An Interview with Barry Conrad


  There appears to be nothing Barry Conrad can’t do. He is the ultimate triple threat: he can sing, dance and act and has appeared on stage and on screen. After becoming a household name after making it to the Final 12 on X-Factor, Barry has gone on to open for international musical acts, perform in a string of hit Musicals including Grease: The Arena Experience, and act in an award winning film. We caught up with Barry ahead of his role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opens in Sydney in September to find out all about him.  … Continue Reading

Contact with Jack Riley


  We are lovers of dance here at Leiden and are always on the look out for interesting new artists and engaging new performance works to go and see. Contact is a new contemporary dance work made by Jack Riley in collaboration with a number of other artists working across multiple disciplines. Jack grew up here in Canberra before moving to Melbourne to study dance further at the Victorian College of the Arts. He recently returned to showcase his new work at the Gorman House Arts Centre before it goes on to be performed in the Melbourne Fringe Festival. We… Continue Reading

A Chat with Sam Young-Wright of Sydney Dance Company


  Having grown up dancing in Canberra as part of the city’s own youth dance company Quantum Leap, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of each contemporary dance performance that comes to town. I find these performances even more enjoyable when they feature a familiar face. Such is the case for Sydney Dance Company’s latest offering Orb, a double bill comprising Ocho (meaning eight in Spanish) to mark artistic director Raphael Bonachela’s eighth year with the Company, and Full Moon, a piece choreographed by Taiwanese choreographer Cheng Tsung-lung. Amongst the beautiful dancers who will perform in Orb is Canberran Sam Young-Wright.… Continue Reading