Phillip Adams is one of Australia’s seminal interdisciplinary dance artists. He cultivates ground breaking contemporary dance and hybrid cross-disciplinary performance projects that embrace cultural risk in the arts as a highly recognised platform for rigorous experimentation. Adams proposes projects that exist between two established cultural frameworks: performance/venue and museum/gallery. Adams is responsively attuned to audiences, critical engagement and the insatiable appetite for the new – to produce bold artistic statements that experientially resonate and inspire. Adams’ process into the world of collaboration is an investigation through mediums of design, fashion, architecture, cinema, queer culture, the unorthodox, visual arts, science and sociology and more recently, community-based live arts performance.
His company has performed in USA, China, UK, Denmark, Germany, Korea, Luxemburg, Mongolia, and Easten Eureope at key festivals and venues. Phillip Adams has been commissioned to make works by many companies including The Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, Guangdong Modern Dance Company (China), Dance Works Rotterdam (NL), City Contemporary Dance Company (HK), Festival of Mexico, Melbourne Recital Centers among others. Adams is in demand as an educator and serves on many arts boards through Australia.
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Luke George is a choreographer and performer. His practice is occupied with the interplay between the embodied and conceptual. His work explores energy and presence in relation to how we perceive ourselves, each other and the world around us. He is interested in the act of performance as both a collective and individual experience for both performer and audience, and in how things transmit between the two. Raised in Tasmania, George is based in Melbourne and is engaged in international collaborations and residencies – particularly in Brooklyn, New York.
George’s works have been presented widely in Australia (Dance Massive, Dancehouse, Arts House, Next Wave, PICA, Campbeltown Arts Centre), and internationally in France (Théâtre de Vanves/Artdanthé-Paris, Festival Parallèle-Marseille), Norway (BIT Teatergarasjen/Oktoberdans-Bergen, Sandnes Kulturhus-Sandnes) and The Netherlands (Noordezon Festival-Groningen), Japan (Kagurazaka Die Pratze-Tokyo), and U.S.A. (The Chocolate Factory Theater-New York City, Time Based Art Festival-Portland). New creations include: “Erotic Dance”, a solo premiering May 2015 at Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, “Bunny”, a duet and co-creation with Daniel Kok (Singapore) that is being co-produced by The Substation (Singapore) and Campbelltown Arts Centre (Sydney), and “DRAMA”, a new collaborative project with David Wampach (France) in residence at Parc de La Villette (Paris) October 2015. For his work he received Melbourne Fringe Awards (1999, 2013), an Asialink Residency (2005), the Russell Page Fellowship (2007) and was commissioned to create works for the Sydney Opera House (2006), Lucy Guerin Inc (2010), Phantom Limbs (2013) and now Phillip Adams Balletlab (2015).
Since receiving his B.A. from the Victorian College of the Arts, George has collaborated, performed and toured in the works of many artists in Australia and internationally including Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Phillip Adams Balletlab, Chunky Move and Jo Lloyd to a name few. George received Melbourne’s Greenroom Award for Best Male Dancer (2011). He recently performed the opening act for Swedish band The Knife in their Californian concerts. George collaborates across disciplines and has worked on projects in theatre, film, live-art, socially engaged practices, and in queer club nights. He has been teaching classes and workshops internationally since 2003. He provides dramaturgy on dance projects and co-curated a regular Melbourne dance and discussion night called “First Run” 2009-2014.
Rennie McDougall is a Melbourne based performer, choreographer, teacher and writer. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, he has worked and performed extensively with Phillip Adams BalletLab as well as performing with Lucy Guerin Inc, Belvoir Theatre, Luke George and Collaborators, Stephanie Lake, Lee Serle and Chunky Move, as well as New York artists Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey.
Rennie has choreographed short works for Next Wave festival (2010) and for Lucy Guerin Inc. (2011). He was one of the Next Wave Kickstart artists in 2011, premiering his first full-length work SUPERTONE as part of the Next Wave festival 2012. Rennie also presented his work yes dance in Melbourne Fringe 2013 and Sydney Fringe 2014.
Rennie writes critical articles for ArtsHub and Realtime magazine, including a feature interview with artist Deborah Hay in Realtime (2014).
Rennie is currently co-facilitating First Run, a critical choreographic discourse event, at Lucy Guerin Inc. with Brooke Stamp.
Matthew Day is interested in the potential of choreography to imagine unorthodox relationships and propose new ways of being human. Utilising a minimalist approach Day often works with duration and repetition approaching the body as a site of infinite potential and choreography as a field of energetic intensity and exchange. Day’s work is invested in the proliferate potential of choreography to contribute unique forms of knowledge to cultural discourse and enable affective experiences. He draws heavily from the visual arts, in particular painting, sculpture and cinema which challenge traditional notions of image, object and body.
Raised in Sydney, Matthew was a teenage ballroom dancing champion. He went on to study Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Western Sydney and at the Victorian College of the Arts before collaborating with students at the School for New Dance Development, NL. Day has been artist in residence, and presented his work extensively in Australia and Europe. He is currently based between Melbourne and Amsterdam where he is undertaking the Amsterdam Masters of choreography at the Amsterdam School of the Arts.