Rosalind Crisp was born in Omeo (East Gippsland), Australia. She studied classical and contemporary dance at Melbourne’s Victorian Ballet School, and in the Netherlands at the European Dance Development Centre. Rosalind has maintained a solo and collaborative, studio research practice for 40 years, at Omeo Dance Studio, Sydney, which she founded in 1996; at Atelier de Paris, Paris; where she was Associate Artist for ten years; and now at the Orbost Studio for Dance Research, which she founded in 2021 with Andrew Morrish.
Rosalind has been awarded a NSW Women & Arts Fellowship (1996); a MO Award for best Australian female dancer of the year (1997); a Masters by Research from the University of Western Sydney (1998); a choreographic fellowship from the Australia Council (2000–2001); and in recognition of her influence on a generation of Australian dancers, in 2014 the University of Melbourne-VCA made her an honorary fellow. To her long list of accolades, in 2015 France made her a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight/dame of the Arts).
Since 2013, her solo and collaborative works have engaged with the environmental devastation occurring across her home country of East Gippsland, interacting with science and local knowledge to develop complex aesthetic responses. In 2017, Rosalind’s initiated DIRt (Dance In Regional disasTer zones) to explore how dance and collaborative arts practice might respond to the unfolding extinction crisis, and it is from this awareness that Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison met with Rosalind after the final performance of “The real time it takes...” especially for Fjord Review.
At 82, Twyla Tharp shows no signs of slowing down. She brought two world premieres and an all-star revival to the Joyce this week. The newest dances made it clear that although she’s still a dynamo, aging is very much on her mind. She is exploring wistful terrain these days, but she is doing it with her characteristic humor and high step count.Continue Reading