Joanna Dudley works internationally as a director, performer and singer creating music theatre, choreography and installation. She studied early and contemporary music at the Adelaide Conservatorium, Australia and the Sweelinck Conservatorium, The Netherlands. On scholarships she has also studied traditional Japanese music in Tokyo and traditional dance and music in Java.
In Berlin, Joanna worked as a guest director and performer at the Schaubuehne. Works created there include My Dearest, My Fairest with Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola and colours may fade with Esnaola and Rufus Didwiszus. Other works in collaboration with Didwiszus include the solo music theatre piece, The Scorpionfish, Who Killed Cock Robin? with the Flemish vocal ensemble Capilla Flamenca and most recently LOUIS & BEBE with the electronic noise musician SchneiderTM. Joanna’s sound installation Tom’s Song for 32 music boxes and 16 LP players has given regular appearances at major international art festivals.
In long collaboration with William Kentridge and Philip Miller, Joanna features as a singer and performer in Refuse the Hour and Paper Music. William Kentridge invited Joanna to create a solo role for his production of Lulu for the Metropolitan Opera New York. Together they co-created and Joanna performed The Guided Tour of the Exhibition: for Soprano and Handbag for the Foreign Affairs Festival in Berlin and the museum of the Martin Gropius Bau. Joanna developed her soloist role alongside William Kentridge for his ensemble piece The Head & The Load. She is a featured performer in the original cast that co-created and performed the large scale piece originally commissioned by MASS MoCA, 14-18 NOW for the Turbine Hall at TATE Modern, The Ruhrtriennale and the Park Avenue Armory in New York.
Other collaborators include Seiji Ozawa, Les Ballets C de la B, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sasha Waltz, Heiner Goebbels, Thomas Ostermeier and Falk Richter. She has appeared extensively throughout the world including venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Avignon Festival, Holland Festival, The Metropolitan Opera, BAM, Vienna Opera and Hong Kong Festival. For more, visit Joanna's Vimeo Channel.