Our Alumni

Responsive Research Program Resident 2008, 2012 and 2015

Dean Walsh is an Australian dance practitioner who identifies as living with both acquired and congenital ‘invisible’ disability. He has been at the forefront of significant shifts within the Australian arts and cultural landscape. Between 1991 and 2008, Dean focused on devising over 20 solo and group works, wrestling themes relevant to; war veterans, their communities and families, survivors of domestic violence (including homophobia and sexual abuse), those keen to examine Australian masculine stereotypes and works speaking to and from the LGBTIQ communities (adding to the rise of Australian artistic voices during the height of the AIDS crisis). Several works have toured Australia, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Japan and NYC. Dean worked for companies; DV8 Physical Theatre (London 2002-2005), No Apology (Amsterdam 2004) and Australian Dance Theatre (2002), among others.

Since 2009, and assisted by his Australia Council 2-year dance fellowship (2011-2012), Dean developed an interdisciplinary and disability-inclusive practice. In bringing his marine environmental understandings (scuba diving, marine science) into inclusive practice, he has built a unique methodology, which has proven especially beneficial for people on the autism spectrum. He calls this methodology, PrimeOrderly. Utilizing this he choreographs, facilitates workshops and presents lecture-type demonstrations at arts and environmental events, including World Parks Congress 2014. Since 2010, Dean has worked with many reputable inclusive Australian companies, including Restless Dance Theatre, Murmuration and has been a key collaborator with performance ensemble, RUCKUS since 2011 and in 2016 toured with them to Epic Arts in Cambodia.

Photo Credits:
Heidrun Lohr, FATHOM performed by Dean Walsh, Performance Space, Carriageworks (2011)
Heidrun Lohr, Back From Front, performed by Marine Palomares and Rowan Marchingo
Gisella Vollmer, Sea Ourselves, performed by Darren Green, Tanya Voges, Kaya Guenther and Maitreyah Guenther and others, Catalyst Masterclass Series, Bangarra Studio Theatre (2013)
Philippe Borasci, MirrorMirror, Noorderzon Arts Festival, Netherlands