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 tight and time is getting shorter. We can all make sense of this dance.

In Split, dancers Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner negotiate ever-diminishing dimensions of space and time. As our world contracts, the clock ticks faster, and bodies press closer.

With delicacy and complexity, this dance revels in Lucy Guerin’s sharp, elegant choreographic investigations; unfolding a mesmerising physical drama.

Featuring a musical score by UK composer Scanner, lighting design by Paul Lim and costumes by Harriet Oxley, Split is a thought-provoking structural meditation rendered in movement and delivered by one of Australia’s most original dance companies.


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 


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

20 February 2018
The Playhouse QPAC, Brisbane.


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

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