Lucy Marinkovich is a New Zealand based contemporary dancer and choreographer. As a performer, Lucy has worked with New Zealand’s elite contemporary dance companies such as Footnote Dance Company, New Zealand Dance Company, Movement of the Human and Taki Rua Productions. Her dancing has been described by critics as “mesmerising...completely captivating. She attacks her role with incredible energy, focus and a real presence.” Her choreographic work, notably the dance-theatre productions she has created with her company Borderline Arts Ensemble, investigate the realm of the subconscious, positioning the performer as an intermediary between dreams and reality.
Born in Wellington in 1989, Lucy began dance training with lifelong mentor Deirdre Tarrant CNMZ at age five. Lucy graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2009 as a Contemporary Major. During this time she also completed a short training course at P.A.R.T.S in Belgium, the tertiary institution of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Rosas. After being awarded the Eileen May Norris Dance Trust Scholarship she continued further dance training in Gaga technique with Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company in Israel, and whilst in Ramallah, Palestine was the research assistant for Dr Rosemary Martin. Concurrently, she studied for a BA in English Literature from Massey University by correspondence and was awarded a Massey Scholar and Outstanding Achiever Award in 2015.
Lucy joined New Zealand’s esteemed Footnote Dance Company in 2010, dancing in works by Aotearoa’s choreographic elite. In her first two years with the company, Lucy was recognised with Tempo Dance Festival's Best Emerging Female Artist (2010) and Best Outstanding Female Dancer (2011) awards. Footnote performed nationally and internationally, with highlights including performing for New Zealand’s Cultural Day at the Shanghai World Expo in China (2010), the Frankfurt Book Fair (2012), and tours to Belgium, France, Germany and the UK.
Lucy began dancing and modelling with the World of Wearable Art in 2005, performing with them throughout the following decade including at the Hong Kong Arts Festival (2012) as both a dancer and Rehearsal Assistant for the local dancers. Lucy has collaborated with Sir Richard Taylor and Weta Workshop on multiple sculpture, art, film and live performance projects since 2010. Lucy has performed as a Guest Artist in Malia Johnson's Movement of the Human for RUSHES (2016, 2017), and made a brief appearance in Taika Waititi's film What We Do In The Shadows as a vampire succubus.
Lucy has been a Guest Artist with the New Zealand Dance Company, performing in Arts Laureate Michael Parmenter's OrphEus - a dance opera in the 2018 Auckland Arts Festival and New Zealand Festival. As a dance tutor, Lucy took volunteer placements in South America, teaching dance to underprivileged and at-risk children in Argentina and Peru in 2013. She has been Rehearsal Director for a number of large productions such as Le Grand Continental (2016) at the New Zealand Festival and Taki Rua Production’s Tiki Taane Mahuta (2017). She has been an adjunct teacher with the New Zealand School of Dance including choreographing Little Gypsies (2013) on the contemporary students.
In 2018 Lucy began working with the Royal New Zealand Ballet as their Dance Educator, implementing the company's education and community events. Teaching at schools throughout Aotearoa at primary, intermediate and secondary level, Lucy delivers creative dance, ballet and NCEA workshops alongside delivering community events such as the Audio Described Performances and Touch Tours for blind and vision impaired patrons, and teaching family workshops at Te Papa and Auckland Live. RNZB's Education programme delivers dance experiences to over 29,000 New Zealanders annually, and in 2018 was granted the Highly Commended citation for the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award at the Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards.
Internationally Lucy has engaged in a number of choreographic residencies and performances. In 2014 she choreographed the performance installation work The Wall during a residency at La Neomudejar in Spain for the Madrid International Film Festival. In 2014 Lucy was awarded the Creative New Zealand Tup Lang Choreographic Award, undertaking the Artist in Residence position at INSTINC Art Gallery Singapore to create Good Good Fortune and the Choreographic Residency at Rimbun Dahan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In Malaysia, Lucy created two short works on local contemporary and butoh dance artists, The Cabinet (2015) and Nomad (2015), and participated as a choreographer in the South East Asian Choreolab. Later that year Lucy, working as Borderline Arts Ensemble, was invited to the Mediterranean Dance Centre in Svetvinčenat, Croatia to teach workshops at the national Dance and Non-Verbal Theatre Festival, and to develop the choreography Organs (2016). The Shyness of Trees (2017), a work for 9 dancers and pianist, was created during a Choreographic Residency at Dance Nucleus in Singapore. In 2017, Lucy returned to Malaysia to present Good Good Fortune at the George Town Festival, and later the same year was invited to join the Leadership Network of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.
In New Zealand, she has created the short dance works Vile Bodies (2012) and Centerfolds (2016) for Footnote's national tours of Footnote Forte Series and NOW, alongside independent pieces So Euro (2014) and Life! Death! Prizes! (2015) at Tempo Dance Festival. Footnote has also performed her works The Bosch Box (2015) and Good Good Fortune (2017) at Wellington's Performance Arcade. In 2018 Lucy was commissioned by Arts Laureate Shona McCullagh to choreograph for the New Zealand Dance Company's Tamaki Tour, creating the work Awesome Robots, which is in on-going development for presentation at large-scale outdoor events. In 2015 Lucy founded the Borderline Arts Ensemble, a company making dance theatre and performance artworks, for which she is the Artistic Director. Lucy choreographs, directs and provides the performance design for all of Borderline's projects, as well as performing in most of the company's works. Major projects include The Surrealists (2015) and Borderline's surrealist-inspired Lobsters premiered at Circa Theatre in 2017, and later toured to Nelson Arts Festival in 2018, winning three Wellington Theatre Awards including the Excellence Award for Best Ensemble Performance.
In 2018 Lucy was awarded the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.