Biography

Kayah Guenther began his dance career in 2011 as part of the ‘Heartbeat’ workshop program based in his home town, Murwillumbah (NSW). Led by Philip Channells, this project launched the company, Studio Aperio, which Kayah and his sister Maitreyah are founding members of. Since then, Kayah has gone on to develop a national and international reputation for his work as an exceptional performer working across stage and screen. 

 

In 2019  Kayah is in development with Aha Ensemble (Daniele Constance) and Phluxus Dance Collective (Nerida Matthaei) titled Explain Normal which will be one of three Perfomative showings as part of the INDEX series at Supercell Dance Festival (Brisbane) this will be followed by a performance season at Metro Arts (Brisbane) in October 2019.

Kayah was a successful recipient of the Innovating Dance Practice 2018 grant round through Ausdance NSW. This will see him in development with Gabriele Comerford titled Dance of a Gentle Warrior at Tasdance Studio in Launceston in 2019.

Kayah will travel to Bega twice in 2019 to work alongside Gabriela Green for the project Move Me which received funding through Regional Arts NSW.

He will travel to Adelaide for the second and final development in April/May to create the show with four other artists Of Boys and Men under Artistic director Paul Gazzola.

In 2018 Kayah collaborated with director, Paul Gazzola and four emerging artists with disabilities from New South Wales & South Australia (Joshua Crampton, Zakaria Ghomri, Lorcan Hopper and Max McAuley) in the first stage development, Of Boys and Men. He appeared in Shipwreked - a music video clip dancing for YTDingo (Travers Ross) and performed in Everybody Now with Luke Smiles and Bec Reid (All The Queens Men) as part of the Commonwealth Games, Bleach Festival* and the Festival 2018 program on the Gold Coast. With Gavin Webber (The Farm) he performed in The Crossing at the Supercell Festival (2018) in Brisbane and the Puerto de Ideas Festival (2016) in Chile. The Crossing was a part of the 2017 Parachute Festival (Legs on The Wall) program in Sydney.

Kayah with his sister, Maitreyah performed a duet: Siblingo - A Life In Translation,  at the World Down Syndrome Congress (WDSC) in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Development for a new show Explain Normal commenced with Aha Ensemble (Daniele Constance) and Phluxus2 Dance Collective (Nerida Matthaei)

 

In 2017 Kayah received a Youth Regional Artist Scholarship through Create NSW which enabled him to attend Europe's biggest dance festival, Impulstanz (Vienna). He took classes with Karine LaBel, Drew Dollaz, Flora Bitancourt, Hana Zanin, Terence Lewis, Jermaine Browne, Alleyne sisters Sad'e and Kristina, Browne, Kaindlstorfer, Storm, Bruce Ykanji, König and Roser.

In 2015 Kayah joined the No Difference project in a new partnership between The Arts Centre Gold Coast and Dance Integrated Australia. He also established a mentorship with Gavin Webber (The Farm) and collaborated with filmmakers Sophie Hexter & Poppi Walker (HW Collective) on a three minute short film, The Battle, which was one of 3 selected for the Northern Rivers Screenworks ‘Createability’ program. The Battle has screened at International Film Festivals around the globe including Flickerfest, Trés Court, Oberhausen, Lviv, Athens Psarokokala and Byron Bay. 

 

Kayah received funding through the NSW Consumer Development Fund program, ‘My Choice Matters’ to continue his mentorship with Webber throughout 2015. Guenther and Webber performed The Battle Continues as a work in progress at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. 

 

He was one of 14 emerging artists selected for the ‘Catalyst Residency Program’ 2015 and performed at Carriageworks in As Of Now directed by Kay Armstrong. His mentor for this 2-year project was Philip Channells (Creative Director, Dance Integrated Australia). Kayah attended Back to Back Theatre’s ‘Come and Make Performance’ (CAMP) program in Geelong, Victoria and the Back to Back Theatre Workshop at the Undercover Artist Festival, Brisbane. He also attended the Dance Integrated Australia Residency project led by Philip Channells.

 

Between 2014 – 2016 Kayah attended 'The Corner Dance Lab' in Federal, NSW where he worked again with Co-facilitators Philip Channells & Gavin Webber. He took classes and performed in The Main Event with tutors Laure Bachelot (UK), Phil Blackman, Craig Bary, Kristina Chan, Hsin-Ju Chiu (Raw), Victoria Chiu, Roland Cox, Kate Harman, Lee-Anne Litton, Grayson Millwood (GER), Timothy Ohl, Kimberley McIntyre, Alison Toft, Joshua Thomson and Laurie Young (GER).

 

In 2012 & 2013 Kayah participated in the Catalyst Dance Masterclasss Series and performed at Carriageworks in Second Skin directed by Philip Channells (2012). In 2013 he performed at Bangarra Theatre in short works directed by Philip Channells, Sue Healey, and Dean Walsh. 

 

With his sister and dance partner Maitreyah Guenther, he performed for the Murwillumbah Arts Week 2011 – 2013 and the opening performance for the 2012 launch of Creating Connections Accessible Arts North Coast. He also worked with Gavin Webber and Kate Harman and performed with Studio Aperio for the Tweed Access Inclusion Awards (2014).

 
In 2012 Kayah attended the Australian Youth Dance Festival in Gosford and performed in Shades of Us by Artistic Director, Rowan Marchingo and worked with Philip Channells on the site-specific piece, Lythophytes & Epiphytes. He also took classes with Sue Healey, Anton, Kay Armstrong, Matt Cornell, Lee Pemberton, Adelina Larsson, Vicki van Hout and Peta Strachan. 
 
Kayah also worked with choreographers Phil Blackman, Philip Channells and Sue Whiteman for the Dance Integrated Australia, Sprung Integrated Dance Theatre and R.E.D. Inc. collaboration, Dwell – A Triple Bill, which showcased the work of visual artists, Mbatha Nguta, Christopher Wilkinson and Nathan Gooley.
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