Steph Hutchison is a choreographer, performer, and artist-researcher. She is an experienced and sought after artist with background in contemporary dance, improvisation, circus arts, physical theatre, dance video and dance technology. Steph was Artist in Residence at the Arts Centre Melbourne from 2006–2011, and has been commissioned to create works for Arts Centre Melbourne, fLiNG Physical Theatre, Melbourne Dance Company and Little Devils Circus. Her evening length solo, WORK, was produced by Dancehouse in November 2013, where she has also been supported via Space Grants. Steph was awarded a Young and Emerging Artists Grant from the Australia Council and undertook mentorships with Legs on the Wall and Jodie Farrugia, and aerial arts tuition with Helene Embling at NICA. Her dance film works have screened at the Astor, ACMI, Federation Square and Dancehouse. Collaborators include: Claudia Maharaj, John McCormick, Simone Litchfield, Stephen Sewell, Kathryn O’Keeffe, Kim Vincs, Jane E. Thompson, Anne Scott Wilson and Gorkem Arcoglu.
Steph has created work for numerous dance technology projects at Motion.Lab involving real-time motion capture systems, 3D stereoscopic environments, transmedia dance works, robots, haptics and artificially intelligent performance systems. She has worked with Motion.Lab on two Australian Research Council Discovery projects in dance technology, as well as several industry collaborations. Her upcoming performances include ‘Emergence’, real-time motion capture AI performance with John McCormick at the Mechanics Institute in Melbourne in August 2014, and ‘The Crack Up’ a transmedia dance performance by Kim Vincs at the Merlyn Theatre in October 2014 as part of the City of Melbourne’s Knowledge Week.
Steph completed her PhD research at Deakin University’s Motion.Lab – meta: discourses from dancers inside action machines. Early 2016, Steph took up post as a Lecturer in Dance at Queensland University of Technology. She is currently lecturing in contemporary dance and dance and technology, and is a Co-Leader for Experimental Creative Practice at QUTs Creative Lab and Co-Leader for ARS FutureLab Academy at QUT.