“…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
Serena Chalker is a critically acclaimed independent artist and co-director of Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre. Winner of Critics Pick in Sydney Fringe 2017 and named “Most Interesting Australian Artist” in the 2016 Dance Australia Critics Survey, she holds an M.A: The Body in Performance with Distinction (2014) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Serena works in improvisation, text and site-based dance practice, questioning and re-defining the relationship between site, performance and audience. 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 in Europe and Australia, including by 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 Short – In 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), MoveMe Festival (AU), 12-12-12 (curated by Chrissie Parrott); Hyperfest (in conjunction with Disability and Disadvantage in the Arts WA); and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
With AIVDT, Serena premiered Dust on the Shortbread at the MoveMe Festival to great acclaim, a new site-specific work examining ageing and dementia in the family home with renowned performers Dr Elizabeth Dalman OAM and George Shevtsov. Serena is also developing LINNA: Island of Sorrows, an interdisciplinary performance with Canadian playwright Alexis Diamond and a team of international collaborators for the 100th anniversary of the closing of Suommenlina Prison for premiere in Finland in 2019. In 2018 Serena coordinated the Urban Playground Challenge and Festival at The School, a post-academic residency in Belgium, developed a new dance-film and installation for the Spartacus Tram (Hasselt-Maastricht) stakeholders’ event and presented the first development of PublicReading, a site-specific performance in a library in Hasselt.