After studying dance in Brisbane and Melbourne, Larissa joined Australian Dance Theatre in 2010 and has since toured extensively with the company winning multiple awards for Best Female Dancer including a Helpmann and Australian Dance Award. Larissa appeared as a guest choreographer on two seasons of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. She has created work for WOMADelaide, Link Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company, Tasdance and premiered her first full length work, ‘Skeleton’ at the 2013 Dance Massive.
Larissa McGowan is a multi-award winning dancer and choreographer based in Adelaide, Australia. Her debut full-length work as an independent choreographer Skeleton was presented at the 2013 Adelaide Festival, Dublin Dance Festival and Dance Massive. Larissa began her dance training at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence before graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts as ‘Most Outstanding Talent’. She joined Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in 2000 and has toured extensively with the company, both in Australia and internationally. During this period she won numerous awards for her work as a dancer, including a Helpmann Award in 2004 for Best Female Dancer. In 2008, she became ADT’s Assistant Choreographer and her work, Zero-sum made its world premiere at WOMADelaide 2009. Following this were highly successful appearances as a guest choreographer on two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance. Larissa was one of 4 choreographers featured in the 2014 Sydney Dance Company program, Contemporary Women, for which she created Fanatic, premiering at the Sydney Opera House. Fanatic will tour Australia in 2015.
“McGowan is a choreographer who refuses to shy away from the uncomfortable” Jordan Beth Vincent, The Age
“McGowan is one of a rare species, a female Australian choreographer. As one of the precious few I hope she continues to be nurtured and commissioned in Australia and elsewhere.” Valarie Lawson, Dancelines
“Larissa McGowan’s Fanatic was a breath of fresh air and the highlight of the evening… but it is the movement that fascinates – hard hitting and sinuously athletic.” Geraldine Higginson, Dance Australia