Susan Hawkins has international experience as composer collaborating in contemporary dance, animation, theatre, and sculptural sound installation – with highlights including performances at Tate Britain (UK) and the San Francisco International Arts Festival (USA). She has been artist in residence with CESTA (for the 11th Arts Festival of International, Interdisciplinary Collaborations, Czech Republic) and the Bundanon Trust (Australia), has participated in the International Course for Professional Composers and Choreographers (UK). She's also dabbled in radio, having created a feature documentary for Encounter for ABC Radio National (Australia).
In 2011 Susan released her second EP, LIGHT FROM BELOW, receiving extensive radio play on the ABC network (Radio National, Triple J, and ABC Classic FM), and community radio (through the AIRIT program).
In 2012 Susan collaborated with Brisbane choreographer Gareth Belling, and Collusion Music on a number of cross-disciplinary projects, including the new ballet Transient Beauty. Susan is composer-in-residence with Collusion Music at Griffith University in 2013-2014.
Susan holds Associate Representation status with the Australian Music Centre.
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Matt Foley - Stage Diary
Choreographer Gareth Belling and composer Susan Hawkins are to be commended for having delivered a work which expresses the human condition in unexpected and enlarging ways. Cultural life would atrophy without such fearless explorations of the boundaries of loneliness, family life and affection. (talking about Transient Beauty, 2012)
Thomas Deneuville, editor of I Care if You Listen.com
Thank you also for sharing your music: the production is remarkable, and all the tracks are oneiric and emotionally charged. Its cinematic dimension is obvious and it must gracefully enhance a narrative. Congratulations!
Ben Eshmade, Arctic Circle (UK)
I found myself lost in the passionately melodic world ... Eerie yet beautiful writing for percussion, wood- wind and strings. It seems to conjure up the soundtrack to a distant childhood. I’m always expecting the big bad wolf to be just round the corner.
Justin Watson, Front & Follow (UK)
A subtle, beautiful exploration of sound in new track ‘while he slept’ - aptly named, the track creating a hypnotic state as chimes, strings, wind and electronic sounds flicker across each other. Illusive yet piercing; a small patch of beauty. Lovely stuff.