Silvana van Dijk, born in the Netherlands, migrated to Australia in the late eighties. She is a photographer and artist, but also a very accomplished musician. She plays the drum kit, percussion and concertina and is also part of a flamenco group, singing and dancing flamenco. Her chameleon like qualities have seen her tour around the world with her band Visions of a Nomad, an internationally acclaimed ARC Dreaming Aboriginal dance theatre. She has won photographic awards and been part of touring photographic and painting exhibitions.
As co-director of Culturebank productions, Silvana and her partner Michael Cuming, pioneered the idea to create a theatre in the heart of Brisbane with the sole purpose of collaborating with Indigenous artists through the media of music and dance. From this organic process ARC Dreaming Aboriginal dance theatre was born and through the sheer desire, hard work, dedication and overcoming cultural obstacles, ARC Dreaming has toured the world’s stages. The collaboration has employed and nurtured many Indigenous artists over many year’s.