Clare Whistler is an artist, performer, curator and writer with her roots in dance and choreography. Trained at Elmhurst Ballet School and Rambert School of Dance, Whistler worked professionally as a dancer and choreographer in Toronto, New York, and San Francisco, with her own company DanceArtCompany for 12 years, for which 40 choreographers made pieces.
Whistler creates site specific collaborative performance works that are often accompanied with books . Recent pieces include Bread (the sixth in her Gifts series) and her site-specific work The Visitor, as well as solo pieces for an AHRC-funded project, in collaboration with Ali Campbell and Thomas Dixon at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) on the theme of ‘Embodied Emotions’. She has been Artist in Residence at Bunces Barn since 2010 working on projects about wildflowers, bees, poetry, and a Dancers in Landscape Collective. Whistler aims to break down boundaries between disciplines and artistic genres, in order to offer moments of insight through performance, site-specific work, text, music, and visual art.
She has worked for the past 15 years in opera, as a director and movement director, mostly at Glyndebourne Opera House and including working on iconic productions by Peter Sellers and Bill Viola, Theodora and Tristan, as well as directing numerous education and community projects. She has been a visiting artist at the University of Brighton and Queen Mary and has won two Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in 2006 and 2008.
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