Dance Panel


Philipa Rothfield - Panel Co-Chair


PHILIPA ROTHFIELD is Adjunct professor of Dance and Philosophy of the Body at the University of Southern Denmark, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Politics at La Trobe University. She is Creative Adviser at Dancehouse, and Co-editor of the Dancehouse Diary. She is co-author of Practising with Deleuze, Design, Dance, Art, Writing, Philosophy (2017, Edinburgh University Press) and co-editor of Choreography and Corporeality, with Thomas DeFrantz (2016, Palgrave). She is also co-convenor of the Choreography and Corporeality working group (International Federation of Theatre Research). She also reviewed dance for Realtime magazine over many years.

Linda Sastradipradja - Panel Co-Chair


LINDA SASTRADIPRADJA's extensive dance career encompasses dancing, teaching, directing, producing, mentoring, researching and creatively engaging with dance and dancers over many years and in many countries. Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with Distinction, she moved to New York and performed internationally with US artists and companies including Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project (working directly withchoreographers including Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris and Tere O'Connor), Sara Rudner, Dennis O'Connor Dance, Dana Reitz, Molissa Fenley; in Hong Kong with City Contemporary Dance Co; and with Australian artists and companies including Dance Exchange, Opera Australia, BalletLab and Dance Works. Linda has worked on theatre and film productions in association with artists Sara Rudner, John Carrafa, Lee Gingold and The Alley Theatre (Houston) and is featured in the work of renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield. Linda is a Lecturer in Dance at the VCA (Melbourne University) and works with Russell Dumas and Dance Exchange as a performer and Artistic Associate. Her performance work created in collaboration with Stuart Shugg will be presented at The SUBSTATION in July as part of Open House Melbourne 2019.

Angela Conquet


ANGELA CONQUET is a Melbourne-based independent curator and dance specialist working across and within a multiplicity of disciplines, contexts and territories, locally and globally. Her 20-year career spans two continents and brings artistic and executive expertise in performing arts, festivals, arts leadership, publishing, arts policy and advocacy. She is the former Artistic Director/CEO of Dancehouse Melbourne (2011-2020). Prior to relocating to Australia in 2011, she led the dance AIR programs of Mains d’Oeuvres, Paris’ largest independent arts centre. She is currently the Managing Editor of Dancehouse Diary, a free publication connecting the body to the social and the political. She is a member of AND+/Asian Network for Dance and a recent fellow of the Saison Foundation Japan. Educated in Public Administration and Arts Management at France’s most politically engaged university (Paris8), she considers art and culture as a socio-political practice to activate imagination, creativity and change.

Marco Cher-Gibard


MARCO CHER-GIBARD is an artist working with sound to explore contemporary culture and art. His practice foregrounds live process and often employs DIY approaches and custom software solutions to sound making process. He is a constant collaborator in performance contexts and an occasional performer. Marco currently teaches Studio Production for the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Niklas Pajanti


NIKLAS PAJANTI is an award winning lighting designer working across a range of contemporary art and performance media. For Chunky Move, Pajanti has worked on 247 Days (2013), An Act of Now(2012), Black Marrow (2009), Singularity (2006), I Want to Dance Better at Parties (2005), Tense Dave and Three’s a Crowd (2003). Niklas is Lighting Designer for Complexity of Belonging – a project by Falk Richter and Anouk van Dijk that will premiere as part of the 2014 Melbourne Festival. His work has featured with companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir Street Theatre, The Eleventh Hour, BalletLab, Brink Productions, Dancehouse, Kage Physical Theatre, Not Yet It’s Difficult, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.