current residencies

Image: Lilian Steiner, ‘Meditation’, performed at the NGV

At Lucy Guerin Inc we are dedicated to supporting our local and national contemporary dance communities and have largely been able to achieve this through our on-going residency programs.

During the past seven years we have provided over 48 artists with Studio Residencies to make new work in our studio. In 2013 we introduced a yearly Resident Director position after we identified a need within the Australian dance sector to create a pathway for independent choreographers to transition into significant leadership roles.

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Applications for 2019 LGI Residency Program are now open.

Download the Residency Info Sheet here, then complete this online application form to apply.

Deadline for submitting your application: 5pm, 10 January 2019.

If you have any questions, please email LGI’s Studio Producer, Tom Pritchard, directly at



James Andrews
Caroline Meadon
Alice Heyward
Leah Landau
Brooke Stamp
Ivey Wawn

During 2018 Lucy Guerin Inc will house six full time studio residents and four part time studio residents, who will each receive up to two weeks in-kind studio space at the Lucy Guerin Inc studio.

Below is a little information about our residents and what they intend to explore through their residencies at Lucy Gueirn Inc.


James will develop a new solo work under the working title “Querencia” – exploring the idea of “safe space” as a queer body in a rapidly shifting socio-political environment. James Andrews is an Australian dancer and dance maker working in the realms of experimental contemporary dance as well as the underground queer club landscape. Alongside their dance practice James maintains a broader practice spanning sound, costume and visual design.

Since graduating from the VCA James has worked with a range of artists and companies including Performance Space, Lee Serle, Antony Hamilton, Jo Lloyd,Chunky Move, Supple Fox, MONA, Carriageworks, Ghost Pictures, Exit Films, Stephanie Lake, Adam Wheeler, ACCA, James Welsby, 2NDTOE, Strut & Fret, DISCORDIA and Arts Center Melbourne to name but a few. James is also an Artistic Associate of 2NDTOE presenting collaborative work, as well as their own solo work, in various forms around Australia. James also appears regularly in cabaret and night club settings as “Jandruze”.

Recent credits include solo works “An Other” and “I Can Disappear.” as well as “YUMMY”, “DISCORDIA”, Antony Hamilton “RUTH”, Lee Serle “P.O.V.”, Nick Cave “HEARD: SYD”, James Welsby “HEX” (Australian Tour 2015), “DISCORDIA”, Ghost Pictures “Ecco Homo”, various projects and events for DARK MOFO (MONA Hobart, 2013-16) and Performance Space “Day For Night: 24 Hours” (Sydney).


This will be an initial period of development for Caroline’s new work.  Part 1:  Thematic and conceptual ideas often accompany her making process as associative references, rather than guiding motifs. In this instance Caroline is curious to examine her relationship to silence and speaking. Part 2:  Sustaining a detailed investigation into her particular movement sensibility, attempting to bring its characteristics and internal motors into analytic focus.

Caroline Meaden works as a dancer/choreographer across performance and live art contexts.   As a solo artist she has presented work in The Substation’s curated Melbourne Fringe season (Blowin’ Up: Sneaky Bastard – Winner: Arts House Evolution Award), and as part of her Postgraduate Diploma in Choreography at VCA (Too Much Sun and Untitled). She was a collaborative artist on the three-time Green Room Award nominated work, Blizzard (directed by Nat Cursio) and has been an artist in residence at Artshouse, Tasdance, Mosaico Danza (Italy), Dancehouse, Lucy Guerin Inc., Vitalstatistix and Chunky Move.  As one third of Slown, Smallened and Son ( ) she has created This is What’s Happening (Winner: Best Dance Melbourne Fringe, nom. Green Room and Australian Dance Award), Fallen O’er (nom. Australian Dance Award), and will premiere two new works this year; Lady Example for Next Wave Festival and Let’s Go Up Here for FOLA.

As a dancer she has worked for Shelley Lasica (Behaviour Part 7), Sandra Parker (Adherence to Procedure), Michelle Heaven (In Plan), Natalie Cursio (Blizzard, Tiny Slopes, Loop), Paea Leach (Pushed), Alice Dixon (Lucy Guerin Inc. Pieces for Small Spaces) and Reckless Sleepers (BEL/UK – A String Section) among others.    In 2015 she received an Australia Council ArtStart grant to work with Tere O’Connor in New York on the development of her new solo work, and was also mentored by Shelley Lasica. Her work has been supported by Besen Foundation, Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne (through Boyd Studio 1 Residency 2017).


Alice will develop a work she began to researching in late 2017, and performed an experimental version of at an informal home apartment showing last November. This work researches pregnancy, birth and the relationship between mother and child.

Alice is a dancer and choreographer. She makes solo and group work, co-authored work and collaborative projects. Alice’s work is presented in Australia and Europe at Uferstudios, Sophiensaele (in the frame of Tanztage 2017) and within many group contexts. She is an ongoing resident at art/house project, Kunsthaus KuLe in Berlin. Here, she presented Imaginary Dances in frame of the Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2017. In 2016, her work Before the Fact was commissioned for the Keir Choreographic Award at Dancehouse, and Now Is Not The Place at gallery Murray White Room. In 2018, Future City Inflatable, her collaboration with Ellen Davies, premieres in Next Wave festival. She is a danceWEB scholarship recipient at Impulstanz International Dance Festival in Vienna mentored by Louise Höjer and Tino Sehgal. She works regularly as a collaborator-performer in the works of artists including Xavier Le Roy, Scarlet Yu, Alexandra Pirici, Alicia Frankovich, Hana Erdman, Geoffrey Watson, Mia Lawrence, Simone Forti, Maria Hassabi, Shelley Lasica, Female Trouble, Becky Hilton and Laurel Jenkins (for Trisha Brown), among others.


GOAT TALK (solo) will explore how personhood can be inserted into objects and non-living forms through actions/movement or spoken text/conversation.

Leah Landau is a choreographer and dancer. She has worked with choreographers Luke George, Shelley Lasica, Rebecca Jensen, Geoffrey Watson, Natalie Abbott and Lilian Steiner.     Her works have been presented by Lucy Guerin Inc, Dancehouse, Indigo Dance Festival at PAF Performing Arts Forum France, Darebin Arts Speakeasy Program, PACT centre for emerging artists and KINGS ARI among others. Leah co-produces Dance Speaks, a lecture/performance series for dance artists in Melbourne and Sydney at bars, galleries and performance spaces.


Brooke’s Residency will form the creative development of new solo performance work that builds upon recent shifts in her choreographic practice emerging through cross-art form collaborations, site and gallery-based performances, and investigations in materials and installation.

Brooke’s career spans 18 years as an artist, performer, choreographer, teacher and dramaturgical mentor to emerging artists, since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 1999. Currently based in Sydney, she works with improvisational movement practice, sound and visual art performance installation. In 2016 Brooke will complete a Masters Candidature at UNSW Art and Design School, researching the body as living document. Brooke has been a key collaborator with leading experimental dance company Phillip Adams BalletLab (PABL) for the past 17 years, creating my first evening-length work, ‘And All Things Return to Nature’, for PABL, for the Inaugural Choreographic Commission (2011-2013) including a residency in Luxembourg at Trois CL; premiering with Adams’ ‘Tomorrow’ at MTC’s Lawler Studio. She was a presenting artist in the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) with artist Agatha Gothe-Snape for our work, ‘Here, an Echo’, a scored walk performed in the city of Sydney throughout the Biennale. In 2014 Brooke was a semi-finalist, shortlisted from 87 candidates for the Keir Choreographic Award, making TEARAWAY: Part One, The Crater of Motor Power, in collaboration with visual artist Agatha Gothe-Snape and sound artist Kevin Lo. In 2005 she was awarded the Skills and Development grant from the Australia Council of the Arts, for an extended period of study in New York. In 2016, Brooke was awarded the Fellowship for Dance, by the Australia Council for the Arts, which supports a two-year program of artistic development, nationally and internationally.


Ivey will work on the conceptual and physical development of a new solo that has been co-commissioned by FORM Dance Projects and Dirtyfeet, to be presented in Parramatta in early 2019 as part of the Dance Bites season.

Ivey Wawn is an independent artist making dance-based work for a range of contexts. Drawing poetics from economics and microbial processes, with a focus on the political nature of exchange and transmission, Ivey develops choreographic blueprints that result in complex systems of transformation for the human scale as an invitation toward modes of care and consideration that may better-fit contemporary conditions. Ivey’s current research interests include microbial symbiosis, mourning processes and financial crisis. She is also studying political economy at the University of Sydney.   Ivey has enjoyed the support of; AirSpace Projects, ALASKA Projects, Ausdance NSW, Australia Council for the Arts, Bundanon Trust, CRACK Theatre Festival, Critical Path, DanceWEB Scholarship (Impulstanz, Vienna), DirtyFeet, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, ReadyMade Works, Shopfront Contemporary Arts and Performance, The NOW now, and Underbelly Arts Festival.  She has had the pleasure of working with and for; Andrew Hardwidge (UK), Angela Goh (AU), Atlanta Eke (AU), Brooke Stamp (AU), Germaine Kruip (BE/NL), Lizzie Thompson (AU), Louise Trueheart (FR/USA/DE), Mark Mailler (AU), Rainbow Chan (AU), Rhiannon Newton (AU), Rochelle Haley (AU), Scarlett Yu (HK/DE), Shota Matsumura (AU), Tino Sehgal (DE/UK), and Xavier Le Roy (FR) among others.


Emma Riches
Siobhan McKenna
Amanda Lever
Jack Riley


Emma will explore the potentiality of working beyond the point of physical, emotional, mental and creative exhaustion, researching the role of duration in deepening sub/conscious experience. This residency will involve equal parts moving and writing through improvised processes.

Emma Riches is a Melbourne-based dance artist and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. During her studies Emma worked with Phillip Adams, Helen Herbertson. Rebecca Hilton, Prue Lang and Lina Limosani. Emma has worked professionally with Phillip Adams (MPavillion 2017), Victoria Hunt (Dance Massive 2017), Nebahat Erpolat (Best Dance Melbourne Fringe 2016, Melbourne Fringe 2017), Emily Johnson (Yirramboi 2017), Baden Hitchcock (Public Art Melbourne 2017), Caitlin Dear (Platform Festival 2017) and Adele Varcoe (FOLA 2018). She has also performed for Lucy Guerin (Melbourne Festival 2016), Jo Lloyd (Melbourne Fringe 2014), Shian Law (Dance Massive 2017) and Amber McCartney (Melbourne Fringe 2014).

Emma’s choreographic work has been presented at the M1 CONTACT in Singapore (2015), VCA DanceON Season (2015), Melbourne Fringe Festival (2016), and YW2’s Inaugural Pilot Season (2017). She was involved in the Compass Professional Development Program (2016-2017), receiving mentorship from producer Freya Waterson as well as producing and mentoring Siobhan McKenna’s award-winning work Utterance. She is currently working with Alice Dixon, Caroline Meaden and Whil Bride as part of Next Wave Festival at the SUBSTATION.


Siobhan is excited to use this opportunity for the initial process of developing a new work. She will further research and develop ideas surrounding movement and sound, particularly voice and movement and will start this process on her own before exploring it with more bodies.

Originally from the south coast of NSW, Siobhan McKenna graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2016. While studying Siobhan worked with artists such as Stephanie Lake, Sandra Parker and Lee Serle. She performed in Jo Lloyd’s It’s This in Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014, Isabelle Beauverd’s Bottom Line in Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016 and in Lucy Guerin’s work The Dark Chorus as a chorus member for Melbourne Festival 2016. Upon graduating the VCA she was award the Choreographic Award for her work Petri-Dish (2016) which has been remounted and toured to Hong Kong and Singapore with the VCA. In 2017, she was the recipient of a NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship that supported the development of her work Utterance in Eden NSW which then premiered in a ‘Your Way Fringe Season’ at Dancehouse in Melbourne winning the Best Dance Award and the Temperance Hall Award (supported by Phillip Adams) in Melbourne Fringe Festival. The Temperance Hall Award grants her one month’s residency with BalletLab this year. Lastly, Siobhan is working as a dancer in NSW with Lee Pemberton on her Artistic Fellowship and has choreographed a short work on NSW Youth Company, fLiNG Physical Theatre.


Amanda will work on a second development of Body Acousmonium, an improvised sound art and dance dialogue about maintaining present, creative identity beyond physical boundaries in a shared space.

Amanda Lever graduated from the University of Melbourne (VCA) with Bachelor of Dance (2009), Post-Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation (2012), and Masters in Choreography (2013) and was awarded the VCA Arts Victoria Creative Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate.

She has previously performed for Tasdance (2009), Sela Kiek-Callan (2010-2011), Elanor Webber (2013-14) and Delta Project (2014 and 2016). In 2015, with the support of Kingston Arts Centre and Conduits Arts Initiative, she successfully launched her first choreographic work, Hypnagogia, in collaboration with visual artist Soma Garner. In 2017 she was commissioned to choreograph for The Space’s full time Dance graduate show. Amanda has an ongoing collaborative, experimental performance practice with Sound Artist Gillian Lever, which began in 2013. She has also collaborated with Anna Seymour, Melbourne based Deaf dancer on Distraction Society, an ongoing new dance project developed for Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016. This work was invited to perform in the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival in August 2017.

Through her work with Delta Project and Anna Seymour, Amanda has become interested in making work that is inclusive, creating work through multiple perspectives. She is interested in exploring how dance performance can effect audiences and the affects movement based studies can have in the subconscious comprehension of the reality that surrounds us. Developing a new perspective and appreciation for the relationship between sound, movement and expression is the next step forward in expanding her collaborative practice.


Jack will use this residency to contiue developing his work Alone, which has been in the making since 2017 after developing a 15 minute version on QL2 youth company Chaos project in September, maximised by Chunky Move in December to further develop the work on 6 dancers and a sound composer.

Jack Riley began dancing with QL2’s youth dance company under artistic director Ruth Osborne working with a range of choreographers before going on to graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts (2016). Jack has a deep passion for combining Martial Arts and Contemporary dance, he is Largely influenced by his ten years of elite Judo Training, where he was competing at international level.

Since graduating Jack has been able to work for, Tasdance, Austrlian Opera, Australian Dance Party, and James Batchelor in a Chunky Move commissioned work. He has presented his own work in Canberra, Melbourne & Perth, Fuse, Contact & Alone (2016/18) receiving nominations for best dance work by Melbourne Fringe two years.

Jack Hopes to further himself as a dancer, artist and person through an ongoing practice of his related interests, such as combining athleticism, Martial Arts, minimalism and postmodern ideologies.