Gülsen Özer is an experienced, professional choreographer working in both performance and visual art to engage a wide range of forms and different audiences. Özer's work adroitly explores both the political and the poetic.
Özer's allegorical story-telling connects people through mutual experience and identification. Through recent work, such as Dance X, an exhibition installation using 360 video and sensor technology, explored new ways to communicate choreography, presented at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum (2017); In Real Life, a contemporary dance work about human connection (2016); Calling it, an audio gallery installation presented focussed on animal extinction (2018); and Just like you, a solo show about having a ‘unique’ name (2019), Özer innovatively explores difference and diversity.
Özer’s work animates participant engagement and assists others to tell their stories in a vital, resonant way; This is where it happened focussed on senior’s audio stories and memories of dance at multiple locations (2017/18); public artworks, Surrealesville and Kids these days, are large scale projects created in partnership with local youth (2018/19); and Present Tense, engaged seniors with no dance background, a median age of 80, and living in a metro regional location, in the creation of a contemporary dance theatre work (2019).
Özer was recently appointed, alongside eight other metro-regional artists, to facilitate a new creative program designed to support recovery following the bushfires of February and March 2019 in the Bunyip State Park, Walhalla and South Yinnar areas in Victoria. This program is a partnership between the Creative Recovery Network and Baw Baw, Cardinia and Latrobe City Councils, with support from Lifeline Gippsland. Özer will be working with members of the bushfire affected communities to develop a proposal for a creative, arts-based recovery project during 2020-2021.
Özer is also developing a new site specific choreographic work for 'Dancing Place Corhanwarrabul' (Mount Dandenong, Victoria), curated by Gretel Taylor in consultation with Aboriginal elder Murrundindi (Gary Hunter) with performance dates scheduled for late 2020.