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.

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.

"they performed with considerable athleticism and panache" (Artshub, Aug 2012)

Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre (AIVDT) was founded in 2008 by Serena Chalker and Quindell Orton. 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. AIVDT is currently developing Dust on the Shortbread, a new site-specific work for a suburban house examining ageing and dementia in the family home, Which will premiere in 2018. AIVDT debuted in Europe at Springhouse 2014 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 (BG). This work has since been re-mounted at at Water Tower Art Fest (BG), Noted Festival (AU), YouAreHere Festival (AU), and Festival of Alternative Theatrical Expression (HR). In 2015 Amongst the Many premiered at In Short In-Situ, an interactive audio-guided group work. In 2012 AIVDT created the acclaimed work Life in Miniature "completely absorbing" (Perth Now) "'you had to be there' resonates with full force" (Artshub) "highly recommended" (The West Australian), 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 vintage caravan for an intimate audience, premiering at the 2012 Perth Fringe Festival, with sell-out seasons at the MoveMe Festival and 2013 Adelaide Fringe.

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. 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 by Crack Theatre Festival, Sydney Fringe (Critics Pick 2017), Moving Bodies (BG), Month of Research (DE), Water Tower Art Fest (BG), Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival (BG), Saaren Kartano (FI), Barker Teatteri (FI), Process “ Space Art Festival (BG), One to One: Charting the Personal Terrain (UK); 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); Hyperfest 2011 (in conjunction with Disability and Disadvantage in the Arts WA and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She also trained in Dance and Dementia and Dance for Older People through People Dancing (UK) and is presented at the 2017 Dementia Partnership Project Symposium. Serena is currently an inaugural resident at The School artist residency in Hasselt (BE) and is currently developing LINNA: Island of Sorrows with Canadian playwright Alexis Diamond and international collaborators for presentation in Finland in 2019.

Quindell Orton

Quindell Orton works as an independent dance artist in Australia and Europe. A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with Honours, Quindell works as a solo artist and in collaboration with others in the field of dance. Her work has a keen interest in site alternative performance, interactive/participatory art and sound as a means of immersion and interaction. She has worked with the likes of Anna Konjetzky (DE), Superyoutour (DE), Shona Erskine, Chrissie Parrott, Brooke Leeder, Jo Pollitt, Stefan Dreher (DE), Mia Lawrence (US/DE). Her choreographic work has been featured at the Process- Space Art Festival (BG), Nomadic Village (UK), Edinburgh Fringe (UK), Perth Fringe World (AU) and CADAM HiSTOREy (DE). In 2017, she undertook the second development of Dust on the Shortbread with Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre (AIVDT) and collaborated with Anna Konjetzky for About a Session and Running. She also worked with Hauptaktion (DE) for Versuch Über das Turnen and toured to Poland, Germany, Algeria and Albania. In 2018 she is working with Anna Konjetzky for The Very Moment, touring with the productions Lighting, About a Session, Running, Wah Wah, Testlauf and Zweiter Versuch Über das Turnen, premiering Dust on the Shortbread with AIVDT and undertaking the research project Unseen Partners (supported by the Strut Seed residency).