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Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips champions the value of the arts and culture. She commits to impacting artistic heritage through an avante-garde artistic practice and a track record of delivering significant initiatives, creative programs and visionary models of performance-making that are regarded as pioneering. Amanda’s groundbreaking transdisciplinary work spans both the performing and visual arts arenas – reimagining and delivering new frameworks of performance through the underpinning of art-technology that engages the ‘audience as performer’.

Celebrated as a multi award-winning Australian Director, Choreographer, Performer, Digital Media Artist, Filmmaker, Educator, Mentor and Creative Producer across stage, screen and events, she has created over 30 projects over the last decade, alone. Hailed as a “mastermind” her multifaceted work is described as “the new deal arts-wise at its mesmerising best”.

Amanda holds a Masters of Dance (Laban Centre, London) and has worked prolifically in the UK, Europe and Asia. She is a Churchill Fellow and Centennial Medallist and has received numerous accolades including a Ruby Award for Innovation.

Artistically daring hybrid projects are an ongoing and evolutionary interest. These projects are born in partnership with composer, music producer and media artist Alexander Waite Mitchell, through the application of virtual reality, 3D-stereo, immersive cinema, sensors, real-time systems and emergent technologies. Since 2003, their co-creations include works such as: ‘MASS – Moving Audience Street Sculpture’ – an interactive public art screen work; ‘Future Memory’ – Australia’s first fulldome dance film; ‘Mid-life love letters’  – a one-on-one 9-channel interactive installation; ‘3xperimentia: Live Cut’ in 3D;  ‘Otanical’ – a mixed reality fairy-tale; ‘Like yesterday’ – a mixed reality monologic work; and conceiving and facilitating ‘X’ for Dance Hub SA. X is a genre-busting livestreamed Dance and Music collaboration that redefines performance modes and traditional contemporary practice by engaging an artistic team that shares in the authorship of each performance by honouring improvisation as methodology.

In 2022 Amanda devised and choreographed ‘Loom’ for The Mill’s Dance Launchpad season. This work, together with ‘Mid-life love letters’, ‘Like yesterday’ and ‘Otanical’ continues to chronicle her travelogue of living with metastatic breast cancer. Her prolific body of work delves into and interrogates the complexity of humanity and existence from a tripartite perspective.

Dance Hub SA acknowledges the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

We also pay respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal people visiting/attending from other areas of South Australia/Australia.

Dance Hub SA is supported by the Government of South Australia through Arts SA

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