Geoffrey Watson is a Melbourne-based performing artist working with an interdisciplinary focus on dance and costume/wearable art. His dance practice relates to finding an embodied expression of music and rhythm. Being the child of two musicians, Geoffrey grew up with a strong sense that musicality is innate in all aspects of life, and uses dance as a means to investigate a deeper understanding of the body’s potential to manifest this musicality. The connection to design in Geoffrey’s work is to blur the roles of object/subject between costume and moving body – to make the movement concrete and the costume experiential. Geoffrey aims to create a situation in which the costume/visual elements of a performance are inextricably involved in the choreographic aspect.
Geoffrey studied dance at the Australian Ballet School, graduating in 2010. Since then, he has been involved with Phillip Adams’ BalletLab, performing in Intervention for Saint Sebastian at the National Gallery of Victoria (2014) and has toured internationally in Aviary. Geoffrey was a recipient of the Australia Council’s ArtStart grant (2013) which enabled him to travel to Tokyo to perform with butoh theatre company Gekidan Kaitaisha, and to London where he studied design at Central Saint Martins.