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Rosetta Cook

Rosetta Cook has had wide-ranging career as a director / choreographer, performer and teacher in dance, theatre, film and television.

Performer

Rosetta began her career as a dancer and was Principal Ballerina with The Queensland Ballet from 1982 - 1992. During this time she danced numerous diverse roles, renowned for her interpretation of Salome, Carmen, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Scheherazade and Alice in Wonderland. She was also a member of Sydney Dance Company and has performed as Guest Artist with many other companies and on television. Rosetta received an Advance Australia Award for her outstanding contribution to dance in Australia.

During the 90's Rosetta moved into contemporary dance, theatre and film, performing in a diverse range of productions. Some of those include, John O'Connell's ballroom cabaret comedy Mr. Cha Cha Says Dance as Mme Rhumba, Fall of Singapore with the Sydney Theatre Company, and the lead role in The Empty Lunch Tin, for Theatre of Image and in Baz Luhrman's film Moulin Rouge. During this time Rosetta began to learn tango and has been dancing it ever since.

Choreographer

Rosetta has choreographed for the Opera Australia, The Queensland Ballet, the Qld Performing Arts Trust, The Dancers Company of The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Opera Queensland, QUT, AIT Arts, The Hunter Symphony Orchestra, her own independent projects funded by NSW Ministry for the Arts, The Australia Council for the Arts, and Arts Queensland, for two ABC Documentaries, television commercials and video clips. Rosetta won the Robert Helpmann Award for her work Tangled Heart, at the A.I.C.D Dance Creation Choreographic Competition. In 2005 Rosetta received study grant from Arts Queensland to travel to Buenos Aires to further her studies in tango.

In 2011 Rosetta was Director/Choreographer on The Little Green Road to Fairyland, for the Queensland Music Festival with music composed by Elena Kats Chernin. She also created a tango based work for The Queensland Ballet, Hall of Flame, for their Gala season. In 2012 she created Love after Love for The Queensland Ballet. In 2012/13 she received an Arts Queensland grant to develop a tango dance theatre work, Heaven Hell and Tango. In 2013 she created Ordinary Time and Spirals in collaboration with Timothy Constable of percussion group Synergy for for Southern Cross Soloists Rhythm and Dance season at QPAC in June.

During 2015 and 2016 Rosetta was invited by Opera Queensland to Choreograph La Traviata, Candide, Madame Butterfly and Snow White.
Rosetta received a Churchill Fellowship to research a new form of partner dance combining tango and contemporary dance techniques called 'Contact Tango'. To carry this out she travelled overseas in 2016.

Filmmaker

In 1998, due to the success of her work Rapture, Rosetta was invited by Davida Allen to choreograph for her feature film Feeling Sexy. This led Rosetta to pursue a long held interest in filmmaking and she went on to make two short films, Frocks Off and The Red Dress. The short film Frocks Off was selected for screening at Flickerfest in 2002 and at Reeldance where it won the IF people's choice award in Adelaide. The Red Dress was nominated for the Dance Film award at The Australian Dance Awards in 2003 and has screened on ABC Sunday Arts.

In 2003 Rosetta was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship to enable her to further develop work for screen in a two year program of creative work and professional development. A part of her fellowship was the Frocks Off series of mini documentaries commissioned by SBSi and funded by AFC and PFTC that has been screening throughout 2006 - 2009.

She went on to make a short film Barwork that was selected for screening at Reeldance International Dance on screen festival in 2006 and in Cinemoves around Australia, Cinedans in Amsterdam, Videodanza in Buenos Aires and toured Mexico in 2007.

In 2011 Rosetta completed a short drama The Last Tango In Sunnybank which has screened around Australia in various festivals and won Best Production Design at the 2011 Queensland New Filmmakers Awards.

Teacher

Rosetta guest teaches in ballet contemporary dance and tango. She has taught at numerous schools around Australia over the years. In 2007 she co founded 2ballerinas dance school for adults with Michelle Giammichele.

Rosetta's website

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