Ross McCormack

Choreographer (Area², Borderline - By T.H.E Dance Company & Muscle Mouth)

(New Zealand)

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 New Zealand Dance Company, Footnote NZ, New Zealand School of Dance, Okareka Dance Company, Link Dance Company (Perth) and Dancenorth (Townsville). Ross collaborated on Faultlines, a dance work created in Sichuan Province in China which premiered at the 2012 Melbourne Festival. In 2014, the New Zealand Festival commissioned his multidisciplinary company, Muscle Mouth, to present the company’s first work, AGE. In 2015, Muscle Mouth premiered Triumphs and Other Alternatives, a visceral dance theatre work exploring the obsessiveness and traps of the creative process, which has since toured NZ. In 2016, Muscle Mouth premiered The Weight of Force at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and toured the work to the 2016 M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, Singapore.

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