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Deanne Butterworth

Deanne is a Melbourne based dancer whose choreographic practice presently focusses on collaboration with other artists. Among others she has worked with Shelley Lasica, Sandra Parker, Jo Lloyd, Phillip Adams BalletLab, Brooke Stamp, Maria Hassabi, Adva Zakai, Tim Darbyshire, Lee Serle and Shian Law.

Solo works include: Twinships, (Housemate Residency, Dancehouse, 2010) and a re-presentation of Twinships at West Space (2012); Siteless Now, (NGV for ‘Melbourne Now’, 2014); Doublage (Dance Massive 13 for Action/Response, curated by Hannah Mathews); Dual Reperage in Threes, (Dance Massive 11); Siteless, Pieces for Small Spaces Lucy Guerin Inc. (2010). Various residencies include: Bundanon NSW, (2009), Summer University PAF, France, (2009), and Trois C-L, Luxembourg, (with BalletLab, 2012). Deanne is currently undertaking a 6 month residency at Boyd Studios funded by City of Melbourne.

A selection of performances include: Vianne (three versions presented between 2008-13), Collect (2011) & Full Colour (2009), all by Shelley Lasica; the collaborative performance with Lasica, Duelle, at Centre for Contemporary Photography, (2009); Sandra Parkers’ creative development The Recording (2011); and the collaboration with Jo Lloyd Project Blah Blah, (Hong Kong, 2011).

In 2012 Deanne collaborated with artist Linda Tegg and other performers to create a site specific work at a convenience store, titled PERFORMANCE . In 2014 she worked with artist Ash Kilmartin for the exhibiton at Slopes, Fitzroy If This Exhibition Were A Text to perform the work Regarding Yesterday, by Brussels based dancer and choreographer, Adva Zakai. She performed in Intermission by Maria Hassabi and was involved in Alicia Frankovich’s work, Defending Plural Experiences, both shown at ACCA; she also performed in Entitled Title, by Tim Darbyshire for the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award and was a participant in Shelley Lasica’s ANAT Residency.

During 2015 and 2016 Deanne performed in Solos For Other People by Lasica (Dance Massive 15); worked with Lasica and Jo Lloyd for How Choreography Works at West Space (shown again for the Biennale of Sydney at AGNSW in April 2016); developed new works with choreographers Shian Law (Vanishing Point), Tim Darbyshire, (Tainted Title) as well as beginning to develop two new works- Re-enactments located in outdoor spaces and supported by the City of Melbourne and Two Parts of Easy Action a solo work for dancer, guitar and live musician to be shown at Substation. Most recently she performed in I Can Eat Glass, by Belle Bassin and To Have and To Fold by Justene Williams both at Heide MOMA.

Deanne is a graduate of Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts

Class with Deanne

A thorough warm up consists of imagery exercises, to create whole body and spatial awareness, combined with Pilates inspired strengthening exercises. Focusing on fluidity of movement and the correct use of joints with anatomical information, freer movement exploration follows habitual patterning as well as finding new pathways through ourselves and through observing others. Throughout the 1.5 hours we will focus on the enjoyment of taking risks, learning, watching, listening to sound, and moving!

Upcoming classes

  • July 29, Public Dance Class, 10:00 am–11:30 am
  • July 29, Public Dance Class, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
  • July 31, Public Dance Class, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 2, Public Dance Class, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 3, Complete Beginner Series, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 5, Public Dance Class, 10:00 am–11:30 am
  • August 5, Public Dance Class, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
  • August 7, Public Dance Class, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 9, Public Dance Class, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 10, Complete Beginner Series, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 12, Public Dance Class, 10:00 am–11:30 am
  • August 12, Public Dance Class, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
  • August 14, Public Dance Class, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 16, Public Dance Class, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 17, Complete Beginner Series, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 19, Public Dance Class, 10:00 am–11:30 am
  • August 19, Public Dance Class, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
  • August 21, Public Dance Class, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 23, Public Dance Class, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 26, Public Dance Class, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
  • August 28, Public Dance Class, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • August 30, Public Dance Class, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
  • September 2, Public Dance Class, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm