Jennifer Irwin’s designing career began in 1981 with Sydney Dance Company. Designing Stephen Page’s first dance commission Moograh and continuing her collaboration over the last 20 years for Bangarra Dance Theatre including Fire – A Retrospective, True Stories, Skin, Bush, Uniapon, X300, Walkabout, Mathinna, Corroborree, Spirit, Fish, The Dreaming, Ochres and Praying Mantis Dreaming as well as Stephen Page’s Warumuk – in the dark night as part of The Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
For The Australian Ballet, Jenny’s credits include Narrative of Nothing, Rites, Totem, Amalgamate, X, Aesthetic Arrest, Subtle Sequence of Revelation and Alchemy. For Singapore Dance Theatre: Oneiros, for Sydney Dance Company: 33 works in 30 years, including Berlin, Free Radicals, Fornicon, Synergy with Synergy, Piano Sonata, Shining, Shades of Gray, Director’s Cut, Ever After Ever. For the Royal New Zealand Ballet: Protecting Veil, for Sydney Theatre Company: Bloodland, Our Town, Stockholm, The Virgin Mim, Soulmates, Up for Grabs, Cyrano de Bergerac. For Company B Belvoir: ‘Keating’ the Musical, Stuff Happens, Gethsemane, My Zinc Bed, The Laramie Project and Gates of Egypt. For Melbourne Theatre Company: Don Parties On. For Opera Australia: Romeo and Juliet. For Adelaide Festival Trust: Ainadamar and for West Australian Ballet: Munaldjali, Kulmuk and Game Over.
Jenny created costumes for The Awakening, the Indigenous segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony, co-designed all the costumes for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Closing Ceremony, The Official Commemorative Ceremony marking the Centenary of Australian Federation, Olympic Arts Festival of the Dreaming and Vast for the Australian Bi- centenary. Other credits include the international box office sensation Dirty Dancing – still playing in London’s West End, Berlin, Hamburg, Toronto, Utrecht, Chicago, Oberhausen, Boston, Los Angeles and the UK tour. Costume cutting credits include: The Matrix I, II and III; Mission Impossible II, Red Planet, Looking for Natalie Wood, Strictly Ballroom and Romeo & Juliet. In 1984 Jenny received a Theatre Board Grant at La Scala Opera Milan, Italy and in 2001 Jennifer was awarded The Centenary Medal for service to community. Jenny has also been nominated for 10 Green Room and 2 Helpmann Awards.