Choreographer (Area², Borderline - By T.H.E Dance Company & Muscle Mouth)
A 2001 graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance, Ross McCormack worked with the Douglas Wright Dance Company and 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 that toured the U.S. and Europe. In 2005 he won the Sir Robert Helpman Award for his performance in the work Held, in collaboration with Australian Dance Theatre and American dance photographer Louis Greenfield.
McCormack 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. In 2012 he joined Australia’s Chunky Move, touring the U.S. In the following year he joined Melbourne-based company Lucy Guerin and Dancers, touring the U.S., U.K. and Europe.
He has been commissioned to choreograph 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 his multidisciplinary company, Muscle Mouth, to premiere AGE, a new work performed in March 2014. In 2016, Muscle Mouth presented 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.”
McCormack is the recipient of the 2015 Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship.