Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti
SPLIT | Lucy Guerin Inc
This is a square, a stage, a world, a life. Space is getting tighter and time is getting shorter. In ‘Split’, the dancers Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner, one clothed and one naked, are framed by ever-diminishing dimensions of space and time with escalating intensity.
This dance revels in Lucy Guerin’s sharp, elegant choreographic investigations, reflecting the dilemmas of negotiating with oneself and others in a world of increased pressure and reduced resources.
’Split’ received a prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Dancer (Lilian Steiner) and four Green Room Awards among other nominations. In 2018 Split toured to Sydney, Darwin, Jakarta, Groningen, Dusseldorf, Aarhus, Tokyo, New York, Portland (OR), Paris, Brugge, Sofia and Budapest.
Featuring a musical score by UK composer Scanner, ‘Split’ is a thought-provoking structural meditation rendered in movement and delivered by one of Australia’s most fearless dance companies.
Choreographer: Lucy Guerin
Performers: Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner
Lighting Designer: Paul Lim
Sound Composition: Scanner
Sound Design: Robin Fox
Production Manager: James Lipari
Producer: Michaela Coventry
Lucy Guerin Inc is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria’s Organisation Investment Program; and the City of Melbourne, through its triennial funding. Split was supported by City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Lucy Guerin | Choreographer/Director
Born in Adelaide, Australia, Lucy Guerin graduated from the Centre for Performing Arts in 1982 before joining the companies of Russell Dumas (Dance Exchange) and Nanette Hassall (Danceworks). She moved to New York in 1989 for seven years where she danced with Tere O’Connor Dance, the Bebe Miller Company and Sara Rudner, and began to produce her first choreographic works. She returned to Australia in 1996 and worked as an independent artist, creating new dance works including Two Lies (1996) Robbery Waitress on Bail (1997), Heavy(1999) and The Ends of Things (2000). In 2002 she established Lucy Guerin Inc in Melbourne to support the development, creation and touring of new works with a focus on challenging and extending the concepts and practice of contemporary dance. Recent works include Structure and Sadness (2006), Corridor (2008), Untrained (2009), Human Interest Story (2010), Conversation Piece (2012), Weather2012), Motion Picture (2015), The Dark Chorus (2016) Attractor (2017) and Split (2017).
Guerin has toured her work extensively in Europe, Asia and North America as well as to most of Australia’s major festivals and venues. She has been commissioned by Chunky Move, Dancenorth, Dance Works Rotterdam, Ricochet (UK ), Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (USA), Lyon Opera Ballet (France) among many others. In 2015 Lucy co-directed a new production of Macbeth, alongside Carrie Cracknell at the Young Vic, London. In 2016 she choreographed new work, Tomorrow, for London dance company Rambert. Her many awards include the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, a New York Dance and Performance Award (a ‘Bessie’), several Green Room Awards, three Helpmann Awards and three Australian Dance Awards. In 2018 Lucy received the Shirley McKechnie, Green Room Award for Choreography.
Lucy is teaching in the PARTICIPATE program on Thursday 4 April, 2.30 - 4.30PM | THE WHAT