Practice-led research in dance with a focus on performance and choreography (performance and choreography)
A seminal figure in Australian dance Helen has honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Australian Dance Awards and received the Kenneth Myer Medallion for Distinguished Contribution to the Performing Arts in 2007. Throughout her career she has worked across multiple facets of the arts profession including significant periods as a 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 supported with grants from Australia Council, Creative Victoria with numerous Green Room Nominations including Awards for Best Production, The Betty Pounder Award for Original Choreography, Direction, Outstanding Creative Collaboration and the inaugural Australian Dance Award for Independent dance which she shared with long-term collaborator Ben Cobham. Individual Awards include: - Australian representative at the Oz/NZ Choreographic Courses (1972/2000), an Australian Bicentennial Travel Scholarship (1988), residency at The Paris Studio, Cite International des Arts (1994), 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), participant in the IETM Australia Council Collaborations Project which initiated 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 the Green Mill Dance Project, Foundation member of Moriartys Project, Member (199
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.