Commissioned by Lucy Guerin Inc Merge premiered at Dance Massive 2015 at Arts House. 

Merge offers a poetic discourse on humans’ co-existence with inanimate objects in our man-made universe. Created in collaboration with celebrated visual artists Bridie Lunney and Ash Keating, Lane’s choreography collides and negotiates with Lunney’s and Keating’s uniquely designed objects in play, reflecting on our everyday ritualistic, material encounters.

Merge unearths the more unsettling nature of this relationship, questioning the modern-day understanding of material necessity. It acknowledges the beauty, absurdity and humour inherently present in this realm, and looks at the visual and aesthetic manifestation that is constructed and de-constructed in space.

Featuring sound design from renowned UK electronic musician Clark (Warp), Merge is a collision of bodies, sound and material, revealing the madness of humans’ incessant compulsion to accelerate and adapt with their environment beyond what natural limits impose.

Artistic Collaborators: Paea Leach, Lily Paskas, Rachael Osborne, Lilian Steiner

Images: Dian McLeod

Creative Team

  • Choreographer: Melanie Lane
  • Dancers from Premiere Production: Antony Hamilton , Ashley Mclellan , Melanie Lane , Sophia Ndaba
  • Composer: Chris Clark
  • Producer: Jessica Morris Payne
  • Lighting designer: Matthew Adey (House of Vnholy)
  • Set Designers: Ash Keating , Prop & Visual Design Collaborators: Bridie Lunney

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