Sue Peacock creates dance which seeks humour and pathos in the small but significant details of our everyday existence.


Sue Peacock

About

Sue Peacock’s work mines the interior landscapes of our human existence. What it is to be vulnerable, compassionate, to relate to others, to be alone, to recognise, to compete, to argue, to love etc. Her ability to do this using both humour and pathos invites a personal response from both performers and audience.

Peacock’s practice is defined by a commitment to movement and form, set against a curiosity as to how that may be re- shaped by various dramatic or interruptive elements. The influences of light and image are a constant source of investigation, and the result of a long-time collaboration with designer Andrew Lake. Peacock’s process is collaborative, the creative research influenced by the participating artists. Her choreographic output ranges from pure movement works to those which include text, image, dancing and not dancing.

Sue Peacock premiered Questions Without Notice at the Playhouse Theatre in February 2009. Questions Without Notice was the first work produced by Performing Lines WA under the MAPS initiative and won the 2009 WA Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and the 2010 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance.

In June 2010, Peacock in collaboration with Stefan Karlsson, performed Sprung at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. She is currently in development for a new work Reflect.

Biography

Sue Peacock Choreographer
Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Sue Peacock’s first contract was with the Australian Dance Theatre, where she worked for eight years under two directors, Jonathan Taylor and Leigh Warren. In 1992 Sue left ADT to free-lance, performing with the companies One Extra, Fieldworks Performance Group, Limbs (NZ), ID339 Dancegroup, Co.Loaded, and with artists Chrissie Parrott, Helen Herbertson and Olivia Millard. Sue has continued to choreograph and teach both students and professionals, and has been commissioned to make work for ADT, One Extra, 2-Dance Plus, Chrissie Parrott Dance Company, the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Steps Youth Dance Co., deckchair Theatre Company, Extensions, Dance North, Co. Loaded, LINK Dance Company, AIT Arts Adelaide and Expressions Dance Company.

Currently Sue is the artistic program manager of STRUT and a lecturer in contemporary dance at West Australian Academy for Performing Arts. Her involvement in the broader dance sector has included association with Ausdance WA, Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Asialink, SPARK and the Future Moves Steering Committee. Sue was awarded a 2002/03 Churchill Fellowship, and a 2004 ArtsWA Creative Development Fellowship, in 2005 the West Australian Dance Award for Best Female Dancer and in 2006 for Services to Dance.

Reviews

Any work coming from Sue Peacock is always well received. ArtsHub

Peacock is proving to be one of the most inventive and original choreographers and dancers in Western Australia, not afraid to experiment, hard-edged, with an engrossing individuality.
The Australian

Peacock is renowned for her loose-limbed, released movement style, and watching the pair perform that style on opening night was a delight. (Sprung, 2010) The West Australian

I have no excuse to go again but am sorely tempted, just to see truly accomplished artists at the top of their game again and again… and again. Thank you! (Sprung, 2010) ArtsHub


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Posted: January 21st, 2015