Renae Shadler is an Australian performance artist working between Western Europe, Melbourne and regional Australia. Her work traverses dance, live art, and embedded community projects. She works with site, movement, words, collaboration, and participation. Renae is interested in the ways dancing and speaking enlarge one another. Her current research is focused on the politics of transparency and its impact on our interpersonal relationships. She sees performance as an essentially intimate act and often connects directly with her audiences.
Renae is the lead artist of Renae Shadler & Collaborators and has presented work in public spaces, theatres and galleries in Australia and Europe. Since 2012 her company has worked with communities internationally, in urban centres and regionally. Renae Shadler & Collaborators has created work for Junction Arts Festival, Gippsland Arts Festival, Art Is… Festival, Light In Winter Festival, Robbie Burns Festival and the Australian Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space (Czech Republic).
A 2010 theatre graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and trained contemporary dancer, Renae works as a performer across visual art, contemporary dance and theatre. She has performed for Triage Live Art Collective (AU), One Step at a Time Like This (AU), Blackhole Theatre (AU), Maybe_Together (AU), Dee & Associates (AU) and Dewy Dell (IT), among other independent collectives. Renae has appeared in performance artworks at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Festival and Australian Centre of Contemporary Art. She was the acting coach for Asobi by Kaori Ito at Les Ballets C de la B (BE) and has attended artist residencies at Théâtre de la Villette (FR) – in collaboration with Luke George and David Wampach, Performing Arts Forum (FR), Ponderosa Movement & Discovery (DE) and The Freezer (IS).
Renae was a recipient of a DanceWEB scholarship at ImPulsTanz (AT) 2014 studying with Keith Hennessy, Benoît Lachambre and Miguel Gutierrez. Her work has received funding from the Australian Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Victorian College of the Arts, Ian Potter Cultural Trust and local councils, among others.