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2007 Media Release Aether

Issued Thursday November 1, 2007


Choreography: Lucy Guerin
Motion Graphics: Michaela French
Composer: Gerald Mair
Costume Design: Paula Levis
Lighting: Keith Tucker
Dancers: Antony Hamilton, Kyle Kremerskothen, Kirstie McCracken, Byron Perry, Lee Serle

“Aether is…science fiction dance…remarkable artists presenting some fantastic choreography.” The Age

“Aether is concise, effective and original.” The Sunday Age

After mesmerising audiences with last year’s beautiful and compelling Structure and Sadness, Lucy Guerin returns to Sydney Festival 2008 with Aether, a work that explores the intensity and quantity of the onslaught of technology.

Aether, perfectly showcases choreographer Lucy Guerin’s distinctive style of using minutely disciplined details placed in a complex, conceptual context.  In Aether, five dancers - at once fast, furious and delicate - negotiate a texture of signals, messages and data created by award-winning motion graphics designer Michaela French and composer Gerald Mair, as they attempt to transcend the clutter of contemporary communication.

Aether, is inspired by the increasingly invasive barrage of communications received through email, phone, newspaper, television, billboards, radio, mail, fax, internet, text and myriad other forms of information technologies.  Aether’s complex and chaotic dance integrates projection, sound and movement with the dancers negotiating a texture of signals, messages and data.  The atmospheric soundscape uses pulses, bleeps and recorded messages to conjure the onslaught of communication.

Aether explores how ideas and desires are expressed amid the commotion.  The work examines the overwhelming sophistication of contemporary communication and the problems that still remain with expressing ourselves in simple human interactions.  Taking unexpected turns through this information overload, Aether reveals our longing to transcend the clutter and make direct, personal and ultimately human connections.

Adelaide-born Lucy Guerin is one of the most prolific choreographers in Australia’s contemporary dance scene.  After graduating from the Centre for Performing Arts in 1982, Guerin joined Russell Dumas (Dance Exchange) and Nanette Hassall (Dance Works). In 1989 she moved to New York where she danced with Tere O’Connor Dance, Bebe Miller Company and Sara Rudner.  Now based in Melbourne, Guerin has been commissioned by local and international companies including Japan Contemporary Dance Network, Dance Works Rotterdam, Chunky Move and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project.  Lucy Guerin Inc was formed in 2002 with creative producer Angharad Wynne Jones.

Guerin’s many awards include the Prix d’Auteur (France), a Bessie Award (and Performance Award), the 2000 Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award, a Green Room Award (Victorian Arts Centre) and a Helpmann Award.  Recent works include Plasticine Park at ACMI screen gallery, Firebird with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Baroque Masterworks for Australian Opera under the direction of Patrick Nolan.  Guerin’s Structure and Sadness received a 2006 Green Room Award and 2007 Helpmann Award, and her most recent work, Love Me (performed at CarriageWorks in August 2007), received high critical acclaim.

Aether premiered in Melbourne in March 2005, and is touring to Singapore Dance Festival, Australia Festival in Pittsburgh, USA, and Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne in late 2007.

Aether is part of Sydney Festival’s About An Hour Movers & Shakers series.

Where: Playhouse, Sydney Opera House Bennelong Point, East Circular Quay
When: January 23–26 at 7:30pm
Duration: 50mins, no interval
Price: $25
Bookings: Sydney Opera House  02 9250 7777


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