Gülsen Özer is a performing artist and choreographer based in Melbourne. Working in independent practice for over a decade, Özer has created work in a variety of contexts; from small contemporary dance works to large-scale community events, creating hybrid live performance, participatory installations, site-specific dance and public art works. Özer uses the power of live performance to facilitate a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence.
Özer completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts with honours, at Monash University (2004). Following her university training Özer’s work has received Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria and Yarra Ranges Council funding support and she was a recipient of Australia Council and Arts Victoria's MAPS (managing and producing services) program 2009-2011. Her work includes; ‘I really want to be here’ (Malthouse theatre 2003), ‘Girls on Boys’ (Dancehouse, nominated for an Australian Dance Award 2008), ‘Iris’ (Arts House Melbourne Fringe Hub 2009), ‘Phoenix’ (Theatre Works 2009), ‘Little Cloud’ (Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide Fringe 2011), “Dynamic” (CATI Dans Istanbul 2013), ‘The Nature of Nature’; ‘Isn’t she lovely?; ‘Entrances and Exits’ (Circling the Brink 2014-2016), ‘Frame-work’ (Tarrawarra Museum of Art 2016), ‘Dance X’' (Yarra Ranges Museum of Art 2017), ‘This is where it happened’ Healesville and Lilydale (2016 and 2017 respectively).
Recent collaborations include participating in year 1 of 'Creative Meeting Points'; a 3 year residency exchange between Melbourne and Hong Kong artists through a partnership between Dancehouse Melbourne and West Kowloon Cultural District Hong Kong (2017), working in residence with New York artist Yanira Castro and Bessie Award-winning lighting designer Margie Medlin (Dancehouse 2016) and facilitating 'It Takes A Town' a youth participatory public art project in collaboration with Yarra Ranges Council in Healesville, Victoria (2018).