Janette is a Melbourne-based dance artist, performance maker and collaborator. Her practice is informed by somatic, movement-based improvisation practices with a focus evolving from the tradition of butoh. Inspired by her Malaysian born Chinese-Indonesian ancestry and connection to place, ‘home’ and ‘loss’ are often themes that occur in her work.
Janette is interested in the body as a complex multisensory entity and its interactive relationship with its environment. She is known for her visually evocative place-responsive works across Australia and South East Asia. Her performances invite audiences into landscapes where fragments of memory, lived experiences and imagination meet.
Dance Australia Critics Survey nominated Janette ‘Dancer to Watch’ for her works No Candles Please (2006) and moths are calling (2014).
Granted an ‘Australian Postgraduate Award’ scholarship, Janette recently completed a practice-led Masters research, exploring performer as medium and more broadly performance as a practice connecting past, already lived experience and the present.