Dianne Reid is a performer, choreographer, camera operator, video editor, writer and educator.
She has created dance for a range of live and screen contexts. Hipsync is her dance video production company established in 2002.
“As a creative artist I am interested in making work that tells stories, drawing attention to the ‘individual’ experience, the emotional and psychological landscape which ‘lives’ in the physical body.”
Dianne trained in Adelaide in Communication Studies (Drama), then a BA Dance under David and Simi Roche (South Australian College of Advanced Education). In 2001 she completed a Master of Arts in Screendance at Deakin University. She was a founding member of Outlet Dance in Adelaide (1987–89) and a member of Danceworks from 1990–95 under the direction of Helen Herbertson and Beth Shelton.
Between 1996-2004 Dianne was Associate Lecturer in contemporary dance, physical theatre and dance video at Deakin University (aka Rusden).
From 2004-2006 she was Artistic Director of Dancehouse, Melbourne’s centre for independent contemporary dance, during which time she introduced the Grad Lab, Dance Path, Dance Flicks and The Joker seasons. She also secured additional support for the organisation through the Rotary Youth Arts Project (Rotary Clubs, City of Yarra and VicHealth) and triennial funding from the Australia Council.
Since 2006 Dianne has been involved in a number of collaborative projects, interstate and internationally. In 2006/7 she choreographed the full-length work “Unfixed” during her Asialink residency in India. She has returned to India to teach and collaborate with Mallika Sarabhai and the Darpana company regularly since then. Another recurring collaboration with Swedish dancer/choreographer Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt began with a residency at Ricklundgarden in Lapland, Sweden, in 2009 also collaborating with Japanese dancer Heidi S. Durning to create the work “Wolfcoffee.”
Dianne has worked with a number of differently-abled artists since 2010, creating short films for Weave Movement Theatre, Uberdance/Art of Difference Festival, and Melinda Smith, a dance artist living with cerebral palsy. Melinda and Dianne have an ongoing shared improvisational practice, have performed together in India (2011 & 12) and Sweden (2012) and the full-length performance “Unbecoming” at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
In 2012 Dianne received high acclaim for her solo work “Dance Interrogations” at both the Adelaide Fringe (nominated for ‘Best Dance’ Award) and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Most recently Dianne and Melinda Smith received Australia Council and Creative Victoria funding to continue their collaboration developing their duet work which formed part of her doctoral research “Dance Interrogations” for Deakin University. “Dance Interrogations 2016” was presented at the Footscray Community Arts Centre as part of their Call to Create initiative, and at the inaugural Salamanca Moves contemporary dance festival in Hobart, Tasmania, where it won the A.W.A.R.D. show to return in 2017 as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival. Dianne completed a creative practice doctorate in 2016 combining site specific performance, improvisation and interactive video projection into a form she describes as “live screen/dance.” In mid 2018 she completed the dance documentary “Nothing but bones in the way” about her collaboration with Melinda Smith, which won the Best Dance Film award at the 15th Annual ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival in Toronto in July 2019. Her most recent solo performance work “Cabin Fever” (2019) received 5 star reviews and won the Adelaide Fringe Bank SA Weekly Award for Best Dance at both the 2019 and 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festivals. In 2021 Dianne was Artist in Residence at the Australian Dance Theatre’s International Centre for Choreography and guest choreographer for Dance Hub SA‘s inaugural “X”, a live streamed collaboration between dance, sound and cameras.