"We will come together, we will become anonymous, we will fake belief or believe in faking it."        Luke George

Following the critical acclaim of NOW NOW NOW which recently toured to Norway, the Netherlands and Sydney, award winning dancer/choreographer Luke George presents his debut solo work, Not About Face.

Not About Face stems from George's fascination with the intimacy between performers and audience and how information and ideas are transmitting between them. In this work George questions the nature of the unseen and unspoken agreement/tradition between performer and audience and accesses the supernatural and the spiritual, as a way to explore what is perceiving, knowing and believing.

For this show, audience are robed in full-body shrouds and are an anonymous and free-roaming gathering in the performance space.

"Under the sheet I become an insular entity, aware of my presence but transformed into obscurity. Each of us is now a wraith, an anonymous self. Without seats or a marked performance area we are left to negotiate our proximity to the performance and each other... Luke George's offer is a generous invitation to both actively inhabit the pretend while internally freely conjuring your own experience, seeing it through the eyes of your homemade 'spirit'."           
McDougall, Real Time June 2013, read full article here

Luke George and Collaborators:
Nick Roux, Hilary Clark (NYC), Benjamin Cisterne, Martyn Coutts.
Consultant Producer: Alison Halit
With support from: Moriarty's Project, Kristy Ayre.

Not About Face has been created over 2 years in collaboration with a team of award winning artists and test audiences in both Melbourne and New York, with public showings at West Space Gallery, Arts House Meat Market, Malthouse/Dance Massive 2013 and Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC). The world premiere takes place at Dancehouse, Melbourne 9-13 Oct 2013.The work will then hit the road with 2014 premieres at Sydney's Campbelltown Arts Centre and New York's Chocolate Factory Theatre - a leading incubator for new developments in experimental performance.

Click here to download the media release
Click here to read an interview with Luke in Dance Australia

Images by Jeff Busby

LUKE GEORGE is a dance artist whose practice as performer, choreographer and collaborator takes him throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. Amongst others, he has performed with Phillip Adams BalletLab, Jo Lloyd, Chunky Move and Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. As a collaborator he has worked on projects with Arena, Malthouse and Back to Back Theatre Companies. His own choreographies have been curated and presented throughout Australia, Norway, The Netherlands, New York and Tokyo. George was recipient of a Melbourne Festival Choice Award (1999), Asialink Performing Arts Residency (2005), Sydney Opera House commission (2006), Russell Page Fellowship for Contemporary Dance (2007), Lucy Guerin Inc commission (2010) and Greenroom Award Best Male Dancer (2011). George is currently performing and touring internationally with New York's Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People in a new work And lose the name of action.

Wed 9 Oct - 8pm
Thu 10 Oct - 8pm
Fri 11 Oct - 8pm
Sat 12 Oct - 3pm & 9.30pm
Sun 13 Oct - 3pm & 7.30pm
Where: Dancehouse Upstairs Studio (no wheelchair or pram access)
Cost: $25 F / $20 C & DH Members
Bookings: click here

Please note: this is a non-seated performance (a place to sit will be available if required)


Our Your Way! program is a way of offering support to productions outside our curatorial program. In offering the Your Way! program, we aim to contribute to advancing dance practice and performance by giving artists access to professional presenting opportunities. Twice per year (April and September/October during the Fringe festival) we host a limited number of non-curated productions.

Support: The creative development of Not About Face was supported by grants through the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Arts House and the Besen Family Foundation. The work was developed in residencies at Arts House CultureLAB, Lucy Guerin Inc, West Space Gallery, Thousand Pound Bend and Abrons Arts Center (NYC). The premiere season of Not About Face is supported through funding from the Australia Council, and presented through Dancehouse Your Way Open Season.