Larissa McGowan


Larissa McGowan 2012

Born in Brisbane, Larissa began her dance training at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE), where she won the Queensland Ballet Scholarship to the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), as well as the prize for 'Most Outstanding Dancer’. In her graduating year at VCA, Larissa won the award for 'Most Outstanding Talent'.

Larissa joined ADT in 2000 and has since toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada, America, Asia and Australia performing in Be Yourself, G, Devolution, HELD, Vocabulary, Nothing, The Age of Unbeauty, Birdbrain and Attention Deficit Therapy. In 2008 Garry Stewart named Larissa as the ADT Assistant Choreographer.

Following winning the 2003 Green Room Award for Best Female Dancer, Larissa won multiple awards in 2004, including Best Female Dancer in a Ballet or Dance Work at the Helpmann Awards and the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer.

Her work, Zero-sum, made its world premiere at WOMADelaide 2009. She followed this up with a highly successful appearance as a guest choreographer on two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance. Her work Slack was part of the Sydney Opera House's inaugural New Breed season. Larissa was also choreographer on MASS by Leonard Bernstein, presented by Adelaide Festival & State Opera of South Australia. Additional movement direction for Slingsby Theatre Company’s Wolf, State Theatre Company of SA’s Romeo & Juliet and Mneumonic, Brink Theatre Company’s Harbinger.

Larissa is currently working on her first full length production Skeleton through the ArtSA triennial grant fund, that will premier in 2013.