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Motion Picture
Arts House
World Premiere

Motion Picture

Lucy Guerin Inc
Arts House,
North Melbourne Town Hall
Tue 17 - Sun 22 March

Presented by Arts House & Lucy Guerin Inc

Motion Picture takes the 1950 film noir classic D.O.A. as a choreographic score to explore the tensions between live performance and cinema.

The film opens with Frank Bigelow, a small-town everyman, reporting his own murder. He has been poisoned with a luminous toxin and with time running out, he is determined to find
out why.

Caught between the living stage and the projected image, the audience is bathed in the flickering light of a screen mounted behind them. On stage, the dancers are both viewers and protagonists, using the cinematic elements as motivations for movement. The transference of information from one medium to another creates a physicalised abstraction of the moody aesthetic of film noir.

From the choreographer and director of Conversation Piece and Weather comes a surprising new work that both pays homage to the moving image and rebels against it.

Concept & Direction: Lucy Guerin
Choreographer: Lucy Guerin in collaboration with the dancers
Set & Costume Designer: Robert Cousins
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Cisterne
Sound Designer: Robin Fox
Video Consultant: Nick Roux
Dramaturg: Matthew Whittet
Performers: Stephanie Lake, Briarna Longville, Alisdair Macindoe, Jessie Oshodi, Kyle Page, Lilian Steiner
Production Manager: Glenn Dulihanty
Production Consultant: Emily O’Brien
Stage Manager: Alice Fleming
Costume Maker: Anna McFarlane
Producer: Annette Vieusseux
Assistant Producer: Claire Bradley

Image: Jeff Busby

★★★★ [The Age] Motion Picture review: Lucy Guerin’s cinematic dance work occupies shadowy space

★★★★½ [The Herald Sun] Dance review: Lucy Guerin’s Motion Picture, Arts House

[The Age] Motion Picture: Choreographer Lucy Guerin dances around film

[The Weekly Review] Dancing in the dark

[Melbourne. Arts. Fashion] A Day in the Life Of…Lucy Guerin – Choreographer and Artistic Director