Kristina is a dancer and choreographer based on the Mid North Coast NSW Australia. Through choreography and dance Kristina makes performance work that explores notions of impermanence, fragility and mortality in nature, humanity and our environment. Collaborating with artists in sound, light and visual design to create an environment for the dance to occur within, Kristina's work is palpable and visceral.
Kristina is currently making a trilogy of work.
She premiered the first part of this trilogy A Faint Existence for Performance Space’s 2016 Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art at Carriageworks Sydney. A Faint Existence delves into our microcosmic existence on a macrocosmic scale and how our existence en mass has had enormous impact as a geophysical force. A Faint Existence returned to Sydney in May 2018 as part of the Sydney Opera House's inaugural series UnWrapped and had its Melbourne premiere at Dance Massive 2019.
In 2018 Kristina presented second part of trilogy MOUNTAIN commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre. Set in a liminal space MOUNTAIN is an embodiment of impermanence, transformation and existential threat.
Part three of the trilogy Brightness is currently in development with plans to premiere in 2020.
Kristina is the recipient of the Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship 2017. This fellowship will see Kristina travel to Japan for choreographic research, attend the Setouchi Triennale 2019 and develop relationships for future collaborations.
Kristina was commissioned by Sydney Dance Company (SDC) to make a work for New Breed season 2015. Her work Conform for eight male dancers premiered in Ludwigshafen Germany and Carriageworks Sydney. In 2016 she made Pacific for SDC Pre-Professional Year. Kristina has collaborated with film maker Neil Mansfield making a dance and video installation Grave for the Lockup Gallery Newcastle through a residency at Catapult Choreographic Hub. In 2017 Kristina made a commissioned piece for Expressions Dance Company and Opera Queensland for Mozart Airborne. In 2018, Kristina was commissioned by Hong Kong's leading dance company City Contemporary Dance Company to make Summer premiering in Hong Kong followed by an Australian tour of Brisbane QPAC and Darwin Entertainment Centre. In 2019 she was commissioned by Dance North to choreograph for Communal Table premiering at Brisbane Festival, and a commission by Newcastle Art Gallery + Catapult Dance Crawling Through Mud for Japanese ceramics exhibit SODEISHA.
Kristina has over 21 years of performance experience performing throughout Australia, Canada, UK, USA, Asia, Israel and Europe working with companies, independent choreographers and collaborators; Kate Champion's Force Majeure, Garry Stewart's Australian Dance Theatre, Gideon Obarzanek's Chunky Move, Australian Ballet, Lucy Guerin Inc, Stephanie Lake, Lisa Wilson, Sydney Theatre Company, Legs On The Wall, Narelle Benjamin, Anton, Tanja Liedtke, Craig Bary, Victoria Chiu, Martin del Amo and Victoria Hunt.
Kristina has been awarded a Helpmann Award for her performance in Narelle Benjamin’s In Glass (2011) and two Australian Dance Awards for Tanja Liedtke’s Twelfth Floor (2006) and construct (2009).