Danceography

Education

2005-08 – Master of Arts by Research, Victoria University
2003-17 – International Somatic Movement Educator & Therapist (ISMETA)
1995-98 – Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®  USA
1981-83 – Diploma of Performing Arts Dance/Teaching, WA Academy of Performing Arts

Performance and Choreography                                                                                                                 

2017 Evanescence, directed by film maker Amos Gebhardt, choreography Melanie Lane, Biennial of Adelaide 2018
2017 – Mentored Ryuichi Fujimura - development of his solo work How I Practice My Religion
2016-17 – Collaboration with Perth visual artist Michele Theunissen's film installation disappearance with dance artists Narelle Benjamin, Jacqui Otago and performance artist/architect Chris Hair - Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery                                            
2016 In Memory of the Last Sunset, performance and collaboration with visual artist Neha Choksi, 20th Biennale of Sydney
2015 – In the Company of Others, Footfall Ensemble, The Yoga Lab, Melbourne
2014 – Impro Symposium, Critical Path, Sydney – workshop, performance & performance paper
2014 – Sound Body, Conduit Art Space, curated by musician Ren Walters
2014 – The Little Con-ference, Deakin University – performance paper, workshop and Footfall Ensemble    
2013 – MOV-E-MENT, La Mama Musica, with Ren Walters, Scott McConnachie and Jenny Barnes
2013 –What to do with the time we have left, Footfall Ensemble, The Yoga Lab, Melbourne
2012 – Where Our Edges Meet, with musician/composer Anita Hustas, Dancehouse 20 Year Anniversary
2011-12 – aperture, co-creator and director with Brenda Downing, performer/PhD candidate, Perth
2011 – lumbar, with Sarita Beraha, Festival of Experimental Film, Paris
2011Impro-Exchange with Tess de Quincey and Martin del Amo
2011 – Where the Image Meets the Body, Symposium – Monash University
2011 –The Little Con – gets square, Dancehouse
1999-14 –Improvised performances in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth
2009 – alicec, solo performance, choreography with RoseAnne Spradlin, West Broadway, New York City
2009 – Where Our Edges Meet, with musician/composer Anita Hustas, Earobics Project, Dancehouse
2009 – Choreographic mentoring Nicola Eddington, Solo Residency Program, Victoria University
2009 – Threshold, choreographic development with Phillippa Clarke – ArtsWA fellowship grant    
2008 – hear her breathe: a rhapsody of gravity, space and the body, Melbourne and Perth
2003 & 05 The Dance Card, Dancehouse, Melbourne
2004 Beauty and the Brute, Research & Development project with dance/theatre director Nikki Heywood
2004 – Groundwork, Memories and Letters to the Editor, Co-director, PACT youth theatre, Sydney
1999  No Fixed Point-An evening with Alice and Tony  a retrospective for Dancers Are Space  Eaters, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) 
1999 knocking at an empty house, multi media project with visual artists Michele Theunissen and Sharon Barker
1999 Orbit, with Ros Crisp, Helen Clarke-Lapin and Ion Pearce, Antistatic Dance Festival, Performance Space, Sydney        
1997 – Lullaby Antistatic Dance Festival, The Performance Space, Sydney
1997 – Giselle  Guest Artist,  WA Ballet Co, Bertha
1997 & 95 The Bargain and Colourblind, choreographer and director, Ran Dan Club, Big Foot Dance Project
1996Broadcast Dancing a season of solo work at PICA. 
1996Lullaby Tasmanian Poetry & Dance Festival, Launceston curated by TasDance
1996Art, Medicine and the Body Multi-media installation with visual artist Michele     Theunissen, PICA
1995Lullaby solo performance: written & performed for Dancers Are Space Eaters, PICA     
1995 Romeo & Juliet Guest Artist as Lady Capulet, West Australian Ballet Co
1995 There’s A Desert In My Teapot, performing and choreographing with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Perth International Arts Festival
1994In The Spotlight solo work ‘Putting On An Act’, PICA
1994 Home Husband 8 Children What More Could A Woman Want? Solo performance/installation, ‘Absence of Evidence’, Fremantle Arts Centre
1994 Portrait Independent New Choreographers, PICA
 1994 Giselle Guest Artist in the role of Bertha, West Australian Ballet Co
1993 You Are Not Watching... We Are Not Performing, Artrage, West Australian fringe festival, PICA
1992 Shifting Surfaces with Rachel Fensham as part of ‘Feminisms’, PICA
1992 Working With the Interface a collaborative EVOS new music project
1991No Fixed Point, with Tony Osborne
1991My Ersatz Heart, with Terri-ann White, writer/performer
1991Axion Esti, Perth International Arts Festival, composed by Mikis Theodorakis, design by Tolis Papazoglou, choreography Jean Tally
1990She’s My Kind of Woman, ‘Bodysong’, PICA. 
1990 Wayward Dancer, a dance/talk for ‘Active Expressions’
1984-88 – Performed, choreographed and taught with Still Moves Dance Laboratory
1983-86 – Guest Artist West Australian Ballet Co, Artistic Director Barry Moreland: Giselle; Alice in Wonderland; Cinderella and Romeo  & Juliet

Community projects & teaching 

2012-17Somatic Wisdom, Professional Development Program, Riddells Creek Studio
2012 – Establish Riddells Creek Studio, Victoria – a venue for artistic residencies, teaching and performances
2000-2017 – Nationwide workshops: Improvisation & Performance; Body-Mind Centering® in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Hobart, Darwin and Riddells Creek Studio
1999-17 – Private Practice as Body-Mind Centering® (BMC) Practitioner
2005A Spacious Body, guest teacher, Ricochet Dance Co. London    
2005 – Workshops for the imPACT Scholarship Ensemble, Sydney
1992 – Public Sector Union, Art in Working Life dance project
1984-88 – Still Moves Dance Laboratory community dance workshops: The women’s prison, Bandyup; Women in the Community; Senior Citizens; Contact Improvisation

Academic teaching  

2013-17 – Post Graduate Examiner VCA, Melbourne
2011-14 – Mentor and Performance Consultant - Brenda Downing, PhD candidate, Edith Cowan University    
2009 – Professor of Dance, Denison University, Ohio, USA
2007 & 09 – Lecturer Movement, Theatre and Drama Studies, Ballarat University
2008 – Lecturer, Critical Practice, Performance Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne
2002 – Lecturer, UNSW, Department of the Built Environment, Sydney. Created the elective: Body, Space & Architecture with Sara Chesterman
2002 – Lecturer Movement for Actors, Theatre program, Eora Aboriginal College, Sydney.  
1993-97 – Lecturer Movement, Theatre and Drama Studies, Murdoch University
1991 – Lecturer Movement and Performance, Theatre Arts, Curtin University
1985-99 – Lecturer Dance & Theatre, WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) 

Professional Development

2016 Impro-Exchange with Frank van de Ven, Sydney
2016 Learning Curve with Myriam Gourfink, Dancehouse, Melbourne
2016 – Writing Workshop with Deborah Jowitt, Dancehouse, Melbourne
2014 – 2 week residency with dance artist Jacqui Otago, The Chapel Space, Perth
2013 – Body-Mind Centering® studies, Italy
2011-12Impro-Exchange with Tess de Quincey and Martin del Amo
2010-11 – Solo Residency, Victoria University.
2010-11 – Performing Arts Forum, France and Tanzfabrik, Berlin - research with Sarita Beraha
2010-11 – Workshop with Julyen Hamilton, Spain
2003 – BMC Conferences in Mass, USA and Koln, Germany.
2003 – Improvisation and Contact Improvisation workshops – Movement Research (NYC) and London (Moving East and Jerwood Space)
1995-98 – Body-Mind Centering® program Mass, USA
1993 – Three months study and travel including:  
USA:  A Cappella Motion, Studied with Nancy Stark Smith, Christina Svane and Julyen Hamilton
Italy:  BMC with Patricia Bardi and Voice with Vera Schlenker
Amsterdam:  Improvisation as Performance with Katie Duck

Residencies, seminars & publications

2017 being and becoming animal: how might we become more human? Dance and Somatic Practice Conference, Coventry University, UK
2016 The Radical Touch of BMC: Taking responsibility in the Anthropocene, presentation, BMCA conference, Montreal

2016 being and becoming animal, SenseLab residency, Concordia University, Montreal
2014no beginning – the intimacy of breath and movement, Dancehouse Diary Issue #05                                                                 
2014 Peer Assessment panel, Dancehouse
2013 – Brenda Downing, Alice Cummins, The Catastrophe of Childhood Rape: Traversing the Landscape between Private Memory and Public Performance. MC Journal Vol. 16, No. 1
2011 Where the image meets the body, Paper and Performance, Monash University
2003From the Periphery to the Centre, Paper and Workshop at BMCAssoc. Conference, Mass, USA
2003This Body is Enough Speaking with Fiona Maclean, Contact Quarterly Vol 28 No 2, Mass. USA
2003Improvisation in Dance, Companion to Music and Dance in Australia, Currency Press
1995 – Paper, Dancers Are Space Eaters Forum Don’t Stop at Movement - pt 2, PICA
1995Moving Meanings, with Christine Owen Contact Quarterly Vol 20 No 1, Mass. USA
1990-93 – Peer Assessment panels, Ministry for Culture and the Arts of Western Australia

Grants

2016 - Ausdance NSW - Innovative Dance Practice with dance artist Ryuichi Fujimura 2009 – Commission: Earobics Project with musician/composer Anita Hustas, Dancehouse
1999 – Commission: retrospective with Tony Osborne, Dancers Are Space Eaters, PICA, Perth
1999 – Ministry for Culture and the Arts of Western Australia: multi media project  
1999 – New South Wales Ministry for the Arts and Ministry for Culture and the Arts of Western Australia: Collaborative New Work
1998 – Ministry for Culture and the Arts of Western Australia: BMC Study Program, USA
1996 – Ministry for Culture and the Arts of Western Australia: season of solo work at PICA
1995 – Australia Council: 4 Year Independent Study Grant Recipient - BMC Study Program, USA
1994 – Ministry for Culture and the Arts of Western Australia: New Work – Independent New Choreographers
1992 – Australia Council and the WA Department for the Arts - Public Sector Union, Art in Working Life
1992 – EVOS new music project
1991 – Artrage West Australian fringe festival grant: New Work
1991 – Ministry for Culture and the Arts of Western Australia: New Work
1990 – Ministry for Culture and the Arts of Western Australia, ‘Active Expressions’, a Festival for women in sport and the arts: New Work