On the Couch with Jasmin Sheppard

AAR-Jasmin-Sheppard-photo-by-Pati-TyrelWho is Jasmin Sheppard?
Jasmin Sheppard is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and director, a Tagalaka Aboriginal woman with Irish, Chinese and Hungarian ancestry. Her choreography comments on social issues and historical events, highlighting the voice of Indigenous and other minorities.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
Work in a very low key food co-op, nursery or cafe in the gorgeous quiet town of Nimbin or surrounds.

Who inspires you and why?
My partner Josh who is intelligent, humble, kind hearted and works towards positive goals.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Make everyone vegan – veganism is not only about diet to help sustain the planet, but incorporates a wide range of values that respect our environment, animals, and each other.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Morocco. The landscape, people and food are all incredibly sumptuous.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The micro-breweries of the Inner West, Sydney.

What are you currently reading?
Firestarter by Victor Steffenson.

What are you currently listening to?
Uncle Noel and Aunty Trish Butler’s children’s album, Look, Learn, Sing, Dance in Yuin.

Happiness is?
Watching my son grow every day.

What does the future hold for you?
I hope: art, family, peace and happiness.

Jasmin is the Creator and Lead Artist of The Complication of Lyrebirds – which will be presented at the Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of the 2021 Sydney Festival: 20 – 23 January. For more information, visit: www.c-a-c.com.au for details.

Image: Jasmin Sheppard – photo by Pati Tyrel