Member Profile : Janice Florence

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Janice Florence (Artistic Director Weave Movement Theatre) trained in dance in Australia and the USA.  Janice performed for over 10 years with State of Flux till 2007. Janice has developed her own unique vision and style for directing inclusive dance theatre with Weave for the past 22 years, including numerous productions, residencies with CanDoCo and Blue Eyed Soul  (UK) and Anna Halprin, San Francisco and Joan Skinner at the Skinner Releasing program at the University of Washington, Seattle and Diverse Dance, Seattle. Weave was the first disability led disability dance/theatre company in Australia. Janice has directed 6 full length shows, most recently  FLOCK (2013) at the Mechanics Institute. As AD of Weave, Janice has directed 7 residencies for respected artists to collaborate on the company, notably a collaboration with Yumi Umiumare to create a season of an original work (White Day Dream) for Weave in 2016. In 2014, Janice curated the nation’s first Inclusive Dance Intensive with distinguished guest artists as tutors and in partnership with Arts Access Australia and Dancehouse. She plays an important role as an advocate and industry leader, hosting master classes most recently Ausdance Big Dance in 2018 and has twice been awarded professional development grants by the Dance Board at the Australia Council. Janice was one of 12 leaders chosen from across Australia by the Australia Council to participate in the Sync Disability Arts Leadership Residency (2014). She is the inaugural winner of the Australia Council National Disability Arts Award - Established Artist (2019) Janice’s choreography is drawn from her broad experience of contemporary improvisation-based dance practices, informed by other theatre forms. She is influenced by and contributes to on-going international enquiry and innovation in inclusive dance theatre performance