Annette Carmichael

Annette lives in the creative enclave that is Denmark, a small town on the Great Southern coast of WA. From this vibrant home, she works as a dance artist and creative producer. Between 2009 and 2011 Annette co-facilitated moveMENt, a men’s contemporary dance ensemble. She has also created two site-specific community works, Our Secret River in 2010 and its sister project Solace+Yearning: Between Kwoorabup and Denmark in 2012. In 2013 Annette supported Aboriginal artist Joey Williams in the creation of the performance, Songlines and was artist-in-residence with lighting designer David Nile at North Albany Senior High School. In 2014 Annette performed the solo re-working of Solace+Yearning as part of the National Regional Arts Showcase and exhibited My War? at the Vancouver Arts Centre.  

In 2015 My War? became a full-length performance created with young people that premiered at the Albany Entertainment Centre. The Creation of Now also premiered that year as part of Brave New Works festival. In 2016 Annette was commissioned with Perth International Arts Festival and the City of Albany to create The Snake Run Project, an ambitious work that celebrated the 40th anniversary of one of the oldest skate parks in the world.

Following a residency with Tasdance in Launceston, Tasmania, Annette presented a solo installation at Brave New Works Festival 2016, called The Index.

As an arts manager/consultant, Annette has worked with West Australian Ballet, STEPS Youth Dance Company, Buzz Dance Theatre, STRUT Dance Inc., Festival of Perth, Women’s Art Library (London) and Denmark Arts. Between 2009 and 2013 Annette was the state’s regional contemporary dance facilitator for Ausdance WA creating the ground-breaking Future Landings model for animating regional communities through dance.

Annette is regularly invited to speak at conferences throughout Australia and in 2012 her work was featured in the British publication Animated. Annette won the 2011 West Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community/Regional Dance and was shortlisted twice in 2013. In 2012 Annette was short-listed for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth or Community Dance for Future Landings.