Renae Shadler is an Australian actress, dancer and choreographer working between Western Europe, Melbourne and regional Australia. Her work traverses dance, experimental performance, and embedded community projects. She works with site, movement, words, collaboration, and participation. Since training at the Victorian College of the Arts in acting and Adelaide Centre for the Arts in dance, Renae has continued to explore physicality as a key source of expression, intertwined with spoken word and the larger dramatic gesture. She sees performance as an essentially intimate act and often connects directly with her audiences.
Her self-authored works include; ‘Polly’s Party’ an interactive solo performance for audiences onstage, offstage and online (Premiere: La Mama Theatre 2012), ‘Y?’ a performance event by seven multidisciplinary performers set in a festival club (Melbourne Fringe 2014) and ‘RESTORE’ a contemporary dance solo that had a development season at Melbourne Fringe 2016 – winning the Market Ready Award and nominated for Best Performance – and premiering at Dancehouse, Melbourne Australia in May 2018. Her current project, ‘Susurrus’ with Finnish dancer/choreographer Maria Nurmela is a new immersive performance that explores environmental concerns through sound, movement, language and sustainable design. ‘Susurrus’ is supported by residencies at HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts (DE), BetOnest Residency (DE), Dansométre (CH), Routa Theatre (FIN) and Ehkä-Productions (FIN), due to premiere early 2019.
In addition to her choreographic practice, Renae works as a performer and acting coach within the visual arts, contemporary dance and theatre. As an acting coach, Renae worked on ‘Asobi’ by Kaori Ito produced by Les Ballets C de la B (BE) 2013, ‘The O-Zone’ by ClarkBeaumont (AU) 2017 produced by Australian Centre of Contemporary Art and MIMECENTRUM Berlin. She is currently working on ‘RAYS’ by Mirjam Sögner, which will premiere at ImageTanz Festival – BRUT Wien 2018. Renae has performed for Alexandra Pirici (RO), Triage Live Art Collective (AU/DE), One Step at a Time Like This (AU), Blackhole Theatre (AU), Maybe_Together (AU), Dee & Associates (AU), Dewy Dell (IT), William Bilwa Costa (DE) and numerous independent collectives. As an installation artist she has performed at the Neue Berliner Kunstverein, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Festival and Australian Centre of Contemporary Art.
Renae has been selected for artistic residencies at Tanzfabrik – culminating in a showing in ‘Open Spaces / SommerTanz Festival 2017’ (DE), Théâtre de la Villet (FR) – in collaboration with Luke George and David Wampach as part of ‘Focus Performing arts de la scène 2015’, and The Freezer (IS), among others. Renae was a recipient of a DanceWEB scholarship at ImPulsTanz (AT) in 2014 and has received funding from the Australian Federal and State Government as well as Philanthropic organisations to realise her own creative projects.
Having grown up in regional Western Australia, Renae is committed to creating cultural opportunities for regional communities. In 2012, she founded Renae Shadler & Collaborators, a project-based collective in Melbourne who create transdisciplinary performance experiences that engage creatively with site and are created in collaboration with touring artists and local participants. Past projects have been presented in train stations, public spaces and theatres. Festivals include; Junction Arts Festival 2016, Gippsland Arts Festival 2015, Australian Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space 2015 (Czech Republic), Robbert Burns Festival 2014, Art Is… Festival 2014 and Light In Winter Festival 2014.