Australian interdisciplinary artist Sandra Parker is based in Melbourne, Victoria. Her work focuses on the minutiae and detail of gestural movement, somatic embodiment and perception, and includes theatre pieces and gallery installations using a range of materials including movement, light, sound, video, interactivity, objects (kinetic sculptures) and text. Parker is the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board Fellowship and a Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Society and Dance.
While Parker’s background is in dance, her work does not rest on the expectations of the art form or a particular view of performance. Instead, her work can be seen as an evolution of methods and processes that interrogate the creation, production and presentation of performance.
Parker’s recent projects include: Small Details (2016), Dancehouse, Melbourne; Automaton (2016), an installation at Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne; Three Angles (2014), an interactive single-channel video installation, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia; Three Frames (2013), two video channels, sound, live performance, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, US; The Recording (2013), live performance, Dance Massive, Melbourne, Australia; Live View, live performance and binaural (headphones) sound (2013), Document (2011), Dancehouse, Melbourne, Australia; Transit (2010), Horti Hall, Melbourne, 2010, Melbourne Festival 2012, Faits d’hiver, Paris, 2013; Out of Light (2009), Gasworks, Melbourne, and The View From Here (2007), Joyce Soho, New York.
Parker has presented her work in Paris, Berlin, Portugal and New York, and undertaken residencies in Tokyo, China (Red Gate, Beijing and Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Guangzhou), Critical Path, Sydney; the Sophiensale and Laborgras, Berlin; Residency Unlimited, New York and collaborated with Chinese director Hope Chiang in Macau and Gender/Power artists Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey, NY. From 1998-2006 she was the third Artistic Director of the iconic Australian dance company Dance Works, creating innovative collaborations with many artists and arts organisations, including Melbourne International Festival of the Arts 2000, 2002 and 2003. International projects include the creation of Span with Shelley Lasica and American Choreographers Bebe Miller and Susan Braham, for Danspace, St Mark's Church, New York and Wave Hill, the Bronx.
Parker holds a PhD and MA from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Education with major studies in Dance and Drama. Her work has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, the City of Melbourne, the City of Port Phillip, the Besen Family Foundation, the Australia China Council, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the American Australia Association and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.