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Siren Dance

Lilian Steiner

'Siren Dance' (2019), Lilian Steiner. Photo by DLA ALM.
24—27 March 2022
Thursday—Saturday, 9pm
Sunday, 3:30pm

Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse

Mob: $12
Members/City of Yarra locals:
Concession/Unwaged: $25
Full Price: $30


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The Siren calls her onlooker into her alluring arms​. Is this an innocent gesture born from desire for true connection, or a cunning tactic and peacockish display of power? Honesty is slippery and situations transform before they can be fully grasped. What might appear as truth can so easily reveal itself as fiction.

The Dance wants to seduce her audience. She wants them to fall deeply infatuated with details and her logic. The Dance will shape-shift for eternity, in an attempt to attain the power of The Siren. As new embodiments materialise, old skins dissolve into memory.

In Siren Dance, classicism collides with contemporary visions of truth, magnetism and deception to question what seduction looks like and for how long disguise can endure.

Choreographer & Performance: Lilian Steiner
Sound Design: Marco Cher-Gibard feat. Aarti Jadu
Costume Design: Geoffrey Watson
Lighting Design: Giovanna Yate Gonzalez
Text: Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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24—27 March: Siren Dance by Lilian Steiner, Passing by Isabelle Beauverd, and We Are Here by Jennifer Ma & Collaborators

M $50 | C $65 | F $80

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Lilian Steiner is a Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer, whose practice champions the deep intelligence of the body in movement and its unique ability to reveal and comment on the complexities of contemporary humanity. Lilian’s work has been presented locally (Dance Massive, Keir Choreographic Award, Next Wave Festival, Faux Mo at MONA FOMA, BLEED Online, Melbourne Now & Melbourne Fringe Festival), and internationally (France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain & Hong Kong). Her first full-length work Noise Quartet Meditation (2014) received a Green Room Award for ‘Concept and Realisation’. Lilian is a long-term performer-collaborator with Melbourne-based company Lucy Guerin Inc. and has worked repeatedly with choreographers Phillip Adams, Shelley Lasica and Melanie Lane amongst others. She frequently collaborates with artists working with sculpture, film and experimental sound performance. Lilian received the Green Room Award for Best Female Dancer in both 2017 and 2018, as well as the Helpmann Award in 2017.

Marco Cher-Gibard (b. Auckland, 1983), is an artist working with sound to explore contemporary culture, expression and experience. He is part of the Chinese diaspora via Singapore, Thailand and New Zealand. He is a constant collaborator who works through sound in a variety of contexts including performance, installation, workshops and composition. Marco’s award winning theatrical compositions and sound designs have been presented both locally at Dance Massive, Arts House Seasons, New Breed (Sydney Dance Company) and internationally by organisations such as London International Festival of Theatre (UK), Vienna Festwochen (Austria), Holland Festival (Holland), Theatre der Welt (Germany) and Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), amongst others.

Geoffrey Watson is a Melbourne-based artist, whose work is rooted in choreography and has branches in but has branches in costume/set design, fashion, sculpture and distraction tactics. Geoffrey’s performance works include Camel (Next Wave Festival 2016), Loving You Ad Nauseam (Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2016) DISTRACTION: Smackdown! (Melbourne Fashion Festival, 2017), DISTRACTION: Tim Collins is a Piece of Shit (Counihan Gallery, 2017), and Rachael Wisby (Newport Substation, 2019). Geoffrey’s costume and set design has appeared in works by Lilian Steiner, Brooke Stamp, Holly Durant, Leah Landau and BalletLab, and have been showcased in Melbourne Fashion Week and Virgin Australia Fashion Festival. Geoffrey has worked as a performer with companies and artists including Phillip Adams, Lucy Guerin Inc., Nana Biluš-Abaffy, Alisdair Macindoe, Lilian Steiner Natalie Abbott, Lee Serle, Alisdair Macindoe, Gekidan Kaitaisha and The Australian Ballet.

The production and documentation of this project is supported by Community Bank Clifton Hill - North Fitzroy (Bendigo Bank).
Special thanks to B.Motion Festival (Bassano del Grappa, Italy) & Deltebre Dansa (Deltebre, Spain) for presenting the original, short-iteration of 'Siren Dance.'

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