LGI offers a diverse, year-round program of contemporary dance focused activities for the dance community.
First Nations Residency
This annual program has been created in partnership with BlakDance and Carriageworks.
Each year, this funded studio residency will support one senior First Nations artist with a fee, production support and dedicated studio time. They will also be invited to take part in a range of other opportunities to deepen engagement with the local dance and First Nations communities.
This opportunity is designed to celebrate and support First Nations dance artists’ work by providing a space for the development of new work or ongoing research.
Our First Nations Resident in 2023 is Rachael Wallis.
First Nations Graduate Internship
This annual opportunity has been created through a multi-year partnership between LGI and NAISDA Dance College.
Each year, a recent NAISDA graduate will join LGI for a paid internship of four weeks. Tailored to the artist’s aspirations, this may include joining rehearsals with the performance company, participating in classes, workshops and discussions at WXYZ Studios, and engaging with the local dance scene.
The program reflects a shared vision to create new career opportunities for emerging First Nations dance artists.
The 2023 First Nations Graduate Intern is Brianna Kemmerling.
First Nations Industry Placement Program
This annual opportunity has been created through a multi-year partnership between LGI and NAISDA Dance College. Each year, two students from NAISDA’s new Advanced Diploma course are invited to participate in industry placements with Lucy Guerin Inc during rehearsals of new dance creations.
This experience will offer the students an authentic experience of working as a company dancer, including participation in daily company training and the creative process in the studio.
These programs have been generously supported by the Linnell/Hughes Trust and the Australian Government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.
FRAME: A biennial of dance is an invitation to celebrate and connect; to assemble, discuss, participate and witness dance across cultures, forms, styles and disciplines.
The inaugural FRAME took place March 2023 and LGI presented a program of events and activities for the festival:
NEWRETRO: An epic new performance installation celebrating 21 years of Lucy Guerin Inc. 25 March - 2 April.
LGI Morning Class + FRAME FRIDAYS: Free LGI Morning Class for the month of March with special guests teaching on FRAME FRIDAYS.
Dance Dialogues: Retrospection and Emergence: Curator and writer Adrian Heathfield in discussion on the differences between visual arts and theatrical traditions of spectating, on the exhibition mode of retrospection, and what it might mean for dance practice to recover dances past. 6 March.
Horror, Body and Hauntology: A sharing of Martin Hansen’s ongoing research project. 10-11 March.
Sleep Activism: A 12-hour choreographic lab exploring sleep and sleeplessness with Amaara Raheem, Anabelle Lacroix and Caitlin Dear. 18 March.
Presented by Lucy Guerin Inc and EkosDance Company
The Naarm/Solo Dance Exchange is a long-term reciprocal choreographic exchange between Australian and Indonesian dance artists.
Across 2022-2023, the program will see Melbourne-based choreographer Georgia Rudd and Indonesian choreographer Riyo Tulus Pernando working together in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia and Solo/Surakarta, Indonesia, creating work for presentation. Supported throughout by LGI’s Artistic Director, Lucy Guerin, and EDC’s Artistic Director, Eko Supriyanto, the exchange will provide a platform for rich cross-cultural collaboration and connection.
Memories from Suspended Places
In 2023, Georgia and Riyo will present the work they have developed over the course of the 2022-23 exchange in Melbourne, Australia and Solo and Bandung in Indonesia—Memories from Suspended Places.
Memories from Suspended Places delves into the profound language of the body, unravelling the threads that bind us and bridging the gap between cultures.
The Melbourne season runs 31 August - 2 September at Dancehouse, and tickets are on sale. Book Now
Memories from Suspended Places will also tour to Indonesia in October 2023.
The Naarm/Solo Dance Exchange is supported by Eirene Lucas Foundation.
As part of its commitment to supporting independent dance artists in the development of their careers, LGI selects one choreographer annually as its Resident Director.
This year-long program, suitable for choreographers approaching mid-career, is an opportunity that focuses on supporting the individual’s specific goals and interests as they look to take their next steps as an artist. Previous holders of this role include Lilian Steiner, Benjamin Hancock, Alisdair Macindoe, Mariaa Randall, Prue Lang, Jo Lloyd, Melanie Lane, Stephanie Lake, and Antony Hamilton.
Resident Director 2024
We are currently seeking Expressions of Interest from Melbourne-based choreographers to join the Company as Resident Director in 2024. For more information and to apply click here. Applications close 10am Monday 17 July 2023
LGI’s Artist-in-Residence program is part of our commitment to supporting artists to develop their choreographic practices and create new works. Residencies are selected through an open application process and LGI encourages applications from artists identifying as First Nations, CALD, Deaf or Disabled, and LGBTQI+.
Make a Start Residency
One- to two-week residencies for projects in the early stages that are challenging choreographic thinking and exploring new experimental approaches to dance practice.
Moving Forward Residency
This residency opportunity provides artists with time, money and support to further develop projects that are ready to be refined, and are approaching an outcome. At the culmination of their in-studio time, Moving Forward residents will present a showing of their work, or share part of their artistic process through a workshop, talk or publication.
Andrew Treloar / Caitlin Dear / Chiharu Valentino / Iris Elgar / Oli Mathiesen /Phaedra Brown & Sarah Saxon / Samakshi Sidhu / Samara Reweti / Sandra Parker / Siobhan McKenna
Aimee Schollum / Amelia O’Leary / Brooke Stamp / Ebony Muller / Erin O’Rourke / gemma+molly (Gemma Sattler & Molly McKenzie) / Georgia Rudd & Claire Esterman / InPlay Dance Collective (Alec Katsourakis & Eden Kew) / Janelle Tan / Leah Landau / Nikki Tarling / Ruby English / Sarah Saxon / Sefa Tunupopo / Tegan Nash / Thalia Livingstone / Weave Movement Theatre / Yuiko Masukawa
Isabelle Beauverd / Joel Bray / Deanne Butterworth / Lz Dunn & Casey Rice / Emily Flannery / Michelle Heaven & Caroline Meaden / Helen Herbertson / Benjamin Hurley, Luke Fryer & Emma Riches / Rebecca Jensen / Piaera Lauritz / Shian Law / Jo Lloyd / Gregory Lorenzutti / Sandra Parker / Polito / Georgia Rudd / Rhys Ryan / Anna Seymour
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
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: Kyall Shanks (Artistic Director), Rachel Owens (Associate Director), Joshua Lowe (Artistic Advisor) and Adam Wheeler (Artistic Advisor).
Find out more on the Yellow Wheel website.
Out of Bounds
Out of Bounds is an exciting choreographic ideas sharing platform presented by Lucy Guerin Inc and Temperance Hall. The program invites Victorian dance artists to present showings of recent choreographic investigations to local audiences, fellow artists and peers. The initiative also provides participants with the opportunity to receive creative feedback about their work, with post-showing discussions facilitated by experienced Victorian dance practitioners.
Presented by Lucy Guerin Inc, LIVENESS is an exciting new program for the Melbourne dance community to come together for the practice and performance of improvisation in a relaxed and social environment.
PIECES is an annual performance program presented by Lucy Guerin Inc and The Substation, offering choreographers the opportunity to make 20-minute works that premiere in a season at The Substation.
These artists develop their work at WXYZ Studios and The Substation, 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.
Read more about previous PIECES seasons on our Works page.
With thanks to the continued support of PIECES from City of Melbourne.
LGI Morning Classes
LGI offer a regular program of dance and yoga classes at WXYZ Studios in North Melbourne.
Classes are taught by a selection of highly-experienced teachers, providing a rich diversity of techniques, styles and approaches. Find the full schedule of classes in the LGI Calendar.
Single class $15
Single class, graduate $8 (for tertiary dance graduates in their first year out)
Single class, First Nations $8
Week pass $25 (valid til Friday of week of purchase)
5-class pass $65 (valid for 6 months)
10-class pass $120 (valid for 12 months)
If you have any access requirements or questions to participate in classes, please contact email@example.com in advance.
As part of our class program, LGI offers some inclusive dance classes that aim to be accessible to all bodies present. Please refer to LGI Calendar for more information on individual classes, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss. These classes are part of LGI’s ongoing commitment to improving the accessibility of our studio programs and creating opportunities for Disabled and non-disabled artists to engage in inclusive practices.
- LGI Morning Classes are recommended for dancers with some training or experience including recent graduates, current students, trained and practicing dancers. Please refer to individual class descriptions in the LGI Calendar.
- Our ballet classes are designed to offer the benefits of technical ballet classes to contemporary dancers.
- Payment method: pay via EFTPOS at the front desk in the LGI Office.
- We have on-site kitchen facilities and change rooms with showers available to dance class participants.
Head to the LGI Calendar to see what’s coming up.
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. Hotbed workshops are offered at heavily-subsidised rate and participants are selected through an open application process.
Online workshops seek to support the development of practice for dancers and choreographers in a format that’s accessible to the wider dance community.
Access and inclusion
Physical access information at WXYZ Studios can be found in our Accessibility Guide.
If you have any access requirements to participate in workshops, please contact us in advance: email@example.com.
LGI constantly seeks ways to play an active role in both local and global contemporary dance discourse through 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.
Dance artists discuss their perspectives on practice and art-making, sometimes around a particular theme, in a relaxed hour-long chat which includes an audience Q&A. Since September 2020, Dance Dialogues have been hosted either online or in dual mode (in-studio and livestreamed), making them accessible to an audience beyond those who can join us at WXYZ Studios in Melbourne. Head to the LGI Calendar to see what’s coming up.
Listen to Past Conversations
– Peta Strachan with Priya Srinivasan August 2022
– Harrison Hall and Alisdair Macindoe May 2022
– Amaara Raheem and Siriol Joyner November 2021
– Melanie Lane and Eko Supriyanto October 2021
– Jacob Boehme and Mariaa Randall July 2021
– Teaching Dance May 2021
– Caroline Bowditch and Luke Pell March 2021
– Phillip Adams, Lucy Guerin and Rebecca Hilton February 2021
– Tere O’Connor and Lucy Guerin December 2020
– Jo Lloyd and Rebecca Jensen November 2020
– Joel Bray and Dan Koop October 2020
– Rebecca Hilton and Chrysa Parkinson October 2020
– Lee Serle and Maya Zbib September 2020
– Angela Goh and Chloe Chignell September 2020
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.
LGI regularly offers Secondment places during the creation of new works. This is an opportunity to experience a new LGI work in creation, offering insight into the identity and culture of the Company and the choreographic process.
Secondments normally last for one week. Every endeavour is made to include the secondee in practical tasks and discussions during rehearsals as well as inviting them to join company class. However, at some stages of the process may be observing only.
LGI Secondments are typically open to final year students, new graduates, and dancers during their initial years of professional practice. LGI encourages applications from artists identifying as First Nations, CALD, Deaf or Disabled, and LGBTQI+.
There are currently no secondment opportunities with LGI.
There are currently no audition opportunities with LGI.