Biography

Tammy Zarb is an Australian born movement director, choreographer and site specific performance maker.

She works across many genres in her arts practice and collaborates with dancers, circus performers, acrobats, aerialists, physical theatre, stunt performers as well as visual artists.

She received exceptional ballet and contemporary dance training by artists from the Queensland Ballet and the Royal Ballet Company in her youth, a discipline which she still continues to extensively use throughout her current work. Her professional career includes 20 years of international success and includes stage performances, cruise ships, television, casino and circus productions.

In 2006, Tammy co - founded Orlando Aerial Arts in the United States with aerialist Jennifer Drabik, which provided aerial training to performers working at the surrounding Disney properties. The same year Tammy was selected to be apart of the core aerial team with New York based aerial and circus company AntiGravity Incorporated headed by Christopher Harrison.

Upon returning the the Gold Coast in 2010, Tammy founded ‘Industry Aerial Arts’ (2010 - 2018) and ‘Flyworx Entertainment’ (2014 - 2017) which specialised in contemporary aerial and vertical wall dance and has collaborated with local riggers, set designers and engineers. In 2016, Tammy worked on the creative team at Bleached Arts and Bleach* Festival to create a site specific work called ‘Shifting Sands’ directed by Donna Jackson. Other site specific work includes, "The Playground Project’ and ‘Hoteling’ directed by interdisciplinary artist David Pledger from ‘Not Yet It's difficult’ in the QT hotel on the Gold Coast.

Tammy has worked with many well respected mentors such as movement director Gavin Robins (NIDA), projection artist Richard Lindsay (Artists in Motion) In 2017, Tammy assisted on a large scale site work "Watermusic" in a shipping years as part of the 'European Culture Festival' in Denmark under Kevin Finnan artistic director of Motionhouse. (UK)

Tammy is a founding director of the curatorial collective 'The Circus Corridor’ supported by the City of Gold Coast through the Accelerate Triennial Fund. Tammy continues to mentor local and emerging artists and Co- Wrote and Co-Directed ‘The Rising’ which was presented at ‘Festival 2018’ for the Commonwealth Games in April 2018. Tammy recently performed in ‘Quiet by Nature’ a site specific work directed by the Gogi Collective commissioned by Bleach Festival and was a key support artist on a site specific dance work "Flock" by Force Majeure.

Tammy Zarb           Image: Dean Agar photography

Tammy Zarb Image: Dean Agar photography

Tammy has facilitated many creative developments, workshops, master classes and creative labs for Industry Aerial Arts, The Circus Corridor and with Flyworx with International aerial icon Dreya Weber and Stunt Director Keir Beck. As a mentor Tammy’s former students have gone onto careers with 'Cirque Du Soleil', 'Cavalia', 'Cirque De La Mer' and 'Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines', 'House of Dancing Water', 'Circus Corridor'  and have gained entrance into renowned cirque institutes such at 'Ecole National de Cirque- Montreal' and “'Pendulum Aerial Arts- Oregon'.

Tammy continues to create work with local Gold Coast artists. She is interested in how choreography can create new performance contexts, using space and the body. She draws from architecture to create highly experimental pieces that challenge, engage and dare audiences to re-think about live performances in unusual and non stage spaces.