Stalker Theatre is one of Australia’s pre-eminent physical theatre company. Founded in 1989, it celebrates over two decades of outstanding achievement in the production of innovative, inter-disciplinary, physical and visual theatre. Stalker has toured its hallmark outdoor and indoor productions to remote and urban locations across Australia and to Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Stalker makes high quality contemporary physical theatre in Australia across a range of cultural, social and political contexts, regions and nations, and delivers its work to extraordinarily diverse audiences. Its striking physical and visual productions communicate powerfully and imaginatively far beyond the constraints of traditional theatrical contexts. Its challenging new approach to physical performance draws on contemporary dance, new circus, martial arts, innovative approaches to dramaturgy, and inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural practices and processes.
Stalker produces a portfolio of distinct works, ranging from small, mobile street theatre productions to large site specific outdoor work, and includes both intimate and large scale indoor works, as well as a series of ongoing masterclasses.
Stalker produces the works of its directors David Clarkson and Rachael Swain as well as the projects of the intercultural company Marrugeku, which creates intercultural performance in Indigenous contexts in Broome, Western Australia.
Stalker’s latest work is Encoded, a visually stunning work that creates a ravishing immersive world of shimmering images that dissolve and reform as the performers sweep across the space. Encoded is an immersive aerial dance installation and performance that uses the latest interactive technologies to build a projected digital environment that responds to the movements of the performers.
Also in repertoire is Elevate, which fuses hip-hop and break dance with Stalker’s trademark hell-for-leather stilt acrobatics and aerial work. A high-voltage piece of theatre that pushes the boundaries of contemporary street theatre, it is a 30 minute show that can be performed both indoors and outdoors. It premiered in 2010 at the Flipart festival Canberra with follow-on seasons at Platform 3 CarriageWorks and at Hoopla Darling Harbour. In 2012 it toured to the Netherlands and to Hong Kong.