About

Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre (AIVDT) was founded in 2008 by Serena Chalker and Quindell Orton, and is an award winning dance company specialising in site alternative performance.

In 2014 AIVDT made their international debut at Springhouse 2014 in Dresden (DE), where they performed The Dual Existence of Time, and in 2015 AIVDT premiered their one-on-one immersive promenade performance When We First Met at the 24th Process – Space Art Festival (BG) which has since been performed at Water Tower Art Fest (BG), Noted Festival (AU), YouAreHere Festival (AU), and is currently touring to Festival of Alternative Theatrical Expression (HR). At Water Tower Art Fest they also hosted an international discussion panel regarding the nature and challenges of site-based performance.

“…they performed with considerable athleticism and panache” (Artshub, Aug 2012)

In 2012 AIVDT created in Life in Miniature, winner of Best Dance at the Adelaide Fringe, and nominated for numerous awards including a WA Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. The work is a critically acclaimed performance inside a caravan for an intimate audience, premiering at the 2012 Perth Fringe Festival and remounted for sell-out seasons at the MoveMe Festival and the 2013 Adelaide Fringe. In 2010 AIVDT premiered UNEXPECTED-microclimates, a site-specific promenade performance in the Perth laneways, which debuted to a sell-out crowd. AIVDT has performed at numerous community and music festivals including the Fairbridge Folk Festival and taught workshops including Mindful Moves (2015), a series of community workshops for seniors with early-stage dementia, supported by the City of Rockingham. AIVDT contributes bravery to the world and breathes culture into the unlikeliest of places.

Directed by Serena Chalker and Quindell Orton, AIVDT encourages audiences to expect the unexpected.

Serena Chalker

Serena Chalker is an award-winning independent artist and co-director of Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre. Recently named “Most Interesting Australian Artist” by the 2016 Dance Australia Critics survey, Serena holds an MA: The Body in Performance with Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire 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 at Water Tower Art Fest (BG), 23rd and 24th Process – Space Art Festival (BG); One to One: Charting the Personal Terrain (UK); Springhouse (DE); Fringe World (AU, 2015 Winner Best Dance Award); Psi#21 Performing Mobilities Symposium (AU); MoveMe Festival (AU); Noted Festival (AU); Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (AU); In Short, 12-12-12 (curated by Chrissie Parrott); Hyperfest 2011 (in conjunction with Disability and Disadvantage in the Arts WA); Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Adelaide Fringe (2013 Winner Best Dance Award). She is trained in Dance and Dementia and Dance for Older People through People Dancing (UK). Serena is currently researching From the Outside, In and has been awarded a prestigious international residency in Finland by the Kone Foundation, and will be performing at the 25th Anniversary Process – Space Art Festival.

Quindell Orton

Quindell Orton works as an independent dance artist in Australia and Europe. A WAAPA graduate with Honours, Quindell works as a solo artist and in collaboration with others in the field of performance. Her work has a keen interest in improvisation, site alternative performance and interactive/participatory art. She has worked with the likes of Anna Konjetzky, Superyoutour, Shona Erskine, Chrissie Parrott, Buzz Dance Theatre, Brooke Leeder and Jo Pollitt. In 2008, Quindell co-founded site alternative performance company Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre (AIVDT), whose works include Unexpected Microclimates (2010) the award winning Life in Miniature (2012) The Dual Existence of Time (2014) When We First Met, (Process Space Art Festival, Water Tower Art Fest, 2015, Noted Festival 2016 and You Are Here 2016) and Amongst the Many (In Short-In Situ, 2015). Her choreographic work has been featured at the Process Space Art Festival (BG), Nomadic Village (UK), Edinburgh Fringe (UK), Fringe World (AU) and CADAM’s HiSTOREy (DE). Quindell's solo 216 showed to critical acclaim at In Short, Blue Room Summer Nights and Short+Sweet Dance Festival and where she was named Most Outstanding Female Performer. In 2015, she worked with Stefan Dreher for Dancing Days (DE), Mia Lawrence Reflections (US/DE), Anna Konjetzky Testlauf (DE) and CADAM for HiSTOREy Cologne edition (DE).