For more than 30 years, Shelley Lasica has pushed the confines of dance, choreography and performance. Her practice is defined by an enduring interest in the context and situations of presenting choreography.
Throughout her career, she has been making solo performances that function as a means and a reason for showing work. This practice provides the basis for generating ensemble works that question the collaborative and interdisciplinary possibilities of choreography.
She regularly collaborates with visual artists, including Tony Clark, Helen Grogan, Anne Marie May, Callum Morton, and Kathy Temin, in order to create dialogues between different modes and means of presentation.
Lasica’s choreographic works have been shown nationally and internationally within both visual art and theatre contexts, including: Melbourne Festival; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Chunky Move, Melbourne; Artspace, Sydney; Centre Nationale de la Danse, Paris; Siobhan Davies Studios, London; Dance Massive, Melbourne; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Murray White Room, Melbourne; and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.
She has been invited to research and develop new work through residencies at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; Artspace, Sydney; Lucy Guerin Inc, Melbourne; The Substation, Melbourne; PFERD, Vienna, Austria; and Centre National de la Danse, Pantin, France.
She has been supported by Australia Council, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, and City of Yarra.
Shelley is a guest teacher of dance and choreography in the Interior Design Program, RMIT University; Monash Art Design and Architecture Faculty, Monash University and at Lucy Guerin Inc.