BIO – Kay Armstrong feature speaker before BARAKA
A graduate of W.A.A.P.A, Kay has worked professionally as a performer and choreographer in theatre, film, television, corporate and street theatre for the last 25 years.
Her work has been seen in local, interstate and overseas festivals including – Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Artrage Festival, Brisbane Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Home Brew Festival, Bodies Festival, Dance Bites 03/09/10, Independent Dance Collection, Sydney Festival 2011/ 2012, TanzTheatre Festival Ingolstadt, Germany.
She has worked across genres and has had multiple roles in the creative industry ranging from performer, creator, educator, mentor, artistic director and producer.
In 2004 she was awarded the Robert Helpmann Scholarship.
Between 2007- 2012 Kay devoted her career to the development of emerging dance practice and created from scratch two youth dance initiatives – pulse8 (2007+2008) and youMove (2009 – 2012).
youMove company toured both interstate and overseas and it launched and sustained the early careers of several emerging dance artists.
After closing her company in January 2013 Kay has been pursuing her solo performance career, as well as her interest in Arts and Disability.
In 2013 Kay created choreography for the Vivid Festival, was awarded a residency at Sydney University’s Centre for Performance Studies, and was the NSW invited artist for the inaugural Dance Sites Network, a collaborative presentation platform between Critical Path, STRUT and Dancehouse.
Kay works closely with NSW’s peak disability organization, Sunnyfield, creating and delivering as lead mentor, several works in a variety of different genres and platforms including, dance performance, dance film, video art, and performance installation.
In 2013 Kay was awarded the prestigious national Ausdance Peggy Van Praagh Fellowship for established artists.
2015 will be a busy year for Kay she will be developing a new solo work as Q Lab’s Artist in Residence at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, as well working on a new film project Extraordinary/Ordinary with young people with disability at Campbelltown Arts Centre and presenting a new solo work An Hour With Kay (In Absentia) as part of Theatre 505’s Freshworks season.