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Employment

2016 Director of Graduate Studies, NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art)
2016 Head of Cultural Leadership, NIDA 
2015 - 2017 Adjunct Professor, Creative Industries, QUT
2015-2017 Artistic Advisor, Dancenorth
2015 Professor in Residence, Taipei National University of the Arts 
2012 Director of Post Graduate Studies, Creative Industries Faculty.
2011 -2014 Coordinator, Doctorate of Creative Industries, QUT
2007 - 2014 Associate Professor, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
2000-2006 Head of Dance, Creative Industries Faculty, QUT
1985-1995 Founding Artistic Director and resident choreographer, Dance North, touring nationally to approximately sixty centres, and internationally to six countries. Implemented a policy of commissioning all new Australian work with leading and emerging choreographers, composers and visual artists. Initiated cultural exchange programs with Vietnam, China, Japan.
1988 - 2002 Directed 16 cultural exchange programs in Asia, 12 in Vietnam.
1982 – 1984 Rehearsal Director, One Extra Company, Sydney. Artistic Director, Kai Tai Chan. Specialised in cross-cultural and innovative dance theatre programs.
1983 Coordinator/Artistic Director of Sydney Festival dance program, Cell Block.
1980-1982 Founding member of contemporary dance company, Human Veins Dance Theatre, Canberra, Artistic Director, Don Asker.
1978-1979 Contemporary dance lecturer, Australian Ballet School and the Victorian College of the Arts.
1970-1975, 1977 Member of Australian Dance Theatre, Artistic Directors Jonathon Taylor, Jaap Flier, Elizabeth Dalman (founder). Repertoire of new Australian, European and US works. Extensive Australian and international touring, university residencies, site specific, cross-art form works

 

Awards (selected)

2014 Order of Australia (AM) 'for significant service to the performing arts as a choreogrpaher, educator and administrator'
2007 Distinguished Alumni Award, Flinders University of South Australia
2003 Lifetime Achievement Award, Australian Dance Awards.
1998-1999 Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake full-time doctoral research.
1995-1997 Australian Artists Creative Fellowship, awarded by Australian Government ‘in recognition of outstanding artistic contribution to the nation’
1995 Two gold medals awarded by the Vietnamese Government for contribution to dance development in Vietnam by the Ministry of Culture, and for contribution to women’s issues by the Vietnam Women’s Association.
1994 Ausdance NSW award for services to Australian dance.

 

Positions (selected)

2015 Honorary Patron of Dance North as Founding Artistic Director
2013 - 2014 Co-convenor 2014 World Dance Alliance Global Summit
2012 - present Panel member, Australian Dance Awards
2009  - present Secretary General, World Dance Alliance (WDA)
2008 Chair, World Dance Alliance Global Summit & Convenor of WDA International Conference
2005 Honorary life member of Ausdance National (Australian Dance Council)
1996 - 2008 Vice-President (Pacific region) of the World Dance Alliance – Asia Pacific Centre (WDA-AP), Australia Chapter Head
1999 Selected as a choreographer/director to be archived at the National Film and Sound Archive (ScreenSound Australia), in the ‘Australia Dancing’ collection.
1997 - 1999 Chair of the Emerging Choreographers Fund, Australia Council
1996 – 2000 National President of Ausdance, Australian Dance Council.
1992-1995 National Vice-president of Ausdance, Australian Dance Council.
1994-1995 Chairperson, Academic Arts Advisory Committee, QUT
1990-1992 Member of Arts Advisory Committee of the Queensland Government, tasked with co-writing ‘State of the Arts’, the Arts Policy document for the Queensland Government.
1987-1989 Chairperson of the Dance Board of the Australia Council.
1984-1986 Member of the Theatre Board of the Australia Council.

 

Creative works (selected)

2015 Creative Producer and Director, Twilight, multi-site promenade performance in collaboration with musical director Ng Chor Guan and Townsville community for Dance North, Jezzine Barracks, 1-3 October.    
2013 Creative Producer and Director, Naik Naik (Ascent), multi-site performance in collaboration with Australian / Malaysian artists, MAPFest, Melaka, 22-24 November.
2006 Creative Producer and Director, Accented Body, multi-site international collaboration, Brisbane Festival, 15-17 July.
2002 Conception and direction, here/there/then/now, multi-site work, Brisbane Powerhouse.
2000 Unravelling, Vietnam Opera Ballet Theatre, Hanoi
1998 Traces of Home, QUT Theatre, Brisbane, Philippines Cultural Centre, Manila.
1997 Choreography for Australian musical Summer Rain, Director Robyn Nevin. Queensland Theatre Company.
1997 Qua Mat Phuong Hoang (Through the Eyes of the Phoenix), Vietnam Opera Ballet Theatre, Hanoi.
1995 Land of Waiting Souls, Vietnam Opera Ballet Theatre, Opera House, Hanoi.
1995 Dancing Lives, with Lucette Aldous and Elizabeth Dalman. Director Jim Hughes, Perth.
1994 Please, No More Palms, music Balanda Dancing, Kronos Quartet, design by Robyn Gordon. Premiered, National Festival of Australian Theatre, Canberra.
1994 Meet Me at Kissing Point with Dance North and the Townsville community. A large-scale community event staged in and around the sea with over 400 participants. Musical director, Linsey Pollak.
1993 Broken Places in collaboration with Robyn Archer. Design by Ben Anderson. Premiered Townsville, toured extensively.
1992 Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega, co-director with Aubrey Mellor, for Queensland Theatre Company, music Donald Hall, design Mary Moore. Commissioned for the Melbourne International Festival.
1975 - 1992 Choreography (various) for Dance North, Australian Opera, Canberra Dance Ensemble, Australian Dance Theatre, Footnote Dance Company (NZ).
1982 Suspense, created and performed by Cheryl Stock, Steven Champion, Kate Champion, and Paul Blackwell, sound design by Paul Charlier, designed by Eamon d’Arcy. A theatre work incorporating circus and aerial skills, dance and text, with performers and audience suspended in a theatre-in-the-round environment. Sydney, Seymour Centre, Sydney Opera House.