Artist snapshot – Ashlee Bye and Courtney Scheu
March 16, 2015
Ashlee Bye and Courtney Scheu are bringing us Far Flung, a unique dance work that includes multiple performances that are linked through technology. Come along to CMAG on Thursday 19 March at 7pm.
Describe your work in a few sentences.
Our work Far Flung is an interactive dance/live video installation that connects both performers and audience across Canberra in real time. It explores the challenges and excitement of long distance communication and relationships in both the creative process and during the performance. Audience members can choose to view the performance from three different locations, or they can tune into the live video feed online!
When was the last time you visited Canberra or how long have you lived in Canberra?
Ashlee is a born and bred Canberran who moved to Melbourne for university when she turned 19, and is still based there today. Courtney is from sunny Queensland but visited Canberra five years in a row for dance programs and performances – the last time being YAH 2013.
What are you most excited about for your YAH event?
Ashlee and I first met in Canberra and our collaborative partnership began here. So we are very grateful that we can come back to present our work in Canberra. We are also redeveloping the work with emerging dance artists from QL2 and can’t wait to see the creative ideas they will contribute.
What was a highlight of 2014 for you in terms of your work?
Our highlight of 2014 was presenting Far Flung at the Crack Theatre Festival in Newcastle. We went out to achieve a complete logistical nightmare and had some fantastic results and great feedback. We created a work between five people living 1600km apart, which often involved rehearsals via Skype and text messages.
What’s your favourite Canberra coffee joint?
Being an out of towner, Courtney can’t go past Robinson’s for a coffee and sweet treat. Ashlee doesn’t drink coffee, but enjoys visiting Beyond Q in Curtin and A Bite To Eat in Chifley with her friends when she is in town.