Featured artwork: Love Self by Mimi Leung, from Submerged 2021.

Jackie Sheppard

Performer, Storyteller, Dancer and Workshop Facilitator

Jackie Sheppard is a mixed medium performer, storyteller, dancer and workshop facilitator. Their creations are inspired by the multilayered narratives of Sovereign peoples. Jackie attempts to identify and interrogate Ancestral, Inter-generational and meta-physical narratives that are relative to Blak lived experiences. Focusing on Somatic, Spiritual and Sub-conscious “bodies”, Jackie seeks to shed light in dark places, exploring taboo and complex topics.

They have studied dance at NAISDA Dance College, Acting at WAAPA’s Aboriginal Theatre Course, and are presently studying Somatic Movement Therapy (SMT) where they are working towards a reclamation process of Indigenous Embodied practices. Jackie has extensive experience in community engagement and has worked in a diverse range of spaces nationally. Their work encompasses using bodywork & storytelling to cultivate inner awareness and truth-telling in Bla(c)k, People of Colour and LQBTQI+ communities (Creatives of Colour; Serpent Spirals, Koorie Pride Victoria & Switchboard VIC). Jackie has been a guest lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts for the Master of Dance student Cohort. They have experience in circus, puppetry & writing.

Some notable projects Jackie has co-devised are: The Honouring (a solo show created & performed by Jacki Sheppard with creative guidance and direction by Rachael Maza, Tim Denton, Jasmin Sheppard, Rinske Ginsberg & Jacob Boehme); Chasing Smoke (Casus Circus); Wild Australia – Men in Chains by Jacki Sheppard; & Crackpipe Dreaming @ Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2019. Jackie has recently been appointed by Koorie Pride Victoria as First Nations Creative Coodinator for new festival, ‘FesTevares’; And is officially embarking on their new ongoing research project, ‘SENTIENCE’, through the Art X Science Residency through Arts House and the Science Gallery Melbourne.

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