BIOGRAPHY:

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/disabled, queer demiwoman. 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 adventure 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.

EDUCATION:

 

University:
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)

Self Study:

Caitlin has undertaken studies in visual art/theory, meditation and yoga. Additionally, she is an avid reader of non-fiction books and journal articles on wide-ranging subjects within the Arts, Philosophy and Science.

ARTIST MISSION STATEMENT:

 

  • To exist in dialogue with philosophical and scientific work

  • To engage people with their perceptions and subjectivity in ways that engender curiosity, reconsideration and criticality

  • To create live art experiences where the power structures between audience, performer, author and work are malleable

  • To speak inclusively to broad audiences

PRESENTATION OF WORK:

 


          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 

  

Qualia

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    

ACADEMIC/DIDACTIC:

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

DISCOURSE/DEVELOPMENT PLATFORMS:

This year, Caitlin initiated a new program at Dancehouse called On The Table, a weekly event for artistic exchange and collaborative working which she co-runs with Ebony Muller. Expanding beyond traditional in-process showing formats, artists are asked to share their work, inviting others to partake in their explorations; putting something ‘on the table’ for everyone attending to examine together. 

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, she 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. 

SUPPORT OF CAITLIN'S PRACTICE:

Lucy Guerin Inc (Melbourne) through their programs Out of Bounds and First Run

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

City of Yarra (Melbourne) through their Annual Arts Grants program 

Dancehouse (Melbourne) through their Emerging Choreographers Program & Space Grants

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

PERFORMANCE HISTORY:

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