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Biography

Nat Cursio is an artist working with dance and the body, incorporating choreography, curation and consideration of models that develop and re-consider artistic practice, production and communication. Her choreographic has been presented in Taipei, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Limerick (IRE) and around Australia and she has participated in and been invited to contribute to dance and cross-disciplinary projects across Australia, Asia and Europe. Nat’s projects have garnered respect for their sophisticated and inventive propositions, dramaturgy and delivery.

RECENT WORKS: AT LEAST FOR A WHILE ANYWAY, a large-scale video portrait of dance veteran Don Asker created in collaboration with Daniel Crooks (commissioned by and premiering at Carriageworks, 24 Frames Per Second), recently screened at Light Moves, Ireland and ACMI Melbourne; RECOVERY with Shannon Bott and UK-based Simon Ellis, a candid duet about grief (The Substation, choreographer-in-residence; BLIZZARD, a poetic, uncompromising response to the climate crisis using dance and acoustic sound as integrated modes (The Substation, choreographer-in-residence); PRIVATE DANCES, a program of intimate mini dances presented in tents, remounted 2013 with Darebin Arts (after award-winning original, 2010 Next Wave Festival) and followed by a Hong Kong Edition at Freespace Fest 2014; THE MIDDLE ROOM, a ceremonial one-on-one playdate in my home, commissioned by Theatre Works for the Inaugural Festival of Live Art, since re-framed in contexts including conferences, workshops and a mini-residency at Raygun Lab, QLD.

WORKS IN DEVELOPMENT // TINY SLOPES, a work about learning to skateboard, Dance Massive 2017; and LOOP, a participatory dance work for your children.

RECENT COLLABORATIONS // co-creator on PLAYING SHOP (Nat Cursio + Nicola Gunn FOLA); movement direction and additional dramaturgy for HELLO, GOODBYE & HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Ros Oades/Malthouse Theatre); co-devisor and performer for GREEN SCREEN (Nicola Gunn/Sans Hotel/MTC); performer for A STRING SECTION (Belgian/UK company Reckless Sleepers); performer for TREMOR (Ashley Dyer, Arts House)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS // Asialink Residency 2006; Australian Dance Awards Finalist Nominee 2005; Green Room Nominee 2006; Green Room Winner 2010; City of Perth Dance Award Winner 2013; Green Room Nominee (x 3) 2013; Australian Dance Awards Finalist Nominee 2014; Green Room Awards Nominee (x 3) 2014; The Substation Artist-in-Residence 2013-2014; Coopers Malthouse Artist-in-Residence 2015. // Nat has received funding/support from The Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, The City of Melbourne, The Besen Family Foundation, The City of Port Phillip, Arts House, Next Wave, Arts Centre Melbourne, Darebin Arts, Dancehouse, Lucy Guerin Inc and Chunky Move's Maximised program.