Twisted Element is a multi-faceted contemporary performance company and boutique entertainment agency.
Comprised of eight highly trained, and experienced contemporary dance artists, the company is run collaboratively with the love and energy of a close knit tribe of sisters, who are completely dedicated to Twisted Element's vision.
Founded by Angela Hamilton in 2010 as 'Twisted Element Dance Company', it began as a small contemporary dance company, creating full-length works for the stage.
After travelling, performing, art modelling and choreographing in NYC, Europe and the UK, Angela's perceptions of art and performance changed dramatically. In 2017 she returned from living in London, inspired to change the direction of the company, taking it off the stage and into the arena of experiential performance.
This has catapulted the company's profile and vibrance, becoming not only recognised for its own original immersive productions, but sought after to provide uniquely tailored entertainment for events, exhibitions, media and advertising.
From childhood Angela had an interest in art and movement, starting with
a passion for visual art, and her own self-directed hobby of lounge room based interpretive dance and performance art.
Later this grew into a serious pursuit when she was enrolled into dance
classes at Byron School of Dance with Val Steward, and continuing on to Newtown High School of Performing Arts and Brent Street Studios.
Angela received her tertiary dance training from Brent Street, TheNational Theatre Ballet School and Ev and Bow.
Throughout the years Angela has had the privilege of training and working overseas with companies and choreographers in Europe, UK and USA.In 2011 Angela founded Twisted Element, something she had decided was her purpose in life by the age of 14. Between 2011-13 she created four full-
length works as well as several commissioned short works.
In 2014 Angela moved to the UK to further develop her artistic practice, it
was during this time that she began working as art, fashion and specialist
dance model, eventually touring nationally and internationally and in her
second year, was invited to present workshops teaching photographers
about dance aesthetics for the camera with renowned photography trainer
Andrew Appleton. This also saw the pair being invited to The
Johannesburg Photo and Film Expo where Angela delivered a stage presentation.
In London, she was cast in the multimedia symphony ‘The Infinite Bridge’
with Director Peter Cox in its world premiere. During this period Angela
also worked with Hack Ballet under the directorship of Briar Adams. In
2015, she was commissioned to choreograph her piece ‘Bird Woman’ for
Transform Company in London.
Angela also toured the UK teaching workshops in dance colleges, was
guest teacher for the Cecchetti Associate Program at The Rambert School
and presented her own creative professional workshops ‘SpeakingMovement’ at Islington Arts Centre.
Since moving back to Australia, Angela has re-established
Twisted Element as an immersive and interactive dance theatre company, currently being the only of its type in the country.
The company premiered their first immersive work ‘Opus’. in 2017 to sold out audiences and rave reviews.
The company quickly became sought after for its unique creative aesthetic and style and has since been invited to perform at The Other Art Fair by Satchi Gallery,
Pact Salon, Head On Photo Festival,
Sydney Fringe Ignite, Animalia by Ginger and the Ghost, and AMP's White Event. 'Opus' also toured to Circus Monoxide in Wollongong and The Arts House in Wyong in 2018.
In 2019 the company has premiered a taster season of
Angela's newest immersive work 'RITUAL' to a sold out season and more rave reviews.
Along side choreography and directing, Angela is also a passionate teacher and mentor,
working for The Arts Unit's State Dance Ensembles as a contemporary teacher for the Primary and Senior Ensembles.
In 2018 Angela founded her youth company Wild Hearts Youth Dance Co, with the desire to create opportunities for young dancers in Sydney to experience dance in a way they wouldn't be able to in their schools or studios and empower them with the skills and creative tenacity essential for success in the global dance environment.
creating a full-length work 'Vaihtovirta' with 15 young dancers from across Sydney. Later in 2018 she expanded the company to junior aged dancers, recruiting 12 dancers aged 10-12, creating a short dance film 'Beauty Queen'.
Naomi is a highly experienced dancer and choreographer who has worked with Twisted Element for the past four years.
She has performed with many dance companies including Rambert Dance Company; Opera Australia; The National Dance Theatre of Australia; Theatre of Image; Balbir Singh Dance Co; Dance Academy The Movie and has also been winner of the Charlotte Kirkpatrick and Dance Archers Awards.
She was appointed a principal dancer for Didy Veldman‘s Peter and the Wolf European Tour and has worked with renowned choreographers Graeme Murphy, Lucas Jervis, Omer Backley-Astrachan and Mark Baldwin to name a few.
As a choreographer and rehearsal director Naomi has created works for The Strand Arcade, Adobe, S1T2, Sydney Mardi Gras, The Basement Productions and Affectors as well as multiple music videos for Australian and International artists.
Naomi is dedicated to Twisted Element and passionate and excited for its future as a pioneering leader in immersive theatre.