Moving to Brisbane in 2014 with no job and no expectation of even remaining in the arts industry was a bold move, admits Amy Hollingsworth. The well-travelled and globally renowned dancer and choreographer had only visited the city twice before but was intrigued by its collegial arts community and its reputation as “a hub of incredibly exciting work”.
“Brisbane is really owning its place in the landscape of the arts in Australia,” Amy says.
“The city seems, to me, to have an appetite for art and is home to some truly visionary philanthropists and extremely supportive audiences.”
She gravitated to Expressions Dance Company (EDC) and into the role of rehearsal director soon after relocating from Sydney then joined Queensland Ballet’s artistic staff before returning to helm EDC, rebranded under her leadership as Australasian Dance Collective (ADC).
Cultivating a sense of shared ownership and creative freedom underpins Amy’s leadership style, an approach she believes strengthens Brisbane’s artistic community and recognises and celebrates the talent within.
“I feel it is so important to collaborate; to give people an opportunity to find their voice, to encourage the hive-mind, to appreciate, listen to and include people in proceedings.
“Right now there is quite a lot of positive communication throughout the industry, real discussion and collective problem solving, as we face the issues thrown up by the pandemic.
“I am hopeful that Brisbane’s energetic arts community can keep this and build on it as we move forward.”
A frequent patron at Brisbane Festival since 2014, Amy is drawn to the energy it creates in the city.
“Brisbane Festival’s energy and emphasis on community connect people to the city, encouraging them to engage with art and to seek live experiences.”