Lucy Guerin Inc acknowledges the Boon Wurrung as the traditional owners and sovereign custodians of the land upon which WXYZ Studios is located, along with the Wurundjeri and all Kulin Nations. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and future, and through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations people.
These activities are integral to the way in which the company shares knowledge and resources with the dance community. They provide access to training and career pathways for both emerging and established artists.
LGI’s commitment to critical thinking around dance is realised through various Dance Dialogues. In addition to Critter sessions, LGI also hosts talks, forums, lectures and residency showings to continue discussions around current choreographic explorations in dance.
Our Resident Company, Yellow Wheel, is also hosted at WXYZ Studios.
LGI selects one choreographer annually to become the company’s Resident Director.
This year-long position was created for choreographers approaching mid-career. It’s an opportunity that focuses on supporting the individual’s specific goals and interests as they look to take the next step as an artist.
A primary purpose of the program is to assist the Resident Director in developing the skills required to become an Artistic Director. These skills are distinct from those of a choreographer, but essential for the successful running of a dance company or other organisational structure.
During their time in residence, Resident Directors are encouraged to explore topics such as the type of company model that would best support their style of work, as well as seeking to develop a sustainable artistic practice as a choreographer.
This position is also an opportunity to work creatively more consistently than their current project funding may allow. The artist receives dedicated free studio time and an annual fee along with assistance in finding both funds and presenting opportunities for new works created during this period.
Resident Directors also receive mentoring in all aspects of running a company, including the opportunity to gain insight into Board meetings, budgets and strategic planning.
Find out more about our current Resident Director by clicking their name, below.
LGI’s Artist-in-Residence program is part of our commitment to supporting artists to develop their choreographic practices and create new works.
Open to local and national contemporary dance choreographers, this opportunity offers short-term studio space (typically two weeks), basic administrative support, and the opportunity to gain peer feedback through a public sharing, Critter session or alternative outcome. All Artists in Residence are selected through an open application process, which typically takes place towards the end of each year.
LGI Residencies 2019
For 2019, there were two types of residency available:
Moving Forward residencies are designed to support projects that are ready to take the next step in their development. They have been created to support artists to progress a project towards an outcome, such as a presentation, and typically last 2-4 weeks full-time.
Making a Start residencies are designed for early-stage developments and creative experiments. They have been created to suit artists at the start of a choreographic or exploratory journey and typically last 1-2 weeks either full-time or ‘out of time’ (evenings and weekends)
From over 40 high-quality applications, the following artists have been awarded a residency with LGI during 2019:
Luke George, Rebecca Jensen, Stephanie Lake, Carly Sheppard, Lilian Steiner
Sarah Aiken, Chloe Chignell, Tim Darbyshire, Prue Lang
Matthew Day, Liz Dunn, Rennie McDougall, Lee Serle, Geoffrey Watson
Natalie Abbott, Theo Clinkard, Atlanta Eke, Stephanie Lake
Ashley Dyer, Michaela Pegum, Sarah Aiken & Rebecca Jensen, Lilian Steiner, Alisdair Macindoe, Jo Lloyd
Luke George, Janine Proost, Shian Law, Antony Hamilton with Melanie Lane
Lee Serle, Shelley Lasica, Luke George, Caroline Meaden, Alice Dixon, Melissa Jones, Nat Cursio, Rennie Mcdougall, Fiona Bryant, Paula Lay, James Brennan and Stephanie Lake
Antony Hamilton, Luke George, Tim Darbyshire, Rennie Mcdougall, Holly Durant, Alisdair Macindoe
Melbourne’s pre-professional dance company, Yellow Wheel, are the Resident Company at Lucy Guerin Inc.
Each year, Yellow Wheel supports talented young artists to challenge expectations, connect to the professional dance industry and achieve their ambitions. Activities include the creation of major new works, public intensives and Trip the Light - a choreographic season of dance works created by the dancers.
The Yellow Wheel team is: Joshua Lowe (Artistic Director), Kyall Shanks (Associate Director) and Adam Wheeler (Artistic Executive).
PIECES is an evolution of Lucy Guerin Inc’s annual performance program Pieces for Small Spaces.
The 2019 season will include three new works by Melbourne based Artists Sarah Aiken, Siobhan McKenna and Geoffrey Watson and will be presented by Lucy Guerin Inc and The SUBSTATION, with a six-show season of performances this December.
PIECES offers three choreographers the opportunity to make works of 20-30 minutes that will premiere at The SUBSTATION. This refreshed format seeks to enable a deeper choreographic exploration and the space to develop a larger idea.
The selected artists will research and develop their work at WXYZ Studios, where studio space is offered in-kind. A strong focus of LGI’s support is directed towards interrogating the process of conceiving, making and rehearsing to develop bold, new ideas that challenge existing notions of dance as well as refine the artists’ own choreographic practices.
Artists are creatively supported by LGI and The SUBSTATION through discussions with Lucy Guerin, LGI’s Resident Director, Alisdair Macindoe, and the Director of The SUBSTATION, Brad Spolding.
Discover every Piece for Small Spaces program by scrolling to the dedicated section of our Works page.
Established in 2005, Pieces for Small Spaces has supported the work of emerging and independent choreographers annually. Learn more about the history and background of Pieces for Small Spaceshere
With thanks to support from the Angior Family Foundation
Lead image: Technique/Footwork (2017) by Mariaa Randall. Credit: Gregory Lorenzutti
Hotbed is LGI’s workshop program for professional dancers and dance-makers.
Led by invited local and international choreographers, this program seeks to bring current contemporary dance thinking and practice to the local dance community. These are opportunities for local dance-makers to broaden their understanding and gain insight from practitioners working professionally across the world.
Previous Hotbed facilitators include: Eszter Salomon, Bruno Freire, Fay Driscoll, Chrysa Parkinson, Sarah Michelson and Kate McIntosh.
Hotbed workshops vary in length from 3 days to 2 weeks and are offered at heavily-subsidised rate. Participants are selected through an open application process.
Critter is an artist feedback program facilitated by LGI to provide a platform for artists to generate critical exchange.
An evolution of First Run which began in 2008, Critter provides artists with a tailored opportunity to share material with a critical outcome and initiate discussion relevant to their new work’s stage of development.
Artists are invited to think broadly to formulate the most appropriate and useful format of Critter for their project’s stage of development. This could include a sharing of material and discussion to generate critical feedback with peers, or inviting subject experts to offer further insight or context to their project.
Critter is an open, artist-centred and malleable space of possibility.
LGI constantly seeks ways to play an active role in both local and global contemporary dance discourse. This desire extends beyond the Company’s performance and participatory programs and can include talks, forums and film showings.
Through these activities, we invite the dance community and wider public to discover, learn, debate and discuss themes and subjects important to contemporary dance.
Next event: Indian contemporary dancer Tishani Doshi in conversation with Ade Suharto.
Part performance, part video, part talk – join us for an intimate evening with Indian contemporary dancer Tishani Doshi as she traces her career in India, and shares what her exchange with legendary choreographer Chandralekha meant for her artistic oeuvre. Specifically speaking to the work SHARIRA, a 63-minute work developed over 15 long years with Chandralekha, Doshi unpacks what it really takes to demand the complete attention of the audience.
LGI regularly offers Secondment places during the creation of new works.
Typically lasting one to two weeks, these periods in the studio with the LGI company give an insight into the everyday activities of a professional dance company. They are also an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Lucy Guerin’s choreographic process during the development of new work.
LGI Secondments are available to students, new graduates, and dancers in their first few years of professional practice.
Every effort is made to include the Secondee in practical tasks and discussions during rehearsals, as well as inviting them to join company class.