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Meryl Tankard
, 2005

by Ingvar Kenne

type C photograph (frame: 103.0 cm x 103.0 cm, sheet: 100.0 cm x 100.0 cm)

Meryl Tankard (b. 1955), dancer, choreographer and filmmaker, 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 choreography in works including Two Feet (1988), Banshee (1989) and Nuti (1990). Between 1993 and 1999 she was director of Adelaide’s Australian Dance Theatre, later renamed the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre. Since becoming a freelance choreographer, her commissions have included the ‘Deep Sea Dreaming’ sequence of the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and projects for the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Netherlands Dance Theatre 1, the Netherlands Dance Theatre 3 and the Berlin Ballet Komische Oper. She created the full-length ballet Wild Swans for the Australian Ballet in 2003; The Oracle (2009), a solo piece for dancer Paul White, won the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2010.

Ingvar Kenne completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Photography in Gothenburg, Sweden before migrating to Sydney in 1991. Over the past ten years he has worked in editorial and advertising photography in Australasia and Europe. His photographs have appeared in publications including POL Oxygen, Australian Style, Financial Review Magazine and Oyster Magazine in Australia and Blender Magazine (New York), The Guardian (UK), and BMW Magazine internationally. Kenne maintains his own photographic practice alongside his contractual assignments. He been included in a number of group exhibitions, held more than a dozen solo exhibitions and published two books on his photographic projects.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006
Accession number: 2006.46