A Quick Chat With Natalie Abbott

Melbourne based choreographer Natalie Abbott presents her debut Sydney performance next month – Physical Fractals.

We ask choreographer and performer Natalie Abbott, (Victorian College of the Arts school of dance graduate) some quick questions!

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(2009-10): Involved teaching basic ballroom styles to couples for wedding routines
Natalie Abbott’s Physical Fractals. Image by Pia Johnson.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always changed my mind. I think I started off wanting to be a lawyer, then, a newsreader, then, I just wanted to be rich. I think I chose the wrong profession for that last idea, but then again, I feel my life is pretty rich because of the decisions I have made.

Who is the most important person in the world to you?

There are too many important people in my life to name just one. We are all connected anyway, so maybe the collective I.

What animal best represents you and why?

A jellyfish because they move fluidly, beautifully and light up and glow during the night.

What is your go-to shower song?

I make up my own tunes in the shower. Whatever I feel like on the day.

What was the first piece of theatre/film/TV you ever appeared in and how old were you?

Probably on channel 7 news dancing when I was about 7.

Windows or Mac? Mac

Favourite food? Italian

Who is the actor you would most like to work alongside?

I generally don’t work with actors, as I am a dancer and live performance maker, but I think it would be cool to work with someone like Woody Allen.

What would be the first five songs you put on a ‘mix-tape’ playlist?

I’m not really attached to any songs in particular, I like to mix it up. Maybe anything from Kraftwerk to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and even some Elivs and the Beatles.

Name one moment when you looked around, breathed happily and felt content.

I do this most days.

Where is the most interesting place you have travelled?

All around the south coast of Turkey

Most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?

My friend and I were at a contact improvisation workshop in Amsterdam and she pulled down my pants without even realizing. The embarrassing part was that I had to tell her after the session had finished.

What’s your life motto?

Do what I can to do what I want to do, it’s my responsibility.

What’s your favourite post-show snack?

Red wine.

What’s your biggest phobia?


What is the worst date you’ve ever had?

I don’t date.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Touring my own work internationally and employing more performers.

When: 8pm, Wed, 1 May – Fri, 10 May (Wed – Sat only)
Where: PACT Centre for Emerging Artists
Address: 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville
Tickets: $24 Full, $18 Concession, $15 (Thursdays)


Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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