About Lee’s Residency

This LGI Residency sees Lee continue development of Time Portrait: Part 1 & 2.

Here’s what Lee said of the project on the eve of the residency:

Part 1 began as a site-responsive work developed as an artist in residence at the Clothing Store, Carriageworks. This work re-examines my solo choreography of the last decade, extracting and recontextualising fragments from these works against the historical resonances of the Clothing Store site.

“Having relocated from New York to Sydney late last year, I thought it timely to revisit my past creative work and its relevance to me now. Part 1 is a performance archive and biographical work composed in an expanded time frame, where these fragments of choreography are severed and linger as image portraits in space, fracturing and displacing the content within.

“Part 2 is a research project of the Performer/Choreographer/Audience relationship, as the expectations and desires of all three are often at odds with each other. By positioning the performers in all of these roles simultaneously throughout the creative process, they will have choreographed, performed and viewed the work for each other many times as it develops, resisting the desire for finality or realisation of a performance product. Instead, this work is an evolving process of propagating ideas and a space for sharing individual and collective practice without the imposition of formal structures or scores commonly employed within dance.

“Part 1 & 2 are coexisting works in conversation that will eventually be layered/folded into one another. Firstly, we will create them in isolation to understand their logic and function before integrating the two. Particularly because Part 1 adheres to a rigid formalist structure, I do not want Part 2 to become a responsive counterpoint, rather a continually evolving component.“

Lee will be working with collaborators including Ben Hurley during this development period.

About Lee Serle

Lee Serle (b. Melbourne 1981) is a Victorian College of the Arts graduate (Bachelor of Dance, 2003) choreographing in varied contexts and forms, including proscenium works, site-specific and interactive performance, intimate solo dances, and within the gallery, engaging a broad range of artistic collaborators.

His works have been showcased to an International audience in USA, France, Lebanon, Colombia and Australia, and has been commissioned to create new works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Lucy Guerin Inc., Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Dancenorth, Victorian College of the Arts, and visual artist Mateo López.

As a sought-after performer, Lee has collaborated with Trisha Brown Dance Company and Tere O’Connor Dance in the US, and Lucy Guerin Inc, Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Shelley Lasica, Antony Hamilton and Stephanie Lake in Australia.

Lee is a Rolex Arts Fellow (2010) and Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Australia Fellow (2012).

About LGI Residencies

LGI Residencies offer artists the freedom to explore new ideas, develop new works and cultivate their choreographic practice. Studio space and administrative support are offered by LGI, as well as the opportunity to share outcomes of the residency in a way that best supports the artist in residence.

Out of Time residencies take place during evenings and weekends. This format offers choreographers more flexibility in their schedule as well as optimising the use of these stunning studio spaces.

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