"The company (Stompin) will always be a massive part of my life and being a part of it as a young person, and then later on in life, completely shaped who I am. The depth of feeling I have for Stompin goes beyond words".
HISTORY: Stompin Alumni & Past Artistic Director.
1999- 2002, 2006: Dancer & Choreographer. 2010- 2016 : Artistic Director.
"Bone Dry and Green (2006) was the first time Adam (Wheeler) and I started working for the company in a choreographic capacity. We were sent to a tiny mining town in far north South Australia called Roxby Downs. We took over the local radio station and became like D grade celebrities (only in Roxby!). We were talking on the radio about wanting to drive to Lake Eyre (only four wheel drive accessible), the hire car company heard us and rang up the radio station and informed us, in no uncertain terms, that we were NOT to take the hire car to Lake Eyre... it was very funny".
HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR SATURDAY NIGHTS IN LAUNCESTON?
Ringing up from boarding school to book rooms at parklane motel near city park so we could sneak out for the weekend.
WHAT MEMORIES DO YOU HAVE OF CITY PARK?
Mainly Festivale... it reminds me of Stompin as we performed there every year. Madly trying to get something ready to show the public. I was always proud of the stompers and it was a good way to test out the work.
IF YOU COULD TELL YOUR PAST-SELF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
You are good enough. Don't settle for second best.
WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE YOU?
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?
Working in the arts and making art.
WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT YOUR FUTURE?
I'm excited by the unknown. I'm excited to keep making art with communities. I'm excited to slow down and have space in my life.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMINDED OF IN TEN YEARS?
I'd love to be reminded of my time with Stompin, and what it was like to live and work in Launceston.
Joyride 2002- Mark Webster.
Creative Development- Amaliea Pato.