Sue Healey is a choreographer, educator and dance-film maker based in Sydney. With 25 years of experience she creates dance in many contexts as both a commissioned choreographer for Australian and international companies, and as an independent artist. A founding member of Nanette Hassall’s Dance Works, she performed and choreographed with the company from 1983 to 1988. As Artistic Director of Vis-à-Vis Dance Canberra (1993-96) and Sue Healey Company (from 1996), she has toured throughout the USA, UK and Asia.
Healey graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne with a BA (Dance Performance, 1984) and later gained her Masters Degree in Choreography (2000) from Melbourne University. She was awarded a Choreographic Fellowship from the Australia Council (1999-2000) and the Robert Helpmann Scholarship (2009-10). Experimenting with form and perception, Healey creates dance for diverse spaces: theatres, galleries, specific sites and the camera. She has an enduring connection with Japan, having made three major works for the Aichi Arts Centre in Nagoya and Red Brick Warehouse in Yokohama.
Works made in Sydney include three collections: Niche series (2002-04), In Time series (2005-07) and the current Curiosities series (2008-10). These encompass 16 works across live performance, dance-film, gallery installations and international collaborations. They have won awards nationally and internationally and the major works from each series have been presented by the Sydney Opera House and have toured to Melbourne, Canberra, New Zealand and Japan. The performance installation As You Take Time toured to the International Festival of Arts and Media, Yokohama, Japan in late 2009. Sue Healey also exhibited her installations and films at MIC Toi Rerehiko in Auckland, New Zealand, October 2010. The first stage of her work Variant was shown at the Performance Space season Liveworks in November 2010. [Text courtesy of the artist.] www.suehealey.com.au