Kelley Abbey is one of Australia’s most accomplished and respected creative directors, choreographers and performers in film, TV and musical theatre. During COVID-19, Kelley was approached by Louise Telford about the idea of doing a small book documenting the stories of dancers.
Excited about the idea, she jumped on board as a co-producer and the book expanded into a much bigger project. In addition, Kelley and Louise generously chose to donate a portion of the sales from LIGHT THE WAY to the Arts Wellbeing Collective, to help support the mental health and wellbeing of our dancers.
LIGHT THE WAY documents the artistic journeys of 55 Australian dancers and choreographers, such as dance icons like David Atkins OAM, Nancye Hayes AM, Timomatic, and Caroline O’Connor to name a few, alongside a range of new up and coming talent.
The first edition of what will be a series of three books celebrating Australian dance talent, features stories from dancers representing an array of ages, genders, dance genres and diversities.
The Arts Wellbeing Collective team had a chat with this living legend to ask her about the book and why mental health and wellbeing is so important to her.