Victoria Hunt

Victoria Hunt

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VICTORIA HUNT is a Sydney-based director, dancer, choreographer and visual artist. Her tribal affiliations are to Te Arawa, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kahungunu Maori, English, Finnish and Irish. HINEMIHI marae (ancestral house) was commissioned by Victoria’s great, great grandfather Aporo te Wharekaniwha and identifies the whakapapa “lineage” of the Ngati Hinemihi people. The marae holds particular significance for Victoria who inherits a role as kaitiaki “guardian” of HINEMIHI. Victoria’s way to enact that role is through performance making and visual art. She is a founding member of De Quincey Co since 1999, performing in over 40 productions. She has toured with De Quincey Co, MAU, Legs On The Wall, Marrugeku and is co-curator of The Weather Exchange since 2007. Since 2003 Victoria has created a body of solo performance work in collaboration with other interdisciplinary artists. Her major solo Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka premiered at Performance Space in 2012, was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Female Performer in Dance and toured to the UK and Canada. Hunt’s most recent work Tangi Wai…the cry of water premiered at Performance Space, Liveworks Festival, Carriageworks in 2015 and presented at Arts House as part of Dance Massive, Melbourne 2017. Tangi Wai…the cry of water was nominated for an Australian Dance Award, a Helpmann Award and FBi SMAC award. Alongside her choreographic practice Victoria has taught extensively since 2001 and supports a number of culturally diverse emerging artists to develop their body-based contemporary practices. Victoria was awarded the 2016 Rex Cramphorn Theatre Fellowship from Arts NSW.