“Shift” 2019

“Shift” Montage

“Shift” Synopsis

Cast: Richard Causer and Lucy Hood
Cinematographer: Kevin Holloway
Choreographer and Editor: Claire Marshall

Taking an 8-minute duet situated in various locations, and repeated four times, choreographer Claire Marshall investigates how the sense of ‘story’ shifts with the consideration of location, cinematic elements, and editing. The duet explores a discordant couple stuck in a rut, looping manipulative behaviour as four stories eventually shift to become one story. 

Rather than impose an idea on a specific location scouted to suit a story, as an experiment, Shift was filmed in numerous locations, and allowed the sense of “story” to evolve in the edit. At the time of filming, the editing of Shift was not pre-planned, making Shift unconventional. Rather, through a experimental creative processes, the sense of “story” unfolded through the integration of the choreography in the various locations, which cyclically impacted on the cinematography and choreography through the editing. 

Shift was created as one of the creative outputs of Claire Marshall’s Master of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2019.

“Shift” Blog


“Shift” Stills

“Silt” 2018

“Silt” Montage 1

“Silt” Montage 2

“Silt” Synopsis

Cast: Maddison Campbell, Kirrah Jobst, Amelia Le-Bherz, Paige Rasmussen.
Choreographer/ Producer/ Editor: Claire Marshall
Cinematographer: Kevin Holloway.

Silt was created for four dance students who were 17, 18, 19, and 20 years of age at the time of filming. The four enthusiastic student dancers worked with Claire Marshall to extend dance experiences at a pre-professional level. The full version of Silt is 10-minutes and premiered in Brisbane in December 2019.

Resembling a music video narrative where the cut-a-way moments create the narrative and the dance phrases are the “performance”, this more abstract dance film “Silt” is entered around four characters who find escape in a quaint little beach in the middle of the Brisbane CBD. The beach situated on the edge of the Brisbane river sees many people pass by, as well as vehicles zoom over the large structure of a bridge above. However, for the characters, it’s a place they connect as people continue to pass by going about their busy lives. Juxtaposed to this sense of freedom and escape, their movement output is deliberate clunky and hard, resonating their surroundings. 

“Silt” Blog


“Silt” Stills

“Ward of State” 2014

“Ward of State” Montage

“Ward of State” Dining room snippet

“Ward of State” Synopsis

Cast: Richard Causer, Libby McDonnell. Chafia Brooks, Mariana Paraizo.
Choreographer/ Producer/ Story: Claire Marshall
Cinematographer: Kevin Holloway
Editor: Jane Wallace.
Shoot director: Sarah-Jane Woulahan.
Score: Susan Hawkins

Ward of State is a 30-minute narrative dance film about a girl who was taken from her mother and stepfather and placed the care of the state in a Magdalene Convent Laundry. Set in the 1930’s-1940’s Ward of State depicts the journey for both the daughter and mother characters. It delves into subject matters of abuse, neglect, and mental illness. 

Ward of State is inspired by choreographer Claire Marshall’s research into her family genealogy and her quest to understand things that occurred in the past. A significant portion of the narrative and the films characters are based on what Claire learned about her family history.  A common story in Australia, Claire has also drawn from research and interviews with women who were wards of the state. 

Ward of State was made with financial investment from Arts Queensland, and through crowd funding of Possible. *Australian Dance Award –Winner 2015 (Film and New Media Category)

“Ward of State” Blogs

History: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/278/
Part 1: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/journey-of-making-ward-of-state-part-1/
Part 2: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/journey-of-making-ward-of-state-part-2/
Part 3: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/375/
Part 4: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/ward-of-state-post-production-to-premiere/
Australian Dance Awards 2015: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/australian-dance-awards-september-2015/
San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2016: https://www.clairemarshall.com.au/san-francisco-dance-film-festival-2016/

“Ward of State” Poster

“Ward of State” Stills, taken on set by FenLan

“Vault” 2013
(completed in 2019)

“Vault” Montage

“Vault” Alternative perspectives

Investigating two different versions in editing

“Vault” Synopsis

Cast: Michelle Barnett, Jake Kuzma, Frances Hannaway, Matthew Overberg
Choreographer, Producer, Editor: Claire Marshall 
Cinematographer: Kevin Holloway
Director: Piia Wirsu
Score: J Valenzuela Didi 
Lighting: Simon Cook & Daniel Endicott

Vault is a contemporary dancefilm exploring memories of spaces formed as a child, revisited as an adult. In 1983 as a child on a school excursion to the Queensland Museum, I became lost from class and found myself inquisitively exploring the museum, it’s winding staircases, hidden spaces, progressive eclecticism style architecture, and strangely interesting museum staff. Journeying through the now defunct building as an adult, memories of the people and discoveries I made as a child return and inspired the making of Vault. Vault was filmed in 2013 and completed in 2019.

“Vault” Blogs


“Vault” Stills by Gemma Blake

“Pulse” 2012

“Pulse” Montage 1

“Pulse” Montage 2

“Pulse” Synopsis

Cast: Libby McDonnell, Miranda Zeller, and Anthony Trojman.
Choreographer, Producer, Editor: Claire Marshall
Cinematography/ Film Mentors: Grant Marshall and Jane Wallace
Sound: Forces

Pulse was created at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. Pulse was choreographed around the existing space (as a location) around concrete support beams, graffiti walls and open areas. Pulse also drew inspiration from images of bygone days when the Powerhouse functioned as an industrial power station.

Pulse was the starting point of Claire’s quest to explore the dance on screen medium, with the specific interest in making a project that was:
– inspired by the space, and
– informed by research of the history of the space where created.

Pulse is a collaboration with Claire’s brother Director Grant Marshall and Jane Wallace. The creative development component of Pulse was created with financial support from an Ausdance Qld Creative Development Grant and as a Brisbane Powerhouse Powerlab.

“Pulse” Blogs


“Pulse” Stills: FenLan/ Grant Marshall

“Pulse” Poster

Dance film Showreels (2020)