Linda Sastradipradja

Linda Sastradipradja’s extensive dance career encompasses dancing, teaching, directing, producing, mentoring, researching and creatively engaging with dance and dancers over many years and in many countries. Graduating with Distinction from the Victorian College of the Arts (The University of Melbourne) under the direction of Anne Woolliams, she moved to New York and performed internationally with US artists and companies including Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Sara Rudner, Dennis O’Connor Dance, Dana Reitz, Molissa Fenley; in Hong Kong with City Contemporary Dance Co; and with Australian artists and companies including Dance Exchange, Opera Australia, BalletLab and Dance Works.

Linda has received an Australian Critics award for Most Outstanding Female Performer, and in recognition of her mentorship of company dancers, the Trisha Brown Company invited Linda to perform the iconic work Spanish Dance during their 2014 Melbourne Festival season. Directed by Lee Gingold and Rick Mereki, Linda choreographed and performed the music video PACE for Australian band The Restless, which was nominated for a SHOCKWAVES NME award (UK). Linda has also worked on theatre and film productions in association with artists Sara Rudner, John Carrafa, Lee Gingold and The Alley Theatre (Houston) and is featured in the work of renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield.

Linda’s creative work has been presented in the US and Australia. Her PhD by creative practice acknowledges the primacy of the dancer as auteur of dancing embodied, created and performed, and is realised through her extensive work with students, performers and teachers in the performing arts field, and with Russell Dumas and Dance Exchange as a performer and Artistic Associate. Her choreographic work has been presented in Australia, Europe and the US.

Linda currently works at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), integrating dance techniques, skills and creative approaches into NICA’s training and performance programs. Linda continues to work in close association with many international and Australian performing arts companies and practicing artists, and actively contributes to national and state artistic organisations as a panelist, consultant and contributing writer.