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Lee Serle (b.1981) is a Victorian College of the Arts graduate and a highly sought after choreographer and collaborator in Australia and abroad. He began his career performing for two of Australia’s preeminent companies, Lucy Guerin Inc, and Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), touring extensively worldwide. Lee has performed in the work of many other Australian choreographers notably, Shelley Lasica, Stephanie Lake, Antony Hamilton, and Internationally for Trisha Brown, Tere O’Connor (USA), and Kota Yamazaki (Japan).

In 2010 Lee was selected as the first Australian Protégé in Dance for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, which saw him relocate to New York City for a year of mentoring by seminal American choreographer Trisha Brown. During his mentorship Lee created and performed new work with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC), and presented his first site-specific dance P.O.V. (2011) created for the Rolex Arts Weekend at the New York Public Library. Following this Lee was an inaugural recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Australia Fellowship (2012) that facilitated a 2-year solo choreographic research mentored by another seminal American choreographer Tere O’Connor. Lee relocated to New York in 2015 to continue working with O’Connor and TBDC, alongside his own choreographic projects.

Lee choreographs within varied contexts and forms creating proscenium works, site-specific and interactive performance, intimate solo dances, and within the gallery, engaging a broad range of artistic collaborators. Commissioned to create new works for Lucy Guerin Inc, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Sydney Dance Company, Dancenorth, the Victorian College of the Arts, and Internationally for the Lyon Opera Ballet (France), Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative (Switzerland), and Colombian visual artist Mateo López, has showcased his work to an International audience.

As an educator Lee has choreographed and lectured at numerous tertiary education institutions around the world including Middlebury College, Columbia College and New York University (USA), Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (France), Victorian College of the Arts among others, was Education Director for Trisha Brown Dance Company in 2017, and is now a sessional trainer at NAISDA Dance College.

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