Lucy Guerin’s choreography has grown from an interest in dance as a source of unique creativity and communication. Although her works incorporate diverse art forms, their genesis is always the physicality of the human body. Her choreographic methods juxtapose complex structures and ideas with an instinctive studio investigation into the possibilities of movement. It is the visceral and unfamiliar quality of her works, combined with a sharp investigation into ideas that has allowed them to resonate with audiences for more than 20 years.
Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Guerin graduated from the Centre for Performing Arts in 1982 before joining the companies of Russell Dumas (Dance Exchange) and Nanette Hassall (Danceworks). She moved to New York in 1989 for seven years where she danced with Tere O’Connor Dance, the Bebe Miller Company and Sara Rudner and began to produce her first choreographic works. She returned to Australia in 1996 and worked as an independent artist, creating dance works including Two Lies (1996) Robbery Waitress on Bail (1997), Heavy (1999) and The Ends of Things (2000). In 2002 she established Lucy Guerin Inc in Melbourne to support the development, creation and touring of new works with a focus on challenging and extending the concepts and practice of contemporary dance.
Works for Lucy Guerin Inc include Structure and Sadness (2006), Corridor (2008), Untrained (2009) and Human Interest Story (2010). She has choreographed several projects for visual artist David Rosetzky, including Portrait of Cate Blanchett (2008) and has been involved in productions with ACMI screen gallery, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera.
Guerin has toured her work extensively in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America as well as to most of Australia’s major festivals and venues. She has been commissioned by Chunky Move, Ros Warby, Dance Works Rotterdam, Ricochet (UK) and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (USA) among many other companies. Her awards include the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, a New York Dance and Performance Award (a ‘Bessie’), several Green Room Awards, a Helpmann and an Australian Dance Award. (Text courtesy of the artist.)