Chrissie Parrott and Jonathan Mustard consistently combine great concepts, exciting dance and dancers, and new media technologies.

Dance Australia

Chrissie Parrott Performance Company


Chrissie Parrott Performance Company (formerly Jambird) was founded by Chrissie Parrott – a highly prolific, multi-award winning dance choreographer, and Jonathan Mustard – an experienced composer, working with computer music, visual arts and animation.

Together they create hybrid performance works which are highly theatrical and often merge dance with theatre, visual arts, and live music.

In 2008 Parrott and Mustard, together with Blue Moon Film and Video, were commissioned by iArts to create Motel Deception – a multi-platform, multi-artform work which included a short dance film that was screened on ABCTV in June 2009, and an interactive website.

Since working with Performing Lines WA, Parrott and Mustard have premiered The Garden at the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle and toured Metadance to Korea. In January 2011 Parrott and Mustard presented 2 at the opening gala performance at the new State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. Currently they are in creative development for Reign, a multi-art form production exploring the artwork of Patrick Doherty in a theatrical arena.


Chrissie Parrott Choreographer
Chrissie Parrott’s distinctive choreographic style draws equally upon her foundations in classical dance and the richness of the 20th Century contemporary dance vocabulary.

She has created a repertoire of over 80 works – many within the context of the Chrissie Parrott Dance Company which include Terra, Life Love & Beauty, Tower, Terminal Velocity and Deco Dance.

Choreographic commissions include works for WA Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, Queensland Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, Tasdance, Sinfionetta de Lorraine France, Theater Vorpommern in the Baltic city of Stralsund and Tanz Forum Cologne touring to the Avignon festival in France.

Chrissie has danced with the West Australian Ballet, One Extra Company – Sydney where she was also Assistant Director, Festival Ballet Nicic de Monte Carlo – Basel, Switzerland, Kent Opera Ballet, Crameer Balletten – Stockholm, and Tanz Forum – Cologne.

Her outstanding contribution to contemporary dance-associated arts has been significantly acknowledged by the presentation of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, Swan Gold Award, Sounds Australia Award, Western Australian Citizen of the Year 2000, and a Centenary Medal. In 2005 she was nominated for a Green Room award for her stage design for Swimming the Luna Sea. She was nominated by Live Performance Australia for Best Choreography for A Midsummer Nights Dream that in 2006 won the Ausdance award for Outstanding Choreography. Her 2009 work The Garden was nominated for both the West Australian and Australian Dance Awards.

In July 2010, Chrissie together with Graeme Murphy AM, choreographed Heart Matters for Tasdance in Tasmania. In September 2010 she was the choreographer for Works In Progress: Die Winterreise, directed by Matthew Lutton for Brisbane Festival. She will continue to work with Lutton on Winterreise’s premiere in 2011.

Jonathan Mustard Composer
Jonathan Mustard has been placing the performer at the centre of electronic music since 1991, bringing a heart and liveliness to a medium often accused of lacking these very qualities.

Whether he is using dancers or musical instruments to manipulate sound and video in real-time, there is a strong commitment to the fundamentals we value in live performance and a unique approach to his often-quirky sonic and visual materials.

Collaborating with choreographer Chrissie Parrot since 2003, he has extended his crossover into visual arts, making video and animation for and about dance. This now rich partnership continues to explore new territory in the collision between sound, dance, technology and visual media.

Mustard is active in the field of audiovisual installation, theatre and education as well as composing for traditional instrumental and vocal ensembles.

He has been widely commissioned in Western Australia and his work is regularly presented overseas.


Chrissie Parrott and Jonathan Mustard consistently combine great concepts, exciting dance and dancers, and new media technologies. Dance Australia

Parrott’s plot is visually seductive, witty, entertaining and ultimately compelling because of the strength of her choreography and the magnetism of her dancers. (The Garden, 2009) The Australian 

Chrissie Parrott has created a magical garden. The intricate detail of the set, the costumes and the choreography, in combination with Mustard’s rich tapestry of music and sound, is a sensual feast. This one is not to be missed. (The Garden, 2009) The West Australian 


Interview: Chrissie Parrott

Posted: August 13th, 2012