Arts Maker & Manager
Jonathan Homsey is a choreographer and curator working from the positionality of as a Queer Person of Colour based on Wurundjeri country. Originally an award-winning dancer for crews during the naughties in Southern California, he is humbled to be a community leader in so-called Australia for the past decade galvanising people together to dance. From Footscray Community Arts Centre to Melbourne Museum, he specialises in platforming Street and Queer dance forms to cultivate empowerment for sexually and ethnically diverse young people. His choreographic practise has evolved from a theatrical context with works such as the award-winning Together As One (Arts House, Melbourne Fringe 2013) to an interdisciplinary practice in galleries and public spaces from Footscray Community Arts Centre (Melbourne) to 107 Projects (Sydney) and Design Festa Gallery (Tokyo).
Born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States of America, he immigrated to Australia in 2010. As a teenager, Jonathan went on to dance with Top 40 artist J-Me on tours including the Aaron Carter Tour and for Radio Disney. By the ripe age of sixteen, Jonathan had the pleasure co-directing two award-winning junior dance companies (one ranked 10th in the world at Hip Hop International 2005) and joined the professional hip-hop dance troupe, Funkanometry San Diego & Unity Dance Ensemble 2 (directed by SYTYCD USA’s Tessandra Chavez). Jonathan was awarded the Bronze medal at the U.S. Hip Hop Championships, worked on projects with ABC Networks and Club Sea World and performed as an opening artist for Ashanti, Kelly Clarkson, Ja Rule, Xzibit and Nick Cannon all before the age of seventeen. Upon turning eighteen, he went to pursue dance academically. Originally a dance major at Chapman University, Jonathan is a graduate of dance at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) and also attended a semester at the University of Auckland where he received the Blues Award.
From Circus Oz to national tours for Australian pop star George Maple, Jonathan’s choreographic practice goes beyond genre lines. As a producer, he is passionate about social engagement working on events such as Nocturnal for Melbourne Museum, Mapping Melbourne, Melbourne Music Week 2016, 2017 Australian Dance Awards, Australian Youth Dance Festival and Dance Massive. In addition, Jonathan is passionate about community outreach through dance collectives. He has had the pleasure to dance with Beatphonik and be a co-founder of the groups Sole Symphony Movement, and Menagerie Dance Co-operative.
During this decade he is fascinated with creating work that explores autonomy and absurdity while providing opportunities for equity and inclusion. This can be seen in his critically acclaimed works Caca-Capitalismo and I Am Maggie which were digitally seen internationally across Aotearoa, Australia, Romania and the United States of America. He hopes he can establish pathways for emerging Queer People of Colour (QPOC) to perform, collaborate and be showcased within his practice.
He is also passionate about academics; is currently a lecturer at Victorian College of the Arts, and former lecturer at RMIT University, JMC Academy and has presented at the World Alliance for Arts Education Conference. He is currently a doctoral candidate at QUT measuring the social impact of his choreography.