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Dance improvisation and embodied cognition.

Kate Hunter is a performance-maker based in Melbourne, Australia. She creates solo performance work as well as collaborations with other artists across a range of disciplines. She is interested in relationships between the brain and the body, embodied cognition and its relevance to physical theatre trainings and improvisation. She likes diagrams with arrows, notations, lists, and pictures of diseased body parts.

Kate has a breadth of experience in theatre and street performance, community event management, teaching, and music and movement therapy. She has run professional development for teachers, delivered artist-in-schools projects in local and regional schools, and performed as a bunch of grapes in the Myer Christmas Parade.

Kate has created and performed work in outdoor theatre contexts with Style Bandits and puppet company Clench. She works regularly with physical theatre company Born in a Taxi and its extended ensemble The Public Floor, and has performed at numerous festivals and events with the company. Over the last 7 years Kate has focussed on developing and devising solo performance work. She received creative development support from Full Tilt at the Arts Centre in 2007 for Nautilus with director Vanessa Chapple and composer Leo Dale, and has performed several solo works at La Mama and Melbourne Fringe Festival including Homebody (2004), Pearl Diver (2005), and Alchemy (2008). She was guest choreographer for Dance Massive's 180 Seconds of (Disco) Heaven or Hell in 2008, which featured her idisyncratic ballet style (incorporating gratuitous overuse of The Jazz Hand) and was critically acclaimed as 'a dash of polished spectacle' by Keith Gallasch of Real Time Magazine.

Kate maintains an ongoing training and discourse with the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and in 2008 travelled to New York to further her training with director Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. In 2010 she trained in the UK with Ruth Kanner Theatre Group (Israel), Natalie Hennedige of Cake Theatre (Singapore) and solo improviser Andrew Morrish in London.

Kate studied acting at the National Theatre Drama School and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Performance Studies) and a Graduate Diploma of Movement and Dance from the University of Melbourne. She has lectured in performance at Victoria University for the last 7 years. Kate was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award and Vice Chancellors Postgraduate Research Award in 2009, enabling her to undertake a PhD in Performance Studies at Victoria University, where she is exploring the relationship between memory, neuroscience and performance-making.

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