Gülsen Özer is an experienced, professional choreographer whose work in both performance and visual art has evolved to engage a wide range of forms and different audiences. Özer's work adroitly explores both the political and the poetic. Providing audiences with critical experiences designed to facilitate a re-enchantment with our relationships to our body and our environment and to enhance both our mental and physical agency, is the foundation and intent of her work.
The breadth of Özer's expression is best described as allegorical story-telling, using a variety of forms and materials to connect people through mutual experience and identification. In a suite of recent work she has interpreted the world through original performance productions, such as Dance X, an exhibition installation that used 360 video and sensor technology to explore 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 installation presented in a gallery context focusing on animal extinction (2018); and Just like you, a solo show about having a ‘unique’ name (2019), Özer has brought to life a vision that highlights difference and diversity as critical elements in negotiating our real-life experience.
Significantly, Özer is now pursuing more experimental work that 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 art works such as Surrealesville and Kids these days, large scale visual artworks created in partnership with local youth (2018/19); and Present Tense a seniors dance performance project involving people 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)