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Mr UTANS, John

Senior Lecturer (Contemporary Dance)


Mr UTANS, John


John Utans is an Australian choreographer, performer, installation artist and teacher. John has worked with many leading Australian and International artists, companies and independent projects including: the West Australian Ballet Company, Australian Dance Theatre, Human Veins Dance Theatre, the Queensland Ballet Company, Expressions Dance Company, Leigh Warren and Dancers, Dance Works, Hong Kong Opera Company, Milwaukee Ballet Company, Ryrie Woodbury Dance Company, Traverse City Dance Project, Michigan USA. Plus, teaching and choreographing for: The Victorian College of the Arts, Australian Ballet School, Queensland University of Technology and The AIT-Arts Adelaide. He has been a guest teacher for CCDC, Sejong University, Seoul, Korea and Xinghai Conservatory of Music (星海音樂學院). Additionally, John is part of the judging panel of Jumping Frames: CCDC dance video competition. Recent performances include projects with Shelley Lassica in Melbourne and in Hong Kong with Y Space, the Hong Kong Dance Alliance: HK Dance Festival and the Master-of-Ceremonies for the 2010 Dance Awards.

His choreographic works have been performed throughout Australia, Europe and Asia. His works created for HKAPA have been performed in London, Monaco, Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna, Amsterdam and Taiwan.

John took part in the prestigious International Course for Professional Choreographers and Composers. This course was directed by choreographer Jonathon Burrows and composer Kevin Volans and held in Yorkshire, the United Kingdom. John also took part in Choreolab: a month long choreographic and performance workshop held in South Australia and Scotland supported by the Adelaide Festival and New Moves Festival, Glasgow, 2002.

He has completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree in the visual arts and has exhibited work in Brisbane, Hobart and Sydney, Australia. In 2010 he created a work for Hermes-International, which was exhibited at the Hong Kong Airport as part of their Carte Blanche collaborations with artists program.

In 2002 John was awarded first prize for his choreography with the Milwaukee Ballet Company for the International Choreographic Competition held in Milwaukee, United States of America.

John has an ongoing commitment to the development of dance and its recognition as a vital, challenging and inspiring art form that has no boundaries.

"The inspiration for my dance and installation pieces comes primarily from the visual arts, the cinema and the awe of the human body. The whole body with its head and heart, its history and imagination. I am constantly amazed and humbled by dancers and their unique ability to go beyond themselves physically and emotionally. Their generosity of heart, mind and body is the energy that constantly fuels and drives my work."

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