ART IS LIFE...
Wilhemeena's current life/art practice includes clay, poetry, dance, ritual and installation- an alchemy of life....
Wilhemeena Isabella Monroe has been working in the areas of theatre, dance, interdisciplinary-media, performance–based art and installation and poetry for over two decades.
During this time, she has been involved in producing hundreds of events and films in New Zealand, Europe and the USA and has performed for many independent choreographers and artists around the globe. She has produced, directed, choreographed, performed and installed more than 31 of her own creative works, from solos to group extravaganzas with casts of over 200.
From 2000 to 2012 she worked as the most prominent Creative for The Human Agency, creating event concepts and choreographing/producing corporate and large scale events. Working under her own eco-events brand and working alongside Robert Blanshard had her choreographing and designing music videos and live events for high profile NZ artists such as Labretta and the Motel Six, Minut, Charlie Ash and The Mamaku Project and the closing ceremony and after party for the 2008 NZ Music Awards, and many other high profile events.....
Including: Creative director/choreographer of The Butterfly Zoo, and Living Lounge at SPLORE 2008, Portage Ceramic Awards 2008; assistant director/choreographer for the Trash To Fashion Awards 2004-2009, on-set choreographer for NZ short film Auld Lang Syne; Choreographer for events for Sculpture on the Gulf, Auckland Theatre Company, AMEX, SUBARU, SOLITON, Harveys, Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, DAWSONS, Nelson Festival and the opening for Miranda Brown’s collection at New Zealand Fashion Week 2004, among others.
In 2007, Wilhemeena’s short film Too Close was featured in the Nelson Arts Festival and in 2004 in the Body Festival in Christchurch. Her short film Asylum was chosen for the 34th International Film Festival in New Zealand, Pulse Field Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2002, and in 2007 also featured at Nelson Arts Festival.
In 2007 she was chosen for the Ex-it 07 residency in Germany, and was a guest speaker and facilitator at the Intersections: Dance, Health and Well-being conference in Auckland. She was chosen as a choreographer for the 2002 Choreographic Platform and continued as Co-director of Platform from 2003 – 2006.
She has taught improvisation, choreography, contemporary technique and SRT™ as artist in residence at Milton Academy in Boston, and has taught workshops in various locations in Australia and the USA, including visiting artist workshops for Dappin Butoh, Liminal Dance Theatre and The BodyCartography Project.
She has taught at The Performing Arts School of New Zealand, the Nelson Lakes Mountain Jam, Tempo Festival, Dance Your Socks Off Festival, the Tertiary Dance Festival and within the wider New Zealand dance community including company classes for Touch Compass Dance Trust and Atamira. She was a part-time tutor teaching SRT™ and choreography at the Bachelor of Dance programs at UNITEC, Auckland University and at AUT.
Passionate about Ecology, Wilhemeena developed a new primary school curriculum combining ecology, fashion and performing arts and gifted the curriculum to the Cook Islands Ministry of Education to use in their schools. She traveled to Rarotonga and Aitutaki in 2009 to present and teach the curriculum, and it is now used by primary schools throughout the Cook Islands.
She was a dedicated member of the Board for TEMPO, New Zealand’s Festival of Dance for 10 years, from 2000 to 2010.