Presented by Lucy Guerin Inc and Arts House and premiered at Dance Massive in March 2017.

This is a square, a stage, a world, a life. Space is getting tighter and time is getting shorter. In Split, the dancers Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner, one clothed and one naked, are framed by ever-diminishing dimensions of space and time with escalating intensity.

This dance revels in Lucy Guerin’s sharp, elegant choreographic investigations, reflecting the dilemmas of negotiating with oneself and others in a world of increased pressure and reduced resources.

Split received a prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Dancer (Lilian Steiner) as well as numerous other award nominations. Featuring a musical score by UK composer Scanner, Split is a thought-provoking structural meditation rendered in movement and delivered by one of Australia’s most fearless dance companies.

Photo Credit: Gregory Lorenzutti


Winner of the 2018  Shirley McKechnie, Green Room Award for Choreography (Lucy Guerin)

Winner of 2018 Green Room Award for Concept and Realisation (Lucy Guerin)

Winner of 2018 Green Room Award for Ensemble, Duo or Trio (Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner) 

Winner of 2018 Green Room Award for Female Performer (Lilian Steiner – Year of Work – including Split) 

2018 Green Room Awards Nomination for Female Performer Lillian Steiner (Year’s work), Melanie Lane – Split (Lucy Guerin Inc)

2018 Green Room Awards Nomination for Ensemble, Duo or Trio

2018 Green Room Awards Nomination for Composition/Sound Design Scanner (Composition) and Robin Fox (Sound Design) – Split (Lucy Guerin Inc)

2018 Green Room Awards Nomination for Choreography, Lucy Guerin – Split (Lucy Guerin Inc)

2018 Green Room Awards Nomination for Choreography Concept and Realisation Split (Lucy Guerin Inc)

2017 Helpmann nomination for Best Choreography in a Ballet, dance or Physical Theatre Production

2017 Helpmann nomination for Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner in SPLIT – Best Female Dancer in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production

Winner of the 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production – Lilian Steiner for SPLIT 


Trafo (Budapest) 
23 – 24 November

DNK space – Sofia, Bulgaria
28 November

Theatre de la Ville (Paris) 
4 – 8 December

Concertgebouw Brugge
11 December

More to be announced for 2019…



White Bird (Portland, USA)
18 – 20 October

Baryshnikov Arts Centre, New York (USA)
11 – 13 October

Dance New Air, Tokyo (Japan)
3 – 4 October

Bora Bora, Aarhus Festival, (Denmark)
4 – 6 September

Tanzmesse at nrw (Dusseldorf, Germany)
1 September

Noordorzen Festival (Groningen, The Netherlands)
28 – 30 August

Darwin Festival
14 – 16 August

Sydney Opera House
8 -12 August

Salihara (Jakarta, Indonesia)
4 – 5 August

Adelaide Festival
2 – 5 March 2018
AC Arts Arts Main Theatre

The Playhouse QPAC, Brisbane.
20 February 2017

Premier Season at Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Dates: 16 – 26 March 2017

REVIEWS | PREMIERE SEASON | Dance Massive 2017


“Teeming with rage and passion, movement and complex relationships […] Split is masterfully performed.”

The Age


“[Guerin’s] choreography is always fearless, and this fascinating work is both beautiful and stark. Split showcases everything that’s exciting about dance as an art form.”

The Music

“Ruminative, poignant and provocative, it is a work of intricate yet unadorned artistry.”

The Australian


“Confident and compelling, it’s another fascinating work from one of Melbourne’s leading choreographers.”


Creative Team

  • director: Lucy Guerin
  • Choreographer: Lucy Guerin
  • Dancers from Premiere Production: Lilian Steiner , Melanie Lane
  • Composer: Scanner
  • Costume Designer: Harriet Oxley
  • Producer: Annette Vieusseux
  • Lighting designer: Paul Lim
  • Sound Designers: Robin Fox

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