Motion Picture pays homage to the moving image while rebelling against it through the immediacy of live performance.

The film—1950 film noir classic D.O.A.—opens with Frank Bigelow, a small-town everyman, reporting his own murder. He has been poisoned with a luminous toxin and with time running out, he is determined to find out why.

Caught between the living stage and the projected image, the audience is bathed in the flickering light of a screen mounted behind them. On stage, the dancers are both viewers and protagonists, using the cinematic elements as motivations for movement. The transference of information from one medium to another creates a physicalised abstraction of the moody aesthetic of film noir.

Winner of the 2016 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography (Lucy Guerin for Motion Picture).

Watch the Motion Picture trailer

Presented by Arts House and Lucy Guerin Inc.
Premiered in Dance Massive 2015.



“…moments of suspense are counterbalanced or heightened by choreographic and theatrical choices”
The Age

“Guerin constantly surprises with seemingly infinite possibilities for movement, sound and light”
The Herald Sun

“For 83-minutes of black and white abstracted image transfer, I have been fully enclosed in Guerin’s razor sharp sensorial space, so all encompassing and affective”
Fjord Review

Images: Gregory Lorenzutti - development shots and premiere season shots.
Sarah Walker - other premiere season shots.