Tess de Quincey is a choreographer and dancer who has
worked throughout Europe, Japan and Australia as a performer, teacher and director. Trained in dance, graphics and sculpture in London and Copenhagen, she was formerly a performer with butoh dancer Min Tanaka and his Mai-Juku Performance Co in Japan 1985–91. Her interdisciplinary performances are based in the Body Weather philosophy and methodology founded by Min and Mai-Juku. Tess has created an extensive body of artworks in different terrains, from the city to the desert, both nationally and internationally, with a focus on durational, site-specific and intercultural environments.
Major solo productions ‘Movement on the Edge’, ‘Another Dust’, is ‘.2’ and ‘Nerve 9’ have toured Australia and Europe. In 2000, Tess formed De Quincey Co which is Australia’s leading Body Weather company — works have ranged from The Scent Trilogy, a glamtrash series of interventions in nightclubs, through to the intense and intimate suite of Five Short Solos in linked tiny spaces, Dictionary of Atmospheres, drawing audiences through the riverbed in Alice Springs, and most recently Run, which unfolded a gigantically scaled three-tonne sculptural performance engine as an enquiry into energy and motion.