Amy Hollingsworth

Dance Director

Amy Hollingsworth was born in Australia and trained at the Australian Ballet School where she was awarded the Marilyn Rowe Scholarship.  After graduating, she joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet soon rising to the rank of Principal Dancer in 1996. In 1997 Amy joined Peter Schaufuss Ballet as a principal dancer and also performed as a guest artist with MBT Dansteater.  In 2000 she joined Rambert Dance Company.  In 2005 Amy won the UK Critic’s Circle Dance Award for Most Outstanding Female Artist of 2004.

Amy left Rambert in 2006 to be a founding member of Bonachela Dance Company where she worked until 2009, both performing and working as Assistant Director.  The Company’s three shows toured Europe to critical acclaim.  In 2010 she was awarded a second Critics’ Circle Award, this time for Most Outstanding Female Performance of 2009 for her role in Bonachela’s The Land of Yes & the Land of No.  Then in March that year, Amy took up her role as Dance Director at Sydney Dance Company.

During her dance career Amy has performed many leading roles in the classical repertoire including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Firebird in The Firebird, Clara in The Nutcracker, Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ophelia in Hamlet, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Lise in Fille Mal Gardee and the Pas de Deux in Balanchine’s Agon.  She has worked with choreographers Christopher Bruce, Rafael Bonachela, Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Michael Clark, Wayne MacGregor, Hofesh Shechter, Kryztof Pastor, Douglas Wright and Javier de Frutos.

Amy has also undertaken a range of commercial work in Europe, including assistant choreographer and rehearsal director for Rafael Bonachela on Kylie Minogue’s worldwide Kylie Fever Tour and also for Kylie’s ‘Love at First Sight’ and Primal Scream’s ‘Miss Lucifer’ music videos.  In 2004, Amy played the ‘Queen of the Fairies’ in the feature film Finding Neverland.  She also produced and starred in a dance film The Muse choreographed by Rafael Bonachela. Early in 2010, Amy starred in the short film Bare Rooms, a documentary about the portraits of Lucian Freud.  Bare Rooms was part of a three-month installation in the prestigious Centre Pompidou in Paris.

In 2006 Amy was Guest Artist with the Michael Clark Company dancing the role of the Chosen Maiden in Clark’s production of Rite of Spring titled Mmm….  During 2007 Amy was an original cast member of Hofesh Shechter’s large scale dance-theatre project In Your Rooms. She also appeared with the Ballet Boyz as a Guest Artist on the UK tour of Encore.

In 2008 Amy returned to Royal New Zealand Ballet as a Guest Principal Artist where she performed Juliet in Christopher Hampson’s Romeo and Juliet to critical acclaim. Then, in early 2009 she danced with Sydney Dance Company for the first time in the world premiere season of Rafael Bonachela’s we unfold.  In June 2010, Amy performed this pivotal role for the last time at the Biennale di danza in Venice.

During her career, Amy has staged many of Rafael Bonachela’s works throughout Europe and has been a guest teacher for many European companies including Rambert Dance Company, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Richard Alston Dance Company, Venezuela National Contemporary Company, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, Michael Clark Company and BalletBoyz.

Amy took on the role of Dance Director at Sydney Dance Company in 2010 and since then has worked with Rafael Bonachela on we unfold (2010-2011); 6 Breaths (2010-2011); LANDforms (2011); The Land of Yes & The Land of No (2011); 2 One Another (2012-2013); Project Rameau (2012-2013), Emergence (2013) and Les Illuminations (2013). She also supported guest choreographers Emanuel Gat (Satisfying Musical Moments, 2010); Jacopo Godani (Raw Models, 2011); Emily Amisano (yield for Contemporary Women, 2012); Stephanie Lake (Dream Lucid for Contemporary Women, 2012); Larissa McGowan (Fanatic for Contemporary Women, 2012 and for De Novo, 2013); and Lisa Wilson (Desire for Contemporary Women, 2012).

In 2011, Amy received the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for her farewell performances of Rafael Bonachela’s Irony of Fate at Sydney Theatre.

In 2014, Amy will work with Rafael Bonachela, Jacopo Godani and Gideon Obarzanek for the triple bill Interplay. Interplay will premiere at Sydney Theatre (15 March – 5 April) followed by Canberra Theatre Centre (10-12 April) and Southbank Theatre, Melbourne (30 April – 10 May).