Shelley Lasica

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Shelley Lasica is an independent choreographer and dancer whose practice is characterised by cross-disciplinary collaborations and an interest in presenting dance in various spatial contexts.

With over 30-years’ experience, Lasica’s choreographic works illustrate an enduring interest in thinking about dance, movement and the many contexts in which they occur. Her works have been presented by Melbourne Festival; National Gallery of Victoria; Artspace, Sydney; Centre Nationale de la Danse, Paris; Siobhan Davies Studios, London; Dance Massive 2015; 20th Biennale of Sydney; Murray White Room and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Since the 1990s she has worked collaboratively with a large number of visual artists, writers, composers, and designers including Paul Schutze, Lyndal Jones, Kathy Temin, Gail Hastings, Robyn McKenzie, Franc Tétaz, Martin Grant, Helen Grogan, Bridie Lunney, and Anne-Marie May.

Early solo performances include Now (1989-90), Happening (1991-92) and the Behaviour series (1993-97), which focused on the relationship between performer, audience and the performative space and spanned four years, six performance works, a video and publication. Documentation of one of these performances was recently included in the exhibition Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

In 1997 Lasica began work on the Situation series with writer Robyn McKenzie and composer Franc Tétaz. This body of work comprised of a number of theatre pieces that focused on interaction, loss of memory, coincidence and the subject of space. The following year she undertook a collaboration with fashion designer Martin Grant on Dress, a performance that demonstrated the way the body is arranged by the physical habits of clothing.

More recent works include Play in a Room (2007) an ensemble performance presented at Melbourne International Arts Festival; VIANNE (2008) an ensemble performance presented at fortyfivedownstairs; VIANNE AGAIN (2012-13) an ensemble performance presented at Monash University Museum of Art, Iwaki Auditorium ABC Centre, and RMIT Design Hub; Represent (2013 - ) a performance project with Tony Clark presented at Galerie Seippel, Cologne, Murray White Room, Melbourne and Arboretum, Canberra; As we Make It (2014) presented as part of Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria; Solos For Other People (2015) an ensemble performance for Dance Massive 2015; How Choreography Works (2015) an exhibition with Deanne Butterworth and Jo Lloyd at West Space, Melbourne; The Design Plot (2016 - ) an ongoing ensemble performance, developed during a residency at RMIT Design Hub and performed at MPavillion, Gertrude Glasshouse, Minanoie and Sutton Projects; and The Shape of Things to Come (2017) as part of the exhibition Superposition of Three Types at Artspace, Sydney and for I <3 Pat Larter at Neon Parc, Brunswick.