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Gabrielle Nankivell


Gabrielle Nankivell is a South Australian director and performer with formative ties to Europe. Working independently and commissioned by leading dance companies and training institutions, Gabrielle also maintains a collaborative creative practice with composer Luke Smiles.

Artist Profile

Gabrielle’s work has been widely presented across Australia, Europe and Asia by Adelaide Festival Centre, Arts House, Cankarjev Dom (Slovenia), Carriageworks, Esplanade Theatres (Singapore), Festival d’automne (France), High Fest Yerevan (Armenia), Klapstuk (Belgium), Lyric Theatre (Hong Kong), Roslyn Packer Theatre, Le Théâtre National de la Danse Chaillot (Paris), Theatre Royal Hobart, The Joyce (NYC) & The Place (London) amongst others.

Recent commissions include “Wildebeest” for Sydney Dance Company, nominated for a 2017 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production’, “Order of Things” and “Focus” for Frontier Danceland Singapore and “Thorn” for Tasdance. She also created “Scatter Study: rethrown” and “Cat Derivé” as Artist in Residence (Contemporary Dance) at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

“Split Second Heroes”, her latest, independently produced full-length work, premiered at the Adelaide Festival Centre in July 2017 receiving an Adelaide Critics Circle Individual Award nomination.

Gabrielle also provides choreography and movement consultancy across stage and film productions. Recent engagements include State Theatre Company of South Australia’s “The Popular Mechanicals”, Windmill Theatre Co’s multi award-winning “School Dance” and “Girl Asleep” and internationally acclaimed Australian feature film “Girl Asleep”, directed by Rosemary Myers.

As a dancer Gabrielle honed her dance career in Europe performing for Belgian artists Alexander Baervoets and Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus and collaborating with Jurij Konjar (Slovenia), Raul Maia (Portugal) and Thomas Steyaert (Belgium). She has also lived and worked in Germany and Denmark. Since re-connecting with Australia through her own projects Gabrielle has performed with Australian Dance Theatre, Branch Nebula, Chunky Move/Gideon Obarzanek, Gavin Webber, Regurgitator, The Farm and Torque Show amongst many others.

Gabrielle has been awarded several coveted international choreographic residencies and is the recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, two Impulstanz Vienna DanceWEB Scholarships, the inaugural Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship and the 2015 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship.

Informed by a somewhat nomadic existence, Gabrielle’s work investigates the impact of our lived history on the imagination and our experience of time. Derived primarily from improvisation and writing methodology, her hybrid choreographic practice explores the world through an imaginative blend of fact and fiction.

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