About Alice and Emma’s Residency

“During our first week in residence at LGI we continued to develop Cindy Shivall (working title), our first choreographic endeavour together as a collaborative duo.

Cindy Shivall takes Robert Altman’s 1977 film 3 Women as a springboard to explore, through movement and choreography; shifting/morphing power dynamics between two performers, non-linear storytelling, ambiguity, repetition and pastiche. The film’s highly considered visual aesthetic and the way colour contributes to meaning-making is also influencing how we imagine the finished work might feel and look.

Our time at WXYZ Studios has allowed us to work more expansively, bringing a range of references to the work and engaging with improvisation, song, text-to-speech software, a mix of sound sources, as well as developing a series of structures and tools for generating both written and movement material.

During our second week in residence in December, we will welcome Roslyn Helper into the studio. Ros will develop some initial musical compositions in response to the unfolding work.”

– Alice Dixon and Emma Riches

About Alice Dixon

Alice Dixon is choreographer, dancer, teacher and performance maker working across contemporary dance, theatre and experimental performance.

She has worked with Australian and international artists and companies including: Lucy Guerin Inc, Deanne Butterworth, Rawcus, Natalie Cursio, Monica Bill Barnes & Company (NYC), CHUNKY MOVE (Antony Hamilton), Opera Australia, Victoria Chiu, Reckless Sleepers (UK/Belgium), Phillip Adams BalletLab, Walter Dunderville (NYC), Euginia Lim, Nebahat Erpolat, Emilie Collyer, Prue Clark, Rob McCredie, Victoria Chiu and One Step at a Time Like This amongst others.

Since 2014 she has worked in a collaboration with Caroline Meaden and William McBride (alice will caroline). Together they have made and presented six full-length works: This is What’s Happening, Fallen O’er, Blowin’ Up, Let’s Go Up Here, Lady Example and Doors Shut. These works have received awards and nominations including Australian Dance, Green Room and Melbourne Fringe development and category awards. They were awarded a Green Room for Best Dance Ensemble for Doors Shut (2019).

She teaches regularly at Lucy Guerin Inc, Chunky Move and the Victorian College of Arts.

Her work has been supported by The City of Melbourne, Lucy Guerin Inc., CHUNKY MOVE, The Substation, Darebin Arts Speakeasy, Arts House, Tasdance, Vitalstatistix, The Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Creative Partnerships Australia, Vitalstatistix, City of Maribyrnong, Gorman Arts Centre, Mosaico Danza (Turin, Italy) and Besen Family Foundation.

She is a graduate of the Victorian College of Arts (Post Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation 2013), The University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Science 2009) and The National Theatre Ballet School (Diploma in Classical Dance 2004).

About Emma Riches

Emma Riches is a Melbourne/Naarm-based dance artist working in contemporary and experimental dance as a performer, choreographer and teacher. She is interested in the intersection of these three roles and considers ways in which they can inform each other.
Her choreographic work has been presented at Temperance Hall (Exquisite Corps 2021), Dancehouse (Emerging Choreographers Program 2020), The University of Melbourne (First Commissions Program 2019), Melbourne Fringe Festival (Compass Program supported by Gandall Philanthropy, 2016/17) and LASALLE College of the Arts (M1 CONTACT Festival, Singapore 2015). As a collaborator, she has worked with artists including projection and visual artist Clinton Green (West Projections Festival 2018, Sunshine Art Spaces 2019) and Benjamin Hurley/Luke Fryer (Strawberry Fields Music Festival 2018).
Across 2020, Emma was a member of Think Tank Dance Assembly, an advocacy network for the independent dance sector, through which she wrote an article titled an emerging perspective for the DAMN Writing project.

As a dancer, Emma has worked with notable artists including Jo Lloyd, Siobhan McKenna, alice will caroline, Phillip Adams/Matthew Bird, Victoria Hunt, Emily Johnson, Rhys Ryan, Piaera Lauritz, Thomas Woodman, Adele Varcoe, Shian Law, Polito, Deep Soulful Sweats and has performed small roles with Lucy Guerin Inc and Phillip Adams BalletLab.

She has performed at Dance Massive Festival, Next Wave Festival, Festival of Live Art, Melbourne Art Fair, Immigration Museum Victoria, Melbourne International Festival, Public Art Melbourne, Yirramboi Festival and the Art Gallery of NSW.

Emma participated in the Teaching Dance program facilitated by Lucy Guerin Inc (2021) with mentorship from Jo White. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (BFA Dance, 2015) and a certified Barre instructor.