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VERTICAL SHADOWS

CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY

Established in 2009, Vertical Shadows quickly became one of Australias most respected independent dance companies. Performing at many of Melbourne's landmark theaters to sold out audiences and five star reviews.

We deliver full length productions that are unapologetically musically driven. 

Stephen Agisilaou - the founder, artistic director and choreographer, is the driving force behind the company's success. Choosing to produce as a project based company has proven to always keep the artistic integrity of his work at the highest caliber.

When viewing Agisilaou’s work, you will find a remarkable balance of restraint and ease. An extremely heavy theatrical atmosphere whilst keeping the movement dramatic, this allows the piece to be rich with beauty & depth.

REPERTOIRE

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I DON'T CARE FOR SUGAR, HONEY!

PREMIERED AT

Palm Springs Art Museum

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY

Stephen Agisilaou

PERFORMED BY

Charles Eugene Scheland, Katherine Liu, Natalie Stys,

Taylor Kate Ennen, Rawinan Asawakanjanakit

INSPIRATION

Music and movement mesh perfectly together in this sweet and spicy jazz piece to the score of Annie Lennox! Stephen puts entertainment at the forefront and apologetically camps up the stage.

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THE WHITE PRINCE

PREMIERED AT

Arts House, Meat Market

 

STEPHEN AGISILAOU Direction/Choreography

JESSICA MORTLOCK Creative Assistant/Rehearsal Director

CRAIG BOYES Lighting Design / ELISSA HULLAH Costume

 

PERFORMED BY The Australian Ballets Damien Welch & Marc Cassidy returned to the stage along side contemporary goddess Teagan Lowe & breakout stars Riley Fitzgerald & Joshua Hunt.

KNIGHTS: Rosie Osmond, Josie Hodges, Alana Curtis, Sophia Lewis

INSPIRTATION

The White Prince defies genre and the typical contemporary dance

experience by creating heightened view of reality meeting the imagination.

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ON THE ROCKS

PREMIERED AT
Chapel Off Chapel

 

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY
Stephen Agisilaou

PERFORMED BY

Jessica Mortlock, Sean-Marcs, Jayden Hicks, Tim Barnes, Aaron Lynch, Joshua Austin, Jake Walasek, Tony Keeble, Josh Cetin
Kristopher Brian, Nicolas Mena

 

INSPIRATION

A lifetime battle for another existence, accepting who you are in this present state is in many instances easier than the effort to move forward. Is accepting who you are in this present moment easier than risking everything for the chance to be someone,
something more?

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CRIMSON

PREMIERED AT

Chapel Off Chapel

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Donna-Mae Burrows & Geoffrey H Watson

INSPIRATION

A pas de deux of an avian exploration. Across the crimson sky, two birds flying: they're ominous flight silent and solitary.
Warred and warred with the earth, and when she yielded stabbed her heart, gathered her blood in a chalice, spilling it over the crimson sky.

Selected for SPLASH DANCE FESTIVAL

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GROW UP AND BLOW AWAY

PREMIERED AT

Theatre Works

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Lauren Drago, Hayley Uberti, Erin Hooper, Robyn Max Wyngaard, Catherine Elis, Bec Demarte

INSPIRATION

A jazz piece about being a woman in this modern age.

‘The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl!”' - Shirley Chisholm

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HOME

PREMIERED AT

Gas Works Theatre

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Cheyne Whichello, Timothy Walsh, Leroy Curwood, Caitlin Wheeler, Eley May, Alice Dixon, Rachael Ireson, Kristy Sellars, Libby Abbot, Benjamin Cure, Diana Ricks, Stephanie Brunno, Stephen Agisilaou

INSPIRATION

HOME is a modern dance piece performed to current electric pop music follows the story of peoples home lives, who they are and the experience of living in a neighborhood

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FOX TIMES

PREMIERED AT

Forum Theatre Melbourne​

Winner of SHORT & SWEET Award: Best Choreography

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Benjamin Hancock, Rachael Ireson, Heather Craig, Leah Watts, Megan O'Mally, 

Dana Gishen, Kara Bertoncini, Steph Bertoncini

INSPIRATION

A contemporary work about the environments ever changing problems.

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THE NITTY GRITTY

PREMIERED AT

Chapel Off Chapel

Short & Sweet Dance Festival Offical Selection 

DIRECTED BY 
Jessica Mortlock

PERFORMED BY 

Stephen Agisilaou & Jessica Mortlock

INSPIRATION

When friendship is easy and fun life can be a party. 

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THE FOUNATIN

PREMIERED AT

Melbourne Town Hall

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Mietta Gornall, Brandan Yates, Paris, Stephen Agisilaou

​INSPIRATION

A magical realism romantic dance drama that blends elements of fantasy, history, spirituality, and science fiction.

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CROSSING THE RUBICON​

PREMIERED AT

The Annenberg Theater Palm Springs

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 
Audrey Casey, Aaron Czuprenski, Kat Cheng, Andrew Perez

INSPIRATION

Crossing The Rubicon delves into the idea of stability within relationships, relationships are fragile and weathered by our decisions and the point of no return is not often in our foresight until it's too late.

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HER

PREMIERED AT

Federation Square Deakin Edge Theatre

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Kristy Lee Donovan

INSPIRATION

Het was created for PROJECTion Ballet Gala. The program featured incredible Australia dancers such as Juliet Burnett, Kristy Lee Donovan and acclaimed international artists like Dominic James Ballard and Mara Galeazzi from the Royal Ballet.

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LET DOWN YOUR HAIR

PREMIERED AT

The Malthouse Theatre

Winner of DANCE CREATIONS Award in Choreography

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Stephen Agisilaou, Jessica Mortlock, Jayden Hicks, Benjamin Cure, Dylan Mcewan, Brett Fisher, Jake Alan O'Brian

As we worked with theatrical ideas through contemporary dance, we paradoxically found both restraint and ease in the choreography without venturing over to the contemporary cliché of minimalism. 

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OLD GROUND

PREMIERED AT

Chapel Off Chapel

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Scott Pokorny

INSPIRATION

When we feel we have nothing left to give,
And we are sure that the song has ended;
When our day seems over and the shadows fall,
And the darkness of night has descended.

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THE BAD PLACE

PREMIERED AT

The National Theater

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY

Over 60 dancers.

INSPIRATION

Come and join the cult, everyone loves the cult.

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US

PREMIERED AT

The Renaissance Theater

COMMISSIONED BY SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Stephen Agisilaou & Caitlin Wheeler

INSPIRATION

A love story from beginning to end.

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PARALLAX

PREMIERED AT

Chapel Off Chapel

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Jayden Hicks, Stephen Agisilaou, Jessica Mortlock, Grace Hooper, Sarah Mealor, Megan Sayce

To celebrate Chapel of Chapel’s 20th Anniversary, Vertical Shadows was asked to create a brand new work exclusively for this momentous occasion. PARALLAX: A Brief Love Encounter indulges in the unforeseen shot of adrenaline driven by the infatuating nature of an uncontrollable short term relationship.

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SCENT OF A CHARM

PREMIERED AT

The Space Dance & Arts Center

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Jessica Mortlock, Benjamin Cure, Ellen Mary Simpson, Aaron Lynch, Lauren Drago, Jake Alan O'Brian, Alarna Curtis

INSPIRATION

We all have a desire to abandon ourselves, people are always looking for an escape from reality. It is part of human nature to want to feel something other than the banality of our own existence. Euphoria, paranoia, ease, hunger, recklessness, elation, inspiration, vibration, transformation.

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SILENCE ON THESE SEEDS

PREMIERED AT

The Renaissance Theater

DIRECTED & CHOREOGRAPHED BY 
Stephen Agisilaou 

PERFORMED BY 

Stephen Louis Agisilaou, Matt Dillon, Nick Geurts, Caitlin Wheeler, Sarah Ambros, Hayley Uberti, Eleanor Majpruz

Apprentices: Kara Bertoncini, Brendan Daynes,

 

INSPIRATION

The premiere work from the company, director Stephen Agisilaou relives the story of his experience living in Canada.

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PHILANTHROPY

The success of Vertical Shadows owes much to the generosity and commitment of our patrons and audience. With each passing year, the difference that can be made by private individuals becomes more important to sustaining the company at its current level of scale and style. 

 

As a non-government funded independent company that provides professional dancers with paid work and the opportunity to be a part of world class productions, we rely on special individuals and companies like yourself to leave your footprint on the arts. When selecting Vertical Shadowsas your avenue into the arts, patrons involved have the pleasure of being assured their contribution is firstly helping create jobs for both established and up and coming artists and thus helping us to create transcending theatre experiences for our audiences.

 

Our shows attract a discerning audience of all ages including industry professionals, dance students and teachers, artists, designers, actors, parents, directors for film & television and more. Vertical Shadows taps into various advertising avenues including social and dance media, newspapers, dance studios, theatres and more, giving your company's sponsorship increased exposure.

 

We would love to have you join the Vertical Shadowscommunity with a sponsorship that suits the needs of your business while supporting our unique company and the arts scene at large.

 

 

For more information on the benefits of becoming a patron, please contact our arts administrator at

verticalshadows@me.com

MAJOR SUPPORTERS

Vertical Shadows is made possible by the generous contributions by Susan Thacore @ The National Theater Melbourne & The Space Dance & Arts Center

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REVIEWS

"A new benchmark for other independent dance companies throughout Australia."

KARA HAMILTON - THE ARTS CENTER 

"Boundaries become more and more irrelevant" 

ARTS HUB

"Agisilaou has created a masterpiece."

DANCE INFORMA

"Exquisitely mesmerising images in this dreamlike production will stay with the audience forever"

STAGE WHISPERS

"Vertical Shadows have once again raised the barre in Australian contemporary dance"

THE AUSTRALIAN STAGE

"By embedding elements of social dances in a classical jazz structure, choreographer Stephen Agisilaou's work is referential and new; retro and modern. It really should not work. But it does!"

HERALD SUN

"Crimson, is just about spot on."

 DANCE INFORMA

"Floaty and flamboyant." 

DANCE AUSTRALIA

 

"Anything less than a worldwide audience now seems inadequate."

DANCE INFORMA

 

"Stephen Agisilaou has certainly released a new generation of stars with this production." -

THE AUSTRALIAN STAGE

 

"Will have you on the very edge of your seat." 

THE AUSTRALIAN STAGE

"Agisilaou’s choreography is fresh and new!"

THEATRE PEOPLE

"This is art personified, an experience through all the realms of emotion."

THE AUSTRALIAN STAGE

"The whole performance is as breathtaking as it is desirable."

AUSTRALIAN STAGE

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