One of our newest grantees, Siobhan Lynch, is a multi-disciplinary artist specialising in contemporary dance and improvisation.

Siobhan has worked with leading contemporary dance companies in Australia and is currently an Associate Artist with both Sydney Dance Company and Australasian Dance Collective in Brisbane.

To further her career, Siobhan now seeks exposure to international dance culture and development opportunities.

Supported by an Emerging Artist Grant, Siobhan will undertake a professional development tour in Europe, participating in world-class dance training workshops and performance projects.

Tell us about your creative practice.

I am a multi-disciplinary artist specialising in contemporary dance and improvisation. I am also a professional actor and singer in jazz, classical opera, and theatre, having trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.

My creative practice involves investigating and exploring conceptual ideas through movement. I am interested in site-specific work and the memory of the emotional and physical body, which I use as a stimulus to generate the physicality of human emotions and experiences. 

I graduated from Sydney Dance Company's Pre-Professional Year program and now work as an Associate Artist with the Company. I am also an Associate company artist of Australasian Dance Collective in Brisbane, with which I collaborated to create a full-length immersive dance work performed in November 2023.

In 2023, I received Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub's ACTIVATE year-long Residency and research program for professional development and was mentored by the established artist and choreographer Kristina Chan.

I am also a teacher and have experience delivering classes and dance workshops to students and adults of all ages and abilities across urban and rural Australia. I am passionate about sharing my art form and the creativity that movement can facilitate. 

What development opportunity will you undertake?

I am embarking on a development tour of the European dance scene. I will participate in several professional workshops and festivals in various countries facilitated by a wide range of dance art practitioners and mentors.  

Firstly, I will be participating in ‘b12; research or die’, a festival for professional contemporary dance, workshops, and performance art in Berlin. The motto of b12 is Curiosity, Diversity, and Evolution. It is a month-long festival which I will be participating in a six-day pass, curated to my own personal timetable of workshops based on my interests as an art practitioner. 

Secondly, I will be participating in the dance festival ‘Deltebre Dansa’ held in Deltebre, Barcelona, Spain. This is a 15-day international festival for professionals in contemporary dance to receive multidisciplinary artistic training taught by renowned teachers and mentors. 

Next, I will participate in the 12-day Countertechnique dance workshop ‘One Body, One Career’ in Amsterdam, Holland. This workshop was created by the founding Artistic Director of Countertechnique, Anouk van Dijk.

Finally, I will spend a week in Berlin’s ‘Gaga Lab’ workshop, studying the movement language of Gaga technique founded by Israeli Artist Ohad Naharin

How do you hope to advance your creative practice?

I am at a pivotal time in my professional career, and exposure to international dance culture would tremendously expand my growth as a dance performer and maker.

These workshops are exclusively available in Europe. There are no other dance workshops of this international scale and calibre available in Australia. This unique environment allows for cultural exchange and collaboration between a diverse range of art practitioners, teachers, and fellow colleagues.

As an emerging artist who has struggled through the financial and mental tolls that COVID has had on the Arts sector, this opportunity will allow me to focus solely on my artistic development, building my confidence and refining my artistic voice. Ultimately, it will foster my future career as an intelligent, creative, and employable artist.