Sandi Woo is an award winning Brisbane-based independent producer, community development facilitator, and movement teaching artist. For over 25 years, Sandi has worked in the arts industry both as a freelancer and with established organisations in WA, NSW and Qld.
Sandi’s work exists at the intersection of contemporary dance, creative practice and community engagement, focusing on providing opportunities for artists and non-artists to engage with movement and dance improvisation to develop their creative voice. The essence of her practice is to create experiences that foster and value human connection, connection to self and to others through a somatic movement improvisation practice.
“Sandi personifies the inspired teaching artist improviser. Her approach is wide open, embraces the moment, nurtures the individual and supports the collective.”
(Dr Anthony Garcia, Sounds Across Oceans)
Sandi has worked for organisations such as Australia Council for the Arts (Grants and Policy), AusdanceWA, Shinju Matsuri, Australian Youth Dance Festival, AusdanceACT, West Australian Academy of the Performing Arts (Dance and Musical Theatre), Steps Youth Dance Co, Theatre Kimberley Inc, Kimberley Performing Arts Council (KPAC), Celebrate WA, ACHPER (WA), Festival of Perth, Quantum Leap Youth Choreographic Ensemble (now QL2), Marrugeku, Playwriting Australia, Dance Integrated Australia, Annette Carmichael Projects, Ausdance Qld, Ausdance National, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland University of Technology (Creative Industries), Lutheran Services, Sounds Across Oceans and Phluxus2 Dance Collective.
Current projects include:
- Dance Program Director for Sounds Across Oceans program Tree of Life – a community wellbeing movement and music improvisation exchange program for seniors
- Producer for Phluxus2 Dance Collective
- Lead Producer for Backbone Youth Arts inaugural program Neon Green – supporting four independent performing arts companies to present new work on the Greens at the East Brisbane Bowls Club
- Lead Artist and Creative Producer for collaboratively devised community dance project The Quest
- Co-convenor for artist exchange and practice-led movement research group – Open Practice
“A highly respected and extremely experienced movement facilitator, Sandi listens actively and carefully to comprehend what’s voiced verbally as well as expressed physically by all whom she encounters. Through this she creates a genuine and supportive rapport with workshop participants, empowering them to try new things and encouraging them to engage in deep exchange with others which sees inspiring results.”
(Lizzie Vilmanis – Co-Director Prying Eye Productions)