21 works / 21 dancers / 21 years in the making
Drawing on 21 existing dance works from the past 21 years, NEWRETRO is a major performance installation by leading contemporary choreographer Lucy Guerin. It takes the form of a site-responsive choreographic work and installation at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
NEWRETRO reconstructs fragments retrieved from Lucy Guerin’s back-catalogue and re-learnt by an ensemble of 21 dancers. The work’s score is both retrospective and speculative, condensing choreography from different time periods into the same temporal space, creating a living archive of new, corporeal gestures.
Capturing the physical imprint of several generations of dancers, NEWRETRO frames the material of the body within an embodied relationship to architecture and the subject. The performance unfolds over a three-hour duration, inviting audiences into a space at once intimate and spectacular.
NEWRETRO is a moving celebration of Lucy Guerin the artist, a testimony to her decades-long investment in dancers and dancing and the field of artistic creation.
Philipa Rothfield, The Saturday Paper
A Lucy Guerin Inc production, presented in partnership with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
Premiered at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, March 2023
This project is supported by the Besen Family Foundation and the Playking Foundation. This presentation would not have been possible without the generous support of the late Chloe Munro AO.