Dance is communication, and so the great challenge is to speak clearly, beautifully and with inevitability. (Martha Graham)
Vivienne Rogis is a mother, artists, researcher, teacher & performer.
Vivienne’s career in dance is driven by a passionate belief in the power of dance as a medium of communication & expression that facilitates the self-reflexive growth of individuals and communities. Its also just a great way to get active and have fun!
A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (1994), she also has a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology/Italian Language) 2006, and a Masters in Visual Culture Research from the Australian National University, 2011. Vivienne performs, teaches and choreographs for a variety of companies, artists and groups locally, nationally and internationally.
Current Dance Projects & Choreographic Work
Vivienne is currently the director of Dance ARC, a performing arts school in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, a committee member of the PAVE Festival, in Emerald Victoria & the producer of a site-specific arts professional development and presentation platform called Circling the Brink. Vivienne continues to create new choreographic works currently focusing on non traditional venues and contexts for dance, developing short dance installations and site specific dance films. In 2016 she created a new solo dance work called, The Whole Cake, with support from the Yarra Ranges Council. This work brings together Jo O’Rourke (baker) & Vivienne Rogis with women from the CWA and Yarra Ranges to share stories and provide insight into how women of all ages juggle the multiple roles and desires we encounter in our lives. How do we have our cake and eat it too?!
Current Workshops & Teaching
Vivienne’s current teaching program includes workshops for all ages, experience levels & abilities. She teaches movement meditation (based on the Japanese form Mobius Kiryuho), modern & contemporary dance, choreography & creative expression through dance, ballet and site specific performance. She devises & facilitates professional development and community development workshops in dance and has taught in public and private schools working with teachers to match the dance program to curriculum objectives.
In 2016 Vivienne launched Dance ARC a youth dance organisation that runs weekly classes in all many styles of dance, school holiday programs called Dance Loops and will expand to include a youth performance group. These programs focus the passion and energy of young dancers to create, share and push their movement boundaries in a safe and encouraging environment. Designed to deliver a microcosm of the creative process, from idea to performance, students will learn new skills, hone the ones they already have and share in the doing & making of high quality & age appropriate dance.
Dance Emerald, run by Vivienne and Gulsen Ozer seeks to provide adults in the Emerald area with opportunities to dance in our local area. You can find the latest classes on offer HERE.
In 2015 Vivienne returned to the stage, after a 4 year break to be with her children, performing in three seasons with Mirramu Dance Company touring to, Canberra, Adelaide and Tapei, Taiwan. Vivienne co-founded Mirramu Dance Company with Elizabeth Cameron Dalman in 2000 and has been creating dynamic, thought provoking and socially responsible work with and for the company since its founding. This year Vivienne assisted Elizabeth Cameron Dalman to remount important Australian historical dance works from the early repertoire of Australian Dance Theatre, on students at VCASS (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School). She also performed with Mirramu Dance Company in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman’s choreographic life (Fortuity) and the performance celebration of the founding of Australian Dance Theatre (The L Project). In 2016 Vivienne performed her solo show, The Whole Cake, in Healesville, Victoria and was part of Gulsen Ozers new work, You Are Here. In 2017, Vivienne was a collaborating artist for the exhibition Dance X, at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, & toured to Taiwan with Mirramu Dance Company to perform in the Tsai Jui-yueh International Festival.
A Brief History
Vivienne has been an active independent artists since she graduated from WAAPA in 1994. She began teaching, performing and choreographing in WA in 1995. She moved to the ACT in 1997 where she received artsACT support for a number of years to develop a mutli-media dance work called Liquid Centre.
Vivienne was involved with the development and delivery of youth dance programs at The Australian Choreographic Centre from 1998 – 2007 and fulfilled the role of Assistant to the Artistic Director of QL2 Centre for Youth Dance from 2008 – 2010.
She was a board member of Ausdance ACT for a number of years and in 2005 Vivienne was a lecturer in dance at the University of Western Sydney. In July 2005 Vivienne travelled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to give a theoretical paper on dance and globalisation at the WDA Asia Pacific International Dance Conference. She received an Australia-China Council Residency at the Taipei International Artist Village in Taiwan (2004) and a regional NSW artist residency at Mirramu Creative Arts Centre (2006) to develop her dance film In the Shadow of the Mountains. In 2011 Vivienne continued to develop her work in dance film, completing a narrative dance film, called Gentle Spirit with support from artsACT. In 2013 Vivienne was commissioned to create a new work on the 2nd Year students at VCA .