ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Aimee Smith is an award winning choreographer and dance artist whose works have been performed in Japan, Taiwan, India and Australia. Since graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a BA Honours in dance (2000—2004), Aimee has been working as an artist both locally and internationally.

Aimee is inspired by the possibility of using art as a forum for people to share, challenge, question, celebrate and make sense of the world in which they live, and believes in the potential for imaginations to dream up the future. This drives her practice – in both the work she makes and the opportunities she pursues.

Alongside her choreographic and performance practice Aimee has extensive experience in community arts practice and cultural exchange through a series of local and international arts residencies. She was a member of the Arctic Circle Project's voyage to the Arctic in 2010. In 2013 Aimee completed a Masters in Sustainability and received the British Council’s presitigious Realise Your Dream Award to continue her leadership in the intersection of arts and sustainability.


Contact

E-mail: aimee@aimee-smith.com or aimeesmith8@gmail.com
Phone: +61 (0) 439691390


Choreographies

Recent works choreographed (Title | Production | Date):

Wintering | State Theatre Centre of WA & 2012 Next Wave Festival, Melbourne | 06/13 & 05/12

Borderlines | Kyoto Art Centre | 02/13

Accidental Monsters of Meaning | The Western Australian Museum | 03/11

Breakings | PICA | 04/10

December 30, 2008 | Darpana’s Vikram Sarabhai Festival, India | 12/08

Schreibstuck | Australian premiere of Thomas Lehman’s Schreibstuck | 03/08

Fragments of a fracture | TaipeIdea at TNUA, Taiwan | 06/07

Refund Policy | BUZZ Dance Theatre’s Terminal Velocity Season | 03/07

Courageously Heroic Gallantry | STRUT’s Four on the Floor Season | 03/07

Alpha.Beta. | LINK Dance Company’s Off the Map Season | 05/06

53’ | Blue Room Theatre | 04/06

Press Play | Next Wave Festival, Melbourne & STRUT, Perth | 03/06

Crease | WAAPA students | 05/05

Inhale | STRUT’s dance #1 2005 | 05/05

Lesson In Falling | LINK Dance Company | 04/05

A Story | WAAPA Honours Project | 02/04

the-state-of-inbetween | Dancers Are Space Eaters Festival | 11/03


Performance

Aimee has worked internationally with Berlin-based artist Paul Gazzola (performing at the Tanz Im August Festival 2006), with French choreographer Didier Theron in Harakiri (2012/2009) and The Tenants (2007), as an apprentice with Retina Dance Company (UK & Belgium 2005) and, as a student, performed at the World Dance Alliance in Dusseldorf Germany (2002).

Aimee has worked with Australian artists Sue Peacock, Hydra Poesis, Nat Cursio, Shone Erskine, Claudia Alessi, Gideon Obarzanek, Phillip Adams, Gerard Van Dyke, Olivia Millard, Bianca Martin and Jessyka Watson-Galbraith and has performed in numerous festivals including the Next Wave Festival (2012, 2006), Artrage Festival (2006, 2002), World Urban EARTH Festival (Canada, 2006), Urban Edge Festival (2003), and Dancers Are Space Eaters (2003).


INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES

Kyoto Art Center, Japan November 2011-February 2012

Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan April–June 2011

Arctic Circle Project, High Arctic October 2010

Asialink Residency at Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, India August-November 2008


AUSTRALIAN & COMMUNITY ARTS RESIDENCIES

Artistic Director Wheel of Fortunes project in Ravensthorpe (2013)

Mentor choreographer for Future Landings project in Albany (2011).

Artistic Director TranscenDANCE — a community dance festival in Esperance (2009)

Lead Artist for Make Your Move AWESOME Arts’ 2007 regional arts program

Numerous artist residencies in regional WA communities


MISCELLANEOUS

Aimee is also an active teacher and advocate for dance. She is a member of the DCA Arts Panel, a STRUT Dance Board Member, and was on the advisory panel for the 2011 National Dance Forum. Most recently Aimee completed a Masters in Sustainability and Climate Policy and is interested in the collision of her arts and sustainability worlds.


SUPPORTERS