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Beyond the Curtain breaks down barriers and explores the human stories of successful performing arts individuals. It delves deep into their life journeys, shares tips for success and fosters human connection.

Beyond the Curtain Samantha Laurence

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0 • 38 Ratings

Beyond the Curtain breaks down barriers and explores the human stories of successful performing arts individuals. It delves deep into their life journeys, shares tips for success and fosters human connection.

    Jason Gilkison // Backstories of Burn The Floor, SYTYCD and Strictly Come Dancing

    Jason Gilkison // Backstories of Burn The Floor, SYTYCD and Strictly Come Dancing

    I am SO excited to bring you this special episode with the one and only, Jason Gilkison.
    Jason is a world-renowned ballroom dancer, director, choreographer and artistic director. Jason and his dance partner, Peta Roby, were the undefeated Australian Champions from 1981-1997. They went on to work on the ballroom and latin dance spectacular, Burn The Floor, where Jason accepted the role of choreographer and artistic director. Burn The Floor went on to successful seasons on Broadway and the West End and is still an absolute juggernaut today. Jason was a popular judge and choreographer on the hugely successful TV series So You Think You Can Dance, both in Australia and the USA, and has created over 100 routines for the franchise.

    Currently, Jason holds the coveted position of creative director for BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in the UK where he has been for the last 8 years. Along with the team, Jason has helped to transform the show into the huge success it is today. This role has seen him choreograph for artists including Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Andrea Bocelli, Shania Twain, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. This year he was awarded with a BAFTA for his creative vision and artistic direction on the show!

    In our chat we discuss his childhood, longstanding partnership with Peta, competing against Todd McKenney, and the stories behind his experiences on Burn The Floor, So You Think You Can Dance and Strictly Come Dancing. Jason also shares how he gets the most out of his dancers, how he says inspired and what his creative process entails.

    Jason is such a joy to speak with and a wonderful story teller full of inspiring insight and advice! His humility and kind heart shines through the entire chat. I hope you enjoy listening.

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    Beyond The Curtain acknowledges the traditional custodians of the Australian land we live and create this podcast on. We pay our respect to our Indigenous sisters, brothers and their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the injustice and impacts of colonisation still present today.

    • 55 min
    Daniel Clarke // Direction, Production and Arts Centre Melbourne's Take Over! 2020

    Daniel Clarke // Direction, Production and Arts Centre Melbourne's Take Over! 2020

    Today I welcome the very talented, Daniel Clarke to BTC!

    Dan is Creative Producer at the Arts Centre Melbourne and has a wealth of experience to share in direction and production.
    Some of his roles have included Executive Producer of Programming at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, CEO and Creative Producer at Theatre Works in Melbourne, Creative Producer of Leicester Haymarket Theatre in the UK and Artistic Director and CEO of Feast Festival: Adelaide's Queer Arts and Cultural Festival. His work has received many Green Room nominations and this year he won the 2020 Green Room Award for Contribution to Cabaret.

    In this chat we discuss the latest project he is working on for the Arts Centre Melbourne, Take Over! 2020. It is a wonderful program providing opportunity for artists in this tough economic climate, whilst continuing to entertain audiences and provide them insight into the creative process.

    Dan shares all about his childhood, a formative gap year in Costa Rica and his savvy decision to move from drama student to direction and production. We discuss his career highlights and the business knowledge that he has learnt on the job over the years.
    He also shares what he looks for in a performer, what it's like being on the panel for the Helpmann Awards and his experience of winning his first Green Room Award in 2020. There is lots to learn from Dan! Hope you enjoy the chat :)

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    Beyond The Curtain acknowledges the traditional custodians of the Australian land we live and create this podcast on. We pay our respect to our Indigenous sisters, brothers and their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the injustice and impacts of colonisation still present today.

    • 41 min
    Fiona Luca // Connecting with Your Body and Self

    Fiona Luca // Connecting with Your Body and Self

    I am so happy to bring you this episode today with a truly beautiful soul, Fiona Luca. Fiona is a lifelong creative, business facilitator, qualified Dance educator, Yoga and Pilates instructor and mother of two gorgeous girls. She has an absolute zest for life and deep desire to make an impact wherever she goes.

    In our chat we explore her really interesting and varied career pathways and delve into the topic of body image. Fiona generously shares her own experience with anorexia and how she has found herself today helping others going through similar struggles.

    Fiona also shares her experiences choreographing for hotel resorts in Europe, becoming a Yogi and starting a dance school that grew to 300 students over 11 years before she sold it, as well as the identity exploration she faced at the end of this chapter in her life. Fiona shares all about her new business 'Move With Fiona Luca' and podcast 'Talking Youth' and provides some beautiful business advice as well.

    Fiona is full of that good soul wisdom! She has a beautiful energy and lots to share. I hope you enjoy the chat.

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    Beyond The Curtain acknowledges the traditional custodians of the Australian land we live and create this podcast on. We pay our respect to our Indigenous sisters, brothers and their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the injustice and impacts of colonisation still present today.

    • 47 min
    AOC X BTC with Tarik, Dean and Sam

    AOC X BTC with Tarik, Dean and Sam

    Here it is. A very special one-off episode to celebrate The AOC Initiative and document a pivotal moment in Australian theatre.

    In today's episode, I share a round table discussion with AOC Founder, Tarik Frimpong and AOC Panellist and Equity Diversity Committee member, Dean Drieberg. Tarik is a very talented performer who has starred in West End productions such as 'Aladdin, The Musical' and Disney feature films such as 'Mary Poppins Returns.' He was also a guest on Season 1 of BTC where you can hear all about his life and career. Dean is an acclaimed theatre director and producer of many shows including 'Sunday in the Park with George' and works with many organisations to strive for racial justice within the Arts.

    In our chat we deeply discuss the lack of representation on stage and behind the scenes in the Arts industry, BIPOC casting, the unfolding of the 2020 Rob Guest Endowment and how The AOC Initiative came to be. You will hear all about AOC and what the future of Australian theatre looks like.

    It is a raw and vulnerable, honest discussion from all three of us. Enjoy, and thank you for listening. Much love, Sam.

    *The submission deadline for The AOC Initiative has been extended to 6pm Wednesday September 30th.

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    Acronyms used in this episode:
    AOC - Artists of Colour
    BTC - Beyond The Curtain
    BIPOC - Black Indigenous and People Of Colour
    MEAA - Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance
    EDC - Equity Diversity Committee

    Links to support racial diversity within the Performing Arts industry:
    AOC GoFundMe
    The People of Cabaret
    Stage A Change
    Be You
    BIPOC In Theatre Guidelines
    Equity Diversity Committee

    Beyond The Curtain acknowledges the traditional custodians of the Australian land we live and create this podcast on. We pay our respect to our Indigenous sisters, brothers and their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the injustice and impacts of colonisation still present today.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    James Maxfield // Performer and Creator of Stage and Screen

    James Maxfield // Performer and Creator of Stage and Screen

    Today I am speaking with the brilliant James Maxfield! Jimmy is a very talented creative with a diverse career that spans across TV, musical theatre and commercial dance. He has succeeded as a performer, dance captain, choreographer and creative producer and has a lot of knowledge and experience to share!

    Most recently Jimmy worked as Creative Producer for The Voice Australia and Creative Director for Dancing On Ice UK. He has choreographed for The Masked Singer Australia and has been Dance Captain for several TV and musical theatre productions including X-Factor, The Rocky Horror Show, My Fair Lady and Wicked.

    Jimmy has performed in a long list from musical theatre productions from The Boy From Oz, Wicked, Sweet Charity and Grease, Miss Saigon and A Chorus Line. As a commercial dancer he has toured with Kesha and Samantha Jade, and has performed live with many artists including Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, Kylie Minogue, Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin and Wynter Gordon.
    In today's chat we discuss his childhood in Sydney, how as a dancer you are a business, his transition from music theatre and commercial dancing to creative production, his experience working on The Voice Australia and confronting what your identity is aside from your career. Jimmy is a bundle of energy with a genuine passion for the performing arts industry. He shares many experiences and lots of advice, there's a lot to take from this one! Enjoy!

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    Beyond The Curtain acknowledges the traditional custodians of the Australian land we live and create this podcast on. We pay our respect to our Indigenous sisters, brothers and their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the injustice and impacts of colonisation still present today.

    • 53 min
    Sarah Alice Burns // Beyonce's Bombshell Back Up Dancer

    Sarah Alice Burns // Beyonce's Bombshell Back Up Dancer

    I am so excited to bring you today's episode with the incredibly talented, Sarah Alice Burns!
    Sarah is a professional dancer, model and artist development coach born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. After several years of working overseas as a dancer, Sarah decided to take a leap of faith and move to the 'City of Angels'. After several setbacks and countless 'no's, she soon became accustomed to understanding that the LA dance industry was not for the faint hearted.

    Sarah's fierce determination for success and extreme passion for her craft drove her to exceed all expectations and she went on to dance for an amazing list of artists including Brandy, Jay-Z, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, Usher, Ne-Yo, Hailee Steinfeld and QUEEN BEY! Her hard work, talent and determination was rewarded with continuous work dancing for Beyoncé, for four years. Sarah joined Beyoncé on world tours, award shows, feature films, music videos, the infamous Super Bowl and the worldwide Ivy Park campaign.

    In our chat, Sarah and I talk all things Beyoncé, life in LA, her career as a commercial dancer, rehearsing for the Super Bowl (think 14 hour days, 7 days a week, 3 months!), audition prep, self-care and Sarah's program 'Industry LA'.

    Sarah has such a beautiful energy! She has a strong sense of self and is super driven and yet super sweet at the same time! It seriously felt like a fun chat with a girlfriend and I just wanted to go have a wine and dance the night away with her! I hope you enjoy listening to everything Sarah has to share.

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    Beyond The Curtain acknowledges the traditional custodians of the Australian land we live and create this podcast on. We pay our respect to our Indigenous sisters, brothers and their Elders, past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the injustice and impacts of colonisation still present today.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

amy.m.7 ,

Love this podcast!

Sam is such an amazing host! I love hearing the variety of guests she has and their impact on the dance industry 👏🏽

pyrosurgetheking ,

Wonderful insight into the Australian performing arts

I have found this podcast to be so inspiring and always a fantastic listen. Sam is so beautifully down to earth in this podcast and her questions drive fabulous answers from her guests. This is a MUST LISTEN for all people who are supportive or curious of the Australian performing arts.

lucywong99 ,

Beautiful listen!

Absolutely love this podcast and I always look forward to the next episode! Sam is a beautiful host who always manages to ask the best questions and brings a new insight to the world of performing arts. Each episode and guest are inspiring in their own way, I love being able to hear from them in a new context! I am constantly inspired by these genuine, human stories! Would recommend to absolutely anyone!

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