Workshop with Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner

In association with
Split by Lucy Guerin Inc

There are two approaches to making movement in Lucy Guerin’s work Split. One is purely choreographic and rhythmic, and the other stems from improvised material based on narrative, drama and conflict. One is purely physical and experiential, where the other brings different qualities into the body through imagination, emotional states and disruption of familiar patterns.

In this workshop, Split dancers Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner will begin by leading a warm-up. Then, these two different approaches to choreography will be explored with the participants, learning some of the set material from Split and also developing their own material through tasks and guided improvisation.

Skill Level

This class is intended for intermediate dancers and choreographers. Participants should have a minimum of 2 years of prior dance training.

Dress so you can move freely and have appropriate foot wear or bare feet.

Leader Bios

  • Lilian Steiner
  • Melanie Lane

Lilian Steiner is a dancer and choreographer working within dance, visual art and experimental sound performance.

Graduating in 2010 from the Victorian College of the Arts, Lilian has worked with Lucy Guerin Inc on Structure and Sadness, Weather, Motion Picture, The Dark Chorus, Split, and Make Your Own World. She has worked with Phillip Adams’ (Balletlab), Shelley Lasica, Melanie Lane, Brooke Stamp, Leah Landau and Rennie McDougall, visual artists Sally Smart, Brooke Andrew, Ash Keating, Mikala Dwyer and Alicia Frankovic, architect Matthew Bird (Studio Bird); and sound artists JLIN, Anna Homler and Richie Cyngler.

Lilian’s own projects have been presented nationally and internationally, including Memoir for Rivers and The Dictator to Constellations Festival (Toulon) and Les Plateaux de la Briqueterie (Paris,). Noise Quartet Meditation received the 2015 Green Room Award for Concept and Realisation and Lilian won the 2017 and 2018 Green Room Award and 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer.

Melanie Lane is a Javanese/Australian choreographer and performer. Based in Europe from 2000–2014, Melanie worked with artists including Arco Renz, Club Guy and Roni, and Tino Seghal performing internationally. Melanie has performed with Lucy Guerin Inc, Antony Hamilton Projects, Chunky Move and has collaborated with artists Ash Keating, Bridie Lunney and Amos Gebhardt. Melanie was the 2015 resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc and has created new works for Chunky Move (2016) and Sydney Dance Company (2017). Her work has been presented internationally at Tanz im August, Uzes Danse Festival, Arts House Melbourne, O Espaco do Tempo, Festival Antigel, Dance Massive and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin. Melanie received the Leipziger Bewegungskunstpreis 2018 for her choreographic work Wonderwomen and won the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award.

Photography © Gregory Lorenzutti