Jordan Beth Vincent

Jordan Vincent has completed her PhD thesis, In Pursuit of a Dancing ‘Body’: Modernity, Physicality and Identity in Australia, 1919 to 1939, from the University of Melbourne (2010). She holds a postgraduate diploma in choreography from the Victorian College of the Arts (2005) and undergraduate degrees in Dance and History with a minor in Classics from the University of Washington (2004). In 2004, she was awarded Kenneth G. Allen Undergraduate Library Award for her research on ancient fertility cults. Since 2008, Jordan has reviewed dance, circus and physical theatre for Melbourne’s The Age newspaper, as well as contributing to a number of national, international and web-based publications.



An errand into two minds

In 1947 American modern dance pioneer Martha Graham commissioned a score from Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti for a new work. The resulting collaboration, Errand into the Maze. Only a few years after premiere, another version of the piece premiered in Sydney, Australia, choreographed by Gertrud Bodenwieser to the same score.

The two Cups of 1962: the dancing horses of The Australian Ballet and the National Theatre

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere season of The Australian Ballet's Melbourne Cup, choreographed by Rex Reid. Melbourne Cup was a popular hit of 1962 and the ballet drew on the country’s most famous social sporting event for its story and setting. Jordan Vincent has investigated the surprising facts connecting Reid’s work with a second ballet on the same subject by Melbourne's National Theatre, titled Cup Fever: a fantasy on The Cup.