Back to All Events

SPLIT WORKSHOP | Lucy Guerin Inc (3hrs)

  • cSPACE King Edward 1721 29th Avenue SW Calgary Canada (map)

$30 | Registration and Drop-In
Location | cSPACE King Edward Studio Theatre
Focus | Choreography & Creative Practice


There are two approaches to making movement in Lucy Guerin’s work Split. One is purely choreographic and rhythmic, and the other stems from improvised material based on narrative, drama and conflict. One is purely physical and experiential, where the other brings different qualities into the body through imagination, emotional states and disruption of familiar patterns.

In this workshop, Split dancers Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner will begin by leading a warm-up. Then, these two different approaches to choreography will be introduced by Lucy Guerin with the dancers. Participants will learn some of the set material from Split and also develop their own material through guided improvisation.


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.

Guerin 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. Recent works include The Dark Chorus (2016) Split and Attractor (2017) and Make Your Own World (2019).

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 (Netherlands), Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (USA), Lyon Opera Ballet (France), Skånes Dansteater (Sweden) and Rambert (UK) among many others.

Her awards include the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, a New York Dance and Performance Award (a ‘Bessie’), several Green Room Awards, three Helpmann Awards and three Australian Dance Awards. In 2016, Lucy received the Australia Council Award for Dance.

MELANIE LANE is a Javanese/Australian choreographer and performer. Based in Europe from 2000–2014, Melanie worked with artists such as Arco Renz, Club Guy and Roni, and Tino Seghal performing internationally. In Australia Melanie has performed with Lucy Guerin Inc, Antony Hamilton Projects, Chunky Move and has collaborated with artists Ash Keating, Bridie Lunney and Amos Gebhardt. In 2015, Melanie was appointed resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc and has created new works for Chunky Move (2016) and Sydney Dance Company (2017).

Melanie has established a repertory of works presenting in international festivals and venues such as Tanz im August, Uzes Danse Festival, Arts House Melbourne, O Espaco do Tempo, Festival Antigel, Dance Massive and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin. She has been artist in residence at Dock 11 Berlin, Tanzwerkstatt Berlin and Schauspielhaus Leipzig.

Melanie was a 2017 Helpmann award nominee for ‘Best female dancer’ in Lucy Guerin’s Split and received the Leipziger Bewegungskunstpreis 2018 for her choreographic work Wonderwomen. Melanie won the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award.

As a teacher, she has taught for companies such as Carte Blanche Norway, Sasha Waltz and Guests, Chunky Move, Danish Dance Theatre and Skanes Dansteater among others.

LILLIAN STEINER is a Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer working within dance, the visual arts and experimental sound performance. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2010, Lilian has worked with Lucy Guerin Inc. across many projects (Structure and Sadness, Weather, Motion Picture, The Dark Chorus, Split, Make Your Own World, and amongst others has worked with choreographers Phillip Adams’ (Balletlab), Shelley Lasica, Melanie Lane, Brooke Stamp, Leah Landau and Rennie McDougall, visual artists Sally Smart, Brooke Andrew, Ash Keating, Mikala Dwyer and Alicia Frankovic, architect Matthew Bird (Studio Bird) and sound artists JLIN, Anna Homler and Richie Cyngler. Lilian received the Green Room Award for Best Female Dancer in both 2017 and 2018, as well as the Helpmann Award in 2017.

Lilian’s own choreographic projects have been presented as part of both national and international contexts and most notably include Memoir for Rivers and The Dictator (Dance Massive 2019, with an excerpt originally commissioned for the Kier Choreographic Award 2018 and presented at Constellations Festival (Toulon, France) and Les Plateaux de la Briqueterie (Paris, France)), Metal Under Venus - The Fall of the Sun (Hong Kong International Choreography Festival, 2017), Admission into the Everyday Sublime (Next Wave Festival, 2016), BUNKER (Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2015), Noise Quartet Meditation (Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2014, Dance Massive 2017, Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris & Féte de la Musique, Geneva 2018), Meditation (Melbourne Now, NGV, 2014) and The Call to Connect – Voyager Recordings (Lucy Guerin Inc.’s Pieces for Small Spaces, 2012). Noise Quartet Meditation received the 2015 Green Room Award for Concept and Realisation.

Image credit: Gregory Lorenzutti

Earlier Event: October 19
Vogue Workshop with Ralph Escamillan