A striking performer with a commanding voice... Mesmerizing, intelligent and effective
— The Huffington Post

Graduating with honours from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in composition, Dease’s artistic practice encompasses the realms of art music, pop culture, theatre and science. Dease won the inaugural Martin Sims Award for Best Performance and Music Award at Fringe World for her contemporary song cycle "City of Shadows", which also won the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Music Award and received critical acclaim at New York Fringe Festival. Her song cycle for small ensemble and planetary sounds "From a Small Distant World" premiered at The Art Gallery of Western Australian in 2015. Composition and sound design for theatre productions include Antigone (Black Swan/Matthew Lutton), 8Gigbytes of Hardcore Pornography (PTC/Griffin), Helpmann Award- nominated It’s Dark Outside (PTC) and New Owner (The Last Great Hunt). Installations include Epic Narratives and Black Mass (PICA 2015). Dease has been a Besen Fellow at Malthouse Theatre (2013), resident artist at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2015) and Lumen Studios - Atina, Italy (2016). Dease was recently awarded the 2017 DCA Performing Arts Fellowship. 


Selected Works

2016

New Owner (The Last Great Hunt)

LUMEN Residency, Atina Italy

Elders


2015

Black Mass (Installation) - Dead Ringer – Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Give Us Rest (60 second Requiem) – Forever Now Project. Launched at MONA FOMA

From A Small, Distant World – Song Cycle for String Quartet, Electric Guitar, Alto and Electromagnetic Magnetic Waves. Premiered at The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Lead vocalist in Arrows I & II with Decibel Ensemble for the concert After Julia Residency - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) Residency

Artist in Residence - Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Studio Talk - John Curtin Gallery's Ragnar Kjartansson Exhibition "Overcoming the internal cultural cringe: How pop culture stopped apologising and found its place in the art world."

Epic Narratives – Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

 

2014

The Bluest Room – Collaboration with Michael Schumacher (dancer/choreographer, US)

Women of Letters – Guest Writer:To My Startling Truth. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography – Composer/Sound Designer. Griffin Theatre & Perth Theatre Company

From the Desert to the Deep Blue Sea - Composition assistant to Tod Machover (MIT) 2013

The Perils of Obedience – a work for large ensemble and film. Premiered by Decibel EnsembleCity of Shadows – A Song Cycle of Murder, Misfortune & Forensics, The Malthouse Theatre *Winner – Melbourne Fringe Music Award

It’s Dark Outside, Sydney Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts. Currently touring UK, Japan & Australia. *Nominated for Helpmann Award.

The Besen Artist Program - Associate Artist in Composition/Sound Design/Directing. Malthouse Theatre

 

2012

City of Shadows – A Song Cycle of Murder, Misfortune & Forensics. New York Fringe Festival

City of Shadows – A Song Cycle of Murder, Misfortune & Forensics premieres at FringeWorld. *Winner of Music Award and top tier award "The Martin Sims Award for Best Fringe Performance” 

Rehearsing in New York City. Photo Gibson Nolte