Gabrielle Nankivell is an Australian director and performer with formative ties to Europe. Informed by a somewhat nomadic existence, her work is concerned with notions of impermanence. Derived primarily from writing and improvisation, her hybrid choreographic practice invokes imagination, creature and sense memory while supporting perception as a creative and performative condition.
Gabrielle creates works independently, commissioned by professional companies and leading tertiary institutions and in collaboration with composer/performer Luke Smiles. She has been awarded choreographic residencies including, Dancehouse’s Housemate, Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE:development and STRUT’s SEED as well as creating works through residency platforms in Armenia, Belgium, Portugal, Singapore and Slovenia. Her work has been presented in 10 countries.
Recent choreographic commissions include, Wildebeest for Sydney Dance Company’s 2014 New Breed season, Order of Things for Frontier Danceland Singapore, To Hunt for LINK Dance Company and SUITE SECRET for STRUT’s Mi Casa Es Su Casa at Fringe World 2015. Gabrielle also provides choreography and movement consultancy across various stage and film productions, notably for Windmill Theatre’s multi award-winning School Dance and Girl Asleep and feature film Girl Asleep.
Gabrielle honed her dance career in Europe performing for Belgian artists Alexander Baervoets and Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus and collaborating with Jurij Konjar (Slovenia), Raul Maia (Portugal) and Thomas Steyaert (Belgium). She has also lived and worked in Germany and Denmark. Since re-connecting with Australia through her own projects Gabrielle has worked with Australian Dance Theatre/Garry Stewart, Animal Farm Collective/The Farm, Branch Nebula, Chunky Move/Gideon Obarzanek, Gavin Webber, Grayson Millwood, KAGE and Torque Show amongst others.
Gabrielle is the recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, two Impulstanz Vienna DanceWEB Scholarships, the inaugural Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship (2014) and the 2015 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship.
Gabrielle trained with Jacqueline Tucker in Adelaide and holds a Bachelor of Dance (Victorian College of the Arts), a Master of Arts in Writing (Swinburne University) and a foundation level teaching certificate in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
Gabrielle’s Wildebeest choreographed for Sydney Dance Company in 2014, was named in the 2014 Dance Australia Critics Survey for being ‘Best New Work’.