Natalie Abbott | Holly Durant | Atlanta Eke | Rebecca Jensen | Rennie McDougall

5 choreographers, 5 new short dance works, 5 days of performances: Pieces for Small Spaces 2011.

Lucy Guerin Inc’s annual Pieces for Small Spaces program is a unique opportunity for five choreographers to challenge their practice, take risks and present a new short dance work as part of a professional performance season. The program aims to support the work of young choreographers and those working outside of company structures.

Each of the artists selected for the 2011 program was encouraged to develop their individual dance practice, devising a distinct and meaningful voice within their choreographic works.

The works they created were performed during the five-night season which took place between 6-10 December 2011 at the Lucy Guerin Inc Studio in West Melbourne.

A post-show talk was hosted following Tuesday’s performance.

View the program notes from Pieces for Small Spaces 2011


Choreography and Performance: Holly Durant
Costume Design: Alice Swing
Consideration: The inspiration for this single image work comes from the ageing female characters in Victorian society and literature who chose not to marry. It is about isolation, vanity, solitude and ultimately becoming invisible.
Thank yous: Lucy Guerin, Michaela Coventry, Laura Levitus, Savannah Adshead, Frog, Blair, Roxzan, and Bluebottle, James Welsby, Derrick Amanatidis, Moira Finucane, Rob McCredie and Michael Iveson.

Within an Inner
Choreography and Performance: Rebecca Jensen
Sound: Rebecca Jensen reading from The Human Zoo by Desmond Morris; Sound excerpts from Laurie Anderson’s Born Never Asked.
Thank yous: All of Lucy Guerin Inc, Frog, Blair and Roxzan, Thomas Muratore, Daniel Arnott, Sarah Aiken, Rennie McDougall, Maddy Krenek, Lillian Grace Steiner, Janine Proost and Annabelle Balharry.

Circles for Squares
Choreography and Performance: Natalie Abbott
Considerations: Mesmeric and hypnotic states. Audible motion. Repetition. Abrasions.
Thank yous: Lucy, Laura and Michaela. Frog, Blair and Roxzan. My family. James. Amy. Bec. The dear and wonderful John.

Thoughts are Circular
Choreography and Performance: Rennie McDougall
Thank yous: Annabelle Balharry, Deanne Butterworth, Luke George, Alexander Larielle, Bec Jensen, Lucy Guerin, Gill McDougall.

Choreography Atlanta Eke
Performance: Amanda Betlehem, Sophie Beirne, Tessa Broadby, Ashlea English, Atlanta Eke, Abbey Leonard and Sarah Ling.
Music: Excerpt of sound score from the film Picnic At Hanging Rock – A Theme From Picnic at Hanging Rock; sound excerpt from Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart.
Thank yous: Timothy Birnie, Lucy, Laura, Michaela and the Bluebottle team.

Pieces for Small Spaces 2011 and Lucy Guerin Inc was generously supported by The Angior Family Foundation, Bluebottle, Arts Victoria & the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Images: Vincent Long