Serena Chalker is a critically acclaimed independent artist and co-director of Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre. Named “Most Interesting Australian Artist” in the 2016 and 2018 Dance Australia Critics Surveys and winner of Critics Pick in Sydney Fringe 2017, 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. Serena’s works have been performed and presented Internationally, including by Seoul Dance Centre (KR), 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); Process – Space Art Festival (BG), , 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), One to One: Charting the Personal Terrain (UK), Hyperfest (in conjunction with Disability and Disadvantage in the Arts WA); and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
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, completed a residency at Polish theatre Research Institute in Lodz, was an inaugural DAIR recipient and presented PublicReading, a site-specific performance in a library in Hasselt. Most recently, AIVDT won the 2018 PAWA Award for Best Production for Dust on the Shortbread and are heading to Korea to the Performing Arts Market in Seoul in October. Serena was awarded the Ken and Marie Madsen Endowment Scholarship to undertake the Collective Composition Lab for Music and Dance at Banff Creative Arts Centre. In February, she completed a residency in Seoul for the first development of Changescapes. She is part of the new curatorial team for IN SITU site-specific dance platform, which this year is presented at Cyril Jackson ArtsHouse.