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 (Premiere: La Mama Theatre 2012), ‘Y?’ an interactive performance piece for seven multidisciplinary performers (Melbourne Fringe 2014) and ‘RESTORE’ a contemporary dance solo which was awarded the Market Ready Award and Nominated for Best Performance at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016 (currently in development).
Alongside her choreographic practice Renae works as an acting coach and performer across visual art, contemporary dance and theatre. Renae was the acting coach on ‘Asobi’ by Kaori Ito, produced by Les Ballets C de la B (BE) in 2013 and ‘The O-Zone’ by ClarkBeaumont (AU) in 2017. She 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) and Dewy Dell (IT), among other independent collectives. Renae has appeared in performance artworks at the Neuer 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), Dansomètre (CH), Théâtre de la Villet (FR) – in collaboration with Luke George and David Wampach, 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. She is currently creating ‘And She saw that it was good’ a new dance duet with Austrian choreographer/dancer Mirjam Sögner and ‘Susurrus’ with Finnish collaborator Maria Nurmela.
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.