Research & development residency

Deanne Butterworth is a highly acclaimed performer, choreographer and teacher born in Perth and based in Naarm/Melbourne. Since 1994 she has shown work across many platforms including Next Wave Festival, Dance Massive, NGV, Dancehouse, Melbourne Fringe, Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Hong Kong (with Jo Lloyd), West Space, Bus Gallery, M Pavilion, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne Art Fair, Temperance Hall, and more.

Deanne’s work traverses public and private spheres to include incidental performances and the role of the spectator. It has been situated in galleries, for film, theatre, museums, & outdoors. In 2017-2019 Deanne was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary creating multiple new works, and in 2019 she was Resident Artist at Temperance Hall. Deanne has performed in the works of Shelley Lasica, Sandra Parker, Jo Lloyd, Phillip Adams, Shian Law, Lee Serle, Brooke Stamp and others. She has also performed in the work of many visual artists including Sally Smart, Linda Tegg, Belle Bassin, Justene Williams, and Michaela Dwyer. Her most recent collaborative work, the highly lauded DOUBLE DOUBLE, was created with Jo Lloyd, and has been performed at Ian Potter Museum of Art (2019), Liveworks (2019), and MONAFOMA (2020). During January to March 2021 Deanne was resident artist at The Pavilion, Fitzroy Gardens where she developed ‘Open Effort’. Her most recent full length work, ‘Slow Calm Drama’ premiered at Danechouse April 2021.


Deanne Butterworth’s research residency is supported by the Playking Foundation, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and Office for the Arts through the Rise Fund.

Deanne Butterworth. Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti