Public Action was commissioned by Carriageworks, Dancehouse and The Keir Foundation for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Awards


“...Watching them make their decisions to move and how they carry themselves through the space is revealing of how much we subconsciously perform our decisions and signal our intentions as we negotiate space with our peers....

...As with fluid dynamics or particle physics, the audience gradually follows her lead. Having been given permission to act outside of the usual conventions of viewing, the audience begins to take ownership of its own agency.

It takes a lot to move this audience.

In fact it takes an explosion.”

    Robert Reid | Witness Performance (Melbourne)


March 7th - 10th, 2018


Keir Choreographic Awards | Dancehouse | Melbourne, Australia

March 15th - 17th, 2018

Keir Choreographic Awards | Carriageworks | Sydney, Australia

Images by:

Zan Wimberly for Carriageworks

Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse


A social choreography

A collective negotiation between bodies, objects, artist and audience

Using conflict resolution principles (an alternative and highly effective method used to bring disagreeing parties to a non-violent understanding) the group is set the physical task of moving a difficult object from one place to another. This is the starting point for a choreographic investigation into groups and group processes. 

"How can we embody and cultivate together a community that allows for risk?”

-bell hooks (author, feminist, social activist - Oct 2014)

How can the site of the theatre be reclaimed as a social space?

How can a choreography be about relationality?

(-Luke George)

Concept/choreography: Luke George

Collaborating Performers: Luke George, Latai Taumoepeau, Timothy Harvey, Brooke Powers, Leah Landau

Video Concept/Design: Nick Roux

Commissioned Finalist for the Keir Choreographic Awards 2018

‘Public Action’ is part of a triptych, PUBLIC ACTIONS which will premiere in March 2019. In it Luke is investigating how groups of people negotiate sharing space and can cultivate together a community that allows for risk. The triptych also includes; 'A Call To Actions' and 'Group Action'.