Press Release: Lucy Guerin Inc
WHITE BIRD PRESENTS LUCY GUERIN INC IN SPLIT, A DUET “TEEMING WITH RAGE AND PASSION” (The Age, Australia). CHOREOGRAPHED BY LUCY GUERIN, THE WORK DELVES INTO EXPLORATIONS OF TIME, SPACE, AND COMPLEX RELATIONSHIPS.
WHAT: Lucy Guerin Inc, Split
WHEN: October 18-20 |7:30PM
WHERE: Lincoln Hall, PSU
SPONSORED BY: Nancy and George Thorne
MEDIA SPONSOR: Willamette Week
TICKETS: Available for individuals and groups, with student, senior, and PDX dance community discounts: https://www.whitebird.org/event/lucy-guerin-inc/
“Ruminative, poignant and provocative, it is a work of intricate yet unadorned artistry.”- The Australian
Seven years after presenting Lucy Guerin Inc’s Weather, and one year after the North American premiere of DanceNorth Australia’s Attractor, co-choreographed by Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek, White Bird is elated for the return of Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin to Portland to present her latest work, a riveting duet titled Split.
Lucy Guerin Inc is an Australian dance company established in Melbourne in 2002 and renowned for both Guerin’s artistic originality and the skill of the company’s small group of performers. Guerin’s choreography, “is always fearless… both beautiful and stark. Split showcases everything that’s exciting about dance as an art form,” (The Music). New productions are generated through an experimental approach to creative process, and may involve voice, video, sound, text and design as well as Guerin’s lucid physical structures. Guerin’s exploration strives for visual, emotional and physical revelations that could not be generated or communicated in other art forms.
In 2017 Lucy Guerin Inc premiered Split, presented by Arts House as part of the Dance Massive festival in Melbourne. For Guerin, the inspiration for Split came from a desire to get into the studio with just two dancers. In this low-pressure environment, Guerin was able to foster a closeness with the pair that allowed her to access the joy of dance making: “a chance to burrow into the pure elements of choreography, time, space, structure and the movement of the human body,” says Guerin.
In Split, the two dancers, Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner, are confined to an ever diminishing square space in which the choreography channels competition, negotiation, harmony and aggression. While Lane wears a simple dress, Steiner moves without any clothes on at all. This costume choice creates split in identity while intensifying the work. Theatre Notes praised Guerin’s use of space in 2012 when she premiered her piece Weather, saying “demonstrates Guerin’s exquisite understanding of the stage as a dynamic space.” The same can be said for Split, as the dancers navigate the complex changing terrain of the work. The Age (Australia) praises Split, saying “dance teeming with rage and passion, movement, and complex relationships.”
Born in Adelaide, Australia, Lucy Guerin 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. She returned to Australia in 1996 and worked as an independent artist, creating new dance works including Two Lies (1996) Robbery Waitress on Bail (1997), Heavy (1999) and The Ends of Things (2000). In 2002 she established Lucy Guerin Inc in Melbourne to support the development, creation and touring of new works with a focus on challenging and extending the concepts and practice of contemporary dance.
White Bird’s 21st season (2018-19) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund; Work for Art; The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and Oregon Arts Commission,