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Meryl Tankard

b. 1955

Meryl Tankard (b. 1955) was born in Darwin and attended dance schools in Melbourne, Malaysia, and Sydney before being accepted into the Australian Ballet School in 1973. In 1975 she began dancing with the Australian Ballet. Between 1978 and 1984 she worked as a soloist with Pina Bausch's dance theatre in Wuppertal, Germany. For three years from 1989 she was artistic director of Canberra's Meryl Tankard Company, showcasing her work as a choreographer in works including Two Feet (1988), Banshee (1989) and Nuti (1990). In 1992 she became director of Adelaide's Australian Dance Theatre, later renamed the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre. Since she became a freelance choreographer in 1998, her commissions have included the 'Deep Sea Dreaming' sequence of the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and she has worked with collaborators as diverse as the Berlin Ballet and New York's Tiffany and Co.

Updated 2018