Running time 60 minutes with no intermission.
In Split space is getting tight, and time is getting shorter. Acclaimed Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin has created a fascinating new work, where two female dancers negotiate ever-diminishing dimensions of space and time. As our world contracts, the clock ticks faster, and bodies press closer. With delicacy and complexity, Split revels in Lucy Guerin’s sharp, elegant choreographic investigations.
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- Lucy Guerin, born in Adelaide Australia, graduated from the Centre for Performing Arts in 1982 before joining the companies of Russell Dumas (Dance Exchange) and
Nanette Hassall (Danceworks). She moved to New York in 1989 for seven years where she danced with Tere O’Connor Dance, the Bebe Miller Company and Sara
Rudner, and began to produce her first choreographic works. Lucy returned to Australia in 1996 and worked as an independent artist for six years before creating her own company.
- Her company’s mission is described as “committed to the exploration of everyday events and the redefinition of the formal concerns of dance.”
- Lucy Guerin has been credited with creating a stronger sense of community in the dance world of Australia and has done so not only with her successful dance
company but also by providing residencies for Independent Artists, and promoting a mentorship program called the Resident Director Program where they council
participants through the varying stages of creating their own companies.
- Guerin has toured her work extensively in Europe, Asia and North America as well as to most of Australia’s major festivals and venues. She has been commissioned by
Chunky Move, Dance Works Rotterdam, Ricochet (UK ), Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (USA), Lyon Opera Ballet (France), London dance company
Rambert, among many others.
- Split, the program to be performed here in Portland, premiered in March 2017 at Dance Massive, Australia’s largest festival of contemporary dance. This powerful
female duo is described as a riveting and intense exploration of space and time and its “ever-diminishing dimensions, created by increased pressure and reduced