Sue Healey


Sue Healey 1994

Sue Healey, originally from New Zealand, graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance in 1984. Sue was a founding member of Melbourne based Dance Works, performing and choreographing nationally and internationally with the company from 1983 to 1988. As an independent artist from 1989, she has worked in many countries on a variety of performance projects including Zvi Gottheiner Company (New York), Michael Parmenter Commotion Group (New Zealand), Don Asker's China Project (China) and has travelled on several Australia Council Study Grants.

As a freelance choreographer, Sue has been commissioned to create works for One Extra Company, Tasdance, Dance Works, Dance North, Vic Arts Dance Company, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Aichi Arts Centre (Nagoya, Japan), Limbs Dance Company (New Zealand) and her own company Sue Healey and Dancers. Her work has toured internationally to the United States, Great Britain, China, Japan and New Zealand. In 1993 Sue founded and directed Vis-a-Vis Dance in Canberra for two years creating two new works in collaboration with the dancers, Utter Heart and Fugue. Her work Fine Line Terrain was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and Outstanding Achievement for performance by a company in the 2004 Ausdance Awards.

Sue has been creating dance for the screen since 1992. Her films Slipped (1997), Fugue (1995), Knee Deep in Thin Air (1994) and Niche (2002) have been screened internationally with critical acclaim, with Niche winning Highly Commended in the dance video competition, Reeldance in 2002. Healey's dance videos have had wide international exposure received many awards including Best Dance Film Reeldance, Australia (2004), Best Dance Film Ausdance awards (2003), winner II Coreografo Elettronico, (Independent section 2004) a major video dance festival in Italy. Other film credits include choreography for the feature film The Goddess of 1967 (2002) and Quantum Leapers, a documentary film the ABC screened in 2005.

She was awarded a prestigious Choreographic Fellowship from the Australia Council for 1999/2000 and gained her Masters Degree in Choreography from Victorian College of the Arts in 2000. She was a member of the Dance Board of the Australia Council from 1999/2001.