Lilian Steiner

Collaborator and Dancer - The Dark Chorus / Collaborator and Dancer - Motion Picture / Collaborator and Dancer - Weather / Dancer - Structure and Sadness (2011)

Lilian Steiner is a Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer, and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Bachelor of Dance program. She works across independent and company environments within dance and performance, experimental sound and the visual arts.

Lilian has been a dancer with Lucy Guerin Inc across many projects (Structure and Sadness, Weather, Motion Picture, The Dark Chorus). She has worked with Phillip Adams’ Balletlab (Above, MONA FOMA, 2011 and EVER (in development), Rennie McDougall (SUPERTONE, Next Wave Festival, 2012), Ash Keating (Continuum: Parts 1 2, 2013/14), Brook Andrew (Smudge development, RMIT Design Hub, 2015), Mikala Dwyer (Goldene Bender, ACCA, 2013) and Alicia Frankovic (Defending Plural Experiences, Framed Movements, ACCA, 2014), Public Movement (Training Ground, ACCA in the City, 2015). Lilian was nominated for the Green Room Award – Best Female Dancer in 2013 and 2016.

As a choreographer, Lilian’s practice utilises the inherent intelligence of the active body as the primary tool for creating wholly encompassing visual, sonic and kinesthetic experiences. Her work embraces the power of ephemerality within energetic exchange through emphasising the presence of weight and density within the sculptural nature of sound, the body’s form and light as an extension of the body.

Lilian’s major choreographic projects include The Call to Connect – Voyager Recordings (Lucy Guerin Inc.’s Pieces for Small Spaces, 2012), Meditation (Melbourne Now, NGV, 2014), Noise Quartet Meditation (The Substation, Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2014) and BUNKER (Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2015) and her most recent project Admission into the Everyday Sublime (Next Wave Festival, 2016). Noise Quartet Meditation received the 2015 Green Room Award for Concept and Realisation, as well as a nomination for the Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography. BUNKER received a Green Room nomination for Design (spatial and costume) in 2016. Lilian has also been a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Artstart program, 2011, and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, 2013.