Premiered, Gasworks, Melbourne, 4 September, 1996.

Two Lies was the first work produced by Lucy after she returned to Australia following seven years of working in New York. Originally called Courtables 1966 when it debuted at Gasworks in Melbourne in 1996, the work was renamed Two Lies and performed at The Kitchen in New York City in 1997.

Two Lies examines the paradox of memory and how experiences are stored and revised by subsequent events. The work explores concepts of duality, with the three dancers performing the same work twice. The first time the dance is performed in a contracted square of light with small minimalist movements and stiff pale dresses. The second time the sound is amplified, the space expands, the dresses are silky and saturated with colour, and the movement is lush and large. It is both amusing and disturbing, presenting two sides of a story to reveal the deceiving aspects of recollection. Reviewing Two Lies, Gia Kourlas wrote “Guerin’s work has a refinement that abstract dance doesn’t always posses” (Time Out New York, 1997).

Two Lies received critical acclaim in New York and won Lucy a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) in 1997. According to critic Jack Anderson, “Ms Guerin commands attention with her forcefulness as both a dancer and a choreographer” (New York Times, 14 April 1997).

“The elegant crystalline structure tugs against the enigma of these women.”
Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice, 1999.

Images: Johan-Elbers

Creative Team

  • director: Lucy Guerin
  • Choreographer: Lucy Guerin
  • Dancers from Premiere Production: Lucy Guerin , Rebecca Hilton , Ros Warby
  • Composer: David Chesworth
  • Costume Designer: Lucy Guerin
  • Lighting designer: Margie Medlin

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collection items

  • Program from The Kitchen, April 1997.

    Performance program from The Kitchen, NYC, April 1997.

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  • Two Lies program graphic.

    Performance program.

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  • Two Lies program, The Kitchen.

    Further details about The Kitchen and performances in January - April 1997 including Two Lies.

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  • Envelope containing the Bessie Award notice.

    Envelope containing the Bessie Award notice.

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  • Bessie Award letter.

    Bessie Award letter, 1997.

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Publicity & Media

  • Media Release, The Kitchen, 18 March 1997.

    Media Release from The Kitchen, NYC about Guerin's piece Two Lies, performed April 1997.

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  • Brian McCormick review of Two Lies, May 1997.

    Brian McCormick reviews Guerin's piece Two Lies, Lesbian and Gay New York, 11 May 1997.

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  • Jack Anderson's review of Two Lies, The New York Times, 14 April 1997.

    Jack Anderson's somewhat critical review of Two Lies, for the New York Times.

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  • Deborah Jowitt, Review Two Lies, The Village Voice, 29 April 1997.

    Deborah Jowitt's review of Two Lies, with photograph.

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  • Jack Anderson, Baryshnikov and French Innovator Win Bessie Awards, The New York Times, 19 September 1997.

    Article of the Bessie Award winners, including Lucy Guerin for Two Lies.

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  • Choreographer honoured, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 September 1997.

    Article in the SMH about Lucy Guerin receiving a Bessie Award.

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  • AusDance Update, 1997.

    Article in AusDance about Lucy Guerin winning a Bessie Award.

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  • US award for choreographer Lucy Guerin, Real Time, 21 October 1997.

    Short piece describing Guerin's Bessie Award for Two Lies.

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  • NAME OF AUDIO: Lucy Guerin interviewed by Catherine Forge about the Archive

  • NAME OF AUDIO: Lucy Guerin interviewed by Catherine Forge about the history of Lucy Guerin Inc

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