Gabrielle Nankivell, Housemate Resident III

Dancehouse is proud to announce its new Housemate resident artist for 2009, Gabrielle Nankivell.



In this Housemate Residency, Gabrielle will continue the development of Witch/Red (working title).

You can see a selection of the first stage development here:

About Gabrielle Nankivell

Gabrielle was born 1 March, 1980 and grew up in the countryside of South Australia. She undertook her initial training in SA with Jacqueline Tucker at Ecole de Ballet and in 1999 Gabrielle completed a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts.

As well as currently undertaking post-graduate studies in Writing, Gabrielle has recently completed the first development of her new solo work Witch/Red together with composer Luke Smiles and the support of Arts SA and Australian Dance Theatre.

Since 2006 she has been working as a guest artist with Australian Dance Theatre, touring the performance HELD throughout Asia, Europe and the UK and contributing to the creation, premiere season and international touring of G.

Gabrielle is also touring Of raving gods and the dogs who made them, a performance she created in Belgium as a collective venture with Raul Maia and Thomas Steyaert. The performance was assisted by Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez as part of Ulti'mates and premiered at the Festival d'automne in Rouen, France in December 2007.

Gabrielle has worked extensively in Europe since 2000, performing with companies and artists such as; Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus (Belgium), Alexander Baervoets (Belgium), Aaben Dans/Thomas Eisenhardt (Denmark), Ballet Braunschweig (Germany), Pierre Wyss (Germany), Ben Ida (Japan) and Raul Valdez (Germany) amongst others. She has also participated in a creative development with Jan Fabre (Belgium).

In 2003 Gabrielle co-founded the company OX with Jurij Konjar. Under OX they created and toured The Right Mistakes, Traveling Light and Documentary in and throughout Belgium, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, UK, Armenia, Croatia and Australia. Their most notable work to date is Open Space Hotel (2006). This performance was an international co-production between Arts House Melbourne and Exodos Slovenia and has been performed in both Australia and Europe.

Since 2003 Gabrielle has been leading classes and workshops in Improvisation, Performance technique, Contemporary technique and Floorwork in both Europe and Australia. Most recently she has been teaching for Dancenorth, Chunky Move, Australian Dance Theatre and Ausdance SA.

In 2007 Gabrielle was the recipient of a SCOPE placement, supported by the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australia Council.

Gabrielle has twice held a scholarship to the Impulstanz festival in Vienna, Austria (2001, 2005) and in 1999 was awarded a Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship by Arts Management Australia.

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In this Housemate Residency, Gabrielle will continue the development of Witch/Red and present a series of workshops involving writing practices, physical and vocal improvisation and storytelling.


My sweat is my armour. Ecstasy is my shell and I am wrapped in the steely grace of determination that keeps the sunny moth away. I am on an empty set, held up by sound, beads of sweat and the roar of my life before. I am a gladiator. I live from the carrions of my own invention. I'm a warrior of beauty, a survivor, something of steel. I have strength, determination, power in failure and honour and grace in defeat."

Using historical accounts, mythological stories and my interactions with others as a point of reference, I will work on the theme of the battle in researching theatrical environments, movement material, sound and text for this solo work. The physical manifestation of related themes such as strength, suffering, passion, will, desire and endurance will be addressed. In support of the idea of the battle I will also work with the themes of honour and fidelity: to life, to love, to belief, to others and to oneself.

Gabrielle begins her residency in February 2009.

This residency is supported by the Besen Family Foundation, giving specific support to the artists abiltiy to collaborate across artforms in the development and creation of the work. 

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Photos by Chris Herzfeld