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Suzon Fuks is an internationally recognised intermedia artist, choreographer and director exploring the integration and interaction of dance and moving image through performance, screen, installation and online work. She was recently the recipient of the Australia Council Dance Board Fellowship, awarded in 09, finishing in March 12, focusing on moving image, particularly screendance and networked performance.

During her Fellowship, she initiated and founded Waterwheel, an online platform on water as a topic & metaphor.

Suzon was born in Brussels in 59, where she trained daily in dance, theatre & music at Lilian Lambert Academy (69- 76) and completed her Masters in Visual Arts at La Cambre (79-84), a school formed on the philosophy of the Bauhaus, examining how different artistic disciplines inform each other. She has lived in Australia since 96 and has been co-artistic director of intermedia performance company Igneous since its inception in 97.

She has directed 15 movement-based intermedia performance productions, created film/video-scenography for 21 productions, directed and edited 26 films and videos including 16 videodances, and co-devised 15 online interactive performance works. She gives lectures and workshops in tertiary institutions in Australia, America & Europe integrating video with the performing arts & fostering multimedia artistic collaboration, as well as tailoring workshops for community cultural development projects.

She was mentored in 03 by Keith Armstrong, Kelli Dipple and Mike Stubbs on networked/telematic performance under an Australia Council New Media Arts grant, she continued her research in that field developing and performing in the 07, 08, 09 and 10 UpStage Festivals; Backyard Dances for Electrosmog Festival 10; and partook in the 10 LIVE.MEDIA+PERFORMANCE.LAB at EMPAC, NY, facilitated by Mark Coniglio and Johannes Birringer.

She is a founding member of cyberformance group ActiveLayers (UK, NZ, Aus). She organised the Brisbane node of DIAL (08), a streaming event connecting 5 cities around the world, and organised & coordinated with 8 cities TANKMAN TANGO streaming (09). She has collaborated with artists from Aus, UK, NZ, Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Tunisia, Lebanon, USA, Brazil, Singapore, Indonesia, HK and India. Suzon has presented and participated in numerous presentations/panels about networked performance – 11: LowFi Forum, Floating Land Symposium, Desert Numerique, ISASWR International Symposium on Aqua Science, Water Resources and Arts; 10: Syneme,, World Dance Alliance NY, CineDans Amsterdam; 09: Upgrade Munich, SCANZ; 08: DIMEA, Createc seminar, Apple CreateWorld.

Her work has been sited in publications including ‘Excited Atoms, virtual mobility in contemporary arts’ by Judith Staines & Ghislaine Boddington, and ‘INTERNET E TEATRO’ by Francesco Buonaiuto.

In 11 she developed Waterwheel during 4 residencies (in Brisbane at Ausdance Queensland and twice at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, and in Brussels at iMAL centre for digital culture and technology), leading 5 online labs with artists and activists from around the world testing and feedbacking on the advancement of the new technology used for the TAP.

In 08, she won the Green Room Award for Outstanding Video-Scenography in Theatre (New Form), was short-listed for Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent dance, was nominated for Australian Dance Award for Dance on Film and was a finalist in the ReelDance Awards. Early awards include Major Awards in the Video & S8 Festival of Brussels (85, 89) and The Discovery of Europe Award (89). In 86, Suzon made the film- scenography of the Mandragore Theatre's highly successful show The Strange Mr Knight, which toured internationally for 5 years, with more than 1,000 shows.

Suzon's work has been shown in over 50 festivals throughout the world including London Mime Festival, Hong Kong Festival, Singapore Festival, Avignon Festival, NOW Festival (Nottingham), Biennale Internationale de la Marionnette (Paris), Theater Der Welt (Stuttgart), Mimos (Perrigueux, F), Dance on Camera (NY), Moves (Manchester) and the Not Quite Normal Experimental Moving Image Festival (Hollywood).

She completed a fellowship along with James Cunningham at The Australian Choreographic Centre in ‘06, and residencies at Villa Walberta in Munich, Brisbane Powerhouse, Dance4 Nottingham, University of Brighton, University of Sydney - Department of Performance Studies and in South India with Asialink.

In Australia, she has received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts (Dance and New Media), Arts Queensland, NSW Ministry for the Arts, DFAT, Australia-India Council, Brisbane City Council, Myer and Pratt Foundations and VicHealth. Overseas funders include Belgian Department of Foreign Affairs, Belgian Ministry for Culture (Dance and Public Art) and the Quebec-Wallonie-Brussels Agency.

Her photographic exhibition Keeping the Light, a Diary of South India toured to seven capitals of the world and her documentary photographs are part of the State Library of NSW & the National Library of Australia collections.
In recognition of her expertise, she was adjunct research fellow at Edith Cowan University (08-09). Suzon is a member of the World Dance Alliance, the Magdalena Project (International network of Women in Contemporary Theatre) and Faces (Gender, Technology and Art network).

She joins us in the Pioneer Valley as a Copeland Fellow and as a researcher at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center.