About Amelia McQueen

Amelia McQueen graduated from Adelaide College of the Arts in 2000 with a Bachelor of Dance Performance, and lives in Melbourne. She has been an ensemble member for companies such as Tanz Atelier Wien (Vienna), Tasdance (Launceston), and Stalker Theatre Company (Sydney). She has toured internationally with physical theatre company Strange Fruit since 2004 and in 2011/12 was a Member of its Board of Directors. Under the direction of Tanja Liedtke she developed a role for the dance theatre production ‘Twelfth Floor’ (Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Choreography 2006) that she performed in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany 2006-2009. She is featured in the current release film ‘Life in Movement’ (Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize 2011) about Tanja’s life and death, and continues to work for the Tanja Liedtke Foundation delivering the ‘Inspiring Dance’ workshop series, which Amelia co-devised with a team of Tanja’s collaborators. Amelia has presented her own choreography in theatres and art galleries in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Amsterdam. She was commissioned by Kath Papas and The Substation to create ‘Soft Targets’ with Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Bilwa for the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival and this work later received the award for Outstanding Choreography at Short and Sweet Dance Festival in Canberra. In 2011 she made live art event ‘Australia Dance – The Future’ with Atlanta Eke and Tim Darbyshire, performing uninvited on the Merlyn stage at Malthouse Theatre after the curtain call of a Dance Massive presentation in an act they describe as 'cultural terrorism'. Amelia has worked in the youth dance field as a choreographer, mentor, Artistic Director and contemporary teacher for the Tanja Liedtke Foundation, QL2 Dance, Ausdance ACT, Ausdance NSW and Tasdance. As a dancer most recently she has created and performed with independent choreographers including Michael Schumacher, Adelina Larrsen, Victoria Chiu and Janine Proost.

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Working in the performing arts for so long has shown me that every person is inherently creative. Creativity wells up from an innate desire to express our uniqueness, and drives everything we do. Without it we would have nothing.

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