Deanne Butterworth

Born in Boorloo/Perth. BA Dance WAAPA 1993. Based Naarm/Melbourne working on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boonwurrung people of the East Kubin Nation.

Deanne is a highly regarded performer, choreographer, and teacher whose practice is preoccupied with the investigation of movement and how it relates to the physical, emotional, and sonic space in which it is located.

Deanne has worked with many of Australia’s eminent choreographers, including Shelley Lasica, Lucy Guerin, Brooke Stamp, Jo Lloyd, Sandra Parker, Phillip Adams, Lee Serle, Rebecca Jensen, Shian Law, and international choreographers Eszter Salamon, Maria Hassabi, & Adva Zakai.

Deanne has shown her work and performed in the works of other choreographers in Australia and abroad. She has performed in Venezia Dance Biennale, Next Wave Festival, Dance Massive, National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Joyce Theatre Soho, Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Hong Kong Fringe Theatre, WestSpace, Gertrude Contemporary, Bus Projects, Art Gallery of NSW, Dancehouse, Lucy Guerin Inc., Melbourne Fringe, Critical Path, Potter Museum, Carriageworks, Temperance Hall, Siobhan Davies Studio (London), Centre National de la Danse (Paris), MONA FOMA and more.

She was a long term performer in the work of choreographer Shelley Lasica, making notable contributions to 25 of Lasica’s performance projects as well as collaborating with her on three works. She has a long term working relationship with Jo Lloyd performing in many of her works as well as creating multiple collaborative projects with Lloyd, most recently the highly acclaimed DOUBLE DOUBLE created with Lloyd, Tina Havelock Stevens and Evelyn Ida Morris.

During 2017-2019 she was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary deploying experimental practice to create multiple new works for live gallery performance and video. She has fostered transdisciplinary collaborations with practitioners across visual arts and performed in the work of artists Sally Smart, Justene Williams, Mikala Dwyer, Bridie Lunney, and Damiano Bertoli making significant contributions to their performance works both live and for film.

Some of Deanne’s selected choreographies include ‘How To Act in Caves’ (2023), ‘Slow Calm Drama’, Dancehouse (2021), ‘Group Furniture’, Temperance Hall (2019), ‘Moving Mapping’, NGV Triennial, (2018), ‘Departed Acts’ performance/lecture, MPavilion (2018); ’Two Parts of Easy Action’, The Substation (2016); and ‘Siteless Now’, NGV (2014). She has been nominated for multiple Green Room Awards for Choreography (2022, 2019), Performance (2022, 2019, 2009, 1998) and is currently a participating artist in Platform Arts 2023 LAB program.

Deanne teaches regularly at Chunky Move in the professional and public program, Lucy Guerin Inc, Transit Dance, does sessional lecturing at Victorian College of the Arts & RMIT University, and most recently guest lectured at the Australian Ballet School. In October to November 2023 is creating a new work for second year WAAPA dance students.

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