Danielle von der Borch

Rawcus Ensemble

Danielle von der Borch is a community arts practitioner, performer, teacher/facilitator and community development worker; she is a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts drama school, a Grad. Dip. movement and dance Melbourne University, and MA from MIECAT in experiential and creative art therapy.

She has performed nationally and overseas including with Snuff Puppets, choreographers Russell Dumas with Dance Exchange, Rosalind Crisp with Stella b, and Jude Walton. She has performed her own material in collaboration with other artists at Dance House and La Mama.

In her 20+ years of community arts and teaching practice, she has facilitated, directed and collaborated with many wonderful artists. This work has taken her to schools, universities, TAFE colleges, local councils and community settings, prisons and youth remand. In the disability art field her work has included projects with Arts Access, City of Port Phillip, Ignition Theatre Training NMIT, Art of Difference Festivals. She has done residency’s in schools with Snuff Puppets, Polyglot Theatre, Joining the Chorus and Aphids. Co-facilitated and directed Y-GLAM performing arts project for 5 years. She has facilitated and directed community performance projects for The Venny Inc., a communal backyard/drop in centre, where she has worked for 16 years, and spends a lot of her time playing with kids and young people. This work involves being present to vulnerable and ‘at risk’ kids and young people in an environment of support and care with therapeutic intentions. Performances include Lost and Found, From Here to There and Stories from the Suitcase. She also teaches at Miecat Institute in experiential and therapeutic art practices.

‘My attempts to notice and bring awareness to everyday relational experiences is what grounds my interest in embodied practices, performance and creativity, community and teaching work.’

Danielle joined Rawcus as an ensemble member in 2009.

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Rawcus productions: Small Odysseys (2011), Catalogue (2015), Song for a Weary Throat (2017 & 2018), Glass (2021)

Rawcus Public Program Projects: Sticky (2009), Accessible Flashmob (2011), Imagine Me There (2012), Shadow Tales ( 2013), By You Me and the Light (2015), Now You See Me (2016), Becoming (2018)