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.