Anna Smith


Anna Smith 1989

From the suburb of Mentone in Melbourne, Anna’s early training was in classical ballet (Cecchetti Method) and tap. She graduated from Victoria College Rusden in 1987 with a Bachelor of Education in both dance and drama. In 1988 she joined Canberra Dance Theatre and also worked as a modern dance teacher in secondary colleges in Canberra.

Anna joined Tasdance in January 1989 and since that time has worked on a number of community dance projects in Tasmania. After two years with the company performing and teaching throughout Tasmania and New Zealand, she took study leave for six months to further her dance experience in London. Anna returned to Tasdance in June 1991. Anna choreographed Cry Me a River for Tasdance in 1992.

In 1997, Anna completed a Master of Choreography at the Victorian College of the Arts. Anna was a resident of Montreal, Canada from 1995 to 1997 where she danced for choreographer Jane Mappin (Montreal and Toronto) and for Tammy Forsyths' company Tusket. During this time she taught at Montreal’s Studio 303 and in 1997 and 1998 was invited to St. Johns, Newfoundland, to conduct choreographic residencies.

In 1998 she performed the solo Equilibre in Montreal before returning to Australia to form the Melbourne based dance company co.motion, opening with a premier season Liquid, at Gasworks Theatre. During 1999 Anna presented another season of work with co.motion, Bloodwood, and was rehearsal director with Chunky Move for the Body Parts season.

She was awarded the 1999 Betty Pounder Award for Original Choreography for Red Rain as a part of the Green Room Awards. In 2001 Anna was invited as artist in residence at Bundanon, the late Arthur Boyd property where she worked on Spun by a Thread (created for VCA 2001) which with Quiescence (created for co.motion 2001) was awarded the 2001 Green Room Award. She has been a research associate, investigating choreographic processes with the Unspoken Knowledge’s (1999–2001) and Conceiving Connections (2002) research projects.

In 2002 Anna directed On Salty Ground for the Mildura Arts Festival, choreographing for 140 performers. Anna continues to work as choreographer and lecturer in composition and technique at the Victorian College of the Arts. Anna has choreographed 7 works for Tasdance since 1992. These works include Cry Me a River (1992), Mad Sky for Hyper_mobile (2000), Incandescence for Ripple Effect (2002), Momentary for Divine Harmonies (2005), Four for a Boy and Five for Silver for One for Sorrow, Two for Joy (2008) and A Human Calculation for Voltage in 2012.