Chimene’s choreographic work spans film, installation and live performance and has been presented in galleries, nightclubs, shopfronts and performance venues. Her last work IN FORMATION II was nominated for a Green Room Award for Concept and Realisation in 2015. In 2014, Chimene was a recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant to attend Impuls Tanz Festival as a participant in the ATLAS program for young choreographers. She was the recipient of the Inaugural Choreographic Secondment with Anouk Van Dijk at Chunky Move in 2013 and again in 2017. Her work has been supported by Melbourne City Council and Banyule City Council and she has received choreographic residencies through Dancehouse, Dirty Feet, Liquid Skin Studio and Window 99.
Chimene has worked with artists including Restless Sleepers (UK)/Nat Cursio Co, Sheridan Lang, Shaun McLeod, Shian Law, Melissa Jones, Rob McCredie, Geoffrey Watson and Luke George/Rebecca Reid. She has worked extensively with Opera Australia since 2011.
Chimene’s teaching practice spans ten years, all ages and all levels. In 2016, she completed the Counter Technique Teacher Training in Melbourne With Anouk Van Dijk and Nina Wollny. Chimene studied at the New Zealand School of Dance (Diploma of Dance Performance) and at WAAPA as a member of LINK Dance Company (Bachelor of Performing Arts).
Class with Chimene
For me dance offers a chance for us all to know and trust ourselves through the body and it is my desire for the people I teach to find their own joy and confidence in their individual bodily knowledge. I will take you through a structured choreographed class, including some floor work. I will always begin via facilitating a process where you are given the chance to connect in to yourself and the people and space around you. There will be a flowing ease often combined with multiple changes of direction and the occasional quirky movement. I will offer technical information as well as ways for you to enjoy and find your own individuality within the dance/s. My classes are inclusive and relaxed.
I have been heavily influenced by my own training, both good and bad (from which I have learnt how I want to teach) and in constant process of learning and becoming. I aim to facilitate a possibility of expansion and transformation. To connect with the enjoyment of the body through movement, whilst we work and through our work.