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"Having seen nearly all of Dyson’s work I have come to expect a kind of visual excellence from her,
and while this work marks somewhat of a departure from her previous works, it didn’t disappoint.
She maintains her resolute attention to detail, a focus on not just dancing for dancing’s sake,
and an obvious commitment to creating a piece of performance with real meaning".

Julia Postle - Art Look


Clare has created collaborative dance, theatre and site specific performances in Australia, Europe and America. Her practice spans dance, performance, installation, sound, film and work for theatres. Her film works have been screened nationally and internationally and she has been the Artist-In-Resident at prestigious venues in the US, Berlin, Paris, Canberra and Brisbane. In 1996 Clare co-founded and curated Brisbane’s first interdisciplinary performance space The Crab Room Performance Space. She was awarded a New Media grant in 1997 to research interdisciplinary performance work with artist Rachael Jennings and composer Damian Barbeler.

In 1998 she formed Dyson Industries with brother and lighting designer Mark Dyson, focusing on creating new experimental dance performance.

Clare and Mark have created over 15 full-length works including: ALONE TOGETHER (Australian Dance Award shortlist),  The Voyeur (Australian Dance Award shortlist, US tour in partnership with DiverseWorks), Being There (Tanzfabrik - Berlin, Tanz Im August - Berlin, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts), Absence(s) (Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts) and Churchill’s Black Dog (Australian Dance Award winner, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, ANU Arts Centre, Brisbane Festival).

Clare has received numerous choreographic prizes, grants, Fellowships and residencies in Australia and throughout the world including the Australia Council's Cite des Arts Fellowship (Paris), the Djerrassi Fellowship (US), Tanzfabrk (Berlin) and an Australian Choreographic Centre Fellowship. In 2006 she won the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance. Clare was also shortlisted for Best Choreography in 2006 and was shortlisted again in 2009 for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance. She completed her PhD in on audience engagement in dance in 2010 and has been creating immersive solo works since 2011 in a variety of venues and festivals. Mark completed his PhD in new media and photographic theory in 2013. Both Clare and Mark work are academics at universities and their current work With.Me is an interactive sound installation looking at issues of alone-ness and loneliness.


current works
- new sound installation performance about aloneness and loneliness

selected works

  • 2019 With.Me - I nteractive sound installation, In collaboration with  Dr Toby Gifford and Dr Kelly Hussey-Smith, Abbotsford Convent
  • 2017-2018 ALONE TOGETHER - dance and sound installation about aloneness and loneliness, The Block, QUT Creative LAB & Arts Qld
  • 2010-2014 UNSETTLED I-III series, Solo one on one performance works for Brisbane Powerhouse, SubStation, Sean Young Studios, Brisbane Festival
  • 2012 BAGGAGE in collaboration with motion designer Timothy Lovett, Seven with Another, SubStation, Brisbane
  • 2009/2010 the voyeur - developed during Cite Des Arts Residency in Paris (including showing), premiered in Brisbane at Gardens Theatre, toured to the US in 2010 in partnership with US venue Diverseworks
  • 2007 Being There – created at Tanzfabrik in Berlin as part of Tanz Im August dance festival & premiered in Brisbane at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
  • 2007 Absence(s) – Disused building in Brisbane, site installation performance work, partnership with Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
  • 2006 Medeleven, Link Dance Company, WAAPA
  • 2005/2006 Churchill’s Black Dog, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, ANU Arts Centre, Canberra & La Boite Theatre, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane
  • 2004 Constructed Realities: METIS Art-Science festival, gallery installation, Canberra Contemporary Arts Space
  • 2003 Intimate Drowning II, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, ANU Arts Centre, Canberra
  • 2002/2003 Constructed Realities, Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane & Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
  • 2001 Intimate Drowning I, National Choreographic Centre, Canberra
  • 2000 Moodjee – Opening for Council for Reconciliation, Parliament House, Canberra
  • 1998 Spices: installation + performance, National Choreographic Centre Fellowship, Old Canberra Brickworks
  • 1998 Mourning hours: 16mm film, shot at Wharf 1, Sydney
  • 1997 Languages of collaboration, New Media Arts Fund project with visual artist and composer, Secumb Space, Brisbane
  • 1995 Mourning Hours I, II & III, Crab Room, Brisbane
  • 1995 Water to a Morning Mouth, Crab Room, Brisbane
  • 1995 Co-founded & curated: crab room performance space, interdisciplinary performance venue, Brisbane
  • 1994 Traces: installation + performance, Brisbane Woolsheds, Brisbane
  • 1993 Women are dying to look like this, Brisbane Fringe Festival, Princess Theatre
  • 1993 Ego's Grave - Opening for 1st Asia Pacific Art Triennial with Roberto Villanova, Qld Art Gallery
  • 1993 - Opening Surrealism: revolution by night with VoiceART, Qld Art Gallery
  • 1992/1993 One – solo series

performers + collaborators
contract based
email us for details

artists working on past and present projects include:


clare dyson

lighting & production design
mark dyson

for information about Mark's
other creative work please visit

+61 402 112 994
mark +61 410 486 002

clare [at]

mark [at]