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“…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
Serena Chalker is an independent artist and co-director of Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre. Named “Most Interesting Australian Artist” in the 2016 Dance Australia Critics Survey, and winner of the 2017 Sydney Fringe “Critics Pick” award, she holds an M.A: The Body in Performance with Distinction 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. Drawn from an embodied experience of the site, Serena’s works aim to make the unseen architecture of a place visible.
Serena’s works have been performed and presented in Europe and Australia, including at Saaren Kartano (FI); Barker Teatteri (FI); 20th Sofia Underground Festival (BG); Festival Alternativnog Kazališnog Izričaja (HR); Water Tower Art Fest (BG); Process – Space Art Festival (BG); One to One: Charting the Personal Terrain (UK); Springhouse (DE); Fringe World Perth (AU, Best Dance Award 2015); Noted Festival (AU); YouAreHere Festival (AU); PSi #21 Performing Mobilities Symposium (AU); MoveMe Festival (AU); Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (AU); Adelaide Fringe (AU, Best Dance Award); In Short; 12-12-12 (curated by Chrissie Parrott); Hyperfest 2011 (in conjunction with Disability and Disadvantage in the Arts WA); and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
With AIVDT, Serena is currently developing a new site-specific work examining ageing and dementia in the family home with renowned performers Elizabeth Dalman and George Shevtsov. Dust on the Shortbread will be premiering at the MoveMe Festival in Perth in September.
Recently, Serena participated in the residencies Water Tower Art Residency in Sofia (BG) and Month of Research at UferStudios Berlin; presented her solo show every/nowhere at Sydney Fringe (2017 Critics Pick Award) and Crack Theatre Festivals (AU) and presented at the Dementia Partnership Project Symposium in Perth. She is currently a resident at The School, Hasselt, and will be traveling to Finland to undertake a group residency at Saaren Kartano, supported by the Kone Foundation.