Born on Yugambeh Country, Surfers Paradise SE QLD, residing on unceded Bidjigal Country, Eora Nation, Sydney, Australia. Victoria descends from Te Arawa, Rongowhakaata, Kahungunu Maori, Celtic, Scandinavian and English heritages. They work across diverse forms as a dancer, choreographer, director, photographer and film maker. Their work is philosophically liminal, inter-cultural and reinstates the power of Indigenous creativity within the politics of Rematriation - inserting the body into frameworks of power, for future ancestors. Central to this is Whakapapa (kinship/lineages), Mana Wahine (indigenous-Maori feminism), Body Weather and Indigiqueer revitalization within creation practices. Her work is a gradual binding of intimate collaboration between artists, elders and communities.
Founding member of De Quincey Co. Australia’s leading Body Weather dance company based in Sydney, performing in over forty productions; co-curator of The Weather Exchange; one of six artists featured in the 1st edition of BAC Madrid - Biennale of the Arts of the Body, Image and Movement; a Rex Cramphorn Theatre Fellow alongside numerous awards. Her short film TAKE, in collab. with Margot Nash, won the Mana Whenua award at the Wairoa Maori film festival and has screened extensively across six continents. Victoria collaborates with highly skilled artist kin, especially collaborators James Brown, Boris Bagattini, and mentored by Charles Koroneho.Their works, Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka and Tangi Wai…the cry of water have toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.
Experimental Micro-Fellowship 2021
Victoria’s Micro Fellowship sees the artist probe into creative research stemming from indigenous epistemologies within diasporic concepts of identity formation and belonging. This research turns towards Polynesian forebears and Maori celestial realms/cosmology, calling backwards into the future in a reciprocal imagining. Victoria will draw in a range of collaborators – including Moe Clark and their collective Weather Beings, as well as James Brown and Boris Bagattini to explore the artistic possibilities from this creative immersion.
LiveWorks x Bundanon Trust Resident 2019
Performance Space Experimental Choreographic Residency 2016
Tangi Wai…the cry of water
Performance Space, Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, 2015
DAY OF INVIGILATION, durational performance, “You’re History!” 30 Ways in Time and Space
Performance Space, 2012