Kei Ishii, founder of The Kollective Idea and its related dance module The Kontemporary Idea, will be holding more 3-day workshops this year, offering a creative boost to young and emerging dancers.
This is the first part of our two-part interview with Kei discussing his contemporary dance career. Watch out for part two with Q&A insights!
Kei Ishii graduated from The Space Performing Arts, in Melbourne and went on to take a place at the world-renowned Ev & Bow Full-Time Contemporary Dance Course in Sydney where he trained with Sarah Boulter for two years. During this time Kei assisted Sarah in choreographing many events including Dance Academy and the Arabian Games and was also offered a secondment with the Internationally famed ADT (Australian Dance Theatre) in Adelaide.
As a member of Legs on the Wall Contemporary Dance Troupe, Kei performed in their production of Puncture at the Sydney Festival in 2015. He has choreographed many short works which have been performed at festivals such as Sydney Fringe Festival and Short Sweet Dance and was also awarded Best Choreographer at Fast + Fresh 2013.
Since returning to Queensland, Kei shares his knowledge of various contemporary techniques with dance schools around Brisbane. He started The Kollective Idea to give aspiring dancers the chance to perform in a company setting, to learn what working within the industry involves and to be guided through this exciting process.
Kei says “At The Kollective Idea we foster your talents and expand your experiences in an environment where you can gain the creative edge needed to succeed in dance. You will dance alongside award-winning instructors and choreographers. We are highly motivated to develop your performance technique, style and stage skills.”
Kei goes on to say “The right philosophy drives success, it is where everything we do creatively and professionally starts. A promising idea will define what you do and how you will do it. Having the knowledge and skills to use this idea is why we study, practice and gain experience, growing to expand our ideas, our horizons and ultimately our dance futures.”
“We can help you through the process of growing in the industry. Our mentors are award-winning dancers with experience and the knowledge needed to help you grow that idea.”
A great learning opportunity from a man with vibrant and affirmative ideas!
♥ Gretchen Bernet-Ward
The Kollective Idea starts their year with another The Kontemporary Idea 3-day workshop 19-21 January 2019 in two groups for ages 10-13 and 14+ covering techniques, improvisation and choreography. Website bookings––
The Kontemporary Idea
WORKSHOPS 19-21 JANUARY 2019
DAY 1 – Contemporary Techniques
DAY 2 – Improvisation Techniques
DAY 3 – Choreography Techniques
KONNECT – Ages 10-13
KOLLECT – Ages 14+