Image credits: Byron Perry (Header), John Tsiavis (Above)
James Welsby is a young and emerging Australian performer and choreographer. He is a 2007 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts – School of Dance. While a student at the VCA, James received the ‘Friends of the VCA – Encouragement Award’ (2005), and the ‘Joy Nichols Award for Outstanding Achievement’ (2006). James is currently a Kick Start artist with Next Wave Festival, and is being mentored by award winning choreographer Stephanie Lake through the Australia Council’s JUMP program.
Since 2008, he has performed and toured as co-director of Phantom Limbs, presenting feature length dance pieces: Concrete Solace, Ganzfeld Frequency, and The Memory Progressive across Australia and has been commissioned by Next Wave Festival for Private Dances. James has also performed for Martin Del Amo (Slow Dances for Fast Times), Buzz Dance Theatre (Behind the Veneer, Stop Don’t Blink, Postcards Home, 2010 Australian Dance Awards, Big Stretch), Hydra Poesis (Personal Political Physical Challenge), Opera Australia (HOSH – La Traviata), and Cadi McCarthy and Company (Restless).
James is directing Phantom Limb’s new 2013 project, which is a collaboration with choreographer Luke George and will be presented at Northcote Town Hall in October 2013.
James has a growing body of independent work including film and live performance. Commissions include Second Base with Slim Shady for Lucy Guerin Inc’s ‘Pieces for Small Spaces 2012′ (curated by Antony Hamilton), Folkdance and Dissent for Menagerie Collective, and Griffith The Musical for Griffith Regional Theatre. He also choreographed and produced Tidefolk Fictions at Melbourne Aquarium in May 2012. Other credits include Romeo and Juliet by Zoey Dawson and Dave by Zoe Coombs Marr.
James’s video works have been screened at Dance on Screen, Dance Massive 2011, the 23rd Singapore International Film Festival and 2010 ReelDance Film Festival (Top 10 finalist for Saint Sebastian and winner of ‘Encouragement Award’). In 2011 James directed the music video for Dove Song by Joni in the Moon.
James has taught at Chunky Move, Dancehouse, The Royal Academy of Dance (VIC), and throughout regional and remote Australia.
In 2011, James received an Art Start grant from The Australia Council and an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award to further his practice in Europe and New York.