Amy Hollingsworth has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Brisbane’s Expressions Dance Company (EDC), replacing Natalie Weir who led the company for a decade. Weir’s final production as AD was Everyday Requiem at QPAC in October.
Amy Hollingsworth. Photograph courtesy of Transit Dance
Marian Gibney, Chairman of EDC’s Board, said that Hollingsworth had presented “an exciting vision for the future of the company as we look ahead to the 2020s”, which includes furthering the company’s respected work in dance education and increasing collaboration opportunities with dancers and other artists to bring exceptional dance to existing audiences and the wider community.
“Amy brings to the role her recognised talent, experience within the national and international dance sectors, and a commitment to both excellence in dance and in broadening the reach of the company, within our local community and beyond,” said Gibney.
Hollingsworth, who will take up the position in January 2019, has over 20 years’ experience as a dancer, choreographer, director and industry advocate. She trained at The Australian Ballet School, and has performed as a leading dancer in companies such as Rambert Dance Company, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Peter Schaufuss Balletten, Bonachela Dance Company, Michael Clark Company, Hofesh Shechter Company, George Piper Dancers and Sydney Dance Company.
A founding member and Assistant Director of Bonachela Dance Company, she later became Rafael Bonachela’s Dance Director at Sydney Dance Company. She then became Rehearsal Director for EDC before joining Queensland Ballet as Ballet Mistress and Creative Associate in 2016. Her skills in the development of choreographers, eye for detail and coaching excellence of dancers has been widely noted and critically acclaimed. A sought-after speaker at dance events, she is currently the Chair of Brisbane’s Supercell Dance Festival.
Hollingsworth said she is honoured to be assuming the artistic leadership of Expressions. “I am deeply committed to building on the legacy created by Natalie and her predecessor, Maggi Sietsma. I cannot wait to step into this role with vigour and passion to deliver a bold fresh new vision,” she said. “At the heart of my vision for EDC is to lean in to making incredible new work, showcasing the stunning dancers and delighting our audiences, but also to creating an environment for creativity to truly thrive. In this environment, our artists and collaborators will work as a collective, forming a creative tribe where conversations crackle with energy and ideas. We, with the help of our partners, supporters and stakeholders, will make a truly profound contribution to the landscape of dance and more broadly to our community.”