Ian Colles
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Ian Colles
Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Artistic Director

Ian is the Artistic Director of Untitled|Collective since founding it with Madeline Johns in Brisbane 2008 for the Brisbane Festival. Since that time the Collective now gathers artist around the globe.

Regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative early career choreographers, Ian’s work has been seen throughout the world. At 26 years old his choreographic credits are diverse, creating for major opera companies, state festivals, universities, musicals, Off-Off Broadway and dance companies.

Based between Manhattan and Sydney (Eora Country) he maintains strong links to his community in Australia. Ian is a descendent from the Dharabuladh (Therabluat) clan of the Gundungurra Nation that encompasses the area known as The World Heritage listed National Park, the Blue Mountain where he was raised.

Ian is a graduate of Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, Sydney. Throughout his tertiary studies he was awarded The Commonwealth Learning Scholarship. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queensland University of Technology, and a first class Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). His honours thesis on Australian Aboriginal Modern Dance has since been published by Edith Cowen University and is noted in the National Library of Australia database.

He has lectured in dance at the Aboriginal Center for the Performing Arts (Brisbane), the WAAPA Aboriginal Theater Course (Perth) and the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA Dance College, Sydney). Ian’s area of expertise is in multicultural communications and inter-cultural collaborations. He actively promotes international cultural exchange with a solid foundation from home, Australia.

Ian has been an artist in residence at the prestigious Banff Centre (Canada) and PAF, the Performing Arts Forum (France). He has been commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, The Foundation for Young Australians, Arts NSW, Ars Musica Australis, the McDonald Foundation Cultural Trust and the Australian Consulate.

Ian was the first modern choreographer to create a work for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Internationally he has performed, choreographed and produced throughout Australia, China, Netherlands, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Portugal.        


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