Charmene Yap


Charmene Yap graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2006. During her studies she performed at the Hong Kong Dance Festival, was awarded a scholarship to attend the TaipeIDEA Intensive in Taiwan and spent a semester at Purchase College, New York on the student exchange program. During her 6 months in USA, she also worked with choreographer Karole Armitage and the Armitage Gone! Dance Company in In this dream that dogs me. Upon graduating from WAAPA, Charmene received an Australia Council Skills and Development Grant for young and emerging artists, which allowed her to second with several choreographers including Lucy Guerin, Sue Healey, and Tanja Liedtke.

Charmene has had the opportunity to be featured as an actor and dancer in the video art film Think Of Yourself As Plural, directed by David Rosetzky and choreographed by Lucy Guerin. Other choreographers whom Charmene has worked with include Antony Hamilton, Sue Peacock, Olivia Millard, Ong Yong Lok, Nanette Hassall, Gerard Van Dyck and Mew Chang Tsing. At the end of 2009, she joined dancers Paul White and Kristina Chan for Tanja Liedtke’s Construct, touring to Israel and Canada.

Charmene was nominated for the prestigious world-wide Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative Award and has been a successful applicant for the 2009/10 SCOPE program to expand her interest in architecture.

Charmene joined Sydney Dance Company in January 2010 and has performed in Rafael Bonachela’s 6 Breaths (2010-2011); we unfold (2010-2011); LANDforms (2011); The Land of Yes & The Land of No (2011); 2 One Another (2012-2013); Project Rameau (2012-2013); the acclaimed season of De Novo (2013), featuring works by Rafael Bonachela (Emergence) and Alexander Ekman (Cacti) and Les Illuminations (2013). She has also performed in Adam Linder’s Are We That We Are (2010); Emanuel Gat’s Satisfying Musical Moments (2010); Jacopo Godani’s Raw Models (2011) and Stephanie Lake’s Dream Lucid as part of Contemporary Women (2012).

Charmene won the Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer for her performance in Rafael Bonachela’s 2 One Another in 2012 and was named in the 2012 Dance Australia Critics Survey ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ for her performance in The Land of Yes & The Land of No.

Charmene was a part of the collaboration with Kaldor Public Art Projects for the contemporary art exhibition 13 Rooms where Sydney Dance Company featured in Allora and Calzadilla’s Revolving Door.

In 2013, Charmene was part of the acclaimed international tour of 2 One Another to North America, South America and Russia. This work won the ‘Best Ensemble’ Award in the 2012 Green Room Awards and the 2013 Australian Dance Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’ and ‘Outstanding Performance by a Company’. Charmene also won the ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer’ 2013 Australian Dance Award for her performance in this work.

In 2014, Charmene will be part of the triple bill Interplay, featuring choreography by Rafael Bonachela, Jacopo Godani and Gideon Obarzanek. Interplay will premiere at Sydney Theatre (15 March – 5 April) followed by Canberra Theatre Centre (10-12 April) and Southbank Theatre, Melbourne (30 April – 10 May).