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Critical Path Residency Exchange 

CHOREOGRAPHERS/Collaborators: Allie Graham & Skip Willcox 

Partners: Critical Path, Create NSW 

Artist Statement: 

Mess captures the glamour, melodrama, and absurdity of a golden era. The work explores the dichotomous persona of the femme fatale and the ingenue. Mess is the sweetness and wild physical discomfort, all hidden beneath the laboured pursuit of beauty and heady mythologised love. 

Allie Graham:

Allie Graham is a Western Sydney-based dance artist whose artistic practice spans across contemporary dance, physical theatre, performance art and installation.  Most recently, Allie featured as a solo dance artist with Opera Australia in Strindberg’s “Ghost Sonata” (2019) as the “The Milkmaid”, directed by award-winning stage director, Greg Eldridge (UK). Allie has worked extensively with Israeli choreographer, Omer Backley-Astrachan, performing his solo work “Valley” in Sydney Fringe Festival and ensemble – remount in Tel Aviv, performing in the Maholohet Festival at the Suzanne Dellal Centre.

Allie is a founding member of Catapult Dance Company, directed by Cadi McCarthy and has been engaged by local and international artists including Lee Brummer (ilDance Sweden), Rachel Erdos (Israel), Craig Bary and Adam Blanch.  As a freelance performer, she has worked with independent choreographers, composers and dramaturges including Kay Armstrong, Cloe Fournier, Cass Mortimer Eipper and Charmene Yap, Sue Healey, Eileen Kramer, Justene Williams (Biennale of Sydney), Eliza Cooper (S.X.A.E), Nick Cave, Caetlyn Watson and Willi Dorner.  As an emerging choreographer, Allie has presented her works at the Art Gallery of NSW, PACT, QVB, Eveleigh Railway Yards and The Drill Hall.

Prior to this, Allie trained at Ev & Bow Fulltime Dance Centre and on full scholarship with Sydney Dance Company through the Pre Professional Year, working with renowned choreographers; Kristina Chan, Thomas Bradley, Zachary Lopez and Rafael Bonachela (SDC).


Skip Willcox

Performer at Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub, Newcastle Australia. She was previously company dancer at Tanzcompagnie Giessen/Stadtheater Giessen, Germany. She trained with National College of Dance, Newcastle Australia and Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance, Munich. For the past five years, Skip has worked with resident and inter-national choreographers to perform site specific works, solo performances and collaborative works with visual artists and composers. Skip has also conducted training and workshops including the delivery of two programs of dance therapy in partnership with the University of Giessen. She embraces the potential for dance as a major platform for cultural communication

Photo credit: Emalyn Knight



Allie Graham & Skip Willcox