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ZOË DUNWOODIE

Dancer

Zoë began dancing at the age of five in her hometown Mona Vale, NSW Australia. During high school, she performed in the NSW Schools Spectacular, Rock Eisteddfod Challenge and Public Schools State Dance Festivals (2000-2008). After completing her Higher School’s Certificate, she travelled to New Zealand to study at the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) in 2009.

Whilst living in NZ, Zoë performed in the internationally renowned World Of Wearable Art Show (WOW), Wellington Fringe Festival and TEMPO Dance Festival where she was nominated for Best Female Dancer. During her training she was exposed to choreographers such as Craig Bary, Sarah Foster, Malia Johnston, Lina Limosani and Paul Taylor. She graduated from NZSD in 2011 with a Diploma in Dance Performance.

Zoë was offered a position at Australian Dance Theatre in 2012, and in that same year she performed Garry Stewart’s Be Your Self at Sydney Theatre and an excerpt of Be Your Self at the Australian Ballet’s Let’s Dance gala in Melbourne.

During the first three months of 2013, Zoë performed in the European tour of Proximity, followed by the Australian national tour of G. Later that year, Zoë danced in Proximity again at the Arts Centre in Melbourne as well as the premiere season of Daniel Jaber’s Nought in Adelaide.

In 2014 she performed in the return European tour of Proximity followed by a season in Adelaide. She also accompanied Garry Stewart in Sydney to help create and perform his work, Choreography, with the second year acting students of the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

In 2015 she performed in the Australian National Tour of Be Your Self and in the world premiere season of MALAGA – a work conceived, choreographed and directed by fellow ADT dancer Thomas Fonua as part of the TEMPO Dance Festival in New Zealand.

Zoë performed in the world premiere season of Habitus at the Adelaide Festival of Arts and The Beginning of Nature at WOMADelaide festival in early 2016. Later that year, she performed in the return season of ADT’s choreographic season, Ignition followed by the Australian premiere of Objekt in Adelaide.

In 2017 Zoë performed in Garry Stewart’s Doppelganger, a piece featured as part of the exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia – Versus Rodin: bodies across space and time. She performed in the Melbourne premiere season of Be Your Self and then in the National tour of Be Your Self Redux throughout VIC, NSW and QLD.

In 2018, Zoë performed in the Australian national tour of The Beginning of Nature, across SA, NT, WA, NSW and TAS and international tour throughout Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. In that same year, she performed a self-choreographed solo work for the UKARIA 24: Visual Polyphony program, curated and accompanied by German-French cellist, Nicolas Altstaedt. She also choreographed and performed alongside Harrison Elliott and Christopher Mills in a short work titled The Doomed Migration for ADT’s Rough Draft program.

During March 2019, Zoë taught workshops and performed at sea on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, in The Beginning of Nature, which travelled from Melbourne to Hobart. In April, ADT celebrated Garry Stewart’s 20th year as Artistic Director, with a retrospective performance gala, Anthology, which saw Zoë perform in short excerpts of Birdbrain, Be Your Self, The Beginning of Nature, Proximity, Devolution, G and The Age of Unbeauty. She then toured with the company to New York, where she performed The Beginning of Nature at the world renowned Joyce Theater. When Zoë returned from the US, she worked as an extra in the up and coming Australian TV series Stateless, working alongside actors Cate Blanchett, Yvonne Strahovski and Dominic West. Following this was the premiere screening of short film The Circadian Cycle, conceived and directed by Stewart, featuring Zoë and the dancers of ADT, shot at iconic South Australian landscapes. In September, she also performed in the world premiere of North/South, a double bill choreographed by Stewart and Norwegian choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen. Zoë has also had to pleasure to work in collaboration with Australian band Electric Fields, in a short piece choreographed by Garry Stewart at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Recently, Zoë has been collaborating with Daniel Jaber on a solo piece as a part of ADT’s International Centre for Choreography residency program.