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Always was, always will be.

Our galleries are open today 10am–3pm. Our exhibitions are always free.

Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum Online Guide and Book Launch

Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum Online Guide and Book Launch

Join PICA for the launch of Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum’s book and online sector resource for industry and practising artists. The book features texts from more than 20 contributors, including PICA’s Director/CEO Hannah Mathews. The online resource is a freely available and focused on choreographic work in the context of the museum. It addresses how institutions can better serve and represent artists in this space.

Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum will be launched by Professor Helena Grehan (WAAPA) and Associate Professor Erin Brannigan (UNSW), followed by an artist panel led by Hannah Mathews with Shelley Lasica, Dr Jo Pollitt and Emma Fishwick.

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About the Artists

Professor Helena Grehan (WAAPA)

Helena graduated from Murdoch University with a PhD in Theatre Studies in 1998. She taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at Murdoch in theatre, creative arts and literature from 1998-2019. From 2019-2023 she taught HDR candidates in the cross-campus Accelerated Research Masters with Training. Helena has supervised over 20 HDR candidates to completion. She has published six scholarly books (sole, co-authored and co-edited) and numerous articles and chapters, several of which have won prizes for research excellence. She has also led major externally funded collaborative grant projects. Helena joined WAAPA in February 2024.

Professor Erin Brannigan (UNSW)

Erin Brannigan is Associate Professor in Theatre and Performance at the University of New South Wales. She is of Irish and Danish political exile, convict, and settler descent. Her publications include Moving Across Disciplines: Dance in the Twenty-First Century (Sydney: Currency House, 2010), Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) and Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, co-edited with Virginia Baxter (Kent Town: Wakefield Press, 2014). She has published various chapters and articles in film, performance and dance journals and anthologies. Her current research project is Precarious Movements: Dance and the Museum with AGNSW, Tate UK, NGV, MUMA and artist Shelley Lasica and monographs associated with this project are Choreography, Visual Art and Experimental Composition 1950s -1970s (London: Routledge, 2022) and The Persistence of Dance: Choreography and Contemporary Art 1990s-2020s(NYP).

Dr Jo Pollitt (WAAPA)

Jo Pollitt is a dancer by trade who lives and works in Boorloo as a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University with the Centre for People, Place & Planet and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Her work is grounded in a twenty+ year practice of working with improvisation as methodology across multiple performed, choreographic, curatorial and publishing platforms. Jo is convenor of Dance Research Australasia, co-lead of #FEAS: Feminist Educators Against Sexism, co-founder of The Ediths, and author of The dancer in your hands <>.

Emma Fishwick

Boorloo-based choreographer Emma Fishwick has an interdisciplinary practice that works across movement, digital media, writing, textiles and scholarship. She has worked extensively across Australia and abroad, and lectures in Dance History and Choreography and is an Honours supervisor at WAAPA. Between 2021­–24 Emma completed her PhD at WAAPA, Slow Choreographies, which examined how slow creative methodologies can interrupt everyday sexisms in Australian universities. In 2022 she developed From Here, Together through Co3 Australia’s In Residence Program and received the award for OUTSTANDING NEW WORK with Slow Burn, Together at the 2022 Performing Arts WA Awards. This work was commissioned by Perth Festival in 2021 and was performed at His Majesty’s Theatre, Karboordup. Other notable works include Dance, Quiet Riot (2018) and microLandscapes (2016). Between 2018­–23 Emma was a member of the STRUT Dance Board and has been a mentor for artists with disability via disability support provider, My Place. She has choreographed for the International Young Choreographers Project in Taiwan 2019 and has engaged in multiple projects and research residencies beyond Perth, including Bundanon Trust and ReadyMade (NSW), Tasdance (TAS), ACT Festival (Bilbao), Dance Nucleus (Singapore), Next Wave (Vic) and Dance Massive (Vic).


Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum was supported by ARC and hosted by University New South Wales (UNSW) in partnership with National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), TATE UK, Art Gallery New South Wales (AGNSW) and Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) PICA and independent artist Shelley Lasica.