Marnie Orr

Marnie Orr is an independent dance artist/researcher and creative producer specialising in improvisation, progressive and site-based dance and installation and has lectured in dance improvisation and creative practice at WAAPA since 2011. Described by state arts orgs as ‘innovative and critical’, and a ‘leader in her field’, her first performance in 1990 for Arts Queensland and BP saw her shift the audience to the stage and perform in the chairs. Marnie is a maker of immersive experiences, using her 2 decades of dance research ( to gain traction in the events sector and in tertiary education across Australia and UK. Her dance training methods are implemented within both WAAPA and Liverpool Hope University UK dance courses. Marnie holds an MA in Dance and Design (Middlesex University).

As a producer /director /choreographic facilitator and movement director, Marnie has worked on mid-scale outdoor events with audio, visual effects and lighting specialists alongside dancers since she joined forces with her sound engineer / DJ / audio curator legend of a hubby Alex McKee to create a successful event production company, Filtered Pty Ltd ( They curate art and live performance artistry. Marnie believes dancers are the key to our future, because they’re experts in activating physical intelligence: the most useful and under-recognise knowledge of our time. Her most memorable experiences as a dancer are working under Tess de Quincey and Stuart Lynch (AD of Denmark Theatre Company), in Sydney presenting with 12 performers, for 24 hours! Marnie is also a brand consultant using creativity for sustainable business development and directing photographic shoots for marketing.

Marnie runs Physical Training Labs regularly at The Chapel Studio Space.

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