Ros Warby is one of Australia's leading dancer/choreographers, creating and performing solo dance work since 1990. Born in Sydney in 1967, Warby finished her classical ballet training in Europe with Marika Besobrasova, Monte Carlo, Central School of Ballet, London and the Royal Danish Ballet School. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Other influences to her dance development and practice have included the teachings of Lisa Nelson, Dana Reitz, Eva Karczag and, since 1996, Deborah Hay. Warby continues her long association with Hay performing in, and assisting on, selected projects.
Her award winning works have been presented in Australia, Europe and the USA at numerous festivals and venues including the 2010 Venice Biennale, London’s Dance Umbrella, Royal Opera House, London, Melbourne International Arts Festivals, Adelaide Festival and Dance Theater Workshop, New York. Warby has also performed with numerous companies and artists including Lucy Guerin Inc, the Deborah Hay Company, Russell Dumas and Danceworks. Recognised for her unique performance work in all of these contexts, Warby has received the Robert Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer (2007), Green Room Awards for Best Female Performer (2000, 2007) and Best Solo Performer (2001), an Australia Council Fellowship (2002-04) and the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award (2007).
The creation of Warby's work has benefited from the rapport she has nurtured with her long-standing creative team, designer Margie Medlin and composer Helen Mountfort, who have been pivotal in the development of the artist's vision over the past decade. Together, in Warby’s critically acclaimed works Solos, Swift and Monumental, they have created environments for the solo dancer to exist, creating an elaborate interplay between the elements of dance, film, sound and light, and crafting a dialogue between these forms, where they coexist in a manner rarely achieved in multi-disciplinary work. In 2003 Warby was commissioned by ABC television to make a cinematic version of Swift with Medlin. [Text courtesy of the artist.]