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Jo Pollitt

Jo Pollitt is a dancer, choreographer and writer whose practice is grounded in performance improvisation and creative arts research.

As the director of the response project - initiated in 2000, Jo works with dancers/ performers as authorities in revealing traces of lived experience and physical imagination.

The response work slips between physical, conceptual, sensorial and imaginative worlds to accentuate ‘live-ness’, positioning improvisation as performance.

Jo has worked with various companies and artists over her career including Tasdance, Terrapin, Jennifer Monson and Rosalind Crisp, and holds a Masters in Creative Arts (WAAPA, 2000). She was the Co-director of the 1999 Hobart Fringe Festival and curator of Boiler Room, a National improvisation festival in 2002-03. As a writer and researcher she has published several papers and co-authored a dance script for Sarah Neville with Maitland Schnaars. As a choreographer, Jo has created & co-created many works including Room (Festival of Perth, 2004), Re-render for Chrissie Parrott at His Majesty’s Theatre (Perth, 2009), Check Point Solo for Rhiannon Newton (Judson Church, New York, and Under the Radar Festival, Brisbane, 2011) and Quiet Beast with Paea Leach (Venn Gallery, Perth, 2012).

Jo lectures at WAAPA, works as a dramaturg – most recently for Alexandra Harrison and Claudia Alessi, mentors several WA independent dance artists including Rhiannon Newton, Emma Sandall and JUMP mentee Emma Fishwick, and is the Creative Director of BIG Kids Magazine with artist Lilly Blue.


Jo Pollitt and Paea Leach