Carly Sheppard is a cross-disciplinary performance artist whose work negotiates across dance and theatre performance, sculpture, drawing, voice and installation. Often these forms feature interchangeably within a single work, housed within the foundation of the body moving.
Carly’s work predominantly explores the experience of being a part of the Indigenous diaspora of Australia; intersecting identities and the navigation of trans-generational inheritances, exploring the borders of ownership and autonomy, and the mapping of these shifting spaces and their interaction with changing social and cultural environments.
Some of Carly’s own work thus far include ‘White Face’ for Next Wave Festival 2014; ‘Moving House’ for Brown Cabs Scratch Series at Footscray Community Arts Centre 2015 and Womenjeka Festival at Footscray Community Arts Centre 2016; ‘Nah Nuthin’ for Pieces For Small Spaces at Lucy Guerin Inc, Crackers And Dip With Chase And Toey, Arts House 2018.
Carly has performed as ensemble dancer and performer in various works including ‘Pulse’ 2013 and Articulating Landscapes 2014, for Ochre Contemporary Dance Company; Aeon by Lz Dunn 2017 and 2018, Same But Different by Mariaa Randall Dubai Kungka Miyalk for Dance Massive Festival Melbourne 2019; Sand Song for Insite Arts, story developed by Walbira Murray, Choreographed by Deon Hasty and Directed by Elena Vereker, Shanghai 2016, Sydney 2017 and Gold Coast 2018.
Carly has performed in Educational, Independent and main-stage theatre works, including; ‘Northwest Of Nowhere’, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Written by Kamarra Bell-Wykes and Directed by Rachael Maza, 2015; ‘Love’, playing the role of Annie, written and directed by Cornelius and Dee, at 45 Downstairs, Melbourne 2019, and the Arsonale in Venice 2019; ‘Anthem’, playing the role of Joella and chorus member, written by Christos Tsiolkas, Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves and Irine Vela, and directed by Susie Dee, Arts Centre Melbourne 2019, Roslyn Packer Theatre, Sydney, 2020, State Theatre WA, 2020 .
Carly has been nominated for Best Performer for her work in Love and Anthem for the 2020 Green Room Awards. In the 2019 Green Room Awards, Carly and Josh Twee received nominations for Best Performance, and were awarded Best Production in the category for Experimental Performance, for their work Crackers and Dip With Chase and Toey.
Carly studied Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, VIC, Diploma of Careers In Dance at National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association, NSW, and Bachelor of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne, VIC. Carly is an Alumni of the British Council’s Accelerate Program, 2015.
When: Thursday 14 May 2020
Time: 6 – 9 pm
Location: Online! Register to be emailed the login details.