Director || Founder
Benjamin Curé was born and raised in Melbourne, training on full scholarships at both The Edge Performers School and the Space Dance and Arts Centre. In 2015, he founded Lion Heart Dance Company which has since produced multiple seasons of work.
Curé's performance career has witnessed him work with a diverse range of companies, including Vertical Shadows Dance Company and Opera Australia, in conjunction with reaching the top 100 of So You Think You Can Dance Australia (2014). Recently, Curé performed in Graeme Murphy's 'Turanndot' with Opera Australia in December of 2019.
Curé is an esteemed choreographer with a history of choreographing for music videos, international conferences and industry events. His founding company Lion Heart has produced 6 seasons of work, and has twice acquired Arts and Culture grant funding from the City of Stonnington. Lion Heart has also been commissioned by the City of Boroondara, produced an interactive dance festival, performed at global conferences and has created a space for local and international dancers to train and collaborate on new projects. These achievements are a powerful testament to Curé's unswerving devotion to his craft.
Additionally, Curé has mentored a number of young people through the process of creating their own work and has developed a professional development course (Next Steps) to see local artists empowered to succeed. His staged works have also been paired with a schools engagement program; this facilitates young dancers to investigate more deeply into the arts, by means of an immersive learning experience alongside industry professionals.
Curé creates works which are engaging and meaningful. He possesses an attention to detail and an intuitive understanding of his audience. Moreover, he has displayed an indomitable work ethic and resilience, thus reinforcing a robust and abiding career which has already offered so much to the wider community.
Annabelle Wanstall completed fulltime dance training at The Space Dance & Arts Centre and Kelly Aykers Fulltime Dance. During this time, she choreographed and worked on a number of fringe shows and now runs a youth dance company as well as teaching at a variety of schools. Annabelle loves supporting other people’s dreams and work with them to make ideas into a reality.