Adrianne Semmens (2021 Associate Artist)
Adrianne Semmens is a dance practitioner with experience working across the arts, education and community sectors. Adrianne is a descendant of the Barkindji People of NSW and a graduate of NAISDA Dance College and Adelaide College of the Arts.
This year sees Adrianne performing with the SA First Nations Dance Collective, led by Artistic Director Gina Rings, and working as an Associate Artist with Australian Dance Theatre, enjoying a focus on her own choreographic practice, which explores themes of identity and place. Adrianne’s professional experience also includes her role as a Dance Presenter for The Australian Ballet’s Dance Education Ensemble, as a performer for Jo Clancy, Jade Erlandsen and Cathy Adamek, and performances for Dance Rites, choreographed by Kaine Sultan-Babij.
Passionate about dance education and the role of dance in maintaining wellbeing, Adrianne has worked on many youth focused initiatives, including projects for Kurruru Arts and Culture Hub, Carclew, Ausdance SA and the Department for Education.
Previous Artistic Residency with ADT – August 2020
Adrianne was commissioned by Garry Stewart to work with the ADT dancers for two weeks on developing material for a new work that explores water in all its manifestations.
Whilst in residence with ADT in 2020, Adrianne undertook a choreographic exploration centred on water and our relationship to freshwater and saltwater. The exploration recognised water as a basic necessity and source of healing and comfort, but also as capable of exposing our vulnerability.
“This much-appreciated opportunity to work with the company’s dancers [has] allow[ed] me to further my recent interest in the use of materials to map country and pathway, experimenting with string, fabric and salt.”
– Adrianne Semmens
Above: Adrianne with the dancers of ADT (left to right: Kimball Wong, Harrison Elliott, Rowan Rossi, Ally Clarke, Adrianne Semmens, Darci O’Rourke, Christopher Mills, Sophie Stuut, Thomas Fonua)