Angela is a dancer, maker, choreographer and teacher with a career in performing arts sector that spans a decade.
Angela was a founding member of ‘YouMove Company’ from 2009 – 2012 performing in the Main Seasons, ‘This Way Up’ ‘4TELL’ at Riverside Theatres Parramatta as part of the Dance Bites Season as well as ‘10OFUS’ at Sidetrack Theatres, ‘Thinking About Forever’ Sydney Festival, Cronulla Beach – Australia Day, Polyartistry with Opera Australia, ‘In Absentia’ supported by Parramatta City Council, ‘At What Price?’ for Tanzfestival Ingolstadt in Germany, and as part of YouMove student series she presented solo ‘3rd Time Over‘ at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Angela participated in ‘Open Studio’ DanceHouse in Melbourne, the Imagine Festival and Dance Compass. Angela which was part of the Dance Meets Music partnership between YouMove and Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
In 2012 she presented ‘Some Other Body’ choreographed by Linda Luke, at Dance Meets Music and Queen Street Studios Festival at Platform 5, in Sydney. In 2015, she performed in Victoria Hunt’s ‘Tangi Wai…the cry of water’ at Carriageworks for Performance Space Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art. Angela obtained a Solo Residency supported by ReadyMade Works in Ultimo and presented her solo work in their ‘Happy Hour’ program in 2016.
Throughout her career she has also worked with eminent Australian choreographers including Kay Armstrong, Nick Cave, Tess de Quincey, Vicki Van Hout, Jodie McNeilly, Venitta Miller, Peter Frazer, Anton and Sarah-Vyne Vassallo. Angela trained at The McDonald College Performing Arts High School and then completed a Bachelor of Education at the Australian College Physical Education in 2010.
Dance and performance has been a driving force in Angela’s life since age 11 when she left Narrandera to pursue her passion for the arts, after establishing her career in Sydney Angela spent 2 years living in Dubai and the genesis of ‘Return to the River’ was directly inspired from her experiences in a foreign environment. Now a professionally trained contemporary artist, experienced choreographer, solo performer, international artist and a new mum ‘Return to the River’ shares insights into Angela’s life long love of the Murrumbidgee River and how her experiences abroad led to a deep longing for home and a return to her region.
Image credit: 1. Performing artist Angela French in ‘Syzygy’ performed at Eramboo Artist Environment 2016. Photo by Robby Van Dalen. 2 & 3. Performing artist Angela French in ‘Return to The River’ solo performance development in Dubai 2015. Photo by Angela French.