Gabrielle Nankivell is an Australian director and performer with formative ties to Europe. Working independently and commissioned by leading dance companies and training institutions, Gabrielle also maintains a collaborative creative practice with composer Luke Smiles.
Gabrielle's work has been widely presented across Australia, Europe and Asia by Adelaide Festival Centre, Arts House, Cankarjev Dom (Slovenia), Carriageworks, Esplanade Theatres (Singapore), Festival d'automne (France), High Fest Yerevan (Armenia), Klapstuk (Belgium), Lyric Theatre (Hong Kong), Roslyn Packer Theatre, Theatre Royal Hobart, The Joyce (NYC) & The Place (London) amongst others.
2016/17 commissions include Wildebeest for Sydney Dance Company, nominated for a 2017 Helpmann Award for 'Best Choreography in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production', Order of Things and Focus for Frontier Danceland Singapore and Thorn for Tasdance. She also created Scatter Study: rethrown and Cat Derivé as Artist in Residence (Contemporary Dance) at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
Split Second Heroes, her latest, independently produced full-length work, premiered at the Adelaide Festival Centre in July 2017.
Gabrielle also provides choreography and movement consultancy across stage and film productions. Recent engagements include State Theatre Company of South Australia's The Popular Mechanicals, Windmill Theatre Co's multi award-winning School Dance and Girl Asleep and internationally acclaimed Australian feature film Girl Asleep, directed by Rosemary Myers.
As a dancer Gabrielle honed her dance career in Europe performing for Belgian artists Alexander Baervoets and Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus and collaborating with Jurij Konjar (Slovenia), Raul Maia (Portugal) and Thomas Steyaert (Belgium). She has also lived and worked in Germany and Denmark. Since re-connecting with Australia through her own projects Gabrielle has performed with Australian Dance Theatre, Branch Nebula, Chunky Move/Gideon Obarzanek, Gavin Webber, Regurgitator, The Farm and Torque Show amongst many others.
Gabrielle has been awarded several coveted international choreographic residencies and is the recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, two Impulstanz Vienna DanceWEB Scholarships, the inaugural Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship and the 2015 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship.
Gabrielle trained with Jacqueline Tucker in Adelaide and holds a Bachelor of Dance (Victorian College of the Arts), a Master of Arts in Writing (Swinburne University) and a foundation level teaching certificate in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.