Throughout 2018, Temperance Hall Resident Artist, Rebecca Jensen is developing performance works, hosting dance reading and discussion groups and conducting regular studio practice. We honour one Resident Artist position annually to an Australian dance artist. Our Resident Artist receives 150 hours' worth of space across the calendar year to help develop their artistic ideas and practice, ongoing mentoring support from the Artistic Director and Executive Producer, office space and facilities, and we also encourage the resident artist to join the company’s Artistic Subcommittee with meetings held bi-monthly.
The Resident Artist program is open for EOI’s each year in August for a place the following year.
Rebecca is a New Zealand-born choreographer and dancer, working in Melbourne. Her recent work includes Explorer (KEIR choreographic award 2016 Dancehouse, Carriageworks Sydney). Deep Sea Dances, (Dance Massive festival 2017, Artshouse). With Sarah Aiken she has presented Underworld, (Darebin Arts Melbourne, Supercell Festival Brisabane 2017), Free Fall (Mpavillion, Liquid Architecture) OVERWORLD (Next Wave Festival 2014, Dance Massive Melbourne 2015), and Airports (Five Walls projects Gallery, Footscray 2017). Sarah and Rebecca founded participatory performance Deep Soulful Sweats with Natalie Abbott in the winter solstice of 2013, then went on to show at Brisbane Festival, Perth institute of Contemporary Art, Festival Of Live Art Artshouse, Dark MOFO, Tiny Stadiums Sydney, Chunky Move, Next Wave Festival.
Rebecca has also presented work at MPavillion, Gertrude Contemporary at Spring 1883, Room 301 Windsor Hotel, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for Small Spaces.
She regularly performs for and collaborates with other artists including Jo Lloyd, Lucy Guerin, Amos Gerdhart, Atlanta Eke, Sandra Parker, Natalie Abbott, Nathan Gray, Balletlab, Shian Law, Sarah Aiken, Aphids, Ben Speth, Rennie McDougall, Faye Driscoll (NY), Public Movement (Israel), Mårten Spångberg (Sweden), Zoe Scoglio, Liz Dunn, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Lee Serle, Luke George and Brooke Stamp. She was a recipient of a DanceWEB Europe scholarship in 2015, Next Wave Kickstart commission in 2013, Australia Council Art Start, Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant and Motherboard Australia Korea cultural exchange. This year, Rebecca will be participating in the Venice College Dance Biennale as a choreographer.
Images courtesy: Rebecca Jensen.