Team

Our passion is storytelling, for we are creatures of story

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to performing for you or working with you.

Rochelle Carmichael

Artistic Director & Founder

Victorian based, multi award-winning independent physical theatre director, contemporary dance choreographer, past performer (Meryl Tankard Dance Theatre) and artistic director of Liquid Skin. Strategic Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapy.

It was as a performer for the Meryl Tankard Dance Theatre, where Rochelle’s passion for choreography emerged. Rochelle’s performance works are an innovative fusion of Australian and European creative life experience: a visually stunning mélange of powerful emotionally infused movement and theatre, combining fresh ideas in design, costume, sound, light, illusion and puppetry.

The last fifteen years has been full, wth the film series Plucked, a collaboration with film artist Justin Batchelor, was nominated for ‘The Australian Dance Award New Media’. Rochelle received the ‘Australian Choreographic Award’ and Short and Sweet Dance ‘Outstanding Choreographic Award’ for Out of No Thing, which she later toured to Sibu International Dance Festival, Malaysia. Rochelle was then invited by Dimar Dance Theatre (Indonesia) to create a new work, In the Presence of Absence. Earth, was presented in Melbourne at the Clocktower Theatre & subsequently premiered in Florence Italy.

In the past, Rochelle received the Melbourne Fringe Festival ‘Movement Award; for Aoroi, and the same work was nominated for the Artzmedia Antenna Awards. Rochelle was also nominated for the Greenmill Young Choreographers award for The Plumbing of Venus Beneath the Surface of the Vanity Basin, and received the Dancehouse Choreographic Innovation Award for Study at Ground Level.

Most recently Rochelle and Liquid Skin were invited by the Regent of Karawang to present the new work Anomaly, as part of the International Karawang Dance Festival. This was followed by the premiere of the sold out season of Scream Bloody Murder and AroundAbout at The Abbotsford Convent.

Image: Dennis Ryan

Georgina Bond

Co-Artistic Director & Performer

Georgina joined Liquid Skin in 2016 and is stepping into the role of Co-Artistic Director. She brings a unique perspective, great performance skill and love of performing arts. Melbourne based performer Georgina, trained at Unitec NZ and gained her Bachelors in Contemporary Dance. Since graduating Georgina has worked with a number of physical theatre, dance and performance artists in Melbourne including ProjectionDance, Yellow Wheel and YW2 and of course Liquid Skin. She has completed her certificates in Pilates, Reformer and Barre and is working with Creative Learning Centre and their special needs dance classes. This year Georgina was a company member for Footnote NZs’ ChoreoCo Company season in March. Georgina relishes the physicality of working with Rochelle and is eager to share this work. 

Image: Andrew Howe, Scream Bloody Murder

Paul Schembri

Artistic Advisor & Founding Company Member

After graduating from Deakin University (Rusden Campus) in 1993, Paul joined WA’s Dance-In-Education company ‘2DancePlus’ (now ‘Buzz Dance Theatre’) from 1995-1997. During this time, he also performed with Danceworks (VIC) in their “Fresh Start ’96” season and also in the inaugural performance season for the Canberra Choreographic Centre (“Dances From Hell” Chor: Kim Vincs) and presented his self devised solo “CLOSET” for WA’s inaugural contemporary dance festival ‘Dancers Are Space Eaters’.

Paul co-founded ‘Liquidskin Dance Theatre’ alongside Dancer/Co Founder Larissa O’Brien and Artistic Director/Choreographer, Rochelle Carmichael and appeared in all of her works – many of them award winning – until late 2005.

After a 10 year break from Dance and Performance to focus on his Pilates teaching career, and to co-parent his son (who has Cerebral Palsy and is Autistic), Paul returned to the Liquidskin company ensemble as Artistic Advisor.

Image: Paul Schembri

Dominique Cheah

Artistic Associate & Performer

Dominique is both a Melbourne and Regional (Yarra Ranges shire), based performer and dance teacher. She began her training in 2004 with Utassy Ballet School and has since gone on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). Dominique has performed and danced with the Young Dancers Company, Yellowwheel, Joint, and various other companies, including volunteering with Chunky Move as part of Anouk van Dijk’s Accumulation, performed at the National Gallery of Victoria. Since graduating VCA, Dominique has worked closely with Utassy Ballet School, not only as a teacher but also as administration and backstage support. This includes management of rehearsal schedules and invoicing, as well as Stage Management for Utassy’s 59th Annual Performance. Having worked with choreographers such as Rebecca Hilton and Gideon Obarzanek, Dominique enjoys the exploration of movement and the use of the body as a means to convey art. She began working with Rochelle Carmichael in 2017 and is now stepping into the role of Artistic Associate with Liquidskin Dance Theatre.

Image: Sanjeev Singh

Sally Lyall

Business Facilitator

Zealous and creative/analytical, lateral thinker, encouraging others to bring out their own special sauce. Bringing mindful awareness and wellbeing.

I want to help solve the hard problem of building analytics – bringing deep energy efficiency at scale, as one piece of the global heating puzzle!

(Also a seasoned facilities energy professional with over a decade in leading delivery of energy efficiency in buildings)

Alice Robinson

Performer

Alice is a mover, an improviser working in and around the fields of dance, physical theater, contact improvisation, character, experimental hula hoop and object manipulation. Alice teaches and performs a range of disciplines to students and audiences of a wide range of ages and backgrounds.  Based in Melbourne, Alice has performed locally at the La Mama Theatre, and the Melbourne Fringe and Comedy Festivals and internationally, from remote indigenous communities to theatres in Bangkok, European Juggling Conventions to the streets of Barcelona, English pubs to stadiums in Egypt.

As a physical theater performer, dancer and hula hooper she has also worked in a number of other disciplines including music, clown, fire spinning and circus. Alice’s practice is also informed by Body-Mind Centering, body weather, puppetry, visual arts, butoh, mask work, hip-hop, bouffon and acrobatics, at the John Bolton Theatre School, with Alice Cummins, Andrew Morrish, Emma Kenna, Martin Hughes, Yumi Umiumare and Frank Van de Ven.

Image: Andrew Howe, Scream Bloody Murder

Catherine Underhill

Performer

After discovering dance in my early teens I became an obsessive throwing all else overboard.  I worked with Margaret Lasica and and Bob Thornycroft. Then I moved to New York.  To dance, I thought, but upon discovering the music and performance art scene of the 1980”s I dropped dance like a hot potato and threw myself into that world.   Thirty years later I went back to class and rediscovered improv.  It was like finding that favourite coat you thought you’d lost and wrapping yourself in its warmth.

Image: Andrew Howe, Scream Bloody Murder

Scream Bloody Murder

Rosie Osmond

Performer

Rosie completed her diploma in Dance at The Space Dance and Arts Centre in 2013, and has since been working in both commercial and contemporary settings. She has performed in Vertical Shadows production The White Prince, She as a member of the Creative Behaviours collective, within theCommonthreads Wearable Art Showcase (2015, 2016) and in The Scarlet Trace commissioned by Candlelight Productions. In 2016 she made her first collaborative physical theatre work with The Human Project Company, presenting 2.0 Contact at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Rosie performed as an artist and choreographer in Dancebourne Arts’ Balance 2016, Godai 2017 and Viva 2018. Rosie is currently completing a Bachelor of Production at VCA.

Image: Andrew Howe, Scream Bloody Murder

Bryan Smith

Performer

Bryan Smith is a performer and teacher. He began dancing with the Mildura Ballet Guild in the 1980s and completed dance training at the Centre for the Performing Arts (Adelaide). Bryan danced in JOLT (Australian Dance Theatre), Dance North and with Danceworks. He has performed in a range of contexts including Midsumma, Green Mill Dance Project, Melbourne Spoletto Fringe Festival and in numerous Independent seasons. For the last 20 or so years he has worked in education in Melbourne and Singapore, teaching and creating performances collaboratively with professional artists, colleagues and students. A strong focus has been igniting young peoples’ curiosity and engagement in the Arts. He continues to explore, train, practise and perform in movement-based physical theatre with Hadi Kazemi-Tameh and now with Rochelle. 

Image: Andrew Howe, Scream Bloody Murder

Hadi Kazemi-Tameh

Performer

Hadi Kazemi arrived in Australia in 2013 as a refugee from Tehran , Iran. Hadi first started his performance and directing experiences in Laboratory and Experimental theatre working with independent theatre makers (underground) in Tehran, and then went on to train at the Arak University of Theatre Arts in 2009. Some of Hadi’s directing highlights include The Earth, and Nathan and Tabileth. Hadi co-directed Dirty Hands alongside Mehdi Mahshor, which was banned from being shown in Iran, so they toured the work to France, Germany and New York. 

Image by Andrew Howe, Scream Bloody Murder


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Liquid Skin Dance Theatre, a project based company led by director and choreographer Rochelle Carmichael. For over 30 years Rochelle has taken a multidisciplinary creative approach to performance making, exploring bold themes, that are visually striking and emotionally evocative.

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