Vicki Van Hout

Dance Artist (Alumni)

  • New South Wales, Netherlands, Scotland

Vicki Van Hout is an independent Choreographer, Performance Maker and Teacher; she has worked across a range of performance media nationally and internationally. A Bangarra dance alumnus, Vicki performed and toured with the company in the mid 1990s. Vicki has also collaborated with numerous Bangarra alumni on her creative projects.



Vicki is born on the South Coast of New South Wales. Her heritage is Wiradjuri, Dutch, Scottish and Afghan.



An independent Choreographer, Performance Maker and Teacher, Vicki has worked across a range of performance media nationally and internationally. Her work practice emanates from the belief that all cultural information is fluid in its relevance and that we both exchange in and adhere to patterns of cultural behaviour and its tacit meanings. In particular, Vicki’s work aims to explore the commonality between traditional and urban cultural experiences, and how Indigenous cultural information can be drawn upon to make sense of both.

A graduate of the National Aboriginal Islander Dance College (NAISDA), Vicki has learnt and performed dances from Yirrkala, Turkey and Christmas Creeks, Mornington and Bathurst Islands, as well as Murray, Moa and Saibai Islands in the Torres Strait. Vicki also studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York and has danced with companies including Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre and Bangarra Dance Theatre. Vicki has danced for culturally significant events, including the 30th Anniversary of the 1967 Aboriginal Referendum, and the first traditional Welcome to Country at the opening of the Australian Parliament, in 2008.

In addition to her ongoing work in Australia, Vicki has secured several international choreographic residencies, which have included engagements in Austria at Swarovski Kristalvelten, Singapore as part of the World Dance Alliance choreographers initiative, and Paris at the Cité des Arts. She regularly choreographs for a range of diverse educational and arts organisations and collaborates with other Performance Artists. Vicki has collaborated with numerous Bangarra alumni for her creative projects including Waangenga Blanco, Jasmin Sheppard, Perun Bonser, and Beau Dean Riley Smith. Vicki also collaborated with Gary Lang to make Long Grass, a work exposing the unique plight of Indigenous people living rough in and on the outskirts of Darwin.

Vicki has been part of de Quincey Co’s ImproLab over several years and performed her works as part of Art and About, set on the steps of Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral, in the fountain and in the Domain. Vicki performed for the 2010 Sydney Festival in Urban Theatre Projects’ critically acclaimed production of The Fence, which won Best Independent Production at the Sydney Theatre Awards. Other works she has performed in include Hans van den Broek's Settlement and Nomads and Martin del Amo's Slow Dances for Fast Times.

Vicki was Co-Writer and Actor in the play Simple Infinity with Urban Theatre Projects, an Actor in The Riot Act at Campbelltown Arts Centre, and Director for Stolen for National Theatre of Parramatta. With her long-term artistic collaborator Marian Abboud, she made two short dance films: Behind the Zig Zag as part of Carriageworks' season '24frames per second'; and Redfern as Refuge, also commissioned by Carriageworks.

Her show Briwyant premiered at Performance Space in 2011, and toured to Malthouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse and Darwin Festival in 2012 - it was the first ever national tour of a work by an independent Indigenous Choreographer. It was nominated for an Australian Dance Award for Best Achievement in Independent Dance.

Vicki was awarded the 2014 NSW Dance Fellowship for established and mid- career artists – she is the first Indigenous winner of the Fellowship.