Victoria Hunt is an Australian-born artist working across the spheres of dance, choreography, culture, performance art and education. Her tribal affiliations are to Te Arawa, Rongowhaakata, Kahungunu Maori, English and Irish. She has a BA in Visual Arts (Maj. Photo-media) from Griffith Uni, QLD ‘97. She is a founding ensemble member of the Bodyweather dance company De Quincey Co. since 1999 and in 2007 became a co-curator of The Weather Exchange.
Her work with Tess De Quincey spans fourteen years and over 40 productions. Highlights include a 3-month residency (Kolkata/India) and performance, Embrace: A Silent Thread; the Triple Alice Laboratories ‘99-03 in Central Australia; Dictionary of Atmospheres (Alice Springs Festival ’05). In Sydney; Sky Hammer; Walking Species; City to City; Scent Trilogy; Shhh; Seep; Shiver; Embrace: An Immodest Green; Embrace: A Green Wave; No Cold Feet; Deep Tone; Continuum; Form of Scent; Form of Mist; Five Short Solos; The Stirring; Triptych; Run; Framed, ImproExchange and Platform events.
Victoria has studied with Min Tanaka (2007, Japan), Masaki Iwana (2010, France); Oguri (2010, Spain); Frank Van de Ven (2012, Aus); and Barbara Campbell (2004-08, Aus). Charles Koroneho has been a longstanding mentor, cultural informant and collaborator since 2003 (Aotearoa, NZ).
Victoria has toured internationally with New Zealand dance company MAU directed by Lemi Ponifasio, in REQUIEM at LIFT – London International Festival of Theatre (Lon/UK) 2007, New Crown Hope Festival (Vienna/AUS), KVS Theatre season (Brussels/BE), Pasifika Festival, Aotea Theatre (Auckland/NZ) 2006 and Sky City Theatre (Auckland/NZ) 2006.
In 2007 Copper Promises received research and development funding by the Inter Arts and Dance board of the Australia Council for the Arts and a space residency through Performance Space and Carriageworks. Her research has continued to be supported through responsive residencies at Critical Path Choreographic Research Centre in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, Sydney.
In 2010 Victoria and Fiona Winning created Dancing the Dead: A Performed Conversation as part of two festivals, LiveWorks at Performance Space and Inbetween Time Festival in Bristol/UK. Her solo work, Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka, was presented at Performance Space in 2012. Victoria was nominated for Best Female Dancer in Dance / Physical Theatre Production at the Helpmann Awards in recognition of this work in 2013.
In 2013 Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka dance solo was commission by ORIGINS – Festival of First Nations and presented at The Place, London’s premiere center for contemporary dance. Victoria was further commissioned by the Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research, Royal Holloway, University of London to present Day of Invigilation, a durational gallery performance and a new video work called Tangi, in collaboration with Boris Bagattini and James Brown as part of the exhibition Ecocentrix: Indigenous Arts, Sustainable Acts, Southbank, London.
As an independent artist Victoria has been supported by the Australia Council, Arts NSW, Performance Space, Critical Path, Marrugeku – Indigenous Choreographic Labs, Te Toki Haruru, Carriageworks, Force Majeure, Ausdance NSW, Queen St Studio, UNSW – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Creative Practice Lab, University of Sydney – Dept. of Performance Studies, Cad Factory and Atamira Dance Company.
Victoria has created short films, photo essays and choreographed works for Gathering Ground (Redfern/Sydney); Emerald Cultural Festival (QLD); Ngiyagina Festival (NSW); Shopfront Youth Theatre; Eora TAFE; Kiss Club; Karmic Software; with Pork Collective for 2006-2010 Peats Ridge Festivals; and the Platform Series (Sydney). Since 2008, she has been the dance educator at EORA Institute of TAFE and has provided professional movement classes for all enthusiasts, youth theatre companies and to the independent dance community since 2001.