Ross McCormack


(New Zealand)

A 2001 graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance, McCormack went on to work with the Douglas Wright Dance Company and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, before joining the Australian Dance Theatre in 2003 where he worked closely with Garry Stewart on the creation of several works which toured the United States and Europe.

In 2005 he won the Sir Robert Helpman Award for his performance in the work Held, a collaboration between Australian Dance Theatre and New York Dance photographer Louis Green Field.

He then joined the famous Belgian radical dance theatre collective, les ballets C de la B, to work for director Alain Platel and performed and toured with the company for close to a decade.

Joining Australia’s Chunky Move in 2012, McCormack toured the United States and the following year he joined Melbourne-based company Lucy Guerin and Dancers to perform in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe.

He has been commissioned to choreograph numerous works for New Zealand and Australian companies, including Footnote Dance, the New Zealand School of Dance, Okareka Dance Company, Perth’s Link Dance Company and Townsville’s Dancenorth. He collaborated on Faultlines, a new dance work created in Sichuan Province in China which premiered at the 2012 Melbourne International Festival and the New Zealand Festival commissioned McCormack’s new multidisciplinary company, Muscle Mouth, to premiere AGE, a new work performed in March 2014.

This year Muscle Mouth presented McCormack’s Triumphs and Other Alternatives at the Hannah Playhouse and in Tempo Dance Festival, exploring the obsessiveness and traps of the creative process and combining sculpture making with physical performance to create “an original and visceral new style of Movement Theatre.”

Ross is the recipient of the 2015 Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship.