A visual artist and dance artist who collaborate and create in response to place.
Itamar Freed & Courtney Scheu
Courtney Scheu is an independent dance artist, performer, choreographer and educator. Drawing from literature, visual arts, improvisation and natural environments, Scheu’s work plays between reality and dream-like scenarios. She presented a new contemporary dance work created in collaboration with Itamar Freed in Horizon Festival 2020 Homegrown and in Supercell Contemporary Dance Festival Brisbane 2020. Scheu was part Liesel Zink's 'Granite' - an intercultural artistic exchange exploring shifting landscapes with Amelia Stokes and Hong Kong artists Wayson Poon and Ivy Tsui. In London, Scheu presented work in the Emerge Festival 2017 by C-12 Dance Theatre and Resolution 2018 at The Place. Scheu is completing teacher training for Gaga: Ohad Naharin’s Movement Language supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. Scheu is committed to contributing to conversations of dance and education internationally.
Itamar Freed crafts hyper realistic representations of portraits and landscapes, his ongoing body of work features habitats from across the globe, questioning the distinctions between the natural and artificial, real and manufactured. Born in 1987 in New York City, Itamar Freed has an MA in photography from the Royal College of Art, London 2018. He was the 2016 recipient of the Clore Bezalel Scholarship for an MA at the RCA. Freed received his BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design 2012. Freed was selected to exhibit a solo show in the prestigious BEERS London Summer Marathon 2020. Freed won first place for the EPSON Award for Excellence in Photography 2012. Freed showcased at Museum of London, Christie's Auction House & Grosvenor House, London, Pulse Miami, Volta New York, Nordart 2018, 2021, Germany, and Haifa Museum for Art. His work resides in private & public collections worldwide- JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, Estee Lauder, Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Collection and American Embassies Collection.
Scheu and Freed are currently working on a number of projects on the Sunshine Coast and internationally. They are working on a new contemporary dance work with Wakka Wakka Kombumerri dance artist Katina Olsen. The recent two-week creative development period lead to a local, informal sharing of a 34min of new work delving into the passage of time and shifting landscapes. The project was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. They will continue to development this work in 2021. Freed is currently showing work created in collaboration with London-based artist Kristina Chan in the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) Summer/Winter Exhibition in London.
The duo will continue to create and connect with artists locally and internationally. They will research more deeply into their creation process around sculpture and print making in response to the stunning natural environment on the Sunshine Coast. Scheu and Freed are also passionate about mentoring and supporting young artists, particularly in the transition from University to a professional career and hope to work more in this space.
Photograph by Vlad da Cunha
Photographs by MIcaela Schettini, Yuri Bolotin, Scheu & Freed and Scheu