Deborah Hay

DANCEHOUSE in partnership with Critical Path, STRUT dance and Bundanon Trust presents:

'In the Dark' choreographed by Deborah Hay

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Four solo adaptations performed by:
Fiona Bryant, Atlanta Eke, Luke George and Carlee Mellow

"In my role as choreographer I provide the tangibility of a movement sequence and the intangibility of strategies to engage in the performance of that movement." Deborah Hay


In March 2010 ten Australian artists were selected from nearly 50 applicants to participate in the Deborah Hay Solo Performance Project at Bundanon Artists Residence in NSW. They were selected by internationally renowned dancer/choreographer, Hay, with the assistance of local dance luminary Ros Warby, who also assisted during the 10-day intensive.

The intensive was followed by a daily practice over 3 months in preparation for presenting the solos in a public performance season. Victorian artists, Fiona Bryant, Atlanta Eke, Luke George and Carlee Mellow will perform their adaptations of In the Dark at Dancehouse from June 17 - 20.

This project is based on Deborah Hay's Solo Performance Commissioning Project that runs annually in Findhorn, Scotland.


Deborah Hay - Living in Manhattan by 1960 and studying at the Merce Cunningham studio, Deborah Hay joined a group of experimental artists who were influenced by Cunningham and John Cage. The group, later known as the Judson Dance Theater, became one of the most radical and explosive art movements of the twentieth century.

In the 1970s, Hay began a long period of reflection about how dance is transmitted and presented. Over a 15-year period, she developed a set of choreographic practices that engage the performer on several levels of consciousness at once.

With the Solo Performance Commissioning Project, all participating artists commission the same dance solo choreographed by Deborah Hay. In an intense learning environment she challenges the experienced performer with movement concepts that trigger multiple levels of perception simultaneously. She choreographs the world 'between' moments, where movement proclivity plays second fiddle to exercised inquiry.

Hay has published three books and received numerous grants, fellowships and awards, including an NYC Bessie in 2004.

Through her courageous choreographic and performance practice, remarkable language and immediate presence, Deborah has touched and stimulated the most essential places in my artistic expression, encouraging the integration of every aspect of my performing self with my dance." Dancer/choreographer Ros Warby

Dates: June 17 - 19 at 8pm and June 20 at 4pm

  • Thursday 17th: Fiona Bryant, Atlanta Eke - Interval - Carlee Mellow
  • Friday 18th: Fiona Bryant, Luke George - Interval - Atlanta Eke
  • Saturday 19th: Carlee Mellow - Interval - Atlanta Eke, Luke George
  • Sunday 20th: Fiona Bryant, Luke George - Interval - Carlee Mellow

Where: Dancehouse 150 Princes Street North Carlton
Tickets: $22 Full, $18 Conc, $15 Dancehouse Members
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