Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM

Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman is currently Director of Mirramu Creative Arts Centre and Artistic Director of Mirramu Dance Company and WEEREEWA – a Festival of Lake George Inc. Elizabeth founded Australian Dance Theatre and was its Artistic Director for ten years from 1965 – 1975. She then lived and worked in Europe for ten years. Returning to Australia in 1987 she established Mirramu Creative Arts Centre and in 2000 founded Mirramu Dance Company.

Awards and Distinctions

Elizabeth’s awards and distinctions include:

  • the Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for choreography and performance (1990)
  • the Ausdance International Dance Day Award (1991); an Australian Artists Creative Fellowship (1994)
  • an OAM for her contribution to contemporary dance in Australia (1995)
  • a National Dance Award for a Lifetime of Achievement in Dance and an International Sacred Dance Guild Award (1997)
  • a Senior Associate Artist of the Australian Choreographic Centre (1998)
  • a 2004 artsACT Fellowship and
  • four Canberra Critics’ Circle Awards.

From 2004 –2006 she was Head of the Dance Course at the University of Western Sydney. Elizabeth received her Doctorate from UWS in 2011.

In 2002, 2003 and 2004 Elizabeth worked in Australia/Taiwan collaborations with the Grace Shaiu Dance Theatre and the Tsai Jui-Yueh Foundation on the Crossing Tracks 1, 11, & 111 projects. In 2007 and 2011 she directed the Australia/Taiwan Cross Cultural Choreographic Residency Program at Mirramu Creative Arts Centre with students from the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA).

In 2010 Elizabeth remounted This Train on students at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan. Elizabeth has appeared in the Tsai Jui Yueh International Dance Festivals in 2010, 2011 and 2012 presenting work from the Mirramu Dance Company repertoire, with some of the company dancers and/or international guest artists, and creating new works with Taiwanese dancers.

Projects Elizabeth has performed in and directed with Mirramu Dance Company over recent years include Desert Silk 2005, Waves of the Desert and Lake Blues, 2006, Cry Baby, 2007. Tango Lament, Passion on the Lake, 2008. In 2009 she performed in and directed RIVER and in 2010, Moon-Lake-Walking and Brassy.  In 2011 she directed and performed in Sapling to Silver, a presentation based partly on her life as a dance artist, and in 2013 she directed and performed in Morning Star a project in collaboration with Indigenous artists from Arnhem Land.

Elizabeth was a guest teacher at the New Step International Professional Dance Course at Germaine Acogny’s School of the Sands in Senegal, West Africa in 2007 and 2011. In 2013 she is a guest tutor at the Choreolab of TanzAtelier Wien in Austria. She continues nationally and internationally as a practicing artist, choreographer and teacher.

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