Presented by Arts House and Melbourne International Arts Festival
Wed 2 – Sun 6 Oct
Wed – Sat 7pm
$39, concession $30, student/LOCAL $25
5 Blackwood St,
Two dancers – one naked, one clothed – occupy the same space, but as room to move grows smaller and smaller the challenge of sharing a shrinking world becomes ever more desperate.
Lucy Guerin’s Split is both simple in conceit and brilliant in execution. The Melbourne-based choreographer plays with time and space to hypnotic effect, spinning from the movements of the two dancers a power struggle of desires and demands. Set to a driving soundtrack by electronic composer Scanner and performed by two of the most virtuosic dancers working in Australia today, this is a gripping performance with deep resonances for a world in an ever-more precarious state.
A duet that verges on thriller territory, Split is the work of a modern master at the height of her powers. The work premiered to rapturous response as part of Melbourne’s 2017 Dance Massive and has since toured locally and internationally to equally rave reviews. We couldn’t deny new audiences a chance to catch this white-knuckle ride.
“Teeming with rage and passion, movement and complex relationships… Split is masterfully performed.” ★★★★½ The Age
“[Guerin’s] choreography is always fearless, and this fascinating work is both beautiful and stark. Split showcases everything that’s exciting about dance as an art form.” ★★★★ The Music
“Ruminative, poignant and provocative, it is a work of intricate yet unadorned artistry.” The Australian
Read the interview Split: Dividing and Sub-Dividing with artist Lucy Guerin, conducted by John Bailey.
Choreographer: Lucy Guerin
Dancers: Ashley McLellan, Lilian Steiner
Lighting Design: Paul Lim
Sound Design: Robin Fox
Producer: Michaela Coventry
Supported by – Lucy Guerin Inc is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria’s Organisation Investment Program; and the City of Melbourne, through its triennial funding. Split is supported by City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image of original cast by – Gregory Lorenzutti