Photo by CHO Hyun Woo

Latest Projects

Isolated Incidents
Jul 9-Aug 22, Paper Mountain

Dancehouse Diary
online: now

What Came Before
December, STRUT Residency

Serena Chalker is a choreographer, critically acclaimed independent artist and co-director of the award-winning Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre. Working both independently and with AIVDT, her practice spans dance, site-specific art and text to create intimate works that question and re-shape our understanding of, and engagement with the world around us. Named “Most Interesting Australian Artist” in the 2016 and 2018 Dance Australia Critics Surveys and winner of PAWA Award for Best Production for Dust on the Shortbread, she hold an M.A: The Body in Performance with Distinction (2014) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Serena is deeply interested and curious in how we relate to the space around us, and how that shapes our experience. From performances created in laneways, caravans, residential houses and one-on-one audio-guided works, each project is born from the unique settings that the sites offer, creating works that have a deeply ingrained sensitivity to their context.

Serena’s works have been performed and presented Internationally, including by Seoul Dance Centre (KR), MoveMe Festival (AU), The School (BE), Bibliotheek Hasselt Limburg (BE), Crack Theatre Festival (AU), Sydney Fringe (AU), Moving Bodies (BG), Month of Research, Uferstudios (DE), Water Tower Art Fest (BG), Noted Festival (AU), Sofia Underground Festival (BG), Saaren Kartano (FI), Barker Teatteri (FI); Festival Alternativnog Kazališnog Izričaja (HR), Process – Space Art Festival (BG), YouAreHere Festival (AU), In ShortIn Situ (AU), PSi #21 Performing Mobilities Symposium (AU), Fringe World Perth (AU, Best Dance Award 2015, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (AU), Springhouse (DE), One to One: Charting the Personal Terrain (UK), Adelaide Fringe (AU, Best Dance Award), Hyperfest (in conjunction with Disability and Disadvantage in the Arts WA); and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

In 2019, she undertook a residency at Seoul Dance Center to explore the Changescapes, was awarded the Ken and Marie Madsen Endowment Scholarship to partake in the Collective Composition Lab at Banff Creative Arts Centre, and was selected with AIVDT to pitch at the Performing Arts Market in Seoul. This year Serena is leading an artist exchange project at Paper Mountain, curating Situ8 in the State, and was awarded a STRUT Seed residency with Emma Fishwick.

Latest Reviews

WINNER – BEST PRODUCTION (DANCE) – Performing Arts WA Awards 2018
Best New Work – Dance Australia 2018 Critics Survey
Most Interesting Australian Independent Artist or Group – Dance Australia 2018 Critics Survey
“…meticulously detailed and beautifully understated” – Seesaw Magazine
“…this loving, at times joyous, intensely moving, immersive dance theatre experience shines a gentle light, with sensitivity and respect, on the daily challenges and frustration of an ageing couple negotiating their way through the confronting world of dementia.” – Dance Australia
” delicacy and tenderness of this work very beautiful, sometimes funny, often heartbreaking, and ultimately deeply moving” – Daily Review
★★★★★ “The highlight of MoveMe however was the superb two-hander Dust on the Shortbread” – Limelight Magazine