Dr Linda Sastradipradja
Linda Sastradipradja is an internationally renowned dance performer, researcher and educator whose work emphasises the centrality of the dancer to dance making, dance teaching and dance performance processes. Her PhD by Creative Practice explored a reappraisal of embodied knowledge; asserting the primacy of the dancer as auteur of her dancing. This particular philosophy informs her dance teaching practice in all of its aspects.
Majoring in both Dance Performance and Education, Linda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance under the then Dean of Dance, Anne Woolliams.
Her professional experience includes dancing with a diverse range of dance luminaries and companies from classical ballet to post-modernist artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Sara Rudner, Dennis O'Connor, Dana Reitz, Molissa Fenley and Russell Dumas’ Dance Exchange. Living in Hong Kong and New York from the late 80's – early 2000's, Linda’s artistic practice is informed by the prevailing social, political and aesthetic concerns of those times and places, and their connections to Australia's current artistic contexts.
Since returning to Australia Linda's performance credits include guest performances with dance companies including Trisha Brown Dance Company (Spanish Dance) and Dance Exchange, where she is also an Artistic Associate.
Linda’s particular interest in mentoring young artists through pre-professional to early artist career phases sees her continuing to work in association with some of the foremost Australian and International practicing dance artists, educational institutes and companies.