NOW NOW NOW is experiment-as-performance that is exploring energy, time and consciousness. Three performers undertake conceptual live attempts to experience the question: can we be in the now?

Choreographer: Luke George

Performers: Kristy Ayre, Timothy Harvey, Luke George

Lighting/Set Design: Benjamin Cisterne

Dramaturgy: Martyn Coutts

Costumes: Ede Strong and the Cast

Producer: Alison Halit

Commissioned by The Keir Foundation and Lucy Guerin Inc.


“The effect of all these attacks on the present is an increasing buoyancy and joyousness. George’s explicit intention is the exploration of the present moment, especially the complexities and contradictions of spontaneity when it collides with the consciousness of a structured work of art. In depriving us of narrative, sense or expectation, NOW NOW NOW opens up a glorious sense of liberation. Dadaist post-post-modern dance? I don’t know. Whatever it is, it went by in a flash: it effortlessly engrosses your entire attention. It’s very funny, provoking almost constant ripples of laughter, but underneath that is a sense of generosity and mutual trust that is mysteriously profound.”

-Alison Croggon/Theatre Notes (read review)

Other reviews:

Gary Anderson / Arts Hub

Virginia Baxter / Real Time

Lead commissioning and developmental support for NOW NOW NOW was provided by The Keir Foundation, Lucy Guerin Inc and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body an Australia Council through an OYEA Grant. Additional project support was made possible through The Besen Family Foundation, Ausdance Victoria and a Lucy Guerin Inc studio residency. In 2011 NOW NOW NOW was presented by Dancehouse for Dance Massive. International touring for NOW NOW NOW in 2012/2014 is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


July 28th - 1st August 2010 (Premiere)

Dancehouse | Melbourne (Australia)

March 19th - 20th, 2011

Dance Massive | Dancehouse | Melbourne (Australia)

August 20th - 23rd, 2012

Grand Theatre | Noorderzon Festival | Groningen (Netherlands)

October 26th - 27th, 2012

Oktoberdans | BIT Teatergarasjen | Bergen (Norway)

October 30th, 2012

Sandnes Kulturhus | Regional Arena for Samtidsdans |Sandnes (Norway)

April 18th - 20th, 2013

Campelltown Arts Centre | Sydney (Australia)

January 15th, 2015

Festival Paralléle | Komm’n’act | Marseille (France)

January 23rd, 2015

Festival Artdanthé | Théâtre de Vanves | Paris (France)


Luke George - Green Room Award for Best Male Dancer

Nominated for a Green Room award for Best Ensemble

Photography: Jeff Busby

“People seek to be in the moment, yet through the pursuit of this, move further and further away from it. I am drawn to the paradox of this notion and how it parallels the act of performance – which is happening, both in real time between the audience and the performer, and yet is highly constructed. In this piece, the performers are not characters representing a greater humanity or society – we are ourselves, and this performance is a genuine attempt at the question: can we be in the now?”     – Luke George