Sue Healey

Sue is a multi-award-winning choreographer, educator, filmmaker and installation artist.

Originally from New Zealand, Sue graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, before becoming a founding member of Nanette Hassall’s Dance Works in Melbourne. Sue performed and choreographed with the company from 1983-88, and then continued her training in New York with such luminaries as Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown Companies.  Returning to Australia she became Artistic Director of Vis-à-Vis Dance Canberra (1993-96) and Sue Healey Company (1996-present), and has toured throughout USA, UK and Asia.

Sue gained her Masters Degree in Choreography (2000) from Melbourne University and was awarded a Dance Board Choreographic Fellowship from the Australia Council 1999/2000 and the Robert Helpmann Scholarship (Arts NSW) for 2009/10.

Sue received the prestigious Creative Fellowship in 2013-14 from the Australia Council for Arts, and was recently made an Honorary Fellow of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Based in Sydney, since 2000 she has created 4 major collections:
Niche series (2002-04), In Time series (2005-07), Curiosities series (2008-12) and On View series (2013 – present). These encompass over 30 works across live performance, dance film, gallery installations and international collaborations. They have won awards nationally and internationally and the major works from each series have been presented by Sydney Opera House and have toured to Melbourne, Canberra, New Zealand and Japan.  She has an enduring connection with Japan, having made 4 major works made for the Aichi Arts Centre in Nagoya and Red Brick Warehouse in Yokohama.

Experimenting with form and perception, Healey creates dance for diverse spaces: theatres, galleries and the camera. Her films have been finalists in major international film festivals and have been broadcast by Australian and European television networks. Healey is an acknowledged pioneer of dance on screen.  Her films are widely acclaimed and have won many awards, screening in over 30 countries. Virtuosi (feature-length documentary) has screened in New York, Montreal, Amsterdam, Prague, Portugal, Berlin, Hobart, Auckland Arts Festival, DocEdge festival Wellington, American Dance Festival and many other international festivals in 2013/14. The film won an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film 2013 and a Silver ACS award for cinematographer Judd Overton. Her film The Golds won Diamond award at IPAMA, Indonesia 2015 and will screen in Lincoln Centre New York, Dance on Camera Festival 2016.
To date, Sue has won 4 Australian Dance Awards.

Healey creates choreography and film for a diverse range of companies and contexts.  Recent projects include: film/visual design for White Cloud for singer Tim Finn; film for Red Shoes, Expressions Dance Company Brisbane; Second Skin, a work for 24 artists with and without disabilities; Double Entendre and Narcissus, 2 commissions from The Australia Ensemble, Sydney; Luminocity a large scale site specific for the Faculty of the Built Environment UNSW; The Golds, a documentary about a company of dancers aged 55-90 years in Canberra and movement direction for John A Douglas’ project Circles of Fire.

Sue recently led an International Workshop on Dance on Screen for West Kowloon, Hong Kong 2015.

Her work Fine Line is on the HSC curriculum for Dance  in NSW (Core Appreciation)for 2015-18.  She is the first female Australian choreographer to be included in the curriculum.

Her new series On View is currently being presented in various contexts around Australia:

  • On View: Quintet toured to Dance Massive Festival in Melbourne, March 2015
  • On View: Benjamin Hancock as part of the Gertrude St Projection Festival, Melbourne.
  • The major work On View: Live Portraits was presented by the Performance Space at CarriageworksSydney in July 2015, in conjunction with the installation On View: Icons – Dame Lucette Aldous and Professor Shirley McKechnie.
  • On View various installations touring to Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie Glasshouse Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Cairns, Brenda May Gallery Sydney. 2015/16