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Jessie McKinlay
In residence Jan 21 - Feb 10 2019

This residency was a vital period in the development of 'A Supposed Truth', to finalise and rehearse the work ready for its premiere at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in February 2019. This opportunity at the Dance Hub allowed me the time to carefully consider the works progression and transitions to strongly represent the ideas and themes involved in the work. This residency allowed me to experiment with bringing the movement and the conceptual ideas together to present a work full of meaning and sincerity. The time in the studio provided me opportunities to challenge my practice and re-evaluate approaches in my creative process, to extend my dance making abilities through critically analysing my work. This is the biggest project I have done to date, working with more dancers than I have before; having previously only choreographed duos. The Dance Hub gave me the opportunity to extend my choreographic practice through supporting my development as an emerging choreographer, to experience new working environments and collaborations with local independent dancers on a bigger scale.

Choreographer:Jessie McKinlay
Performers: Madeline Edwards, Zoe Gay,Ruby Dolman, Maddy Macera and Felicity Boyd

A Supposed Truth premiered at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival.


About Jessie:

After graduating from the Adelaide College for the Arts in 2004, Jessie worked with Melbourne company BalletLab in 2005 & 2006, and travelled with the company to perform in their work ‘Amplification’ in Romania & Bulgaria. In 2010 Jessie worked with Lucy Guerin and Tere O’Connor in a HotBed Residency, and with Luke George as part of Melbourne independent collective Phantom Limb on ‘Further Fantasy’. Jessie worked with Adelaide choreographer Daniel Jaber on ‘Degradation’, and ‘Scum’ and joined him in Malaysia on an AsiaLink Residency at Rimban Dahan, to perform in ‘WG Spiel’. In 2013 she performed in Alison Currie’s ‘Build. Hold. Destroy’ as part of the Adelaide Fringe Window World. In 2014 Jessie performed in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in ‘MONO’ by Melbourne company House of VnHoly. Jessie spent time in New York doing an internship with Movement Research Centre in 2008, and in 2012 with Danspace Project. Jessie travelled back to New York in 2015 to partake in Movement Research’s MELT Festival, a 5 week intense series of workshops with Jeremy Nelson, KJ Holmes, Vicky Shick, Jimena Paz, Kyle DeCamp, Juliette Mapp, Barbara Mahler, Donna Uchizono, Darrell Jones,Yvonne Meir, RosAnne Spradlin, Hristoula Harakas, Steven Petronio, and Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Jessie choreographed her first dance work ‘Foxing Round a Story’ in 2010 for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and was nominated for 2 Fringe Awards, including Best Dance. Jessie premiered her work ‘The Isabetta Project' for the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival, it won a Best Dance Award at the Weekly Fringe Awards, and the inSPACE Development Award. In 2017 Jessie had a Residency at the Adelaide Festival Centre, developing a new work as part of the inSPACE Development Program.