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BIOGRAPHY

"The resilient roots (nature) and roof (cosmos) of my Australian Javanese ancestral heritage inspire me to manifest elegance, concentration and self-determination as a way of achieving a beauty that points toward the unknown."

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I am a dance artist and contemporary performance maker based in NSW North Coast, Australia.

CHOREOGRAPHY AND COLLABORATION

In addition to devising the concept, choreography and performance realisation of my Solo works I have made Duet and Ensemble dance and inter-arts works in collaboration with other artists. These performance works have been placed in theatres, galleries, museums as well as urban and wilderness 'untheatre' locations, such as a city laneway, an old substation basement, gardens of an ancient temple and tidal rock pools of a marine reserve. My artistic approach blossoms from interests in the voice of the dancing body, perception, chaos, dreams, mythology, relations of art with different cosmologies, inter-arts collaborative processes in cultural practice and performance as collective memory.

Avantika

SOLO WORKS

Kiss Slap (2013)
Avantika (2013)
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Compost (2010)
Metamorph (2005)
Bridge (2005)
Wangi Sementara (2004)

DUET WORKS

Opal Vapour (2012)
Soft Targets (2010)
Intimate Alien (2009)
Osmosistanetix (2010)
Human Flame Forest (2009)
Midnight Marauders (2007)
Encountering the City (2006)
Shadow & Ash (2006)
Gongtronic (2005)
Disease (2005)
Diaspora (2005)

ENSEMBLE WORKS

Clouds of Ash & Glass (2013)
All To Get Her (2012)
Whenever a Friend Succeeds (2010)
4 Noble Truths (2004)

FREELANCE PERFORMANCE

As a dancer/choreographer the quality of my performance has been recognised for both my own distinctive solo and duet works and also Freelance projects with other artists such as Margie Mackay, Jacob Boheme, Mirramu Dance Company and the Bodycartography Project. Significant to my performance practice is also working as an Independent Dancer on new projects with various artists including, Martin del Amo, Albert David, Stephen Page, Jason Pitt, John Rose, Robin Fox, Vivienne Rogis, Bernadette Warlong, Sandra Kaufman, Gerri Houlihan, Bebe Miller and Ana Vitoria.

RESEARCH RESIDENCIES

I have travelled throughout the world for dance art-life Research in India, Indonesia, Spain, France, regional Australia, Austria and Iceland. Further career highlights include travelling to remote places for extraordinary creative collaborations with Indigenous atists in Australia and Indonesia including, Yolngu elders and artists of Yirrkala (2012), Barkindji artists of Wilcannia in (2009), Wik elders of Arukun in (2006), Batak elders of Lake Toba Sumatra in (2003) and Anangu elders of Pitjantjara Lands in (2003). My diverse travel adventures have provided opportunities to observe and interpret multiple approaches to knowledge and creativity.

Idja Dance Company

DANCE TUITION

My deepest interest in being a dancer, choreographer and teacher is the evolution of dance and performance practice. I have experience teaching Dance Classes and specialised workshops, for Victorian College of the Arts, Ausdance, Chunky Move, Dance Massive, Arts Northern Rivers, New World School of the Arts, Malvern Dance School, Alstonville Dance Studio, Hallidays Dance Centre and Clarence River Dance Academy. I have also facillitated several Indo Arts workshop performances at numerous primary and secondary schools across Australia. Many young dancers appreciate my private tuition for eisteddfod solos, university audition preparation and mentoring creative projects.

SUPPORTERS

My artistic work has been supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Kultour, Multi-cultural Arts Victoria, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Arts Victoria, Arts NSW, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Performance Space Sydney, Opera House Studio, World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific, Critical Path, Regional Arts NSW, Ausdance, Victoria University, Lucy Guerin Inc, Theatre Works, Newport Substation, Arts Centre Melbourne, Malthouse Theatre, Northern Rivers Performing Arts, Glasshouse Port Maquarie, Vitalstatistix Adelaide, Perth Contemporary Art Centre, Salamanca Arts Centre, Cairns Contemporary Art Centre, Mackay Arts & Entertainment Centre, Powerhouse Brisbance, Street Theatre Canberra and Sydney Blacktown Arts Centre.

Opal Vapour

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Master of Choreography (High Distinction)
    - Melbourne University, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia (2009)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance (First Class Honours)
    - New World School of the Arts, University of Florida, USA (1999)
  • NSW High School Certificate (TER 99.55) - First in 2U Classical Ballet and First in 2U Dance
    - Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, Australia (1995)
  • Attakkalari FACETS Choreographic Residency - Bangalore India (2013)
  • iCAN Indonesian Contemporary Art Network - Artists Residency, Yogyakarta (2012)
  • ARTSTART Mentor Program - Mentoring Ruby Teather - Arts NSW, Australia (2011)
  • Solo Performance Residency, Victoria University - Australia, Iceland, France (2010)
  • Julyen Hamilton Workshop - Arlequi, Banyolas Spain (2010)
  • SCOPE Mentor Program Institute of Sport, Australia(2010)
  • DanceWEB Europe Scholarship Mentors Matilde Monnier & Luic Touze - Impulstanz, Austria (2006)
  • Benoir Lechambre Coaching Impuls Tanz, Vienna Austria (2006)
  • SPARK Mentor Program Mentoring Imara Savage - Australia Council for the Arts (2005)
  • ISI Indonesia University of the Arts (Darmasiswa)
    - Traditional Indonesian Dance and Music, Yogyakarta (2003-2004)
  • Jacobs Pillow Modern Traditions Workshop - Massachusetts, USA (1997)
  • American Dance Festival Winter - New York City, USA (1998)
  • Bates Dance Festival - Maine, USA (1999 & 2000)
  • Synergy Yoga Workstudy - Miami Beach, USA (1998-2000)
  • Jivamukti Training - New York City, USA (1999-2001)
  • Bodenwieser Dance Centre
    Directors Margaret Chapel & Keith Bain - Sydney, Australia (1991-1995)
  • Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate & Advanced (Honours)
    - Hallidays Dance Centre Sydney, Australia (1990 1995)
  • Clarence River Dance Academy - Yamba, Iluka and Maclean, Australia (1987 - 1989)
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Biography photography: Marika Niken Tyas Tunggal, Christine Hewitt, Bindi Cole and Ponch Hawkes


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