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 2019 PAWA Award for Best Production for Dust on the Shortbread, she holds 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 Seoul Dance Centre (KR), XR:WA (AU), 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), 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) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2019, Serena was awarded the Ken and Marie Madsen Endowment Scholarship to partake in the Collective Composition Lab at Banff Creative Arts Centre (CA), and was selected with AIVDT to pitch at the Performing Arts Market in Seoul. In 2020, Serena led an artist exchange project at Paper Mountain, was commissioned by Dancehouse Diaries to re-create everynowhere as an audio-score, curated the sold-out site-specific season Situ-8 at the State Theatre Centre (nominated for a 2021 PAWA award for Best Production), presented PublicReading as a 360* VR film commissioned by Co3 and Revelation Film Festival, was shortlisted with AIVDT for Dust on the Shortbread for the (delayed) 2018 Australian Dance awards for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance and undertook a STRUT Seed residency with Emma Fishwick to develop What Came Before. She recently completed a virtual residency with Seoul Dance Centre.