About Luke George:


Award winning performing artist, Luke George was raised in Tasmania and based in Melbourne. George is engaged in international residencies, collaborations and performances. Luke makes his own performance work, as well as collaborating and performing in the work of other artists.


George's works have been presented widely in Australia (Dance Massive, Festival of Live Art, OzAsia, AsiaTOPA, Arts House, Dancehouse, Next Wave, PICA, Campbeltown Arts Centre, Metro Arts), and internationally in France (Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Théâtre de Vanves/Artdanthé-Paris, Festival Parallèle-Marseille, In Extremis/Théâtre Garonne-Toulouse), Germany (Dock 11-Berlin, The Internationale Tanzmesse-Düsseldorf), Norway (BIT Teatergarasjen/Oktoberdans-Bergen, Sandnes Kulturhus-Sandnes, DanceFestival Barents-Hammerfest) and The Netherlands (Noordezon Festival-Groningen), Japan (Beppu Project-Kyushu, Kagurazaka Die Pratze-Tokyo, BankART / Yokohama Performing Arts Meeting / TPAM), Singapore (The Substation), and U.S.A. (The Chocolate Factory Theater-New York City, Abrons Arts Center-New York City, Time Based Art Festival-Portland).


George was recipient of Melbourne Fringe Awards (1999, 2013), Asialink Residency (2005), Russell Page Fellowship (2007), Greenroom Award for Best Male Dancer (2011), and commissions from Sydney Opera House (2006), Keir Foundation (2008), Lucy Guerin Inc (2010), Phantom Limbs (2013) and Phillip Adams Balletlab (2015).


George is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts – Bachelor of Dance (1997-1999, Melbourne). He has been collaborating and performing on new works since 1999 by artists in Australia: Chunky Move, Stephanie Lake, Jo Lloyd, Shelley Lasica, and Phillip Adams BalletLab. Europe: Frances d’Ath (Berlin), Field Works (Brussels). Asia: ITOH Kim (Tokyo). United States: Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Jack Ferver, K.J. Holmes, luciana achugar, Melinda Ring, Neal Medlyn, and Deborah Hay (solo commissioning project).


George has a history in socially engaged arts practice and was Co-Artistic Director with Bec Reid of Stompin Youth Dance Company in Tasmania 2002-2008, during which he directed and choreographed new works with hundreds of young performers and presented work in Ten Days on the Island festival and Arts House. George has been teaching workshops and classes internationally since 2003.


George collaborates on projects in theatre, film, TV, visual and photographic projects and has worked with acclaimed Australian theatre companies such as Malthouse, Arena and Back to Back and film/TV director Tony Ayres and artist Hermann Nitsch and Amos Gebhardt. He was the opening act for Swedish electronic music duo The Knife on their “Shaking The Habitual” shows in California where he led the entire audience through a “DEEP Aerobics” participatory workout (created by Miguel Gutierrez). George has been resident performance maker for Melbourne alternative gay club nights  JOHN and TROUGHX (since 2007) and with Brooke Stamp co-curated “First Run” hosted by Lucy Guerin Inc, a night of dialogue around new dances in development (2009-2013). George has provided mentoring and dramaturgy for many young dance artists in Australia.


George is also a massage therapist and practitioner of Kinbaku (rope bondage).

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Luke George creates new performance work borne out of experimental creative processes with collaborating artists. He wishes to offer a space of creative rupture to provoke thought and action around how we can be in the world and be with each other. George takes daring and at times, unorthodox methods, to explore new intimacies and connections between audience and performers. George’s work is based in a long-term research into ‘relational performance practice’ that is rooted in the choreographic, and engages with other art forms. Luke George and Collaborators create and perform work locally and internationally/culturally through residencies, collaborations and performances.

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