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Rosetta Cook

Ruddigore, Or The Witch's Curse!

Rosetta is an independent director, choreographer and performer who works across genres in dance, theatre, and film. She is also co-director of 2ballerinas Dance School for Adults established in Brisbane 2007.

Rosetta has choreographed over 30 works for major dance, opera and theatre companies, universities, as well as independent projects funded by NSW Ministry for the Arts and The Australia Council for the Arts. She has made four short films and a 12 part mini documentary series that have screened on national television and at festivals in Australia and overseas.

Rosetta began her career as a dancer and was Principal Ballerina with The Queensland Ballet from 1982 – 1992. Rosetta went on to diversify her performing career working as an actor/dancer in John O’Connell’s ballroom cabaret Mr. Cha Cha Says Dance; Fall of Singapore with Sydney Theatre Company; The Empty Lunch Tin for Theatre of Image; and as a Montmartre Dancer in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge.

Rosetta has received various awards for her performance and choreography and was a recipient of an Australia Council of the Arts Fellowship 2003, 2004 and 2005 awarded to her to develop dance work for screen. In 2015, Rosetta was a recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship for innovation in tango and contemporary dance.

Her recent work includes The Little Green Road to Fairyland, a collaboration with composer Elena Kats-Chernin for the Queensland Music Festival, and a tango based work for The Queensland Ballet Gala season Hall of Flame, a creative development of Heaven Hell and Tango, a full length dance theatre work and a collaboration with composer Timothy Constable of Synergy on Ordinary Time and Spirals for Southern Cross Soloists season at QPAC.

Rosetta’s recent engagements as choreographer for OperaQ include La traviataCandide in 2015, Snow White and Movement Director for Madama Butterfly in 2016.