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Flux Job

Lucy Guerin Inc

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House and Lucy Guerin Inc

Wed 16 – Sun 20 Mar, 2022
Wed – Fri, 7.30pm
Sat, 2pm & 7.30pm
Sun, 5pm 

Auslan Interpreted performance
Thu 17 March 

Duration
60min

Tickets
General Admission $20
BLAKTIX $10 
A small transaction fee will be charged per order.

Warnings
Coarse language

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Read our COVID-19 Safety Plan here.

Auslan Interpreting
Wheelchair Accessible

Against the backdrop of a devastating event, four dancers walk the line between individual and shared experience. 

Four dancers navigate the terrain between individual and shared experience against the backdrop of a devastating event. They investigate the spaces and boundaries that unite and divide, engaging with the danger of proximity and the loneliness of separation in a heightened world.

Flux Job is the new work by Lucy Guerin Inc, using both choreography and the scripted word to explore how different modes of communication convey meaning. 

Guerin has collaborated with celebrated theatre-maker Adena Jacobs to create a work that shifts between the layered, fluctuating language of movement and the more everyday realm of words with finite meanings.

Underneath it all lies the question: who are we when we’re on our own, and who are we with others?


“Ruminative, poignant and provocative… a work of intricate yet unadorned artistry.”
Eamonn Kelly on Split, The Australian

“Watching this work is an electric experience… a highly successful collaboration between Australian and international artists that is evenly balanced and rich.”
Jordan Beth Vincent on Attractor, The Age

 

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Artist Statement

Flux Job was created during the Melbourne lockdowns. Postponed and rescheduled many times, its creation was disrupted and halting. Time is malleable and our imposed, ticking measurements are at odds with our experience of it. Recent events have heightened this more than ever before, where we feel we are aging by the day and then whole swathes of time get lost in a moment. Isolation and restriction have made us look around and wonder in a new way; we are aware of each moment, each leaf on a tree, while a world-shattering event rushes towards us.

As the days roll by we are dulled and hyper-sensitised, free-floating yet locked into routine. Wanting to be together, we are confronted by the unspeakable abyss of separation. Flux Job for me is a cinematic experience, with edits and close ups, slow motion and climaxes, bringing into sharp relief the parallel worlds running in real life and within us. It tells of constant change, vastness and minutiae, the tone of tragedy and a new awakening.
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About the Company

Established in Melbourne in 2002 by Artistic Director Lucy Guerin, Lucy Guerin Inc (LGI) is an Australian dance company dedicated to challenging and extending the art of contemporary dance. The company’s work explores human complexity through movement invention and the integration of voice, projection, sound, text, and design. LGI has contributed to the growing identity of Australian dance nationally and internationally through the presentation of challenging productions that examine movement conceptually and physically. The company also supports the development of independent dance artists in Melbourne through a program of residencies, classes, workshops, presentations, and mentoring opportunities.
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About the Artists

Lucy Guerin
Lucy Guerin is a Melbourne based choreographer and Artistic Director of Lucy Guerin Inc, a contemporary dance company which she founded in 2002.

Born in Adelaide, Australia, Guerin graduated from the Centre for Performing Arts in 1982 before working with choreographers Russell Dumas and Nanette Hassall. 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 has toured her work extensively in Europe, Asia and North America and to most of Australia’s major festivals and venues. She has been commissioned by Chunky Move, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (USA), Lyon Opera Ballet (France) and Rambert (UK) among many others. Her awards include the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, a New York Dance and Performance Award (a ‘Bessie’) the Australia Council Award for Dance and in 2020 the Order of Australia (OA).

Adena Jacobs
Adena Jacobs is a theatre director and the Artistic Director of independent company Fraught Outfit. Her distinct body of work incorporates queer and feminist renderings of ancient texts, hallucinatory landscapes and rich sound scores, created in collaboration with her creative team and performers. Directing credits include Titus Andronicus (Bell Shakespeare), The Howling Girls (Sydney Chamber Opera), Salome (ENO), Wizard of Oz (Belvoir), Antigone (Malthouse), The Bacchae (Fraught Outfit/St Martins/MIAF) and Persona (Fraught Outfit).

In 2014/15 Adena was Resident Director at Belvoir, and in 2012 Female Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre. In Australia, her work has been seen at Melbourne Festival, Carriageworks, Dark Mofo, Malthouse, Belvoir, Sydney Opera House, MTC, Theatre Works and La Mama. Internationally, she has directed for the English National Opera in London, and presented at Tokyo Festival. In 2022, her production of Die Troerinnen (Trojan Women) will premiere at the Burgtheatre in Vienna.

Paul Lim
Paul is a Melbourne-based Lighting Designer with a broad range of experience in theatrical and event production. His multifaceted knowledge has been used to provide integrated solutions for theatre, festivals and events around the world. Lighting design credits include Metal, Make Your Own World, The Dark Chorus and Split (Lucy Guerin Inc); The Magic Flute (New Zealand Opera); Changes變 and Siva (Black Grace Dance Company); Fault Lines (Le Shan Modern Dance Company); Trapper and Robot Song (Arena Theatre Company); Hot Brown Honey, Briefs: Close Encounters, Briefs: The Second Coming and Yana Alana: Queen Kong (Briefs Factory). Paul is a Director of Additive, providing lighting design and technical solutions to the entertainment industry.

Andrew Treloar
Andrew Treloar is an artist working between contemporary art, dance and fashion design through multiple practices and collaborations. These include recent projects with Henry Jock Walker, Jack Riley, Daniel Riley, Dancenorth, Jo Lloyd, Marrugeku, Lucy Guerin Inc, and Chunky Move. His design work has shown across many venues and festivals throughout Australia including the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

Jethro Woodward
Jethro Woodward is a Melbourne-based composer, musical director, arranger, musician and sound designer recognised for his expansive and highly layered film, theatre and dance scores. A multi-Green Room Award winner and Helpmann nominee, he has worked with some of Australia’s leading major and independent companies including Malthouse Theatre Company, MTC, STC, Belvoir, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Victoria, Chamber Made Opera, Back to Back, Arena, Windmill, Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin, Australian Dance Theatre, Aphids, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Rawcus and more.

Tra Mi Dinh
Tra Mi Dinh is a dance artist based across Sydney and Melbourne. She has worked with artists including Lucy Guerin, Victoria Chiu, Lee Serle, Michelle Heaven, Isabelle Beauvard and Monica Bill Barnes & Company in works presented at Dance Massive, AsiaTopa, MEL&NYC, Melbourne Fringe Festival, MPavillion and Melbourne International Arts Festival. Her performance in Make Your Own World (2019) by Lucy Guerin Inc was nominated for a Green Room Award.

Amber McCartney
Amber McCartney is a Melbourne-based dancer. She has performer for companies including Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Antony Hamilton Projects, Tasdance, and DanceNorth as well as choreographers Prue Lang, James Batchelor, Adam Wheeler and Gideon Obarzanek. She has created works for Transit Dance, Yellow Wheel, and Lucy Guerin Inc. In 2020 Amber was a recipient of Solitude 1, Chunky Move’s home-based residency program.

Lilian Steiner
Lilian Steiner is a dancer and choreographer whose practice champions the deep intelligence of the body and its unique ability to reveal and comment on the complexities of contemporary humanity. Lilian has worked and toured extensively with Lucy Guerin Inc. She has also worked with choreographers Phillip Adams, Melanie Lane, Shelley Lasica, Brooke Stamp, Leah Landau and Rennie McDougall, as well as visual artists Sally Smart, Brook Andrew, Emile Zile, Bridie Lunney, Ash Keating, Mikala Dwyer and Alicia Frankovic, architect Matthew 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.

Geoffrey Watson
Geoffrey Watson is a Melbourne-based artist whose work is rooted in choreography but has branches in wearable design, text, lighting, sculpture and photography. Geoffrey’s performance works include Camel, Loving You Ad Nauseam, DISTRACTION: Smackdown!, DISTRACTION: T.C. F’d Up, Geoffrey’s Corpse: Violet Spurlock, Rachael Wisby, and ongoing visual arts mission Reverse Fruit. As a performer, Geoffrey has worked with companies and artists including BalletLab, Nana Biluš-Abaffy, Lucy Guerin Inc, Lee Serle, Alisdair Macindoe, and Gekidan Kaitaisha.
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Credits

Choreographer: Lucy Guerin with the dancers
Dancers: Amber McCartney, Geoffrey Watson, Lilian Steiner, Tra Mi Dinh
Lighting Designer: Paul Lim
Composer: Jethro Woodward
Costume Designer: Andrew Treloar
Dramaturg: Adena Jacobs
Production Manager: Bao Ngouansavanh (Back to Back Theatre)
Producer: Estelle Conley
Executive Producer: Brendan O’Connell

Lucy Guerin Inc is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and City of Melbourne.

Image credit: Gregory Lorenzutti

Image description: Four dancers dancing together against a black backdrop, facing different directions. They have been captured in motion and have their eyes closed. They are wrapped in swirling pieces of sheer fabric, and are lit from the sides with yellow, red, teal, blue and green light. 

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