Movement, Puppetry & Theatre


b. 1986, HK.

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STEPS Youth Dance Scholarship 2015

2018 Offie Nominated: Best Choreography (EAST)



John Curtin College of the Arts, Certificate of Arts - Dance

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre - First Hand Program

Philippe Gaulier - Le Jui

The Curious School of Puppetry

Force Majure - INCITE

Perth Festival - LAB program


Yvan Karlsson is a Director, Movement Director & Multi-Disciplinary Performer. He has trained with STEPS Youth Dance Company (2007-2014), Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (First Hand Program 2015), The Curious School of Puppetry (UK) & most recently Force Majure (INCITE). Yvan has worked with Companies & Organisations including: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (SPLAT! & Nobody Owns the Moon), Compagnie Royal De Luxe/Perth Festival (THE GIANTS), Circus MAXIMA (Fearless), Steamworks, Force Majure, In Soliloquy, Atticist & X+CO. Creator/Director credits include: Cool Bananas (600 Seconds/Blue Room Theatre), Monkey Boy (SPPT/First Hand), Ophelia (FringeWorld 2016), Player (In Situ/STCWA) & DEATHWISH (MicroMove/ Blue Room Theatre). Movement Director credits include: Deadly Dialogues (Edinburgh Fringe 2017), EAST (Atticist) & Confirmation (X+CO).Yvan was selected for the Next Generation Programme Asia in Tokyo, completed a choreographic residency at Lizierés in France & was nominated for an ‘OFFIE’ (Off West End Theatre Award) for ‘Best Choreography/Movement’ for his work on EAST. Recently returned to Perth, Yvan is one of the co-creators for Circus MAXIMA’s CATCH! and is one of the Perth Festival’s 2019 LAB artists.