Susan Hawkins


Susan Hawkins has international experience as composer collaborating in contemporary dance, animation, theatre and sculptural sound installation – with highlights including productions at Tate Britain (UK) and the San Francisco International Arts Festival (USA), and the Brisbane Festival (Australia).

Hawkins has been Composer-in-Residence with Collusion Music since 2013, and the relationship has produced two full-length ballets (Transient Beauty and Desirelines), and numerous new works for the ensemble, including collaborations with jazz ensemble, Trichotomy (2014) and The Australian Voices (upcoming in 2015). In 2014 she scored Claire Marshall’s dance film, Ward of State, shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media’ in the Australian Dance Awards (2015).

She has been artist in residence with CESTA (Czech Republic) and the BundanonTrust (Australia), has participated in the International Course for ProfessionalComposers and Choreographers (UK). She’s also dabbled in radio with ABC Radio National (Australia).

Hawkins holds Associate Representation status with the Australian Music Centre.

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I saw a peacock with a fiery tail, Mvt I & 2, for soprano and ensemble.

‘I saw a peacock with a fiery tail’ is a klezmer-inspired three movement work that plays with the idea of chaos and beauty. The second movement features solo soprano (Tanya Cooling) with a chorale-like arrangement for the ensemble, bringing a majestic and lyrical voice to the peacock. Commissioned by Benjamin Greaves in tribute to the bravery of Jennifer Greaves.

Featured in Playlist 7: Eclectic Waves, 31/7/2015

i read the old dream slowly, for small chamber ensemble.

Featured in Moving Waves – June 2016

Tom & Jerry, rescoring of silent film.

Featured in Moving Waves – June 2016