Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal is a Javanese/Australian dance artist, choreographer, director, collaborator and mentor. Her work and practice represents a rich example of creating contemporary mixed media dance/theatre in a cultural context from a cultural source.

Awarded Dux of Sydney’s Newtown High School of the Performing Arts (1995) Jade was granted full scholarship to Miami’s New World School of the Arts and graduated from Florida University with a Bachelor of Dance Honours (2000). With a Melbourne University scholarship she achieved High Distinction for her Masters of Choreography at Victorian College of the Arts (2010).

Her thesis, Life and dance are one and the same in solo performance making, reveals extensive insight into the research and performance of her solo work 6/7 Empty, which toured Australia with Kultour in 2011.  Jade began her studies in Indonesian traditional dance at ISI Yogyakarta University of the Arts (2004) and has fulfilled choreographic residencies in Vienna (2006); Iceland, France and Spain (2010) and India (2012).

Jade’s artistic work has also been supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Arts VIC, Arts NSW, Melbourne International Arts Festival, World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific, Opera House Studio, Critical Path, Performance Space Sydney, Blacktown Arts Centre, Street Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, Centre for Contemporary Arts Cairns, Mackay Entertainment Centre, Salamanca Arts Centre, Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Vitalstatistix, Glasshouse Entertainment Centre, Northern Rivers Performing Arts, Theatre Works, Newport Substation, Gasworks, Arts Centre Melbourne Victoria University, Lucy Guerin Inc and Multicultural Arts Victoria.

She has toured internationally, performing with a diversity of dance companies, choreographers and directors including Houlihan & Dancers, Chunky Move, Bodycartography Project, Bebe Miller, Stephen Page, Bernadette Warlong and Jason Pitt. Most recently premiering in Morning Star with Mirramu Dance Company, Albert David and artists from North East Arnhem Land and also Slow Dances for Fast Times by Martin del Amo.

Early in 2013 her new solo, Avantika, premiered at the Attakkalari India Biennial in Bangalore. Jade’s most recent intercultural mixed media dance/theatre production, Opal Vapour, won Best Dance Award at the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival, successfully achieved a 2013 Australian tour with Mobile States/Performing Lines, and has been shortlisted for an Australian Dance Award.

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