Samantha Chester (part 1)

“we have much more capacity than we imagine” – Samantha Chester


Samantha Chester is a dance theatre maker, movement director and educator from Sydney. She has worked in a number of contexts to create new dance and theatre works. We catch up in her office at WAAPA and talk about:


  • making shows
  • teaching
  • burnout
  • nurturing and constructing identity
  • iyengar yoga
  • her show “the astronaut
  • novelty
  • teaching at WAAPA
  • administration
  • Australia Council
  • trying to reveal something
  • listening to people
  • folly vs outcome
  • social status
  • martha graham
  • western sydney dance training
  • “it’s a long life, what you choose to do with your energy is your most important thing” – Samantha Chester
  • reaching capacity
  • “you’ve got to be careful you don’t become a martyr” – Samantha Chester
  • “you’re only trapped if you think you’re trapped”  – Samantha Chester



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Matt Cornell is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion to question the arbitrary configuration of systems, and is passionate about overcoming cognitive bias... to ask better questions… to dissolve malignant social narratives.

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