Biography

Holly Durant is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is a graduate of the Queensland dance school of excellence and the Victorian College of the Arts (with Honours). Her choreographic and performance work spans stages, galleries and clubs. Fusing formal contemporary dance modes with a multitude of outcomes across live and digital performance.

Since 2008 she has been core performer and creator with company Finucane & Smith whose contemporary post-vaudeville spectacle theatre has toured extensively and is internationally awarded and renowned. Holly is an ongoing artistic associate of Supple Fox and Dark Mofo Festival, MONA. For the festival she has choreographed and directed three major dance commissions in both 2015, 2016 and 2018. As part of enigmatic collective Discordia, Holly was the inaugural recipient of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Take Over commission in 2017. She is an ongoing collaborator with French Filmmaker Prisca Lobjoy on numerous film projects including live projection work for the Gotan Project in Paris originally facilitated by an Ian Potter Cultural Trust award. She is a founder of dance/design partnership HORO with Robert McCredie. HORO have completed a series of residencies in Paris, London and Sydney exploring intersections of dance and design and are currently commissioned to create full length dance work on Fling Physical theatre in 2018. She is a founding member of dance collective Rogue, whose work in collaboration with Antony Hamilton was nominated for The Betty Pounder Award For Original Choreography at the Green Room awards.

Holly's work has been shown internationally at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Modafe Festival, Korea, FIBA International Theatre Festival Argentina, Havana International Theatre Festival, Cuba, Virada Cultural Sao Paulo, Fit Festival Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Sangaar Koroegraffi, Malaysia. And in Australia at the Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival, Dark Mofo, Dance Massive, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Feast Festival and the Adelaide Fringe.

Holly is also a passionate and engaged movement teacher having taught dance and movement classes in Melbourne since 2006. She is the resident choreographer of The Clams, with Gabi Barton a community water ballet squad who use fun and ridiculous water choreography to spotlight feminist issues. Their shows Crimson Tide: A Period Piece and Better Wetter have both been sellout success. Holly was also the Community Dance Artist on Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies for the Arts Centre Melbourne in 2017.