Chrissie Parrott


Chrissie Parrott

Chrissie Parrott is one of the most outstanding artistic directors and visionary choreographers Australia has produced. She has worked as a dancer with West Australian Ballet from 1972 to 1978, One Extra Company from 1978 to 1979, as a dancer and assistant director for the Festival Ballet Nicic de Monte Carlo in Basel Switzerland, Crameer Balletten in Stockholm Sweden and Tanz Forum Cologne from 1980 to 1983 where she created work for the company and toured it to Avignon Festival France in 1980.

Chrissie has created a repertoire of over 60 works, most particularly within the context of the Chrissie Parrott Dance Company from 1990 to 1996, as well as commissions from Western Australian Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, Queensland Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, Tasdance, Sinfionetta De Lorraine in France, Theater Vorpommern in the Baltic city of Stralsund and Tanz Forum in Koln, Germany.

Chrissie's outstanding and sustained contribution to contemporary dance associated arts has been significantly acknowledged by the presentation of the Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award, the Swan Gold Award for Outstanding theatre development, the Sounds Australia Award for commissioning of Australian Composers and live music in performance, a Centenary Medal and 2000 Western Australian Citizen of the Year Award in the category of Arts and Entertainment. She was nominated by Live Performance Australia for best choreography for A Midsummer Nights Dream that in 2006 won an Ausdance WA award for outstanding choreography.

In 1999 Chrissie's interests and research into computing and new technology attracted a research fellowship from ArtsWA to investigate the impact of new technology on performing arts. Since that time she has collaborated on a number of works using motion capture and Key-framing animation technology at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts for HAWK and Tasdance in Virtual C(K)ontours as part of the Obsession season in 1999.

In 2001 she was appointed senior research fellow at Edith Cowan University where she founded and was Artistic Director of its graduate dance company LINK. She has been adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology teaching in their creative industries centre CIRAC. In 2004 Chrissie, together with sound artist Jonathan Mustard, formed Jambird: a multi dimensional performance company whose work is located by its fascination with artifice, contemporary art and 'technologie feminine'. Works in collaboration with Jonathan Mustard include Swimming the Luna Sea, Divining, and Dis Patch, which was screened as part of the multimedia component at the 2004 Monaco Dance Forum – Monte Carlo. These works have an emphasis on movement manipulation and modification through and by technologies including motion tracking, video tracking and choreographic animation software. Jambird toured the multi award winning work Metadance to Korea in 2009 the same year they produced a sell out season of The Garden presented at the Moores Building for Contemporary Art (WA). Chrissie has successfully presented a number of exhibitions of her large scale digital art works showing digital lineages, wire frames and fully rendered hyper realistic replicas of dancers.

To date Chrissie has choreographed four works for Tasdance including Virtual C(K)ontours as part of Obsession in 1999, Silverlining in 2001 for Treasured Island, Swimming in the Luna Sea for Light and Shade in 2004 and in 2010 she choreographed Racing Heart/Hummingbird for Tasdance's Heart Matters season.