Lucy Guerin Inc’s Resident Director
Since 2013 Lucy Guerin Inc has invited one choreographer each year to take up the position of Resident Director with the Company.
The Company identified a need within the Australian dance sector to create a pathway for independent choreographers to transition into significant leadership roles. This position was created for choreographers approaching mid-career who are interested in running a company or developing a way of working more consistently than their current project funding allows. The Resident Director is encouraged to research what kind of model might be appropriate to support the type of work they are creating. This may include running a company and this position encourages a dialogue around sustainable artistic practice as a choreographer.
The Resident Director receives support in the creation of new works including free studio space and an annual fee, assistance in finding funds and presenting opportunities for those works, and mentoring in all aspects of running a company including an insight into Board meetings, budgets, and strategic planning. They are assisted to develop the skills of an Artistic Director – distinct from the skills of a choreographer, but essential for the successful running of a dance company or other organisational structure.
PRUE LANG | CURRENT RESIDENT 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.
Past Resident Directors
Jo Lloyd | RESIDENT 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 Lane | RESIDENT 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 Hamilton | RESIDENT 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 Lake | RESIDENT 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.