Natalie Weir is an established and acclaimed Australian choreographer, known internationally for her highly physical partner work, her organic movement style and her touching insight into human nature. On her journey with EDC, Natalie continues to create work that balances artistic risk with accessibility and that speaks of humanity.
Natalie Weir has created over 170 professional works in her 30+ year career. She was a founding member of Expressions Dance Company (EDC) and was offered her first choreographic commission by former Artistic Director Maggi Sietsma at 18. Natalie has worked extensively throughout Australia, creating many works for most of the country’s major classical and contemporary dance companies including the Australian Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, Dance North and Tasdance.
Natalie was appointed Choreographer in Residence for the Queensland Ballet in 1994 (creating seven works) and the Australian Ballet in 2000 (creating three works). Natalie choreographed two works for the American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company after which the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York performed her piece Jabula, which was very well received by both critics and audiences. Whilst with ABT she was one of four choreographers involved in Within You, Without You, a tribute to George Harrison of The Beatles, which was a major success for the company. Natalie created a solo for ABT star, Ethan Steiffel which he later performed at the International Ballet Festival Marijinsky at the Kirov in St Petersburg (Russia).
Natalie received the Choo San Goh Award for Steppenwolfe, created for the Houston Ballet in the USA. Natalie has also been the recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship towards her development as an Artistic Director. This fellowship is only awarded once in a person’s lifetime, acknowledging the commitment Natalie has to dance and her future potential to take on the role of Artistic Director of an Australian dance company. She also received the Lord Mayor’s Fellowship that enabled her to travel overseas and study with Rambert Dance Company (UK), Nederlands Dance Company (Netherlands), and Siobhan Davies Dance Company (UK), as well as making international connections and viewing dance in Europe.
In April 2003, she created Harmonium for the American Ballet Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera House (‘The Met’) season and then a full-length version of Turandot for the Hong Kong Ballet, which won the 2004 Hong Kong Dance Awards and was very well received by critics on the company’s Spanish tour. She followed that with a new creation of Madama Butterfly.
Natalie travelled to Germany to create Icarus for Tanzcompagnie Giessen. As resident choreographer for Queensland Ballet, Natalie created a version of Wuthering Heights, Orpheus and Petrushka. The Queensland Ballet toured her work The Unwritten throughout Germany, and she travelled to London to work with the Royal Ballet School on Jabula and The Unwritten for performances at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. She choreographed In Her Footsteps for Tasdance, and the highly successful Lacrimosa for the West Australian Ballet Company.
In January 2008, Natalie was one of 27 artists worldwide chosen to attend the Dance East Retreat for Future Leaders and Directors, held at Brockett Hall in Hertfordshire, UK. It was an intensive think-tank to discuss where the future of dance is heading and what part future leaders play.
Natalie was appointed Artistic Director of EDC in January 2009, fulfilling her long-term dream to build an ensemble of dancers and contribute to the future of Australian Dance. Her signature works are where the heart is, R&J, When Time Stops, The Red Shoes, 7 Deadly Sins and Behind Closed Doors. Other highlights include Carmen Sweet and The Host.
Natalie WeirArtistic Director
“Choreography is not just something I do, it defines who I am. When I am developing a work in the studio, my connection with the dancers is the most important thing – I feel choreography is simply revealing what is already within a person, waiting to be found. My respect for dancers is enormous and when the relationship works, magic can be created.”