#09 Rhys Martin, Dancer and Choreographer
“I think Australian dancers in some ways are not as restricted about what they are prepared to do and what they prefer, and they will try new things. This is a quality that makes them popular with choreographers. ”
Rhys Martin, Dancer and Choreographer
The Tall Poppies podcast this week features dancer and choreographer, Rhys Martin, who hails from Newcastle, New South Wales. A graduate of Sydney University, Rhys initially studied literature and fine arts. He began his career in the theatre with Sydney’s pioneering underground company, “One Extra Dance.” In this Tall Poppies’ episode, Rhys recalls his encounters in the 1970s with many of the leading figures of the Australian dance scene before travelling to work in Britain and, subsequently, Germany. Rhys Martin is currently Professor of Dance and Choreography at Berlin’s University of the Arts, where he has established the new “Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin” (HZT) and leads an MA course entitled “Solo/Dance/Authorship”.
“When I got into dance, I suddenly sort of combined this need to able to enjoy the physical challenge of encountering the world as a body along with the cognitive challenges of trying to say, well, what can I do with this body that I think is interesting or challenging.”