Performance Career

March 2017   Performed duet with Anna Kuroda for Whip It at 107 in Sydney

July/October 2016      Dance film project with Doug Elkins at Montclair University.

August 2015  Performed in The Draw In for Geraldine Balcazar at Bangarra Dance Studio Theatre.

July 2015      Assisted Doug Elkins in reconstructing repertoire for a new creation for the Paul Taylor Company NYC.

                      The new work premiered in March 2016 at Lincoln Center.

July 2014       Research and development with Doug Elkins for choreography for proposed opera project

April 2013      Assistant to the choreographer, Doug Elkins, for new work with the Boston Conservatory

July 2012       Assistant to the choreographer, Doug Elkins, for new work with GroundWorks Dance Theatre Ohio

July 2012       Assistant to Doug Elkins in research & development with Shantala Shivalingappa in NYC

2011              Collaborated with Doug Elkins on solo works

2010              Assisted Doug Elkins Dance Company in auditions for the 2010 season of “Fraulein Maria”

2010              Guest artist in Short Sweet & Dance Festival, Sydney

2007              Original cast member in the critically acclaimed “Fraulein Maria” performed in NYC


2000 – 2008    Creative collaborator, dancer and rehearsal director for the Doug Elkins Dance Co, NYC


1993 – 2000      Principal dancer and company choreographer with Union Dance, London

 

Among others, she has worked with:  Graham Vick, Ian Spink, Ron Howell, Bunty Mathias, Jacob Marley, Anna Williams, Mark Lorimer, Marianna Kavalieratos, Maria Ribot, Gilles Jobin, Eduardo Rivera, Isabel Bustos, Ellen van Schuylenburch, Anna Kuroda and Laurie Booth

 

1997                  Danced with Gilles Jobin, production “A+B=X” - original cast


1995                  Founding member of Bunty Mathias Dance Company


1992                  Member of Moana Nepia and Dancers

 

Charemaine has also danced with:
The Royal Opera (Covent Garden)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, “The Queen of Spades”, (director Graham Vick, choreographer Ron Howell)
The English National Opera, “Inquest of Love”,  “Macbeth”, (choreographer Ian Spink)

Teaching

Charemaine was a key member of Union Dance’s renowned education team, instrumental in developing their innovative teaching style.

Union Dance is a professional dance company and educational charity nationally and internationally acclaimed as the UK’s most accessible and culturally diverse dance company. Union Dance showcases an eclectic mix of Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop and Martial Arts in performance repertory, which is the basis for its educational provision. Their education programme for youth is considered one of the best in the UK.

Choreography

2010    Movement coach for Ms Emma Booth, Channel 9 Australia, tv series “Underbelly – The Golden Mile”

1997    “Dance Tek Warriors – 3 Young Blades” for Union Dance

(“Dance Tek Warriors” became part of the UK’s GCSE   syllabus, taught in schools throughout the country).
 

1998    “The Thrill Is Gone” for Union Dance

1997    choreographic commission for Nubian Steps, South Bank Centre, London
1996    Dance Film “Maintenant Vous savez”, director Chris Gibbons
1992    Dance Film“Breakdown”, director Chris Gibbons
1991    “Hunting & Gathering”, Rotate Dance commission for the Duke String Quartet.
1990    “Problems in Materialism and Culture”, Rotate Dance: dancers Anna Williams, Mark Lorimer, Marianna Kavalieratou, Shamila Mukerji, Kay Richards.
1990    Dance film “Kalikathakali”, director Mark Keanne
1990    director and choreographer for Rotate Dance

Formal Education

2016   Workshops with Irene Dowd and Susan Klein in NYC.

2015   Studied with by Lance Gries and Tara Lorenzen, analyzing the movement and choreography of Trisha Brown.

2013 / 2014     Studied with Eric Franklin and Morten Dithmer. Charemaine is certified as a Franklin Method® Movement Educator. She is a member of the first graduating group in Australia.

2013 / 2014     Summer Intensive courses in NYC led by Iréne Hultman, analyzing the movement and choreography of Trisha Brown.

2011 – 2012    Choreography and technique workshops with Doug Elkins in NYC

2000 – 2001    Scholarship student at Merce Cunningham Studio, New York City
1987 – 1990    Degree course at the London Contemporary Dance School, London
1986 – 1987    Modern dance with Paul Saliba, Sydney Dance Company studios
1985 – 1987    Classical ballet with Joan and Monica Halliday, Garth Welch and Marilyn Jones, Sydney
1983 – 1985    Classical ballet with Valerie Bayley and Elsie Seguss, Australia
1979 – 1983    Classical ballet training in Singapore

Certificates:
Advanced Executant (Advanced II), Royal Academy of Dance
BA (Hons) Degree in Dance, University of Kent, UK graduated with 1st class honours.
Certified Franklin Method® Movement Educator.

REVIEWS WITH ONLINE LINKS

Union – South Bank Show 1995 review The Independent, London
“… the highlight of the opening night was Charemaine Seet’s solo, involving kung fu poses, lightning fast flying scissors and apparently impossible changes of direction.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/dance–the-quentin-tarantino-of-dance-1572398.html

Most recently, Charemaine has been a creative collaborator with Doug Elkins and a member of The Doug Elkins Dance Company in New York City. She was an original cast member in the critically acclaimed “Fraulein Maria”, performed in December 2007 in New York City.

“It’s heavenly to watch, and probably even more delicious to perform.” The New York Times

“Fraulein Maria” was featured at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2009.

From New York Times article
“Mr. Elkins, who took dance classes at Purchase College but spent extramural time mastering the arts of club and break dancing, first burst onto the dance scene in 1988, when he auditioned for Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks series with his just-created “Patrooka Variations.” It was a whirlwind, witty invocation of flamenco, break dance, martial arts, ballet and more, set to snippets of Bizet’s “Carmen” and James Brown."

“It just blew the panel off their rickety seats,” said David White, then the executive director of Dance Theater Workshop. “It was funny and smart, postmodern and topical. He had this incredible way of combining ideas that Roland Barthes would have been proud of, but with all the classical structure needed to fabricate a choreographic web.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/arts/dance/09sulc.html?_r=2&oref=slogin

Elkins –  NY Sun Review “Fraulein Maria”
http://www.nysun.com/arts/smirking-at-the-sound-of-music/44946/

Elkins – Village Voice Review – Photo : Charemaine in the foreground
http://www.villagevoice.com/2001-11-06/dance/tiger-balm/

In London, Charemaine was principal dancer and company choreographer with Union Dance. Union Dance is a professional dance company and educational charity nationally and internationally acclaimed as the UK’s most accessible and culturally diverse dance company. Founded in 1986, Union Dance showcases an eclectic mix of Contemporary Dance, Hip Hop and Martial Arts in performance repertory, which is the basis for its educational provision. As the only UK dance company along with the English National Ballet to receive education funding from the City of Westminster, Union Dance straddles uniquely over its dual vocation of excellence in dance performance, and educational work at the service of disenfranchised youth.

In September 2009, Union Dance’s production "Dance Tek Warriors" became part of the United Kingdom’s GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) syllabus and will be taught in schools all over the UK.

from Union Dance promotional material
“Union Dance is the UK’s most accessible and exciting dance company. In just one performance its stunning dancers expertly mix hip hop with the Brazilian martial art capoeira, the grace of ballet and tai chi, through to the sharply intelligent moves of contemporary dance. Union Dance integrates its choreographic content and athletic performance style with visuals, sound and music ranging from Hip Hop - Missy Elliot, Talvin Singh and Sitar Funk to the rich traditions of the Indian and African continents.”

“[Union Dance] builds a bridge across the dance of the studio and the dance of the streets” – The Guardian

 

BAM—Union Dance review
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D06EFDD1F31F93AA25751C0A9669C8B63

Union – South Bank Show 1995 review The Independent, London
“… the highlight of the opening night was Charemaine Seet’s solo, involving kung fu poses, lightning fast flying scissors and apparently impossible changes of direction.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/dance–the-quentin-tarantino-of-dance-1572398.html