RESEARCH + PRACTICE
BShelley Lasica is a choreographer and dancer whose practice is characterised by cross-disciplinary collaborations and an interest in presenting dance in various spatial contexts. Her career illustrates an enduring interest in thinking about dance and movement and the many contexts in which they occur. She is concerned with what dance means to people, how it functions and how it can be used to shape our experience of the world.
The prolific and vast repertoire of Lasica’s choreographic works and installations spans 30 years, including Melbourne Festival, National Gallery of Victoria, Centre Nationale de la Danse (Pantin, Paris); Siobhan Davies Studios (London), Dance Massive, ACCA, Murray White Room and Anna Schwartz Gallery.
Lasica is highly recognised as a mentor and creative agent facilitating the development of successful choreographers and dancers. She has developed a number of strategies that involve mentoring, internships and training, development of creative projects and participation in unusual combinations. These works include NESTNET and COLLECT, in 2011, ANAT/Synapse residency and How Choreography Works.
Recent works and collaborations include Represent (2013 - ), with Tony Clark, a performance with scenery at Galerie Seippel, Cologne; Murray White Room, Melbourne; and in the Arboretum, Canberra. Two of her works were selected as part of the NGV exhibition, Melbourne Now (2014): the exhibition piece, Inside Vianne Again (2014), with artists Helen Grogan and Anne-Marie May, and the performance, As We Make It.
SOLOS FOR OTHER PEOPLE premiered at Dance Massive 2015, presented in the basketball gymnasium at the Carlton Baths, Melbourne. How Choreography Works, an exhibition at West Space, Melbourne with Deanne Butterworth and Jo Lloyd explored choreography both live and archival and featured video, text and live sessions. This work was then presented as part of the Choreography and the Gallery Salon, for the 20th Biennale of Sydney at the AGNSW.
In 2016 she began working on The Design Plot through a residency at RMIT Design Hub. During 2017 this work is being shown as part of the exhibition High Risk Dressing/Critical Fashion. The Design Plot was also in residency at Gertrude Glasshouse as an open research and performance module and has been shown at Minanoie. Lasica has just undertaken a regency at Artspace, Sydney and whilst there, the performance The Shape of Things to Come was presented in four iterations as part of the exhibition Superposition of Three Types. Her work is included at the the NGVA in the exhibition Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art off the 1990s.