Practice-led research in dance with a focus on performance and choreography (performance and choreography)
A seminal figure in Australian dance Helen was honoured with the Kenneth Myer Medallion for Distinguished Contribution to the Performing Arts in 2007. A very experienced arts practitioner she has worked across many facets of the arts profession including significant periods as choreographer, artistic director, independent producer, project manager, teacher, mentor, board member and artistic advisor. As a performer, choreographer and creative collaborator, Helen has been crafting performance for more than four decades, regularly presenting in Australian and international festivals (Glasgow, Dublin, Paris, Singapore, Portland, Tokyo, New York, Zurich). Her work is regularly supported with grants from Australia Council, Arts Victoria with numerous Green Room Nominations including Awards for Best Production, Original Choreography, Direction, Outstanding Creative Collaboration and the inaugural Australian Dance Award for Independent dance. Individual Awards include: - Australian representative at the Oz/NZ Choreographic Courses (1972/2000), an Australian Bicentennial Travel Scholarship (1988), residency at The Paris Studio (1994) – Cite International des Arts, an Artist in Residence appointment at the Dance Department UWS, Nepean (1995), a Fellowship from the Dance Fund, Australia Council (1997/98), an Asialink Residency in Singapore with Theatreworks (2000) and currently engaged in the IETM Australia Council Collaborations Project which will initiate residency exchange between Australian and Finnish dance artists. Helen has been active in the development of Australian dance, dancers and choreographers through a variety of leadership and advisory roles: - Artistic Director – Danceworks (89-97), Artistic Director – Dancehouse (01-03), Member of the Board of Green Mill Dance Project, Committee of Management - Moriarty’s Project, Member (1997-) and Deputy Chair (1998) of the Dance Fund, Australia Council, member of course advisory groups, assessment
Practice-led research in dance with a focus on performance and choreography . a particular interest in choreographic form and interdisciplinary approaches and in new performance making through collaboration.