The Agora de la danse presents SPLIT | Lucy Guerin
October 30 > November 1st, 2019 – 7 p.m.
In Split, the strange yet very intense interrelation between two female dancers raises questions, such as: are they aspects of the same personality split asunder? Or are they lovers oscillating between tenderness and aggression? To compelling music by the composer Scanner, Split appears as a metaphor for a relationship between two individuals – demanding, physical and intimate.
Considered to be one of the most important choreographers in Melbourne, Lucy Guerin presents contemporary dance directly inspired by ancient theatre.
When creating a new work, choreographer Lucy Guerin usually works in close collaboration with the dancers. Rather than embarking on a music-based approach, input from the dancers is used to determine the movement that will set the tone and style of the piece. That was not the case, however, for Split. She was in London working with the composer Scanner on another production, for which he had recorded different types of rhythms and beats. She used one of them as the heartbeat-like score for Split. Lucy Guerin found the ebb and flow of the beat, the way it would build and then unravel, very interesting, a source of impetus, drive and stimulating energy.
Split received a prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Dancer (Lilian Steiner) and four Green Room Awards among other nominations. In 2018 it tours to Sydney, Darwin, Jakarta, Groningen, Dusseldorf, Aarhus, Tokyo, New York, Portland (OR), Paris, Brugge, Budapest, London, Vancouver and Ottawa.
Lucy Guerin Inc (LGI) is an Australian contemporary dance company established in Melbourne in 2002 by Artistic Director Lucy Guerin to create and tour new dance works. Renowned for the skill of its creative team and the originality of its productions, LGI is dedicated to researching, challenging and extending the art of contemporary dance.
LGI realises this in two ways. Firstly, through the creation of new dance works which regularly tour nationally and internationally. Secondly, by supporting the work of emerging and established artists through its wide-ranging studio programs, based at WXYZ Studios in North Melbourne.
Company Lucy Guerin INC (LGI)
Choreographer Lucy Guerin
Performers Melanie Lane, Lilian Steiner
Sound Designer Robin Fox
Lighting Designer Paul Lim
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