Lucy Guerin Inc. is an Australian dance company established in Melbourne in 2002 to create and tour new dance works. Renowned for the skill and originality of its small group of performers, it is a flexible organisation dedicated to challenging and extending the art of contemporary dance. The company is committed to the exploration of everyday events and the redefinition of the formal concerns of dance. New productions are generated through an experimental approach to creative process, and may involve voice, video, sound, text and industrial design as well as Guerin’s lucid physical structures. Crucially, this is always a choreographic exploration, striving for visual, emotional and physical revelations that could not be generated or communicated in any other artform than dance.
Lucy Guerin Inc. has been a major influence on the growing identity of Australian dance, which stems from the company’s programmatic research into choreographic practice supported through several initiatives. Pieces for Small Spaces is its annual curated program for new dance works by emerging choreographers in Melbourne. First Run provides an opportunity for artists to share their current practice through studio showings of first-draft works. The company also offers workshops with local and international artists, presents one-off special events and maintains an artist-in-residence and secondment program.