Chunky Move is located on the unceded lands of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We respectfully acknowledge the significant contributions of Australia’s First Peoples, and are committed to supporting the continuity of culture and relationship to this land.
Jianna joined the Restless Youth Ensemble in 2006 and has since performed in Rebel Rebel, Debut, The Heart of Another is a Dark Forest, Bedroom Dancing, Next of Kin, Take Me There and Howling Like A Wolf. She collaborated with Sophie Hyde (Closer Productions) and Kat Worth on the multi award winning film, Sixteen for Necessary Games.
In 2010 she performed in Beauty and also joined the Restless Education Team. Jianna directed two works as part of the Debut seasons including Dancing Dragons and Superhero Island and Spirited Gardens. Spirited Gardens toured to the Australian Youth Dance Festival in Renmark in April 2014.
In 2012 she performed in Philip Channells’ inPerspective #1 and choreographed The Gardens with AC Arts 2nd year dancers. In 2013 Jianna was artist is residence at the Bundanon Trust’s Boyd Education Centre. During this period she worked with Philip Channells on the No Time Like Now project and developed a solo work Sound Effects in Nature. Jianna is an Associate Artist and member the Education Team of Dance Integrated Australia and has worked in Perth and Brisbane. Jianna was a workshop assistant with Down Syndrome SA on the Dance Down Program.
Jianna was a recipient of the 2013 JUMP Mentoring Program through the Australia Council, mentored by Lisa Heaven and was an inaugural South Australian recipient of the Creative Young Stars Program. Jianna has won numerous medals and trophies when competing at the Special Olympics in both gymnastics and swimming.
In January 2014 Jianna performed in the critically acclaimed Restless productions Salt directed by Rob Tannion and In the Balance directed by Michelle Ryan. Jianna was a Finalist in the 2015 Channel 9 Young Achievers Awards.
In 2015 Jianna performed in Touched (part of the Naturally double bill) directed by Michelle Ryan and performed an excerpt of the work at the International Day Of People With Disability at the Australia Council for the Arts.
Jianna performed in the Restless Dance Season of In the Balance for the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Jianna also directed and performed in A Mysterious Lake and performed in Free and Fearless in Debut 5: the dancers direct. Later that year Jianna was mentored by Dan Daw through the 2016 Catalyst Program.
In 2017 Jianna performed in Intimate Space at the Hilton Adelaide as part of the 2017 Adelaide Festival.
Jianna toured with Restless Dance Theatre in 2018 to perform Intimate Space at the Hilton Surfers Paradise as part of Bleach* at Festival 2018 Arts and Culture program, Commonwealth Games, Jianna also performed in the opening sequence of the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony with Archie Roach and Amy Shark.
Later that year Jianna performed in Creating the Spectacle for the Adelaide Film Festival.
In 2019 Jianna performed in Zizanie, directed by acclaimed choreographer Meryl Tankard for the 2019 Adelaide Festival.
In May that year Jianna travelled to the UK for a creative development of Rewards for the Tribe directed by Antony Hamilton, a collaboration with Chunky Move (Melb), Candoco (UK) and Restless.
Most recently Jianna toured with Restless to perform Intimate Space for the 2019 Seoul Street Arts Festival.