Expressions Dance Company’s (EDC) Artistic Director, Natalie Weir, has decided to step down from the role after a successful decade leading the Brisbane-based contemporary dance company. Ms Weir will leave her role after a suitable transition period with a new Artistic Director.
“2018 is my 10th year leading this wonderful company and I am extremely proud of our many achievements during this period,” said Ms Weir. “I had the privilege of taking on the role of Artistic Director from the founders of the company, Maggi Sietsma and Abel Vallis.”
“I believe that now is the right time for me to hand over the reins to someone new, who can build on the company’s successes and lead it into the future. It has been a joy to guide EDC and I have worked with many beautiful artists who have touched my heart with their commitment and grace.”
Marian Gibney, EDC Chair, expressed the Board’s appreciation for Ms Weir’s enormous contribution to EDC. “Natalie has given her all to the company. Her artistic vision has been embraced by audiences, collaborators and partners alike and her values have created a culture that nurtures and respects artists,” she said.
“She will leave a brilliant and enduring legacy. While we will miss Natalie dearly, the Board is pleased that we have time to work with her to recruit and smoothly transition to a new Artistic Director, who can lead the company into a new era.”
Ms Weir’s final signature work for EDC, Everyday Requiem, will premiere at QPAC in October. She will continue to plan the company’s exciting 2019 season, which includes a collaboration in China and Australia with Beijing / LDTX, as part of the company’s Chinese Australian Dance Exchange Project.
For more information regarding the recruitment of EDC’s next Artistic Director, visit: www.expressionsdancecompany.org.au for details.
Image: Natalie Weir – photo by Justin Nicholas