Arabella Frahn-Starkie is a dance artist, and researcher. She is passionate that the skills of dancing and choreographic thinking can be useful in just about any situation. In 2021, she completed her Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Dance) in 2016. Over the past few years her artistic practice has seen a preoccupation with documenting and thinking about how to archive the ephemera of dance. As a dancer she has worked with and array of incredible choreographers, visual artists, and researchers including Rebecca Jensen, Jo Lloyd, Siobhan McKenna, Sandra Parker, David Rosetzky, Dr Katie Lee, and Dr Petra Gemeinboeck. She is a founding member of the collaborative group Polito who perform improvised techno and dance across various venues and contexts in Melbourne. Arabella is driven to use the body in her work, as she believes that at the junction of the artwork, audience, and artist, is a sentient and volatile body.
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Arabella has worked as a dancer with a range of artists across dance, visual art, music and film. She has performed in the works of Rebecca Jensen, Katie Lee, Jo Lloyd, Siobhan McKenna, Sandra Parker, David Rosetzky, Lee Serle, Judith Walton, and Petra Gemeinboeck. Notably, in 2019, Arabella travelled to Venice as part of the Biennale College program, to perform works by Trisha Brown and Alessandro Sciarroni at the Venice Biennale. Arabella is a founding member of the collaborative group Polito, who perform improvised techno and dance across various venues and contexts in Melbourne.
Yield to Resistance
choreographed by Sandra Parker, presented at Dancehouse
choreographed by Siobhan McKenna, presented at the Northcote Town Hall
by David Rosetzky and choreographed by Jo Lloyd presented at Sutton Gallery
choreographed by Sandra Parker, presented at Sarah Scout Presents
choreographed by Siobhan McKenna, presented at Dancehouse as part of the 2019 Dance Massive Festival
choreographed by Sandra Parker, presented at the IWAKI auditorium
a video work by David Rosetzky, presented at the 2019 Channels Festival
Drama 2, 3, 4
choreographed by Siobhan McKenna, commissioned by Lucy Guerin Inc. as part of their annual PIECES season, performed at the Substation
choreographed by Jo Lloyd, presented at ACCA as part of Eva Rothschild’s exhibition Kosmos
choreographed by Jude Walton, presented in at the Alliance Française
choreographed by Sandra Parker, presented in the 2017 Dance Massive Festival
Deep Sea Dances
choreographed by Rebecca Jensen, presented in the 2017 Dance Massive Festival
choreographed by Sandra Parker as part Pieces for Small Spaces at Lucy Geurin Inc.
Research project commissioned by the Miegunyah Student Award at the University of Melbourne, "Tacitly Mab: Lady Mabel Grimwade within the Grimwade Archive", Research paper and accompanying installation presented at the Grainger Museum"
Research project "Looking Back, Thinking Forward: Interrogating Tensions Between Dance and its Documentation and Archiving", Research paper and accompanying live dance performance produced for Honours degree at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Participated in the Venice Biennale Dancer Project from April-June 2019, engaging with the work of Trisha Brown, Alessandro Sciarroni, and various somatic practices.
Taught dance at Yellow Wheel Youth Dance Company.
Participated in ‘Cross-Section’, a residency at Abbotsford Convent presenting a body of sculptural work developed by artist Katie Lee. The realisation of the sculptures in performance was developed in collaboration with Katie Lee, Emma Collard and Arabella Frahn-Starkie.
Taught dance at Melbourne Girls' College.