In 1982, two sisters farewell their mother and her newlywed husband on their honeymoon. However, the short trip is extended, and the siblings are left to fend for themselves. What unfolds is a story of two young women cast into a grown-up world – a spiral of abandonment and self-discovery. Evoking dark undertones, the experience of Permutations takes a ‘multiple point-of-view structure whereby the audience can choose their view of the four characters and the alternative perspectives of the story.
Claire Marshall is an Australian choreographer most known for her dance films, live immersive contemporary dance projects, and choreography of music videos. Claire has developed a strong choreographic voice, a unique aesthetic, and a passion for exploring storytelling in her choreography and films. Claire graduated from QUT’s Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and recently completed a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, where she focused on her dance film practice.
Claire has made numerous choreographic works in Brisbane over the past twenty years, including SlowDive and Flaunt at the Brisbane Powerhouse, which saw sold-out seasons, acclaimed reviews, and subsequent tours in Queensland between 2010 and 2016. Claire has choreographed for Expressions Dance Company (now ADC), QUT, and various youth ensembles, among other commissions.
Over the past 20 years, Claire has choreographed numerous music videos for artists including Darren Hayes, Megan Washington, Elizabeth Rose, Little Birdy, Kate Miller-Heidke, Powderfinger, The Sleepy Jackson, The Living End, John Butler Trio, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Tycho Brahe and tours for Savage Garden, Darren Hayes and a video projection for ‘Father Figure’ for George Michael’s 25 Tour in 2006. Claire has recently worked on Darren Hayes’ 2023 ‘Do You Remember’ world tour as a choreographer and his P.A.
Claire discovered her passion for dance film while making her Australian Dance Award Nominated Pulse at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2012. 2015, her acclaimed dance film Ward of State won an Australian Dance Award. It was screened internationally in 2016, including at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, where Claire traveled as a finalist.
Since then, Claire has become a leading artist in her field with her Australian Dance Award-nominated 2019 film Shift winning the ‘Best of Fest’ in the 48th Dance on Camera Festival, New York, and screened in numerous festivals over the globe including the Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne (Burgundy, France), London International Screen Dance Festival and recently in the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF). Claire’s following film, Void, has also received critical acclaim with programming in several international festivals in Ireland, Greece, Germany, Russia, Italy, Venezuela, Portugal, and most recently at Dancehouse Melbourne.
Bringing together Claire’s passion for dance filmmaking and trademark immersive theatre experiences, Permutations marks Claire’s 9th dance film work.