Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre

Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre (AIVDT) is Perth's premiere company for dance in alternative spaces.

AIVDT creates fresh, innovative dance that breaks down traditional barriers between audience and performance through a holistic approach to site/space organisation, sound, light, audience relation and movement. 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.

"completely absorbing" (Perth Now, Feb 2012)

Directed by Serena Chalker and Quindell Orton, AIVDT aims to contribute braveness to the world and to keep breathing culture into places where you would least expect it.


Dust on the Shortbread

Latest Reviews

“…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” – Postcard from Perth

5 stars - “The highlight of MoveMe however was the superb two-hander Dust on the Shortbread” – Limelight Magazine

Imagine your life unsaved, unhappened. How do we go on when we begin to lose touch with the moments that have shaped our lives? How do we define ourselves when the memories we build together start to crumble?

Performed inside a suburban house for an intimate audience of just 15, Dust on the Shortbread offers a window into how Dementia impacts our sense of identity and intimate relationships.

You are invited to experience two of Australia's most celebrated performers, together for the first time Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, founder of Australian Dance Theatre and beloved WA actor George Shevtsov. From the creative team that brought you Life in Miniature, this captivating new work takes you into the heart of the home to grapple with what may be a future reality for many of us.

Tender, funny and poignant, this intimate dance theatre performance peers behind a facade presented to friends and family even as the things we hold on to begin to slip through our fingers.

Created by:

Serena Chalker and Quindell Orton


Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman and George Shevtsov

Composition and Sound Design:

Tristen Parr

Production Design:

Emily Stokoe

Supported by Culture and the Arts WA, Australia Council for the Arts