CURRICULUM VITAE
JOHN UTANS

 

In 2003 John was nominated for an Australian Dance Award for Choreography
(a love of subtle deceit performed by
Leigh Warren and Dancers)

 

Dance Training ^ TOP

Studio Arts Centre, Adelaide, Joanna Priest
The Australian Ballet School, Melbourne 1978-79
Victorian College of the Arts
Queensland University of Technology - Master of Fine Arts

 

Choreographic Experience ^ TOP

Turandot (Choreography)
Opera Hong Kong
Directed by Ng See-yuen Produced by
Warren Mok.
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
September/October 2005

the new territories
(in collaboration with Michele Miller)
Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts
June 2005

Lines To Read Between
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2005
Music by Alan Morse Davies

Night Falls Fast
Milwaukee Ballet Company
Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 2005
Music by Alan Morse Davies

More Than Just a Pretty Face
Academy for the Performing Arts, June 2004
Music by Alan Morse Davies

A Measure of Distance (between night & day) Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, November 2003

be/leaving past/present
AITS-Arts Adelaide, June 2003

a fine line
West Australian Ballet Company / Perth International Arts Festival, February 2003

Morton & Marianne
Victorian College of the Arts, School of Dance, Melbourne, November 2002

on second thoughts and immersed
(slide, video, sound installations)
Antistatic, The Performance Space, Sydney October 2002

a love of subtle deceit
Leigh Warren and Dancers / Adelaide Festival Theatre, August 2002

the order of things
QUT, Creative Industries Faculty - Dance / Gardens Theatre June 2002

towards/traverse/terrain
Milwaukee Ballet Company USA
February/March 2002
Awarded First Prize - International Choreographic Competition

Number 14:Notebooks
LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts / Queensland University of Technology
August 2001. Singapore / Brisbane November 2001

The Seduction of Liberty
Dance Bytes QUT performance season Brisbane, June 2001

Tip of the Iceberg
Dance Bytes QUT performance season The Gardens Theatre, Brisbane, June 2000
& International Youth Dance Festival, Seoul, Korea, August 2000

a love of subtle deceit
The Queensland Ballet Company, Brisbane, August 2000

immersed (video and sound installation)
Art Museum Gallery, The University of Queensland, July 2000

reading light / illuminating texts
The Gardens Theatre, Brisbane, November 1999.
funded by QUT Creative Works in the Arts and Design Grant / QUT Office of Research

Blatant Misdemeanor
QUT Dance Graduation, Brisbane, November 1999

a love of subtle deceit
QUT Dance Collections Brisbane June 1999
& the 7th International Youth Dance Festival July 1999, Macau

Remember
QUT Dance Collections June 1998
& City Scapes Performance Project, Brisbane May 1998

Heaven's Place
QUT Graduation Performance Brisbane 1997

duet/ section of Intimate Letters The Cherry Herring, March 1997

Telling Stories
Expressions Dance Company, Brisbane, September 1996

big & LITTLE
QUT Dance Collections, June 1996

The Threepenny Opera
Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane 1995

Gauguin's Questions
a collaboration with Garry Lester, Deakin University 1993

Reel to Real with Susan Peacock,
Melbourne Gasworks Theatre, 1992
& Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 1993

Playing with Fire
Australian Dance Theatre, Adelaide 1991

Fall
Australian Dance Theatre, Adelaide1990

taking up the fallen pen
solo performance Spoleto Fringe Festival, Melbourne 1988

Night of the White Star Line
Rusden Dance Theatre, Deakin University Melbourne 1988

On Arthur Street
Human Veins Dance Theatre, Canberra 1985

Travel Sketch
Human Veins Dance Theatre Canberra 1984

AM.
Image '83 / Extensions Studio, Melbourne 1983

Counting Years
Kinetikos Dance Theatre, Perth 1982

In Winter Light
Australian Ballet School, Melbourne 1982

Continuo
Australian Contemporary Dance Company, Melbourne 1981

Every Day Without Fail
Australian Contemporary Dance Company, Melbourne 1981

 

[selected] Performance Experience ^ TOP

Richard's Story : The Art of Sound
performance & choreography / a short film directed by Leah King-Smith
Brisbane, December 2002

Ports of call #5
New Moves Dance Festival. ChoreoLab, Glasgow, Scotland, April 2000

private / parts
-solo performance
Cab Sav Season, Brisbane Pride Festival, Metro Arts, June 1998

Circuit Maneuvers (the artists model)
-solo performance
Philip Bacon Gallery , Brisbane May 1998

Ports of Call #4, Gleniffer -solo performance
Stamping Ground, Bellingen, January 1997

A Penetrating Blur
-choreographed by Jean Tally, The Cherry Herring, December 1996

on second thoughts/impact
-solo performance
The Cherry Herring, May 1996

Loaded
-solo performance
The Crab Room, Raw season, May 1995

Ports of Call #3, Melbourne Street -solo performance
Queensland Art Gallery, May 1995

Bending the Willow
-Choreographed by Don Asker, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 1994

Reel to Real
-in collabaration with Susan Peacock
Gasworks Theatre Melbourne 1992 & Artrage Festival, Perth 1993

In the Company of Angels
-choreographed by Helen Herbertson, Danceworks, Melbourne 1993

Leaning into the Light
-choreographed by Nannette Hassall, Adelaide Fringe Festival 1992
& Green Mill Dance Project, Melbourne 1993.

Prediction Piece 10; As Time Goes By
-by Lyndal Jones, Melbourne Arts Festival, 1992.

 

member of AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE artistic director Leigh Warren
Adelaide, South Australia 1989 - 1991

member of HUMAN VEINS DANCE THEATRE artistic director Don Asker
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 1983 - 1985

member of SHERATON WALKER HILL SHOW artistic director Luis Moreno
Seoul, South Korea 1985 - 1987

member of AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY artistic director Ron Bekker
Melbourne, Victoria 1981 - 1983

 

Teaching Experience ^ TOP

Artist-in-Residence /
Senior Lecturer in Modern Dance
Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts
September 2003 - 2006

Lecturer in Contemporary Dance,
Queensland University of Technology

Creative Industries Faculty Full-time position February 1995 - 2003

Canberra Summer School.
Dance workshops AusDance (ACT)
Canberra School of Music, Australian Capitol Territory, January 2000

Classes for The Australia New Zealand Choreographic Course
directed by Lloyd Newson. Wellington, New Zealand, January 1998.
Associate Lecturer in Dance, Deakin University, Rusden 1993 -1994.

Contemporary Dance Lecturer,
Victorian College of the Arts
. 1993/94

Ballet Master, Kwang-Ju City Ballet Company, South Korea. 1987-1988

 

Guest teaching ^ TOP

Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, (Salt Lake City)
City Contemporary Dance Company, (Hong Kong).
Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre, TasDance, Dance North, Expressions Dance Company, Chunky Move Dance Company, La Salle- SIA College of the Arts (Singapore), Tsyoing High School (Taiwan), Milwaukee Ballet Company, Universal Ballet Company (Seoul, South Korea), Buzz Dance Theatre (Perth) and the Akram Khan Company (London).
Other Experience

 

Creative Development ^ TOP

EMERGENCY funded by the Dance Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts April - September 2002.

Member of the Performing Arts Advisory Panel. Arts Queensland. 2000/01

Board member of Ausdance Queensland, 2001/02

Exhibition of installation piece : immersed
A video & sound installation with Wendy McPhee and Pookihin Khut
(development project assisted by the Dance Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts)
The Performance Space, Sydney 2002
Cast Gallery, Hobart Tasmania November 2000
The University of Queensland, Art Museum July 2000

New Moves / New Territories participating choreographer in 4 week choreographic lab and performance Adelaide and Glasgow March/April 2000. funded by : New Moves Festival : Adelaide Festival of the Arts The Australia Council and QUT, Academy of the Arts.

Creative Development Grant funded by the Dance Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts Hobart Tasmania, November/December 1999 - Brisbane Queensland, June/July 2000

Exhibition of installation work
- Bretton Hall
(1998)
Vault Contemporary Arts Space, Bundaberg Arts Centre Queensland August 1999

Exhibition of installation work
- on second thoughts

Palma Rosa Gallery, Brisbane August 1998
The Performance Space, Sydney 2002

participating choreographer,
INTERNATIONAL COURSE FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS AND COMPOSERS
Directed by Jonathon Burrows and Kevin Volans. West Yorkshire England July 1998.

member of THE CHERRY HERRING performance space / collective Brisbane independent dance artists.

a short film about looking
- choreographed / performed / directed
work for video Dancehouse, Melbourne Fringe Festival 1994.

Travelled to China as part of a cultural exchange organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs Canberra and the Chinese Dancers Association, Beijing, July 1995.

Member of the Dance Advisory Panel, Arts Victoria 1993 -1994


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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