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Meryl Tankard, 2005

Ingvar Kenne

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

Meryl Tankard AO (b. 1955), dancer, choreographer and filmmaker, was born in Darwin and attended dance schools in Melbourne, Penang 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, establishing her distinctive choreographical style in 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. The company travelled widely; Tankard’s defining work in this period was Furioso, featuring aerial choreography. Since she became a freelance choreographer, she has been commissioned for projects in France, the Netherlands and Germany. With composer Elena Kats Chernin, she created the full-length ballet Wild Swans for the Australian Ballet in 2003. The Oracle (2009), a revisioning of the Rite of Spring for Australian dancer Paul White, won the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Choreography in 2010 and toured internationally. Having appeared in various dramas and documentaries, Tankard graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2010. She has made several films including the award-winning documentary Michelle’s Story (2015) while continuing to create dance productions including a new Two Feet and Zizanie in 2019.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006
© Ingvar Kenne

Accession number: 2006.46

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Artist and subject

Ingvar Kenne (age 40 in 2005)

Meryl Tankard (age 50 in 2005)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

Ingvar Kenne (14 portraits)

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The Companion

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009
Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009

Citizen Kenne

Magazine article by April Thompson, 2013

April Thompson explores an exhibition of Ingvar Kenne’s global portrait project.

Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne
Names not known by Ingvar Kenne

Ingvar Kenne

Citizen

Previous exhibition, 2012

Swedish-born Australian photographer, Ingvar Kenne, captures both individuality and shared human experience in his ongoing portrait project Citizen.

Baz Luhrmann, 2005 Ingvar Kenne
Baz Luhrmann, 2005 Ingvar Kenne
Baz Luhrmann, 2005 Ingvar Kenne
Baz Luhrmann, 2005 Ingvar Kenne

Glossy 2

Faces, Magazines, Now

Previous exhibition, 2005

Following the success of Glossy: Faces, Magazines, Now in 1999 the National Portrait Gallery again highlights the huge array of contemporary portraiture in the pages of magazines.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.