Lucy Guerin Inc
Split (U.S. Premiere)
“Confident and compelling, it's another fascinating work from one of Melbourne’s leading choreographers.” – Artshub
A demanding dance work for two female performers negotiating ever-diminishing dimensions of time and space, Split revels in Lucy Guerin's sharp, elegant choreographic investigations. Set to a driving score by U.K. composer Scanner, this thought-provoking structural meditation rendered in movement is delivered by one of Australia’s most expressive dance companies.
Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.
Major support for dance programming and activities provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Harkness Foundation for Dance.
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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), Weather 2012), 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, 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.
Since 1991, Scanner, the British artist Robin Rimbaud, has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, connecting a bewilderingly diverse array of genres.
He scored the hit musical comedy Kirikou & Karaba (2007) and Narnia ballet (2015), Philips Wake-Up Light (2009), the re-opening of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and in 2016 installed Water Drops at Rijeka Airport in Croatia. His work Salles des Departs (2003) is permanently installed in a working morgue in Paris. Committed to working with cutting edge practitioners he has collaborated with Bryan Ferry, Wayne MacGregor, Mike Kelley, Michael Nyman, Steve McQueen, Laurie Anderson and Hussein Chalayan. Scanner worked with Lucy Guerin on the 2016 commission for Rambert, Tomorrow.
Photos: Gregory Lorenzutti, Toby Burrows, Mike Poucher