Deanne Butterworth 

Born Perth, Westren Australia

Education: WAAPA, Edith Cowan University Bachelor of Arts (Dance)

Based in Naarm/Melbourne.

Deanne is a highly respected performer, choreographer, and teacher. Melbourne based for 25 years she has shown work across many platforms including, Next Wave Festival, NGV, Dancehouse, Lucy Guerin Inc., Melbourne Fringe, Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Hong Kong (with Jo Lloyd), WestSpace, Bus Gallery, Ian Potter Museum, Carriageworks, Temperance Hall, MONAFOMA and more. Her work traverses public and private spheres to include incidental performances in the everyday and the role of the spectator. Her work has been situated in galleries, theatres, museums, outdoors, and created for film.

From January to April 2021 she is resident artist at The Pavilion in Fitzroy Gardens supported by Creative Spaces.

In 2017-2019 she was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary creating multiple new works for live performance and video including: Remaking Dubbing (2018), at Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne Art Fair, Alexandra Club; Gret, For a Moment (2017), & Furniture (2018) both at Gertrude Contemporary. During 2019 she was Resident Artists at Temperance Hall. In 2016 she had a City of Melbourne Boyd Studio Residency to create Re-enactments. She has worked with choreographers Phillip Adams, Tim Darbyshire, Rebecca Jensen, Shelley Lasica, Shian Law, Jo Lloyd, Sandra Parker, Lee Serle, Brooke Stamp, amongst others. 

Recent work includes: Performer in works by artist Sally Smart (2018-2019); Performer in Overture, by Jo Lloyd, Arts House, Melbourne International Arts Festival; All Day And All Night, by Sandra Parker, Sarah Scout Presents, (2018), Moving Mapping, NGV Triennal Extra, (2018); Departed Acts performance/lecture, MPavilion (2018); choreographer & performer for Linda Tegg's Ground video for Venice Architecture Biennale (2018); Re-enactments, Artist-in-Residence, Boyd Studio Southbank (2016); Interlude, for Spring 1883, Hotel Windsor (2016), Two Parts of Easy Action, with Evelyn Ida Morris, The Substation, Newport (2016); Siteless Now, NGV (2014). 

Deanne has worked with international dance artists Maria Hassabi, Eszter Salamon, and Adva Zakai in works presented at ACCA,  Abbostford Convent, and Slopes Gallery. She has performed in the work of artists Belle Bassin, Damiano Bertoli, Bridie Lunney, David Rosetzky, Linda Tegg, Zoe Bastin, Sally Smart, Mikala Dwyer, and Justene Williams. 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 at Design Hub RMIT organised by Hannah Mathews which later was published as To Note: Notation Across Disciplines edited by Mathews.

In 2019 she created Group Furniture and Top Ten Actions In This Scene (as a work in progress) at Temperance Hall. She has co-created work with Shelley Lasica and Jo Lloyd, How Choreography Works at WestSpace which later evolved to become How How Choreography Works at Art Gallery of NSW for Biennale of Sydney (2015 & 2016). With Jo Lloyd she co-created All Our Dreams Come True- shown at Bus Projects and later at M Pavilion (2018). Her most recent collaborative work the highly lauded DOUBLE DOUBLE was created with Jo Lloyd, Evelyn Ida Morris, & Tina Havelock-Stevens which has been performed at Ian Potter Museum of Art (2019), Liveworks (2019), and MONAFOMA (2020). In 2019 she was nominated for 2 Green Room Awards- as a performer for her year’s work in 2018, and for choreography of her work, Remaking Dubbing. Additionally she and others received an award for Best Ensemble for her work in Jo Lloyd’s Overture. 

During the challenging year that was 2020 she continued working on various creative developments on her own and with other choreographers inclduign Jo Lloyd and Sandra Parker. She also undertook professional development in arts advocacy and working in First Nations Cultural Contexts supported by Theatre Network Australia.