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Caitlin Dear is an experimental choreographer/performance artist currently based in Narrm/Melbourne and previously in Stockholm, Sweden.


Her perspectives, values and approaches, both artistically and beyond, are informed by her identity as an autistic, queer person. Caitlin is a passionate thinker, mover, reader, scholar and collaborator who has neurodivergent-style special interests in human-tree relations, plant intelligence, the nature of perception and theoretical/philosophical frameworks. 


Her artistic practice uses choreographic approaches to working interdisciplinarily across performance, live art, social practice, writing and practice-based research. She creates sensorially and intellectually engaging experiences, whether it be an action in a gallery,  performance in a theatre or outdoor engagement in a public setting.


Whatever the content/context, Caitlin’s work prioritises community/audience participation, incorporating immersive or interactive elements to directly engage people with the inquiries of her projects. Thus, working toward dissolving boundaries between artist, audience, artwork and everyday life. 


Caitlin’s work has been described to (paradoxically) engender clinical wonder and focused multiplicity, encouraging audiences to ponder philosophical problems from an embodied perspective with a scientific sensibility.














Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) completed between DOCH, Stockholm University of the Arts (Sweden) and Deakin University (Australia); Bachelor of Arts (Photography/Fine Art ) Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.

Short Courses:

Community Skills for Climate Action (City of Yarra, Moreland City Council &  City of Darebin); Building Aboriginal Cultural Competency (Koorie Heritage Trust); Cultural Safety in a Disability Context (Arts Access Victoria);  Emerging Choreographers Program (Dancehouse); Pathways Program (Midsumma); Certificate III in Dance (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts).




          Tree Time

2022, Collingwood Children's Farm, within The Green Bee, Melbourne

2022, Edinburgh Gardens, for the City of Yarra, Melbourne

2020, c3 contemporary art space, Melbourne

2019, Inter Arts Center, Malmö    

2018, Index Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm

Dancing Affordances

2020, Dancehouse, Melbourne

Sensory Studies

2019, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne

Meaning - Nothingness (in-process performance)

2018, produced by INSISTER SPACE, Weld, Stockholm 



2017, Platform Festival, The Owl and Cat Theatre, Melbourne

2017, within festival Size Doesn’t Matter (really), Testing Grounds, Melbourne

2016, within double bill Perceiving in Action, Testing Grounds, Melbourne

Programmed Responses

2016, First Run program, Lucy Guerin Inc, Melbourne

2016, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Schoolhouse Studios, Melbourne    


Published in journal Choreographic Practices Volume 13.2, co-authored On The Table: An Open Invitation with Dr. Ebony Muller, 2022

Speaker at (In)Corporeal Encounters Session Four: Weathered Bodies, in conversation with Carol Brown, Gregory Lorenzutti and Renae Shadler. Podcast documentation is available. Within a program of talks co-presented by Victorian College of the Arts and Dancehouse, curated by Professor Carol Brown, Dr Philipa Rothfield and VCA Creative Researchers Shinjita Roy and Brooke Stamp, 2022

Taught at university Victorian College of the Arts. Led a workshop on experimental, embodied reading practices as part of the Masters of Dance subject on choreographic reading, writing and archiving, 2022

Presented at conference Working With The Vegetal III, held at Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden, 2019      

Presented at research symposium Interference Lab #8 hosted by Inter Arts Center and Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University, Sweden 2019

Taught professional training classes for Danscentrum, Sweden 2019

Taught professional training classes for Höjden Hus, Sweden 2019

Presented at conference Working With The Vegetal held at Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden, 2018


Facilitated an ‘open reading space’ at Index Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, 2018

Facilitated a research workshop for POSSE- a dancing/reading group, Sweden, 2018

Lead a workshop for Test{ing} Club- a group for artistic practice exchange and collaboration, Melbourne, 2017


In 2021, Caitlin initiated a new program at Dancehouse, On The Table: a weekly, free event for artistic exchange and collaborative working, initially co-run with Ebony Muller and now with Rebecca Jensen. Expanding beyond traditional in-process showing formats, artists are asked to share their work in ways that invite others to partake in their explorations; putting something ‘on the table’ for everyone attending to examine together. 


The Green Bee (initiated in 2022) is a community program bringing people together to work for the climate in art and action. Co-designed with Rebecca Jensen, it comprises free workshops facilitated by local artists, activists, scientists, environmentalists and community groups. Working sessions inspire cross-disciplinary approaches to climate action through a mix of art, advocacy, action, discussion, and practical support of local campaigns. Through this collaborative work, The Green Bee aims to build meaningful connections, future collaborations, support networks, and friendships.

Since 2017, Caitlin has been a member of Insister Space, Stockholm-based organisation and network who "work with artistic practices as a base for organization and mobilizes itself towards a dancefield made of support and common engagement in art instead of an increasingly individualized workforce". 


Interested in platforms for artistic exchanges, with Jessica Matheson, Caitlin initiated Test{ing} club - regular 'malleable meetings' that ran during 2017, providing an informal space for people of all (un)artistic backgrounds to exchange, collaborate, challenge, propose, critique, test, expand discourse, support each other, practice together- do together.

Whilst studying at Deakin University across 2016-2017, Caitlin initiated and directed a co-curricular education program, inviting guest artists from varying disciplines to teach workshops focusing on research, performance making or socially engaged practices. Participants were aided in relating information to their own work and in forming interdisciplinary and collaborative relationships with peers. 



Dancehouse (Melbourne) through various collaborations and programs

Lucy Guerin Inc (Melbourne) through Frame, Out of Bounds and First Run

Midsumma (Melbourne) through their Pathways program

Temperance Hall/Philip Adams Ballet Lab (Melbourne) through the Out of Bounds program 

City of Melbourne (Melbourne) through their Arts Grants program

City of Yarra (Melbourne) through various Grants programs

Testing Grounds (Melbourne) through support in developing and presenting performances

Punctum Inc. (Castlemaine, Aust.) through the mentorship of Artistic Director Jude Anderson

Schoolhouse Stuios (Melbourne) through support in presenting a performance season

Inter Arts Center (Malomö, Sweden) through a research residency and technical support

INSISTER SPACE (Stockholm, Sweden) by providing a supportive yet critical peer network

Independent dance artists Ashley Dyer and James Batchelor through their mentorship


2020 (Melbourne, Australia):


Dancing Affordances by Caitlin Dear, part of Submerge Festival, Dancehouse

2018 (Stockholm, Sweden):

Meaning - Nothingness by Caitlin Dear (in progress performance), Weld

Splendour by Stina Nyberg, remounted for DOCH (Department of Dance and Circus), Stockholm University of the Arts

Borrowed Landscape by Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki, presented site specifically at supermarket ICA Maxi Lindhagen, for Stockholm University of the Arts

2017 (Melbourne, Australia):


Tim Collins Speaks by Geoffrey Watson, performance lecture commissioned for the Dance Speaks program, Counihan Gallery

The Infirmary by Triage Live Art Collective, Punctum Inc. 

Qualia by Caitlin Dear, Testing Grounds and The Owl and Cat Theatre


Untitled Performance by Natalie Abbott, MPavilion


2016 (Melbourne, Australia):


Re-Vault by Jonathan Sinatra, M47 Festival, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art & Batman Park


Wrapped by Hiromi Tango, Melbourne Festival Public Art Biennale, Queen Vic Markets


The Sequel by Leah Landau, Dancehouse

Social Studies: Epic Theatre by Shian Law, Dancehouse

Trilogy by Nic Green, Arts House


Untitled Performance by Ashlee Barton and Caitlin Dear, commissioned by Alexandra Chambers as a part of exhibition Celestial Bodies, The Oratory, Abbotsford Convent


NOW. by Kaitlyn McConnell, as part of the programme Signature, Studio 221


2015 (Melbourne, Australia):


Bells and Whistles by Shaun Mcleod and Never Arriving by Olivia Millard, as a part of double bill Move to Go for Deakin University, Studio B


2013 & 2012 (various locations):


Couched by Kynan Hughes and Scratch the Surface by Alice Lee Holland and James O’Hara as a part of the triple bill Threefold for STEPS, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Perth, Australia


Scratch the Surface by James O’Hara, Alice Lee Holland and Ruth Osborne for STEPS & Quantum Leap, TNUA theatre, Taipei, Taiwan

Try Hard by Alice Lee Holland and Adam Wheeler for STEPS, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

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