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Adam Wheeler

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Adam Wheeler

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Theatre and Performance | School of Creative Arts and Media
School of Creative Arts and Media

Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4450 (phone)

adam.wheeler@utas.edu.au

Biography

Adam is a Tasmanian-born contemporary dance artist. He is a Stompin and Victorian College of the Arts Alumni whose practice is curious on diversifying how dance can be experienced both as a performer and viewer. He has invested the better part of his 20-year career developing programs and projects in the pursuit of enhancing how young people connect with dance and enter the professional dance industry in Australia.

Adam’s performance, making and teaching career has always been closely intertwined with Adam receiving his first Federal grant in 2001 to present his first work before beginning his formal dance training at the VCA.  Adam’s performance career has seen him work with Chunky Move, Jo Lloyd, Circa Nica, 2NDTOE and Opera Australia. In 2007 Adam founded 2NDTOE with long-time colleagues Frankie Snowdon, Madeleine Krenek, Benjamin Hancock, Tyler Hawkins and James Andrews. The collective made several works together and created several education works including founding the Alice Can Dance program (Alice Springs).

Adam has been commissioned to make work across the country and has choreographed for Lucy Guerin Inc (Pieces for Small Spaces), Stompin, QL2, Steps Youth Dance Company, fLing Physical Theatre, Tasdance and was a Next Move choreographer in 2011 for Chunky Move with It Sounds Silly. The success of It Sounds Silly was the launching pad for Adam to create Yellow Wheel and has only recently stepped down as the Artistic Director.

Between 2014-2018 Adam was working in the VET industry as the Artistic Director of The Space School of Performance Arts (2014-2016) and Head of Contemporary Development at Transit (2018). Over this time, he was also commissioned to choreograph the Contemporary System of Training for the Australian Teachers of Dancing, which is taught all over Australia and southeast Asia.