Rosalind Crisp grew up on a sheep farm in East Gippsland, Victoria. She trained in classical and contemporary dance at the Victorian Ballet School, Melbourne, and in Contact Improvisation, release work and Body-mind centering® at the European Dance Development Centre, the Netherlands. In 1992 and 1993 she worked with different choreographers in Antwerp, Belgium (R. de Herdt, A. Baervoets, E. Raeves) and in Vancouver, Canada (P. Bingham, C. Fischer-Credo, H. Meller).
In 1995 she created and performed her first major solo work, The Cutting Room, with director Nigel Jamieson at The Performance Space, Sydney. In 1996 Rosalind established the Omeo Dance Studio in Sydney, a place of residence for her research and a site for the development of a community of dance artists in Sydney. There, she choreographed many works, including Accumulation 1-40, a work for 24 performers (1999). She also developed international artistic exchanges: BerlinXchange (2004) and Franco-Omeo-Exchange (2005), co-curated two editions of the international dance festival Antistatic (1997, 1999) and sat on the jury of the Zurich Theatre Spectakel (2003). Rosalind received a NSW Women and Arts Fellowship in 1996, a Mo award for Best Female Dancer of the Year in 1997, and a two-year choreographic fellowship from the Dance Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts (2000-2001).
Her works have been presented in galleries and theatres throughout Australia since 1987, and since 2000 her work has increasingly found its place in the European circuit. Invited to France in 2002 by Michel Caserta, director of the Biennale nationale de danse du Val-de-Marne, she worked between Australia and France from 2003 to 2005, establishing Rosalind Crisp/Association Omeo Dance in Paris in 2004. Since 2004, Rosalind has been a choreographic associate of the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson. There, she runs a regular informal performance event, les Crocodiles 2006-2008 and since 2009, les Courbatus, which invite the public into her ongoing research practice and exchange with visiting artists. In 2005 she launched d a n s e , a project of research and creation in collaboration with researcher Isabelle Ginot. This project has generated numerous works and events, some of which are covered in detail on this site. (Courtesy of the artist.)