Lucy GuerinArtistic Director
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. Recent works include Structure and Sadness (2006), Corridor (2008), Untrained (2009), Human Interest Story (2010), Conversation Piece (2012), Weather (2012), Motion Picture (2015), The Dark Chorus (2016) and Split (2017).
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) among many others. In 2015 Lucy co-directed a new production of Macbeth, alongside Carrie Cracknell at the Young Vic, London. In 2016 she choreographed new work, Tomorrow, for London dance company Rambert.
Her awards include the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award , a New York Dance and Performance Award (a ‘Bessie’), numerous Green Room Awards, a Helpmann Award and two Australian Dance Awards (Structure & Sadness 2008, Motion Picture 2016). In 2016 she was awarded the Australia Council Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance.Email:Lucy@LucyGuerinInc.com
Annette VieusseuxExecutive Producer
Annette is the Executive Producer of Lucy Guerin Inc. She manages the financial and strategic aspects of the organisation, including fundraising growth and stakeholder relationships. For LGI she has overseen three international co-commissions, as well as multiple tours to countries including Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Scotland and the United States. Annette is committed to supporting innovative and challenging artistic practices, political advocacy for the Arts, and skills and resource sharing endeavours. She is currently on the Board of Theatre Network Australia, a Green Room Award panelist for the Contemporary and Experimental panel, and is an active member international arts networks such as IETM and ISPA. She regularly consults as a peer assessor, and is a member of the Media and Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA).
Annette’s career in arts management and cultural leadership began in 2005 when she was Festival Director of Sydney Mardi Gras. Since then she has undertaken communication or producing roles for companies including Malthouse Theatre, Arena Theatre Company, Next Wave Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival and National Theatre London. Annette has been mentored through the Australia Council for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Development Program. As a dramaturg, she documented and published theatre rehearsal processes for Arts Council England, National Theatre London, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre (New York) and Northern Stage (UK). Annette attained first-class degrees in MA Literature (Theatre Studies) from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where she also taught Dramaturgy, and BA Hons (Performance Studies/Art History and Theory) from University of Sydney.Email:Annette@LucyGuerinInc.com Phone:+61 (0)3 9329 4213
Claire Bradley DukeCompany Manager
Claire Bradley Duke is an emerging producer and experienced arts manager working successfully in the dance sector in both Australia and the UK for the past eight years. In London, Claire worked for the Council for Dance Education and Training delivering dance events and programs across the UK.
Since arriving in Australia, Claire has worked for the Australian Ballet, Ausdance Victoria as Communications & Marketing Manager, and Kath Papas Productions as Assistant Producer. Claire produced numerous projects for Ausdance Victoria, including First Friday Dance Club, Dance Massive Open Studios, Dance Your Heart Out, and I Could Have Danced All Night (White Night 2013). She was Assistant Producer for the National Dance Forum 2013 and in 2013 produced a tour of Tony Yap, Yumi Umiumare and Matthew Gingold’s work Zero Zero to Bogota, Colombia for Kath Papas Productions. Claire holds a BA Hons International Degree in Fine Art from the University of Leeds (UK) with a year of international study at Arizona State University (USA). Claire is also a fully qualified RYS 200hr vinyasa flow yoga teacher.Email:Claire@LucyGuerinInc.com Phone:+61 (0)3 9329 4213
Alexandra Macalister-BillsAdministrative Assistant
Alexandra Macalister-Bills is an arts manager and emerging playwright currently based in Melbourne. She is the Education and Programs Manager for Arena Theatre Company, having worked with Arena since 2012. Her work has been read at the Emerging Writers Festival (Melbourne), National Young Writers Festival (Newcastle), Courthouse Arts (Geelong) and produced as part of Australian Theatre for Young People’s show The One Sure Thing. In 2014 she was awarded a RE RossTrust Script Development Award for her play Pieces. She is a graduate of the ATYP’s Fresh Ink Mentoring Program and National Studio for emerging playwrights. She was the General Manager of literary organisation Going Down Swinging from 2014 –2015, having originally joined the team as an intern in 2012.
Prue LangResident Director 2017
After studying at the VCA Melbourne, Prue joined Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre. In 1996 she moved to France working for the Choreographic National Centre in Angers, Compagnie Cre-Ange in Paris, as well as creating her own independent projects in Paris. In 1999 she began an important collaboration with William Forsythe as a leading soloist and choreographer of the Frankfurt Ballet and The Forsythe Company. She created five original works for the company, some of which also toured independently. She is also known as an exponent of Forsythe’s improvisation technologies and researcher with Motion Bank project.
Since 2005 she has been working as an independent choreographer presenting her work in international festivals, theatres and museums throughout the world including Theatre National de Chaillot Paris, Rencontres choregraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis Paris, Festival temps d’images Paris, Festival faits d’hiver Paris, Tanzplatform Deutschland, HAU 3 Berlin, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Context Festival Hebbel-am-ufer Berlin, TATE Modern London, Adelaide International Arts festival, Chunky Move Australia and Dance Massive Australia. She has been commissioned by the Frankfurt Ballet, MD Kollektiv Koln, TATE Modern, Leigh Warren & Dancers and the VCA.
She has been voted Most Outstanding Dancer, Most Innovative Production and Most Outstanding Choreographer by Europe’s Balletanz’s Annual Critics’ Survey, awarded in Hybrid Art by the Prix Ars Electronica, and won Green Room awards for Design, Original Choreography and Best Ensemble in Australia.
In 2014 she moved back to Melbourne to continue her work in Australia. She began the PLANT research lab from which to transmit, develop and create her work in Melbourne. In 2017 she will present a new Australian work for Dance Massive and a new German work for the MDKollektiv in Cologne.Email:Admin@lucyguerininc.com
Jo LloydResident Director 2016
JO LLOYD is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. She has been presenting work for over 15 years, in gallery spaces and theatres in Japan, Hong Kong, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Dance Massive. Recent projects include; the premiere of Confusion for Three at Arts House, How Choreography Works with Deanne Butterworth and Shelley Lasica at West Space, and choreography for Nicola Gunn’s, Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster.
She has performed extensively in the works of Shelley Lasica (Solos For Other People Dance Massive 2015), Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Sandra Parker, Prue Lang, Ros Warby and Shian Law. Other notable works include curating 24 HOURS at Dancehouse (2010) which was featured on the ABC, choreography for Half Brother by visual artist David Rosetzky and a durational work with Nicola Gunn for MelbourneNOW (White Night 2014) at NGVI, Gertrude Contemporary (with artist Stephen Brams), West Space and Bus.
Jo is the recipient of several Green Room Award nominations, two Asialink Performing Arts Residencies (Japan 2004-5) and the Dancehouse Housemate Residency (2008). Jo has taught throughout Australia and overseas for Akram Khan, Jacobs Pillow, Hong Kong Academy, Bangarra, ADT, and regularly at Chunky Move, VCA and Lucy Guerin Inc. Jo is also the co-presenter of Dancing on The Radio on Triple R. She recently worked with Ranters Theatre on their production Come Away with me to the End of the World, which premiered at the Malthouse Theatre 2016.
Melanie LaneResident Director 2015
Melanie, born in Sydney, graduated from WAAPA in 1999. In 2000 she travelled to Europe working with various companies and artists such as Arco Renz | Kobalt Works, Club Guy and Roni, Tino Seghal and PVC. Since 2007, Melanie is artistic collaborator to Belgian dance company Arco Renz | Kobalt Works for projects in Belgium, Germany, Norway, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Phillipinnes.
As a choreographer, Melanie has established a repertory of works performing in international festivals such as Tanz im August, Uzes Danse Festival, Sydney Spring Dance Festival, Festival Antigel, and Tanz ueber Graben/HAU Berlin among others. She has taken up residence at Schauspiel Leipzig, Dock 11 Berlin, Tanzwerkstatt Berlin, O Espaço do Tempo Montemor, Théâtre de Nîmes, Lucy Guerin Studios and Ausdance NSW a.o. Her new work ‘Merge’ will premiere at Dance Massive in Melbourne 2015.
Recently re-located to Melbourne, Melanie continues to develop her work as well as teaching professional training and workshops locally and abroad. She has been a guest teacher for companies such as Carte Blanche Norway, Sasha Waltz and Guests, Chunky Move, PVC dance company, Tanztheater Bielefeld, Danish Dance Theatre and Nordwest/Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg a.o.
Antony HamiltonResident Director 2014
Antony Hamilton trained in dance in Sydney, Perth and New York. Since 1999 he has worked with the Australian Dance Theatre (Garry Stewart), Kage Physical Theatre (Kate Denborough), Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek) and Lucy Guerin Inc (Lucy Guerin) performing extensively throughout Australia and overseas.
As choreographer, he has worked in Australia and abroad. Notably, he has created dances for Lyon Opera Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Dancenorth, Link, The Victorian College of the Arts, Stompin and Rogue. He has also created short works for ADT’s Ignition seasons and Lucy Guerin Inc’s Pieces for Small Spaces seasons. In 2008 Antony directed and choreographed two full-length works Blazeblue Oneline and I Like This which was part of Chunky Move’s Next Move series. In 2009 Blazeblue Oneline received two Greenroom Awards; Set and/or Costume Design, and Concept/Realisation. Other major works include his independent productions Black Project 1 and the post-apocalyptic dance drive-in Drift.
Antony was the inaugural recipient of both the Russell Page Fellowship in 2004 and the Tanja Liedtke Fellowship in 2009, and he was one of nine inaugural recipients of the Australia Council’s Creative Australia Fellowships in 2012. He was also the winner of the Greenroom Award for Best Male Dancer in 2005, and the Helpmann Award for Best Male Dancer in 2009. Most recently Antony created the new full-length work Keep Everything for Chunky Move’s Next Move series.
Stephanie LakeResident Director 2013
Stephanie Lake is a Melbourne based choreographer and dancer. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts she began dancing with companies including Lucy Guerin Inc, Gideon Obarzanek’s Chunky Move and BalletLab and has performed and toured worldwide for over fourteen years.
She has been nominated for Green Room and Australian Dance Awards for her performances in Lucy Guerin’s works. As a choreographer Stephanie’s works – including Aorta, A Small Prometheus, DUAL, Dream Lucid, Mix Tape – have been presented by Melbourne Festival, Dance Massive, Sydney Opera House, Dublin Dance Festival, Tramway Glasgow, Singapore and Aarhus Denmark with upcoming touring to Theatre Chaillot, Paris and Germany. She has been commissioned by Chunky Move, Sydney Dance Company, Frontier Danceland Singapore, Tasdance and Stompin.
In 2014 Stephanie won both the Helpmann Award and Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Choreography as well as the Green Room Award in 2011. She was the inaugural recipient of the Dame Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship 2012 and was appointed inaugural Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc in 2013. Stephanie is currently a Sidney Myer Fellow.