Head of Movement

Kate Sherman

Kate Sherman is a multi disciplinary performer, performance maker, choreographer, movement researcher and educator. Most recently she was a part of a creative development for a new VR work entitled Ascencio at Artist in Residence Chateau Orquevaux (France) Directed by Liberte Grace. She was a Scribe Artist at Dance Massive with Fragment 31 (Leisa Shelton) which is a project which transposes the experiences of Festival of Live Art audiences and public alike. She currently teaches Performance Making at The National Institute of Dramatic Art in the Movement department for BFA Acting students. Kate Graduated from NIDA in 2005 and completed a Graduate Certificate in Arts and Community Engagement at The VCA with the Centre for Cultural Partnerships. She is also a Yoga Teacher and has recently studied Embodied Flow’s first Advanced Yoga Teaching Model.  Her latest full length work is Animal which premiered at Theatre Works, was showcased at APAM and was presented at Dark Mofo Festival in Tasmania in 2018. Animal explores the circumstance we are born into and the cycle of violence created with Susie Dee and Nicci Wilks. Animal was nominated for 6 Greenroom Awards and won Best Direction, Best Ensemble, Best Sound and Lighting Design.

In 2017 she undertook a responsive residency at Critical Path in investigating how the concept and aesthetic Wabi Sabi can be interpreted into choreography with collaborator Ryuichi Fujimura and made a work for the Exhibition “A Working Model of The World” in a program exploring the social space at UNSW – Art and Design. In 2015 she had a short film exhibited in the RoslynOxley9 Gallery in Sydney entitled Perfect Boy Redux – Imaginarium which was also presented at Arts Basel in Hong Kong and directed by Liberte Grace. In 2015 she co collaborated on a show entitled Genius for the Festival of Live Art (FOLA) with Neurodiverse performers. She has worked with companies such as Performance Space (A real-time game and multi media performance entitled Wayfarer), MAKEbeLIVE Productions (Ruby’s Wish), STC (Macbeth), Downstairs Belvoir (Checklist for an Armed Robber), Erth Visual and Physical Inc (Gargoyles), Legs On The Wall (Beyond Belief, My Bicycle Loves You) and Campbelltown Arts Centre. She was funded by The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to study at Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Paris 2012) and in 2013 performed in The Republic of Trees a large scale site specific work for the Castlemaine Festival and performed a new site specific dance work entitled Under Different Circumstances in 30 Ways with Time and Space at Performance Space/ Carriageworks.

For 2013/14 she was awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and researched various contemporary performance companies methodologies in NY with dance theatre company Witness Relocation, Les Ballets C de la B (Belgium), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), collaborated with Director DJ Mendel (NY) on her new work Out of Order, observed Frantic Assembly (UK), studied at The Live Art Development Agency (UK) and studied dance improvisation and choreography with Deborah Hay (UK). In 2014 she performed and puppeteered in Ruby’s Wish at Downstairs Belvoir, did a residency for a new work Out of Order and created a site specific performance art piece entitled Under Harry’s Circumstances for Harry Seidler’s Expanded Architecture: Temporal Formal Exhibition. This work was published in a recent Bauhaus Publication. In 2015 she had a film exhibited in the RoslynOxley9 Gallery in Sydney entitled Perfect Boy Redux – Imaginarium which was also presented at Arts Basel in Hong Kong. In 2011 she devised a play called Once Under A Sky with her Company at the time Cursing the Sea. She has also studied with International companies Arch8, Complicite, Mimecentrum, Kneehigh Theatre and La Fura Dels Baus.