Adelina Larsson is a Swedish/Mexican choreographer, curator, producer, performer and educator. She trained at DOCH, Stockholm and CODARTS, Rotterdam. Since moving to Australia in 2007 she has choreographed and performed for performing arts companies presenting at Melbourne International Arts Festival, Federation Square, Sydney Opera House, The State Theatre Centre of WA, Australian Institute of Sport, The Canberra Theatre Centre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), The Lock Up, Newcastle and Fremantle Arts Centre.
Adelina has worked with creative director, Scott Rankin and BighART arts and social change company since 2014, David Pledger, Not yet it’s difficult (NYID), Ql2 Dance, STRUT, LINK Post Graduate Program and artists like Yumi Umiumare, Rhiannon Newton, Trevor Jamieson, Paschal Daantos Berry, Maitland Schnaars, Natalie Cursio and Shoeb Ahmad. Between 2014-2016 she lectured choreography and contemporary dance techniques at Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts.
Adelina is the founder and director of Strange Attractor - an interdisciplinary lab that focuses on experimentation and artistic research. As part of a collaboration between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Sydney Festival and Critical Path, Adelina produced Choreographic Lab_Hacking the Anthropocene (2019) engaging facilitator Rebecca Conroy and invited guests Dr Astrida Neimanis (Dept Gender and Cultural Studies, Uni Syd) and Kenneth McLeod (Research associate, UTS Business School).
As the Associate Artist with BighART Adelina has worked nationally on their projects since 2015, contributing to the creative direction with a range of interdisciplinary skills.
She recently completed her affiliation with Critical Path Choreographic Centre as Associate Artist (2017-2019) and is currently the co-director of ReadyMade Works - a centre for independent artists based in Sydney and regional NSW.
Image: Monsoon Residency, Bundanon Trust (2015)
As one of Critical Paths initiatives to build leadership capacity within the dance sector, independent choreographer Adelina Larsson - with experience of supporting other artists and initiating sector development projects - was invited to be Associate Artist for 2017-2019.
Adelina has contributed to the curations of CP's programs like Interchange Festival - Political Body (2017) a weekend of international and intercultural exchange with choreographers working across and between cultures. Political Body deal with the body as the place of agency – creating works that discuss marginalised communities, socio-political landscapes, climate change and body politics. Presenting artists: Rosalind Crisp (France/Aus), Rhiannon Newton (Sydney) and Bhenji Ra (Sydney).
She also guest edited CP's quarterly e-journal Critical Dialogues Issue 10 - No Body featuring contributions by choreographers Geumhyung Jeong (South Korea), Vania Gala (UK/Angola), Nadja Hjorton (SWE), Lz Dunn (AUS) and Sarah Hoboult (AUS). The issue incorporates practitioner reflections, academic excerpts and interviews presenting a rich collective montage of writing that draws parallels between timely feminist, queer, disability and artistic concerns.
Adelina's main research as curator has been looking into new models of curating collaborative labs for professional artists. She is experimenting with alternative platforms, methodologies and vocabularies alongside invited artists Rebecca Conroy, Rhiannon Newton, Amelia McQueen, Anthony Coxeter and CP's director, Claire Hicks.
The most recent lab produced by Adelina was the Choreographic Lab - Hacking the Anthropocene which was a partnership between Strange Attractor, Critical Path, presented by Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and Sydney Festival.
Strange Attractor is concerned with bringing together artist practitioner critical thinking leaders’ from experimental practice and interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary forms in process based practice and critical discourse. This innovative interdisciplinary practice and approach is key to extending and expanding the world and work of our artists and demonstrates the reasons that Adelina was selected by CP as Associate Artist.
Adelina works nationally on Big hART projects, contributing to creative direction of our outputs with a range of interdisciplinary skills. Using her background in dance, curation and education, Adelina works in community delivering mentoring and creative skill building through choreography, associate direction and confidence building. Adelina began working with Big hART Yijala Yala Project in 2014 as a choreographer for Hipbone Sticking Out, and has since been expanding her skill base to contribute to the artistic direction of the company.