Jodie Farrugia (Australia)

Jodie is an Australian Choreographer for Contemporary Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus.   She graduated from Rusden Dance and Drama College (Melbourne) and trained as an Acrobat at The National Institute of Circus Arts (Melbourne).  Jodie creates interdisciplinary Dance  and Physical theatre work that is concerned with amalgamating Contemporary Dance, Acrobatics and Theatre. Jodie creates work that is physically exciting and emotionally moving, blending the poetic and emotional qualities of Contemporary Dance, the dynamic and athletic qualities of Acrobatics and the in-depth exploration of content through theatre methods of  improvisation and character development.  Jodie has performed, choreographed and directed works for leading performance companies throughout Australia including: Legs on the Wall, Tasdance, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, The Victorian College of the Arts, Circus Oz, National Institute of Circus Arts, Circus Monoxide, Contact Dance Company (Malta), The Australian Choreographic Centre, Ausdance, QL2 National Centre for Youth Dance, Peep Show inc, Fling Physical Theatre, Deakin University and Acrobat. Her work has toured extensively throughout Australia, Singapore, Korea, Malta and Bulgaria.  She has been a guest lecturer in dance and physical theatre for the Victorian College of the Arts at Melbourne University, Deakin University (Melbourne) and Bussan University (Korea).  Awarded a Choreographic Fellowship from The Australian Choreographic Centre to create the critically acclaimed work “In Outside” which she toured throughout Australia and Korea. Jodie has been awarded the 2009 Helpman award for “Best Production for Young People,”  A Green Room award for “Emerging Artist in Dance”, “The Canberra Critics Award” “The Drovers Award for Artistic Excellence” and “The Dance Australia’s Critics Choice Award.”  Jodie balances her professional choreographic practise with her passion for community arts, she has established several youth performance programs for disadvantaged young people throughout Melbourne, including youth at risk, refugee and newly arrived young people.  Jodie is currently creating a  new work “Collision” which brings hearing and deaf dancers together,  and is a guest choreographer and teacher for Australia’s leading tertiary dance institute The Victorian College of The Arts.

2nd and 3rd July 2012

The workshops: 

Jodie creates work that is physically exciting and emotionally moving, blending the poetic and emotional qualities of Contemporary Dance, the dynamic and athletic qualities of Acrobatics and the in-depth exploration of content through theatre methods of  improvisation and character development