Support Material

Artistic Support Material in support of the nomination of Dean Walsh for the Australia Council 2019 Arts and Disability Award (Established Artist)

There are 3 sections of support material

1 - Video Support

2 - Images

3 - Written Materials (full list of works from 1988 to 2018)


Support Material 1 - Video

Part 1 - Excerpts from “Fathom” (2011)

60-minute solo launching performance of Dean’s Australia Council 2 year Dance Fellowship, Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney.

Part 2 - Excerpt from “Back from Front” (2008)

Directed and choreographed his first large scale group work, Performance Space, Carriageworks. Dramaturg Nikki Heywood, digital animator / media artist Rolando Ramos, Open Data software designer Simon Wise, sound designer Rosalind Page, set designer John Levy, Costume designer Claire Britton Lighting Clytie Smith and performers Elizabeth Ryan, Rowan Marchingo, Lizzie Thompson, Matt Young and Marnie Palomares.

Part 3 - Footage from Jam and Bread Ensemble Workshop (2018)

A workshop with artists living with disability in Orange (regional NSW) - the Jam and Bread Ensemble, featuring co-facilitators James Penny and Andrew Batt-Rawden.

Part 4 - Excepts from “EGOSystem” (2018, aka Threshold:NRC)

A full length solo produced at PACT in 2018 for their Generations: Afterglow series. Subsequently developed later in 2019 as part of the inaugural Create Space program for artists living with disability by FORM Dance Projects, Sydney Opera House and Ausdance NSW. Final stage development is planned for 2020.

Part 5 - Excerpts from “Speed Of Life” (2016)

Choreographer and co-director with Alison Richardson in collaboration with RUCKUS ensemble members for this full-length work presented at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Sydney. Featuring Gerard O’Dwyer, James Penny, Chris Bunton, Audrey O’Connor, Digby Webster, Rachel Sugrim.


Support Material 2 - Images

These are images from Dean’s shows and developments over the years.


Support Material 3 - Written Material

Full Works List that Dean has created/choreographed

2018 - Threshold:NRC
A 60-minute work conveying our wasteful culture and the impact of this on the marine environment, in particular, the urgent and growing global problem of plastic and sub-aquatic noise pollution. This work was also inspired by the philosophies of Prof. Glenn Albrecht, specifically, his solastalgia and soliphilia theories.

2017 - Exile Nothing
New duet in development with composer and performer, Andrew Batt-Rawden. The first in a proposed triptych titled, 'The Gaze'.

2017 - From Sexual Abuse to Sexual Healing: Fluidity and Trust
2 hour workshop + 20-minute performance work (Exile Nothing stage 1 development) both with Andrew Batt-Rawden. 5th annual Festival of Really Good Sex -

2016 - 2017 CREATURE: A Retelling of Dot and The Kangaroo
Choreography and movement consultant for Stalker Theatre's large-scale aerial / dance / theatre / song and live music adaptation of Ethel C. Pedley's Australian children's classic. Presented at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre as part of the Out Of The Box festival. Then remounted for a season at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Sydney Opera House in April 2017.

2016 - Dying to Sea
Solo for the inaugural Sydney Festival of Death and Dying at Critical Path:

2016 - Speed of Life
Choreographer and co-director with Alison Richardson in collaboration with RUCKUS ensemble members for this new full-length work presented at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Sydney.

2015 - The Likes of Me (Matt Shilcock)
Assisted Matt, with his choreography, direction and producing of the premiere of a first 25-minute performance development of this new work. He was invited by Underbelly Arts Festival, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour, to present this first outing.

2014 - I-N-T-R_U_S-I-O-N-S
Selected by the Australian Committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (ACIUCN) to present a dance performance and lecture demo on my environmental embodiment methodology, PrimeOrderly, and reflecting on research from invasive species ecologist, Dr Judith Fisher for the 2014 World Parks Congress. This year hosted by Australia and held at Sydney Olympic Park.

2014 - PlastiCities
A 3 X 8-hour durational performance installation ending in a merge with a large dance party. Commissioned as part of the inaugural Day for Night season, co-produced by Performance Space and Sydney LGBTIQ Mardi Gras Cultural Festival, Bay 17, Carriageworks, Sydney. Curated by Jeff Khan and Emma Price.


2014 - ATOMIC
An Australian / American co-production. Choreographer for this Off Broadway musical premiered at Theatre Row - Acorn Theatre on 42nd St. Book and lyrics by Danny Ginges and Gregory Bonsignore, music and lyrics by Philip Foxman, choreographed by Dean Walsh, directed by Damien Gray.

2013 - SubMarine
A three-week professional dance and general public outreach project in collaboration with National Science Week, Tasdance and various marine environmental agencies in Tasmania; IMAS (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies), Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre and the Zoological Dpt at University of Tasmania.

2013 - See In Me
Choreographer and movement coach for RUCKUS ensemble's first full-length performance work, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Sydney.

2013 - iSell-Fish
A 15-minute solo for 2 day SEAM Symposium held at Critical Path (Australia's National Centre for Choreographic Research).

2013 - Transformational Limbsyncer
A 15-minute solo commissioned for the Performance Space's 'You're History', week-long 30th anniversary celebration.

2012 - SeeAnEnemy
(stage 1) 20-minute solo for Platform 5 performance season at Fraser Street Studios, Chippendale, Sydney.

2012 - PRIME: ORDERLY (a launch performance)
Two trios; See AnEnemy (25 mins) & Under Pressure (40 mins), Dance Bites season at Riverside Theatres,  Parramatta, produced by FORM Dance Projects (fostering dance culture in Western Sydney). This season was the closing performance (research touchdown) for my Australia Council 2 year Dance Fellowship.

2012 - Inhabit
WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) 40-minute choreography for the 2nd year students production.

2012 - True to Nature
30-minute choreography for EvolveDance full-time training course student graduation performance, Bangarra Theatre, Walsh Bay, Sydney.

2011 - FATHOM
60-minute solo launching performance of my Australia Council 2 year Dance Fellowship, Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney.

2011 - iSell-fish
20-minute solo for the Critical Path SEAM Symposium: Agency and Action, held at The Drill Hall, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney.

2011 & 2012 - Second Nature
RDT (Restless Dance Theatre) - 2 developments only, Bundanon and Adelaide.

2009 + 2010 - MirrorMirror
A full length dance and aerial work in collaboration with director / performer David Clarkson and choreographer Paul Selwyn Norton for Stalker Theatre Company. Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen, Netherlands then Riverside Theatres, Parramatta in Sydney then Oerol Performing Arts Festival, island of Terschelling, North Sea, Netherlands.

2009 - A Loving Captive
Co-directed collaboration with Jeff Stein. Presented in Track 12, co-produced by Carriageworks. Exploring the life and crimes of Jean Genet. Other performers Paul Gazzola and Matthew Day.

2009 - The Bends
A new commissioned 20-minute work for the 2nd annual 'Quick and Dirty' queer performance festival as part of Sydney LGBTIQ Mardi Gras Cultural Festival, Bay 20, Performance Space, Carriageworks. Curated by Fiona Winning, Victoria Spence and Lee Wilson. MC - Candy, AKA Victoria Spence.

2008 - Back From Front
Directed and choreographed my first large scale group work, Performance Space, Carriageworks. Dramaturg Nikki Heywood, digital animator / media artist Rolando Ramos, Open Data software designer Simon Wise, sound designer Rosalind Page, set designer John Levy, Costume designer Claire Britton Lighting Clytie Smith and performers Elizabeth Ryan, Rowan Marchingo, Lizzie Thompson, Matt Young and Marnie Palomares.

2008 - Blurred Lines
Movement consultant / mentor for Brisbane-based dance and aerial artist, Sofia Woods, during the development and production of her first full-length solo work, Blurred Lines. Premiered at Brisbane Powerhouse Visy Theatre. Funded by Queensland Arts Council and Australia Council for the Arts.

2007 - unspeakABLE acts
A 20-minute solo commissioned for the Australia-Japan Year of Cultural Exchange including a national tour of Japan and final performance at The Studio, Sydney Opera House. Co-produced by One Extra Company, Sydney Opera House and JCDN (Japan Contemporary Dance Network). 

2005 - Grounded on Air
40-minute solo work as part of double bill with choreographer Narelle Benjamin for One Extra Company, Performance Space, Cleveland Street, Sydney.


2004 - RED
Choreographed a large scale outdoors (site-specific) stilt and dance group work for Stalker Theatre Company. David Clarkson director. Tour nationally and internationally.


2002 - Flesh: Memo
70-minute seminal solo work commissioned and co-produced by One Extra Company and the International Gay Games Games Cultural Festival, Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney. Artistic consultants / dramaturgs Nikki Heywood and David Sheridan.

2001 - Stretching it Wider
A full-evening duet work in collaboration with co-choreographer / performer Brian Carbee. Co-produced by the Sydney LGBTQI Mardi Gras and One Extra Company. Presented at the Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney. 

2001 - Ex Serviced
20-minute solo commissioned by Performance Space on Cleveland Street for Cross Cuts performance season. Curator, Caitlin Newton-Broad. This piece was the projenitor for Back From Front group work, presented in 2008, at Performance Space at Carriageworks.

2001 - Space for Ideas
Involvement in this first major NSW choreographic research project, held at Sydney Dance Company studios over 3 weeks. Facilitator - UK choreographer, Jonathan Burrows. (This project was the progenitor for Critical Path - now the national choreographic research centre, located in Sydney).  

2001 - Scrapbook 'Live': as remembered by the artist
The Performance Space, Redfern, 2 September 2001. A glimpse into the histories of movement practitioners associated with Performance Space throughout the 1990's. A look at what is left over, at what physical traces remain after years of creation.

2000 - Retro Muscle-song
A 30-minute solo as part of 'Foursome' season - co-produced by Sydney LGBTQI Mardi Gras and One Extra Company, Seymour Centre, Sydney. Commissioned by New Moves international dance festival, Scotland. Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

2000 - Subtle Jetlag (revisited)
An adapted and extended version of my first ever public solo commissioned by New Moves international dance festival, Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

2000 - Butterfly Football: (A Queer Medley)
A 40-minute long 'medley' of some of my most standout moments in my queer performance repertoire as part of New Moves international dance festival, Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

2000 - O'scars
20-minute 3rd year student work University of NSW BA dance course. 

1999 - Retro Muscle-song
15-minute solo work commissioned for Taboo Parlour, as part of LGBTIQ Mardi Gras Cultural Festival, Performance Space, Sydney.

1999 - Assured Vehicle
Choreographed 3rd year student work Uni of NSW BA dance course.

1999 - Shuteye Cinema
Choreographed 3rd year student work Uni of Western Sydney BA dance course.

1998 -  D.O.M.E.S.T.I.C
Choreographed 3rd year student work Uni of Western Sydney BA dance course.

1998 - Flashback
Choreographed 3rd year student work Uni of NSW BA dance course.

1997 - Hardwear pt 2: Testos/Terrain
This 30-minute solo, wrestling notions of Australian masculinity, was originally commissioned for the Bodies Dance Festival, Newtown Theatre. It was later also performed at Contemporary Performance Week in Sydney at Sidetrack Theatre this same year.

1997 - Hardwear (NYC tour)
(My Heart, and Everything Else, Belonged to Daddy) - Invited by Lois Weaver, co-founder of WOW Theatre (Women's Opportunity Workshop) in New York City to present this 15-minute solo as part of the Deviant Flesh performance festival. Hardwear was originally commissioned for cLUB bENT as part of Sydney LGBTIQ Mardi Gras Cultural Festival. Compare, Lois Weaver.

1997 - Jana D’vided Attention
Solo work commissioned for cLUB bENT as part of Sydney LGBTIQ Mardi Gras Cultural Festival, Performance Space, Cleveland Street.

1996 + 1997 - Hardwear
(My Heart, and Everything Else, Belonged to Daddy) - This 15-minute solo work was commissioned for cLUB bENT as part of Sydney LGBTIQ Mardi Gras Cultural Festival, February at Performance Space. Then performed on a UK tour in May and then back in Australia for Contemporary Performance Week and Bodies Independent Dance Festivals in Sydney during 1997.

1996 - Sparrow Guts
20-minute solo commissioned for cLUB bENT as part of Sydney LGBTIQ Mardi Gras Cultural Festival, Performance Space.

1995 - Get Over It, Get On With It, Get F*cked
A trio with Chris Ryan & Matthew Bergan, first performed for Open Season, Performance Space, Sydney then commissioned for Dancers Are Space Eaters festival in Perth, Western Australia at PICA (Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts).

1995 - Porcelain Steel
Solo work commissioned for cLUB bENT as part of Sydney LGBTIQ Mardi Gras Cultural Festival, Performance Space, then toured nationally as part of Four on the Floor initiative between Performance Space in Sydney, Dancehouse in Melbourne, PICA in Perth and Museum of Contemporary Art in Brisbane. Then toured to the UK as part of cLUB bENT international tour.


1994 - Toffee Apple
20-minute solo work specifically commissioned for the 'Berko' program of the 1994 Independent Dance Collections, Performance Space, Sydney. Curators, Chrissie Koltai and Jennifer Andrews.

1994 - We’d
15-minute duet with Chris Ryan, for Open Season, Performance Space then commissioned by PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art) the Dancers Are Space Eaters festival.

1993 - Hysterical Headset
15-minute solo work for Independent Dance Collections then Open Season both at Performance Space, Sydney. It then toured nationally as part of Four on the Floor initiative between Performance Space in Sydney, Dancehouse in Melbourne, PICA in Perth and Museum of Contemporary Art in Brisbane.

1992 - Subtle Jetlag
14-minute solo for Open Season at Performance Space. This was my first ever public solo. Then performed at Cabaret On The Wharf, STC restaurant, Walsh Bay. It was then re-embodied and re-imagined for a commission for the 2000 New Moves international dance festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

1992 - Rosario
A 10-minute solo commissioned for Cabaret On The Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company restaurant.  Producer and compare, Carolyn Loftus.

1991 - Transcendent Night
Group choreography, proposal accepted by Performance Space, Open Season, Sydney.

1991 - Homme Fatale
A 25-minute trio. My first 'professional' group public performance for the inaugural Independent Dance Collections, Studio Theatre, Newtown Highschool of Performing Arts.

1989 - Gods
Conservatorium of Music's end of year performance; a trio choreography for Mark Harding's graduation work, Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney. Dancers Tania Tempest-Hay and Saskia McCosh.

1989 - We Gypsy
Bodenwiser Dance Centre end of year group choreography, Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia. My 2nd ever choreography.

1988 - Pozezkarma
Bodenwiser Dance Centre end of year group choreography, Everest Theatre, Sydney, Australia. My first ever choreography.

Works Created with Other Companies

2002 to 2005 - DV8 Physical Theatre
London-based 3 research and development periods for new large-scale work 'Just For Show' between late 2002 and 2004 and into presentation in Prague, the Czech Republic, in late 2005. Remounted in January - February 2005 into a world tour. I completed the Taiwan leg. 

2004 - No Apology Co
Amsterdam-based 3 month research and development period with for new group work 'Luxury Item' into premiere, choreographed by Dutch-English artist, Paul Selwyn Norton (now artistic director of STRUT Dance in Perth. The Amsterdam season was followed by a tour of the Netherlands and a season at Korzo Productions in Den Haag (The Hague).

2002 - ADT (Australian Dance Theatre)
Dancer in 'Age Of Unbeauty' production, choreographed by ADT Artistic Director, Garry Stewart for Adelaide Festival. Remounted in later in 2002 for Spring Dance Festival in Sydney, presented at Sydney Opera House in the Drama Theatre. 

2000 - The Opera Project Inc.
The Rameau Project directed by Opera Project Artistic Director, Nigel Kellaway, Rex Cramphorn Studio. 2 development stages only.

1998 - The Opera Project Inc.
The Terror of Tosca directed by Nigel Kellaway, Performance Space.

1997 - Performing Creatures
'Inland Sea' (referencing Min the Body Weather methodology of moving). Directed by Body Weather practitioner and performer, Nikki Heywood. Performance Space.

1997 - The Song Company / Nigel Kellaway
Large-scale site-specific work by Martin and Peter Wesley-Smith, directed by Nigel Kellaway, The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior for Sydney Festival. National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, NSW.

1997 - The Opera Project Inc.
The Berlioz: Our Vampires Ourselves, in collaboration with Nigel Kellaway, Annette Tesoriero, premiered at Performance Space.

1996 - One Extra Company
'Tent of Miracles' directed by One Extra Company Artistic Director, Graeme Watson. Dramaturg, Kai Tai Chan. Newtown Theatre, Sydney.

1995 - Performing Creatures
A 90-minute collaborative work 'Burn Sonata' (referencing Min the Body Weather methodology of moving). Directed by Body Weather practitioner and performer, Nikki Heywood. Performance Space, Cleveland Street, Sydney then toured to Adelaide Festival 1999. Jill Sykes wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald - "Almost unbearably good. Its exploration of dysfunctional family life is carried out with such searing theatricality that the performers' movement becomes a language of innermost thoughts, emotions and fears that would never dare be spoken." Original cast - Clare Grant, Benjamin Grieve, Claire Hague, Tony Osbourne, Dean Walsh.

1994 - FRIGHT!
A large-scale collaboration between Sidetrack Performance Group and director Nigel Kellaway. Enmore Theatre, Newtown, Sydney.

1993 - One Extra Company
'Blossoms and Wrinkles' a collaborative work co-directed by Graeme Watson and Chrissie Koltai. Dramaturg, Kai Tai Chan. Upstairs Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney.

1993 - Cake Eaters Productions
'Hydrofiction' - invited by Angharad Wynne-Jones, then director of Performance Space to create a duet 'Two Ladies Sip Tea in a Dinghy' with Matthew Bergan for this massive-scale site-specific work co-produced by Cake Eaters Productions and Performance Space. More than 40 performers, technicians, sound & visual artists and their invited audience came together to survey the hydroscapes and activate the foreshores of Sydney Harbour in a filmic thriller cruise highlighted with aquatic choreography and oral/aural stimulation.

1992 - Big Bang Theory Company
'Fred and Ginger Get Laid' choreographed by BBTC director, Garry Stewart. Upstairs Belvoirs Street Theatre, for the 1992 Sydney LGBTIQ Mardi Gras Cultural Festival.

1991 - Darc Swan Company
10-month extensive national tour of regional NSW, Victoria and Queensland. Three 60-minute dance-in-education works (for ages 6 to 18) choreographed by company artistic director, Chris Jannides.