Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre

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Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre is an award-winning [1] contemporary dance company based in Perth. The company was founded in 2008 by Serena Chalker[2] and Quindell Orton,[3] graduates of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts [4] and is a company that works in site-specific and immersive performance.

Anything is Valid Dance Theatre has premiered in Europe at Springhouse 2014[5] in Dresden (DE), where they performed The Dual Existence of Time, and in 2015 AIVDT premiered their one-on-one immersive mobile performance When We First Met at the 24th Process – Space Art Festival[6] (BG). This work has since been re-mounted at Water Tower Art Fest[7] (BG), Noted Festival[8] (AU), YouAreHere Festival[9] (AU), and Festival of Alternative Theatrical Expression (HR).[10] Also in 2015, Amongst the Many premiered at In Short In-Situ,[11] an interactive work guiding 20 audience members through via headsets at Fremantle Arts Centre. In 2012 AIVDT created in Life in Miniature, winner of Best Dance at the Adelaide Fringe,[12] and nominated for numerous awards including a WA Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. The work is a critically acclaimed performance[13] inside a caravan for an intimate audience, premiering at the 2012 Perth Fringe Festival, with sell-out seasons at the MoveMe Festival[14] and 2013 Adelaide Fringe. In 2010 AIVDT premiered UNEXPECTED-microclimates, a promenade performance in the Perth laneways, which also debuted to a sell-out crowd. AIVDT are currently developing Dust on the Shortbread,[15] created on renowned Australian senior performers Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM (founder of Australian Dance Theatre) and George Shevtsov. Created in a suburban house, this work explores the lives of an older couple; the tension between maintaining independence and vitality and the effects of dementia on intimate relationships.


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  2. ^ "Serena Chalker". Serena Chalker. Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  3. ^ "Quindell Orton". Anna Konjetzky (in German). Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  4. ^ Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts WAAPA's website
  5. ^ "programm 2014 |". Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Process - Space Art Festival". Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  7. ^ "WATER TOWER ART FEST". WATER TOWER ART FEST. Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  8. ^ "Cities Tell Stories". Noted. Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  9. ^ "You Are Here  » When We First Met". Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  10. ^ "AKC Attack | FAKI 19 BEGINS!". Retrieved 2017-01-17.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 16 (help)
  11. ^ "In Short – In Situ: Dance in unexpected places - Ausdance WA". Ausdance WA. 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  12. ^ "Adelaide Fringe 2013 Award Winners". Glam Adelaide | The Best South Australian News. Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  13. ^ "Caravan living in Life in Miniature". Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  14. ^ Perry, Carol Flavell Neist and Angela. "MoveMe dance festival". ArtsHub Australia. Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  15. ^ "Dust on the Shortbread". Serena Chalker. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2017-01-17.