Rachel Arianne is a dance artist with an extensive career as a performer, choreographer, educator and arts worker. Her investments in dance as a contemporary art form are deep and multi-faceted, encompassing artistic roles in company and independent dance, international residencies and exchange projects, tertiary lecturing, and a dedication to long-term projects within disability arts and remote communities.
Rachel’s work is distinguished by precise, physically demanding and acutely complex choreography. Rachel’s detailed approach to kinesthetic movement and energy allows intricate, elastic dynamics to emerge and immersive experiences to manifest through the body for performer and audience. Her works seamlessly integrate choreography and design, creating synergetic collaborations with designers across visual, spatial and sonic planes.
Focusing on the body as a site to explore temporal concepts of time, space and self, Rachel interrogates the physical language and signification of dance as a mode for both performer and audience to engage with the world as revealed in the body.
Rachel has performed with Melbourne dance company Phillip Adams’ BalletLab; Perth’s Buzz Dance Theatre, Hydra Poesis, Kompany Kido, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, pvi collective and The Last Great Hunt; companies in Hong Kong, Nigeria and Europe; a range of independent artists; and the global 50collective. In 2010 Rachel participated in the international project ‘50 Days in Costa Rica’ with renowned dance artist David Zambrano.
Rachel’s original works include of dust for Sydney Dance Company (2016), Mandala for Maya Dance Theatre in Singapore (2016), precipice (2014), Of Snowflakes and Spacetime for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (2014), We Are Made Of Stardust for Link Dance Company, which undertook a European and Australian tour (2013); and her solo work Where You End & I Begin in Perth’s Proximity Festival (2013).
Rachel’s full length work precipice was nominated for a 2015 Helpmann Award in the category ‘Best Dance Work’; and was also nominated for a 2015 Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance’.
In 2016 Rachel was awarded an Australia Council residency at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre) at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York, for the final stage development of i have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night in collaboration with esteemed designers Benjamin Cisterne and Luke Smiles. In 2016 Rachel was also an Asialink Resident, to create a new work with Maya Dance Theatre in Singapore.
Rachel was a commissioned choreographer for Sydney Dance Company, creating of dust for their season ‘New Breed’ at Carriageworks in 2016.
Most recently, Rachel is the recipient of an Australia Council International Residency at the Cite International des Arts in Paris, in 2018.