Rebecca Jensen is a New Zealand-born Melbourne based artist, dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Rebecca graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (BA Dance 2009).
Rebecca was a DanceWEB Europe scholarship recipient in Vienna 2015. She has received Next Wave Kickstart 2013 in collaboration with Sarah Aiken, PACT Vacant Room residency Sydney 2014, Artshouse Culturelab residency in collaboration with Luke George and Natalie Abbott. She is an Australia Council ArtStart, Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant and Motherboard Australia Korea cultural exchange recipient.
Rebecca has recently performed in the video work of Nathan Gray The Shakes, Sandra Parkers Small Details, Jo Lloyd Confusion For Three, Public Movement (Israel) Training Ground, Mårten Spångberg (Sweden) The Planet.
Her work in collaboration with Sarah Aiken OVERWORLD has been presented at the 2014 NextWave Festival, 2015 Dance Massive Festival Melbourne. Its sister project Deep Soulful Sweats has been presented in Festival Of Live Art 2014, Dark MOFO 2014, 2015, Tiny Stadiums 2014, Chunky Move ongoing, Next Wave Festival 2014. Sarah And Rebecca are developing OVERWORLDS prequel Underworld in collaboration with musician Art Wilson.
Rebecca is currently an Arts House Culture Lab resident for her work Deep Sea Dances. A development from her work POSE BAND which has been presented in various incarnations since its premiere in Melbourne Fringe Festival (Love/City Festival, RE:SET In the Bishops Parlour, Northcote Townhall). She was a finalist in this years Keir Choreographic award with her work Explorer.
Class with Rebecca
My class incorporates the important technical foundations of contemporary dance, utilising elements of various somatic practices to achieve efficient movement. It also encourages an investigative and playful relationship to movement and choreography. With this in mind, I hope to unpack what you think dance should be, getting daggy, stealing from other dance styles, being in the in-betweens, sweating, feeling, faking it till you’re making it, making choices, and bringing the ‘you’ to the dance.