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AUSTI Dance and Physical Theatre

MERRIGONGX Artist Profile


AUSTI Dance and Physical Theatre (AUSTI) is a developmental contemporary dance company, the first of its kind in the Illawarra. Helmed by Artistic Director, Michelle Maxwell, AUSTI bridges the gap between full-time dance training, tertiary education and a professional career for young dancers trained in contemporary dance, ballet, physical theatre and improvisation.  

Artist Statement

uNCOILEd is an annual project established in 2012 as a tribute to former student, Nicole Fitzsimons. She was an avid supporter and friend of the company, who passed away at the age of 24. This platform to create original works has developed into uNCOILEd eXposed: the Illawarra’s first-ever curated, outcome-based, contemporary dance residency. This revitalised platform offers emerging artists the chance to make their choreographic debut and to premiere thought-provoking art that is bold, experimental and, in parts, raw and emotional.

Lifting the lid off this formerly ‘in house’ season, artists will have the opportunity to collaborate with a group of committed and driven dancers, in a supportive, uplifting environment. This innovative project will be made up of original works from ADT company members and NSW-based emerging choreographers.

We hope to increase access and exposure to the artform, through different, abstract and raw perspectives. – Michelle Maxwell


Reserve your spot to the development showing of uNCOILEd eXposed.

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