Jianna Georgiou

Jianna is a professional dancer, director and choreographer whose involvement with Restless has spanned over a decade, starting with the Youth Ensemble in 2006.

Jianna has performed in Rebel Rebel, Debut, The Heart of Another is a Dark Forest, Bedroom Dancing, Next of Kin, Take Me There and Howling Like A Wolf. She collaborated with Sophie Hyde (Closer Productions) and Kat Worth on the multi award winning film, Sixteen for Necessary Games.

In 2010 she performed in Beauty and also joined the Restless Education Team. Jianna directed two works as part of the Debut seasons including Dancing Dragon, Superhero Island and Spirited GardensSpirited Gardens toured to the Australian Youth Dance Festival in Renmark in April 2014.

In 2012 she performed in Philip Channells’ inPerspective #1 and choreographed The Gardens with AC Arts’ 2nd year dancers. In 2013 Jianna was an Artist in Residence at the Bundanon Trust’s Boyd Education Centre. During this period she worked with Philip Channells on No Time Like Now and developed a solo work, Sound Effects in Nature. Jianna is an Associate Artist and member the Education Team of Dance Integrated Australia and has worked in Perth and Brisbane. Jianna was a workshop assistant with Down Syndrome SA on the Dance Down Program.

Jianna was a recipient of the 2013 JUMP Mentoring Program through the Australia Council, mentored by Lisa Heaven and was an inaugural South Australian recipient of the Creative Young Stars Program. Jianna has won numerous medals and trophies when competing at the Special Olympics in both gymnastics and swimming.

In January 2014 Jianna performed in the critically acclaimed Restless productions Salt, directed by Rob Tannion, and In the Balance directed by Michelle Ryan. Jianna was a Finalist in the 2015 Channel 9 Young Achievers Awards.

In 2015 Jianna performed in Touched (part of the Naturally double bill) directed by Michelle Ryan, and performed an excerpt of the work at the International Day Of People With Disability at the Australia Council for the Arts.

Jianna performed in the Restless Dance Season of In the Balance for the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Jianna also directed and performed in A Mysterious Lake and performed in Free and Fearless in Debut 5: the dancers direct. Later that year Jianna was mentored by Dan Daw through the 2016 Catalyst Program.

In 2017 Jianna performed in Intimate Space at the Hilton Adelaide as part of the 2017 Adelaide Festival.

Jianna toured with Restless Dance Theatre in 2018 to perform Intimate Space at the Hilton Surfers Paradise as part of Bleach* at Festival 2018 Arts and Culture program and also performed in the opening sequence of the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony with Archie Roach and Amy Shark.

Later that year Jianna performed in Creating the Spectacle for the Adelaide Film Festival.

In 2019 Jianna performed in Zizanie, directed by acclaimed choreographer Meryl Tankard for the 2019 Adelaide Festival. In May that year Jianna travelled to the UK for a creative development of Rewards for the Tribe directed by Antony Hamilton, a collaboration with Chunky Move (Melb), Candoco (UK) and Restless.

Jianna toured with Restless to perform Intimate Space for the 2019 Seoul Street Arts Festival.

In 2020 Jianna performed in Seeing Through Darkness at the Adelaide Gallery of SA. She also performed in the premiere season of Guttered for Restless Dance Theatre. She was recently in Ecoute Pour Voir as part of DreamBig Festival and is in rehearsals for the Restless tour of Seeing Through Darkness at HOTA on the Gold Coast.

Jianna has performed in multiple seasons of works by Michelle Ryan and the Restless Company Dancers including Ecoute Pour Voir DreamBig Festival and WOMADelaide, Guttered Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival and Sydney Festival, and a national tour of Exposed in 2023.

2024 started off with a sold-out season in Adelaide Festival with the premiere of Private View, before its Australian tour including Brisbane Festival. Jianna travelled to Singapore and performed Ecoute Pour Voir | Listen to See in Esplanade Festival. Jianna will also be performing Shifting Perspectives in VIVID Sydney.


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