May completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at Queensland University of Technology in 2002. Since then, May has had an extensive, award-winning dance career, in which she has produced a number of solo installation performances as well as worked at EDC.
In 2009 Elise began her independent performance practice by developing Close Proximity, a solo performance installation and in 2010 May was awarded the Brisbane Front Residency, which, according to her, was an opportunity to develop skills in performance design, installation, sound and moving image. Her experimental Screen Dance Laboratory was presented at the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane. In 2011 Elise presented an interactive online creative development project entitled 101 Ways to Strip!
In 2012 May received the Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer Award for her role of Juliet (Act Three) in Natalie Weir’s R&J in 2012.
May recently completed a practice-led Masters by Research at QUT, in which she investigated screen-based and interdisciplinary approaches to the use of the moving image and digital media in live performance, which culminated in a solo performance installation Shifting Lenses.
To learn more about Elise May visit her website.