Sue Healey receives Australia Council Award for Dance

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Sue Healey. Photo: Wendell Teodoro
Sue Healey. Photo: Wendell Teodoro

Choreographer and dance filmmaker Sue Healey has been announced as the 2021 recipient of the Australia Council Award for Dance.

Sue Healey moves seamlessly between dance, film and installation. She is an acknowledged pioneer of dance on screen. Her films are widely acclaimed and have won many awards, screening in over 30 countries.

Sue was a founding member of the seminal post-modern company Danceworks and in 1993 she created Vis-a-Vis Dance. Sue was also a member in the ground-breaking Australian Research Council project exploring choreographic cognition. 

Sue’s large-scale investigations into cross cultural collaborations in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan have extended global understanding and appreciation for Australian contemporary dance. 

The Australia Council Awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by Australian artists in music, literature, community arts and cultural development (CACD), emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance. Healey joins a list of outstanding artists from other artistic fields, who are:

William Barton (NSW) – Australia Council Don Banks Music Award  

Arnold Zable (VIC) – Australia Council Lifetime Achievement in Literature 

Vivienne Binns OAM (ACT) – Australia Council Award for Visual Arts

Cat Jones (NSW) – Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Arts

Mama Alto (VIC) – Australia Council Kirk Robson Award for Community Arts and Cultural Developmen

Marianne Wobcke (QLD) – Australia Council Ros Bower Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development

Chelsea McGuffin (QLD) – Australia Council Award for Theatre.

Congratulations to Sue Healey!

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