The Keir Choreographic Award is Australia's first major choreographic award presented by the Keir Foundation, Carriageworks and Dancehouse with the Australia Council. The Keir Choreographic Award is dedicated to the commissioning of new choreographic work and promoting innovative, experimental and cross-art form practice in contemporary dance.



4 works x 20 min + interval
WED, 7 MARCH - 7pm
FRI, 9 MARCH - 7pm 
SAT, 10 MARCH - 7pm + Awards Ceremony






Concept/choreography: Amrita Hepi
Performers: Jahra Rager, Tyrone Robinson, Sarah Vai
Set Design: Alice Joel
Music: Daniel Von Jenatsch, Sarah Scott

Is it possible to transcend class through movement, or do society's inscriptions remain firmly imprinted on the body?

Three performers conduct an embodied exploration of cultural corporeality, navigating a complex entanglement of the theatre's social function, a motorbike and it's ensuing somatic assumptions. They have you surrounded. Dualities intersect, as codes switch 'n cruise the oily spectres of colonialism: the civil versus the savage, loneliness, joy, survival and the fantasia that surrounds colour and the body. Through sound, monologue, and all-consuming physical presence, performers blaze through dances of social mobility over time. A Caltex Spectrum unravels your material multiplicities.

AMRITA HEPI is an artist working in dance, choreography working in performance, video and installation. A Bundjulung (AUS) and Ngapuhi (NZ) woman, her practice ensues probing intersecting ideas of authenticity, the perpetuation of culture, tradition, and a 'decolonial imagination' - and questioning where this now resides within a contemporary framework. Her work has taken many forms but always begins from working with the body as a point of archive, memory and resistance. She is a member of the Western Australian Dance Company OCHRES and has worked collaboratively with Victoria Chiu, Marrugeku, Melanie Lane & AmosGerbrahnt, Bhenji Ra and Force Majeure. Amrita trained at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) dance college, and Alvin Ailey American Dance School, New York. She has been an artist in residence at BANFF centre for the arts Canada and ACE OPEN South Australia. She has exhibited and performed at Sydney Opera House, Next Wave Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Carriageworks, TEDX, Banff Centre Canada, Art Central Hong Kong, DARK MOFO Tasmania and Impulstanz Vienna.



Concept/choreography: Lilian Steiner
Performers: Lilian Steiner, Reuben Lewis
Music: Reuben Lewis, Marco Cher-Gibard

Each of us is the Landscape, The Dictator, The Public. Each of us is The Pacifist and The Aggressor. We are Time and Timeless - an artefact in flux.  There is no linearity or central figure in this story. We are all part of this narrative.

As the human experience of time develops, the body accrues and absorbs various events, and with it, wisdom and value. Across generations the body becomes more and more of an archival document, mapping multiple histories of presence, perseverance, inevitable physical dissolve and reincarnation. Within this work, speech has a dramatic disposition, like history itself. For us as individuals and a collective, the emotion and energy of events that have passed (and those yet to pass) pervade our cells and our memories. Devastation and celebration, control and submission, flood our experience and one learns that personal power is lost and found from within. 

LILIAN STEINER is a dancer and choreographer whose practice utilises the inherent intelligence of the active body as the primary tool for creating wholly encompassing visual, sonic and kinaesthetic experiences. Lilian's major choreographic projects include Admission into the Everyday Sublime (Next Wave Festival, 2016), BUNKER (Melbourne Fringe, 2015), Noise Quartet Meditation (Melbourne Fringe, 2014 & Dance Massive, 2017), Meditation (Melbourne Now, NGV, 2014) and The Call to Connect – Voyager Recordings (Lucy Guerin Inc.'s Pieces for Small Spaces, 2012). Noise Quartet Meditation received the 2015 Green Room Award for 'Concept and Realisation'. As a dancer, Lilian has worked with companies Lucy Guerin Inc. and Phillip Adams' Balletlab across many projects as well as with independent choreographers Melanie Lane, Shelley Lasica, Brooke Stamp, visual artists Brook Andrew, Ash Keating, Mikala Dwyer, Alicia Frankovic and architect Matthew Bird. In 2017 Lilian received both the Helpmann Award and Green Room Award for Best Female Dancer.



Concept/choreography: Luke George
Collaborating Performers: Luke George, Latai Taumoepeau, Timothy Harvey, Brooke Powers, Leah Landau
Collaborator (Media & Technology): Nick Roux

A social choreography
A collective negotiation between bodies, objects, artist and audience

Using conflict resolution principles (an alternative and highly effective method used to bring disagreeing parties to a non-violent understanding) the group is set the physical task of moving a difficult object from one place to another. This is the starting point for a choreographic investigation into groups and group processes. From socially engaged artistic practice through to creating experimental performance pieces, the trajectory of Luke George's work grapples with ways we experience presence and the present, in order to look for alternative ways of being that are to do with interactivity and intimacy in the context of performance. Through PUBLIC ACTION, Luke delves into the relational politics within spectatorship and audienceship, investigating how such politics intersect with embodiment and empathy.

LUKE GEORGE creates new performance work through experimental creative processes with collaborating artists. Luke takes daring and at times unorthodox approaches to exploring new intimacies and connections between audience and performers. His works have been presented extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. Since receiving his B.A. from the Victorian College of the Arts, Luke has collaborated and performed in the works of many acclaimed dance and theatre companies, music, visual art, live art, socially engaged projects, and queer clubs in Australia and internationally. Luke was recipient of Melbourne Fringe Awards (1999, 2013), Asialink Residency (2005), Russell Page Fellowship (2007), Greenroom Award for Best Male Dancer (2011), and commissions: Sydney Opera House (2006), Keir Foundation (2008), Lucy Guerin Inc (2010), Phantom Limbs (2013), Chocolate Factory Theater (2014), Phillip Adams Balletlab (2015), Campbelltown Arts Centre (2016). Luke is a 2018 recipient of an Abbotsford Convent Foundation artist residency.



Concept/choreography: Melanie Lane
Performers: Melanie Lane, Chris Clark
Music: Chris Clark
Costume Design: Paula Levis

Personal Effigies is a synthesis of constructed bodies for a singular body, drawing from avatars, puppets, dolls and effigies. Lived experiential histories and fantasies of a future body come to form a series of imaginary archetypes that examine the boundaries of the animate and inanimate. Dressing and undressing the body speaks to how we seek out echoes, replicas and transformations of ourselves as we attempt to navigate the increasingly slippery ecologies that we inhabit. How do we design our shells, conjure our ghosts or distill our souls? In collaboration with musician Chris Clark and costume designer Paula Levis, a storytelling of romance and morbidity unfolds. The artificial and the natural, intimacy and its melancholic impossibility, are negotiated in this solo dance.

MELANIE LANE is a Javanese/Australian choreographer and performer. Her choreographic practice examines the body in negotiation with materiality, physical histories and training methods. Based in Europe from 2000–2014, Melanie worked with artists such as Arco Renz, Club Guy and Roni, and Tino Seghal performing internationally. In 2015, Melanie was appointed resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc. and has created new works for Chunky Move and Sydney Dance Company. Melanie has established a repertory of works presenting in international festivals and venues such as Tanz im August, Uzes Danse Festival, Arts House Melbourne, O Espaco do Tempo, Festival Antigel, Dance Massive and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin. She has been artist in residence at Dock 11 Berlin, Tanzwerkstatt Berlin and Schauspielhaus Leipzig. As a teacher, she has taught for companies such as Carte Blanche Norway, Sasha Waltz and Guests, Chunky Move, Danish Dance Theatre and Skanes Dansteater among others.


The 2018 Keir Choreographic Award is presented by Dancehouse, Carriageworks and the Keir Foundation, with support from the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.