Adelaide College of the Arts



Peter Sheedy

Staff Profile: Peter Sheedy

Senior Lecturer in Dance & Resident Choreographer

Training & Education
BA - Dance Performance (AC Arts)
BA- Adult Education
Certificate in Dance Performance-The Centre for the Performing Arts.

My professional career commenced in Canberra at Human Veins Dance Theatre under the direction of Don Asker,1986. Spent next fifteen years performing and collaborating in Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies including Dance North, Australian Dance Theatre, Chrissie Parrott Dance Company and Leigh Warren and Dancers. I have worked with choreographers/directors such as Cheryl Stock, Graeme Watson, Nanette Hassel, Douglas Wright, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Per Jonnson and have performed lead roles in Glen Tetley’s Pierrot Lunaire and William Forsythe’s Enemy in the Figure. Throughout this time, I taught extensively in Contemporary Dance Studies at AC Arts and at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In addition, my teaching achievements include public classes, secondary and tertiary level training as well as professional level instruction for many national dance companies.

As a choreographer, I have created Three for Independent New Choreographers, Perth. Sensorial, My unbelievable House, When in doubt do not use your knife, Tainted, Stink Box Blabber Mouth, Helter Skelter and The Emotional Rationalist (with Jo Dudley) were created for the Adelaide Institute of TAFE, Performing Arts Dance course. In 2001, Flutter was created on the graduating year for the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. My independent professional works include Gender M, Peculiar Little Lies and Artiface.
Professional choreographic engagements also include site-specific work at the Maritime Museum for Leigh Warren and Dancers and Grind for Chrissie Parrott Dance Company’s Spin season.

In 2000, I traveled to Taiwan on an Asia Link grant. At the National Institute of Arts, I lectured to students whilst performing with Taipei Crossover Dance Company, a group comprising Taiwan’s most respected senior dance artists. Edge of the World was created on company Leigh Warren & Dancers and commissioned for the 2003 Barossa International Music Festival. In 2005, Body Data 1 was created on the A.C. Art’s graduating year and performed at the Barcelona International Dance Festival. The work won 1st prize in the Contemporary Dance and Contemporary Choreography divisions.

Successful State and Federal grants include:
• ARTSA, choreographic development/new work for Gender M, 1997
• Choreographic Centre, fellowship to develop new work, 1998
• ARTSA, out-of-time funding to present a short work as part of the Australian Dance Theatre’s Ignition season
• Australia Council, choreographic development/new work entitled Peculiar Little Lies, 2001
• ARTSA, emerging artists/choreographic development for Peculiar Little Lies, 2001
• ARTSA, festivals, events and new commissions/presentation of Artifice, 2002