Maggi Sietsma established Expressions Dance Company, she already had
a wealth of experience gained in the theatres and concert halls of
North America, England, France and Europe. A graduate of the Australian
Ballet School, Maggi toured extensively with the Australian Ballet
and as a soloist with the London Festival Ballet before pursuing her
interest in contemporary dance.
Maggi's choreographic debut was at the prestigious Spoleto Festival
in Italy where she performed to great critical acclaim with the ‘Theatre
du Chene Noir’. She subsequently founded the multi-media performing
ensemble ‘Muance’ which toured the major cities of
Europe. Moving to Australia in 1982, Maggi became resident choreographer
of the North Queensland Ballet Company and was a prime mover in effecting
the Company's transition to professional status (now Dance North).
From 1983 to 1987, Maggi was a lecturer in dance at the Brisbane
College of Advanced Education (now QUT), where she was involved in
developing the first Bachelor of Arts Dance course in Queensland.
Links with Education-in-Dance have remained an important part of
Maggi's artistic philosophy and in 1992 she collaborated with the
Queensland Education Department in the development of the Making
Ideas Dance video.
In 1995, Maggi was awarded an MA in Dance from QUT.
As director and choreographer Maggi places great emphasis on research
and collaboration and in her work she frequently re-examines the
roles and relationships of men and women within our society. Under
direction Expressions has won several awards including the Sidney
Myer Performing Arts Award, Australia’s most prestigious performing
arts award. Also under Maggi’s direction the Company has
toured extensively throughout Australia as well as the U.S.A.,
Germany, the U.K., Israel, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea,
Japan, Switzerland, Austria, China, Macau, Mexico, New Caledonia,
Papua New Guinea and India.
Since 1985, she has created over thirty works for the Company including
the highly successful and internationally acclaimed Alone Together,
Vanities Crossing and Virtually
In 2000, Maggi was awarded an Asialink fellowship to choreograph and
teach for the Beijing Modern Dance Company and the Beijing Dance Academy
in China. On Australia Day 2002, Maggi was appointed a member of the
Order of Australia for services to dance and dance education. Maggi
created That Time for Hong Kong’s flagship contemporary
dance company, City Contemporary Dance Company in 2003, and was
awarded a Centenary Medal for her work with dance and society.
Maggi became the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2003.
Maggi has recently returned to the company from her position as
Dean of Dance at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
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