Biography

 







                            

Rosetta has a wide-ranging career as a performer, choreographer, and dance filmmaker. She has worked with many major performing arts companies in Australia, and at universities and on her own independent projects.






1980 – 1992 - Brisbane

Rosetta’s early dance training was with Joanna Priest in Adelaide. She was accepted into the Australian Ballet School in 1977 and after graduating began her career as an independent dancer working with Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet and for ABC TV. 

In1980 Rosetta joined the Queensland Ballet and by 1982 became Principal Ballerina .  She received critical acclaim for her interpretation of roles such as Salome, Medea, Alice, Firebird, Othello, Scheherazade, Carmen, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Taming of the Shrew. Rosetta appeared as Guest Artist with West Australian Ballet, International Opera, and the Dancers Company of the Australian Ballet.

During her time with Queensland Ballet Rosetta began to choreograph, producing eleven works for companies including Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance, Queensland Dance School of Excellence, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland Theatre Company, The Dancers Company of The Australian Ballet and Queensland Performing Arts Centre for Out of The Box.

In 1992 Rosetta received a Dance Australia Award for ‘the most outstanding classical dancer from a regional company’, in 1993 was a finalist for Queenslander of the Year, in 1994 she received an Advance Australia Award for her contribution to dance in Australia, an Australia Council Travel Grant in 1996, and a Charles Lisner Achievement Award travel/study to New York in 1999.


1993 – 2001 -Sydney

Rosetta danced with Sydney Dance Company before embarking on a career as an independent performer and choreographer, keen to explore opportunities beyond the structure of a dance company.

Rosetta performed with Sydney Theatre Company in Nigel Triffet’ s Fall of Singapore, with Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image in the lead role in The Empty Lunch Tin / Exotic Pleasures, with John O’Connell’s ballroom comedy cabaret Mr. Cha Cha Says Dance as Mme Rhumba, soloist at the closing ceremony of Atlanta Paralympics, and Baz Luhrman’s film Moulin Rouge. Rosetta studied tango with John O’Connell and joined his preparations for choreographing Moulin Rouge. This was an important turning point and led her career into filmmaking and tango. For a long while Rosetta had been reflecting on the impermanent nature of dance and was interested in finding ways to bring the beauty and sensuality of dance to screen. She went on to make her first short dance film Frocks Off (screened ABC Arts).

Rosetta created her Tango inspired work Tangled Heart with independent dancers, for which Rosetta won the 1st prize the Robert Helpmann Award at the inaugural A.I.C.D Choreography Competition in Melbourne. She returned to Qld Ballet to choreograph Rapture and The Last Princess. When artist Davida Allen saw Rapture she invited Rosetta to choreograph for her feature film, Feeling Sexy.

Rosetta received support through NSW Ministry of Arts and Australia Council for the Arts to develop The Last Princess in Sydney. She also choreographed Interior for ADT, The Pearl Fishers for Opera Australia, and Stir for One Extra Company. Other choreographic commissions during this time were with Hunter Symphony Orchestra working with regional ballet schools on The Concert and for McDonald College of Performing Arts, Majesty.


2002  - 2013. Brisbane

Wth the offer of work with QUT and Opera Queensland, Rosetta returned to live in Brisbane where she made another short dance film The Red Dress (ABC Arts). She received an Australia Council Fellowship in 2003/04 to develop dance for screen and created a mini documentary series for SBS called Frocks Off, stories about the memory of a special dress, and another short dance film Barwork.

During this period Rosetta choreographed works for QUT (the ground makes my feet feel sad and love me not love me, and Take Me as Artist in Residence for AIT Arts Adelaide. She also assisted performer/animator John Haag on projects using live motion capture technology, in his productions, A Brush with the Real World , Life on the Wall and The Picture Machine.

Rosetta travelled to Buenos Aires on an Arts Qld Travel Grant to learn from renowned tango instructors and on her return began to develop ideas for film and stage projects combining tango and contemporary dance theatre. The outcome of this was her recent work for The Queensland Ballet, Hall of Flame at their Gala in 2011 and the dance film The Last Tango in Sunnybank, which premiered at Brisbane International Film Festival 2011 where it won Best Production Design in Qld new filmmakers awards (designed by Rosetta and Billy Shannon).

Rosetta was invited by Deborah Conway, Artistic Director of Qld Music Festival to direct and choreograph a full length work in collaboration with composer Elena Kats Chernin, The Little Green Road to Fairyland. This was presented at the Qld Music Festival, July 2011.

In 2012 Rosetta further developed Love after Love for The Queensland Ballet Vis a Vis season. In 2012/13 Rosetta undertook a creative development of a full length dance and theatre piece Heaven Hell and Tango funded by Arts Queensland with showings at The Brisbane Powerhouse. In 2013 she choreographed Ordinary Time and Spirals, a collaboration with Timothy Constable of Synergy for the Southern Cross Soloists music concert at QPAC.

During 2015 and 2016 Rosetta has choreographed for Opera Queensland on La Traviata, Candide, Madame Butterfly and Snow White.

In 2015 Rosetta received a Churchill Fellowship to research Contact Tango a new form of partner dance combining tango and contemporary dance techniques. To carry this out she travelled to Europe to meet with leading dancing practitioners and undertake classes and workshops. https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/fellows/detail/3998/Rosetta+Cook