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Victoria Colombus

Victoria (Tor) Colombus is a New Zealand dance artist with a wealth of experience as a performer, mentor, educator and maker. She is driven by a love of connection through movement, and believes that connection to both self and others is a doorway to expressing authentic creative essence. Her inspiration is to nurture wellbeing and creativity through movement, research and communication. Those who have worked with Tor have described her as immeasurably kind, invested and with ample humility. Her passion is to encourage young dance artists to find and express their creative voice. With perpetual warmth and kindness, Tor's presence is a life force, and can be felt resonating throughout the world in many of the dancers and makers that have had the privilege to have worked with her.

Tor has created work for Footnote Dance Company, Tempo Dance Festival, The Body Festival, New Caledonia Festival, Sydney Lighthouse Project, Pacific Dance Festival and the New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season. She has a previous association with The New Zealand Dance Company with the creation of her work The Fibonacci. Tor was appointed as the Choreographic director for The World of Wearable Arts from 2015-2018 and has performed and choreographed with the organisation for a decade.

Since graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) in 2002, Tor has performed with Black Grace Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, Michael Parmenter Commotion Company and has been a choreographic assistant for Dance North, Movement of the Human and Muscle Mouth Dance Company. Tor has dedicated the last 11 years working as a contemporary dance tutor at New Zealand School of Dance. She regards the connections she has built with these young artists as one of the most meaningful aspects of her work and she feels privileged to have mentored these NZSD graduates, who currently create and perform all across the globe.

(Photo by John McDermott taken from Kiss The Sky)