Kerith Manderson-Galvin is a queer femme performance maker who creates unconventional works of theatre, live art and durational performance art. Their work is often concerned with queer femininity and making radically soft performance that plays with time, reality and feelings. The performances imagine a queer feminine performance aesthetic – they can be gentle, fragile, wild, emotional and imposing. They incorporate text, improvisation, choreography and video and combine high and low art, culture and theory. Kerith’s work appears in galleries, theatres, gigs, online and at music and arts festivals. They have performed across Australia at venues and festivals including RCC, Provocare Festival, Dark Mofo, Mecha: Festival of Experimental Art, PICA.
Kerith is one third of live art pop sensation Expen$$$ive with Casey Jenkins and Emilia Athanasiadis and creates and performs with their sibling, Tobias Manderson-Galvin.
Kerith also works as a collaborator, dramaturg and performer and has worked with artists and companies including Nicola Gunn, Sandra Fiona Long, MKA, Doppelgangster, Ridiculusmus, Robert Reid, and bands On Diamond and Jazz Party.
Kerith has been supported by government and organisational grants and initiatives including Australia Council for the Arts, Moonee Valley City Council, City of Yarra, City of Melbourne, Darebin Speakeasy, La Mama and Women’s Circus. They have twice been an artist in residence at Bundanon and they attended Live Art Camp (Triage / Arts House) and Director’s Lab (Melbourne Festival.) They have a Master in Writing for Performance from VCA.