The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair is created by Everybody NOW!
Everybody NOW specialises in socially engaged, contemporary arts practice with a focus on performance-driven projects, created with and for communities.
We work with real stories and real people.
Led by Co-Directors Ian Pidd, Bec Reid and Kate Baggerson, Everybody NOW are an Australian collective of established artists, who create participatory, large-scale and immersive experiences.
Everybody NOW’s current body of work (created between 2015 – 2018) is a trilogy of large-scale social dance projects that have awarded the company a dynamic, national reputation for a distinct, inclusive and joyful brand of participation.
In the last three years Everybody NOW has attracted Festival Commissions from Australia’s Major Festivals including Brisbane Festival, Darwin Festival, Festival 2018 for the Commonwealth Games and Bleach* Festival. They have reached over 25,000 people as audiences and participants between the ages of 3 – 90.
You can read more about the suite of projects at www.everybodynow.com
Kate is a Gold Coast-based producer of festivals and community cultural development projects and is the Co-founder and Executive Producer of Everybody Now!
She has worked across Australia for leading arts organisations such as; Salamanca Arts Centre Hobart, MONA FOMA Festival, Tasmanian Regional Arts, Woodford Folk Festival and Bleach* Festival.
Recently as Associate Director of Bleach* Festival, she oversaw many large scale, site specific projects which included significant community participation and complex stakeholder relations in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
At Woodford Folk Festival, Australia’s largest festival of its kind, Kate was a senior staff member for several years, involved in the programming team and as Major Projects Producer, responsible for developing and producing the festival’s large-scale commissions including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, presented to crowds of 18,000 and involving casts of 2000 people.
Kate has a passion for site-specific works, spectacle theatre, community engagement and creating participatory and immersive arts where audiences are co-creators of their creative experience.
Ian Pidd is a Melbourne based freelance director of theatre and festivals. His theatre credits include his Artistic Directorship of Back To Back, including the green room award nominated Minds Eye, plus ten years of works at Snuff Puppets, where his productions have travelled throughout the world. With Snuff Puppets Ian has created large-scale theatrical works in Japan, Singapore, Brazil, and in many parts of Europe and Australia.
Ian has directed shows for The Business, Barry Morgan, Polyglot and many others. Ian’s production of Men Of Steel’s Hard Rubbish was a popular and critical hit for The Malthouse in late 2013. Ian has been the artistic director of festivals as diverse as Moomba and The Works and was for 6 years the Chair of Melbourne Fringe. He is co-artistic director of boutique festival The Village and was founding Artistic Director of Junction Arts Festival (JAF) in Launceston. He curates the Village program at all three Falls festivals.
Ian works in a variety of contexts, but has a particular interest in creating works that are highly participatory and which feature professional and vernacular artists working side by side.
Bec is a performer, producer, director, choreographer and engagement specialist. She encourages people to see their world in new ways through highly physical, participatory, practical, collaborative and celebratory actions. Passionate in the space where professional artists and communities of interest meet, Bec has collaborated with community and artists nationally and internationally and has continually served on various arts boards for 15 years.
She has produced and performed for major arts Festivals and organisations nationwide including; Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and Next Wave Festivals, Foostcray Community Arts Centre, Dance House and City of Melbourne’s Arts and Participation Program. She was Associate Director of reality theatre juggernauts, 100% Melbourne and 100% Darwin by Rimini Protokoll and 100% Brisbane with Museum of Brisbane.
Alongside her role as Co-Director of Everybody NOW, Bec, together with Tristan Meecham, leads All The Queens Men who have recently toured the sport/art spectacle Fun Run to South Korea and Finland. Bec is a recipient of the 2017/ 2018 Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts. Bec’s true loves are Staffordshire Bull Terriers and dancing.