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Gabrielle Nankivell



Gabrielle Nankivell is a South Australian director and performer with formative ties to Europe. Working independently and commissioned by leading dance companies and training institutions, Gabrielle also maintains a collaborative creative practice with composer Luke Smiles.

Gabrielle’s work has been widely presented across Australia, Europe and Asia by Adelaide Festival Centre, Arts House, Cankarjev Dom (Slovenia), Carriageworks, Esplanade Theatres

(Singapore), Festival d’automne (France), High Fest Yerevan (Armenia), Klapstuk (Belgium), Lyric Theatre (Hong Kong), Roslyn Packer Theatre, Le Théâtre National de la Danse Chaillot

(Paris), Theatre Royal Hobart, The Joyce (NYC) & The Place (London) amongst others.

In 2020 Gabrielle is developing Future History, a solo performance born from her 2019 Arts South Australia Fellowship research and Sightings, a site-specific performance making model in collaboration with Vitalstatistix.

Find Gabrielle’s full bio here.


Future History
Future History began as a research project to investigate the influence of personal history and artistic lineage on the way we work and the art we make. From this a strategy for collaborative devising was developed and the raw material for this new solo was born. An award winning team including, Australian artists Luke Smiles (composer), Martin del Amo (dramaturg), Kristina Chan (choreographer) and Joshua Thomson (choreographer) along with international artists Rasmus Ölme (choreographer & Head of Dance & Choreography at the Danish National School of Performing Arts) and Vania Vaneau (Choreographer & Art Director of Arrangement Provisoire, France) have contributed to this collaboratively devised work.

Weaving notions personal and universal, Future History reflects the precarious nature of the human body and the natural world. The work manifests the cyclic quality of global uncertainty throughout time in response to threat – conflict, epidemic, escalating climate events – and illuminates the vulnerability and resilience implicit in life on earth.

Museum of The Future
Museum of the Future is a new work in development. The project is an extension, in a group context, of the process built for Future History. The project interweaves process and product and draws attention to the ways in which our personal mythologies may unlock a broader cultural understanding.
The artistic team includes, Gabrielle Nankivell, Harrison Elliott, Zoë Dunwoodie & Felix Sampson

The development of Future History and Museum of the Future has been generously supported by the Government of South Australia Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Australian Dance Theatre’s International Choreographic Centre residency program.