Deanne Butterworth is a highly acclaimed Melbourne based dancer and choreographer. Her interests lie in the transfer of information and ideas from one body to another, the creation of energies, systems, languages and understanding developed in isolation and within groups of people. Her work is often responsive to the space in which it is shown and can involve still images, sound, music, text and video.Her works have taken place in a variety of settings including traditional performance spaces as well as galleries and outdoors.


Deanne studied at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (BA dance, 1993) and Victoria University (2011). Throughout 2017-2019 she is a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne.


Since 1994 Deanne has worked with many artists and choreographers including Phillip Adams Balletlab, Tim Darbyshire, Maria Hassabi, Rebecca Jensen, Shelley Lasica, Shian Law, Jo Lloyd, Sandra Parker, Lee Serle and Brooke Stamp amongst others. Some of her own works include: Dual Reperage in Threes, Dancehouse for Dance Massive (2011); Twinships, Westspace (2012); Doublage, Arts House for Dance Massive, (2013); Siteless Now, NGV (2014), Regarding Yesterday- with Adva Zakai at Slopes Gallery (2014); How Choreography Works- with Lasica and Lloyd at Westspace and later at Art Gallery of NSW for Biennale of Sydney (2015 & 2016); All Our Dreams Come True- with Lloyd at Bus Projects (2016); Two Parts of Easy Action, The Substation (2016); The Interlude, Spring 1883, (2016); Remaking Dubbing at Gertrude Glasshouse and Melbourne Art fair (2018)


She has collaborated with or performed in the work of many visual artists including Belle Bassin and Justine Williams (both at Heide MOMA, 2016), in the work of Damiano Bertoli (Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2016), David Rosetzky (2007), and Fiona MacDonald (2001). In 2012 she collaborated with artist Linda Tegg to host a performance at a petrol station in inner city Collingwood.


In 2015 Deanne participated in an interdisciplinary notation workshop organised by Hannah Mathews and in 2016 was artist-in-residence at Boyd Studio 1 funded through City of Melbourne Creative Spaces program. She is currently working with Jo Lloyd in her new work, Overture to premiere in August 2018, and with Sandra Parker in her exhibition All Day All Night.



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