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Judging Panels
Dance Panel
Work that is eligible to be registered with the Dance panel wholly or predominantly uses dance or movement as its language of communication.
Graduate of the VCA, Kristy is a Melbourne based producer, performer and educator. From 2002-2011 Kristy collaborated and performed for Chunky Move mostly under the direction of founding Artistic Director, Gideon Obarzanek. Throughout her career she also performed for Lucy Guerin Inc, Shelley Lasica, Frances D’ath, Itoh Kim, Natalie Cursio, Dario Vacirca, Lee Serle, Ashley Dyer and Luke George appearing in numerous prestigious venues and arts festivals worldwide. From 2012-2014 Kristy was an Associate Producer for Next Wave and in 2015, Co-Produced the National Dance Forum with Kath Papas. Kristy the current Deputy Producer of Phillip Adams BalletLab.
Kath is an independent producer focusing on working with contemporary dance artists and taking a special interest in intercultural projects. She has been associated with Tony Yap and collaborators as producer since 2010, working on projects including Korean and Indonesian co-productions, and national and international touring. Kath was Director of Ausdance Victoria from 2003 to June 2009, during which time she developed and realised strategic initiatives, symposia, events and festivals including the Australian Dance Awards and the Australian Youth Dance Festival. She was producer for the National Dance Forum 2011 and 2013, and co-producer for 2015, for the Australia Council for the Arts and Ausdance National.
Jo is a Melbourne choreographer and performer who graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts. She has presented her work in Japan, Hong Kong, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Dance Massive. She has performed extensively in the works of Shelley Lasica (since 1997), Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek 2003-8), Sandra Parker, and more recently has work with Nicola Gunn, Shian Law and David Rosetzky. Jo received two Asialink Performing Arts Residencies and the Dancehouse Residency (Dance Massive 2009). In 2010 she curated 24 HOURS at Dancehouse, which was featured on the ABC. Jo teaches dance and Yoga regularly at Lucy Geurin Inc., Chunky Move, the VCA and is the co-presenter of Dancing on The Radio on Triple R. This year Jo will present her new work Confusion for Three at Arts House.
Jenny is a Melbourne based lighting and set designer.
Her career spans 20 years working in contemporary theatre, music, installation and dance. She is known for her strong collaboration skills and desire to push form, and has worked in community driven projects and with independent artists and professional companies. Jenny has received two Green Room awards.
Shaun McLeod is a dancer, choreographer and academic who lectures at Deakin University, Melbourne. As a dancer he danced with Australian Dance Theatre, Danceworks and One Extra Co as well as dancing in independent projects. He has choreographed a number of works including the Green Room Awards winning work Chamber (2001). His work the weight of the thing left its mark was presented as part of Dance Massive 2011. Shaun also has long-standing interest in the ways improvisation can be practiced and performed. He has nearly completed a practice-led PhD on the engagement of Authentic Movement for performance.
Jerry Remkes is Programmer Performing Arts at Arts Centre Melbourne. His role focuses on programming dance, theatre and circus, both from Australia and abroad. Before coming to Australia in 2012, Jerry Remkes was the executive producer of dancecompany anoukvandijk dc in Amsterdam, as well as its dramaturge. Concurrently, he also held positions as co-curator of the Dutch Dance Festival (2009-2011), manager International Projects at the Theatre Institute of the Netherlands (2008-2010), as well as board positions at several peak bodies for the arts in the Netherlands.

NINA VERETENNIKOVA’S career spans the areas of performance, choreography, direction and pedagogy in both dance and film. An Australian Ballet School graduate, Nina was a founding member of the Sydney Dance Company (SDC) under Graeme Murphy’s direction for 13 years. During this time Nina developed her own choreographic works for SDC and the Australian feature film The Everlasting Secret Family. Nina holds a BA degree in film and television from AFTRS specialising in direction. Credits include Tales from a Suitcase and Body of Evidence. A certified teacher, Nina has worked with Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre, NAISDA, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Opera Australia and Chunky Move. Since 2002 she has taught classical ballet and various somatic practices at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Jacob Boehme is a Melbourne-born and based multi- disciplinary theatre maker of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations, South Australia. Jacob trained in dance at NAISDA and is an alumni of the Victorian College of the Arts with a Masters in Writing for Performance (2014) and a Masters in Puppetry (2007). Jacob is Creative Director of YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival. 5 - 14 May, supported by the City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria
Marco Cher-Gibard is an artist working with sound.  His practice often incorporates software design and favours live process, which can be seen in his practice as an improviser and in performance contexts.  He is a diverse and constant collaborator working across a spectrum of projects (performance, installation, composition, improvisation, community and design) exploring the world, context and social relations through the medium of sound.