duration of this work.” said Courtney. Performed at the Old Queensland Museum,July 2014.