EXCERPTS FROM PAST WORK
Alice, William and Caroline have worked in close collaboration over the past 8 years as choreographer/directors, dancers, performers, writers, producers and advocates. They have created large-scale performance works as well as participatory art experiences, and they have engaged the broader Melbourne dance sector in advocacy projects.
As co-directors of Alice Will Caroline, they’ve created six evening-length performance works, presented in the Dance Massive, Next Wave, FOLA and Melbourne Fringe festivals. Their work has been commissioned and supported by the Substation, Arts House, Darebin Arts Speakeasy, Abbotsford Convent, NGV and Temperance Hall, with residencies at Lucy Guerin Inc, Chunky Move, Dancehouse, Vitalstatistix, Ian Potter Gallery and Boyd Studio (City of Melbourne) among others. They have been funded by the Australia Council, Creative Victoria, Creative Partnerships Australia and Besen Family Foundation, and received numerous awards and nominations, including the 2019 Green Room Award for Best Ensemble Performance (Dance).
As performers, they have facilitated public live art experiences, including: ‘Playing Up’ (the Substation), ‘The Gallery Workout’ (NGV and ACM), ‘Deliverance’ (ZKU/Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin), ‘Hotel Obscura’ (Arts House) and the ‘Merce Cunningham Dance Residency’ (NGA). Over their careers Caroline, Alice and William have worked with artists and companies including: Phillip Adams Balletlab, Lucy Guerin, Antony Hamilton (CHUNKY MOVE), Walter Dundervill, Michelle Heaven, RAWCUS, Shelley Lasica, Pony Express, Morgan Aldrich and Katrina Cornwell, Marina Abramovic, Natalie Cursio, Renae Shadler, Leisa Shelton, Sandra Parker, Nebahat Erpolat, Deanne Butterworth, Victoria Chui, Rob McCredie, Prue Clark and Emilie Collier, Opera Australia, QL2 Youth Dance Company, Lz Dunne, one step at a time like this and Reckless Sleepers. Caroline has taught dance at institutions and schools including VCA and Lucy Guerin Inc., and she is a trainee audio describer with Description Victoria. William is currently undertaking studies in Alexander Technique, and is an in-demand technical writer in the arts and construction sectors. Alice teaches regularly at Lucy Guerin Inc., CHUNKY MOVE and VCA.
As mid-career dance artists they are active advocates and mentors for younger artists.They were key figures in the development of TTDA (Think Tank Dance Assembly) during lockdowns last year, and in 2019 consulted with the sector to develop a co-submission to Creative Victoria’s 2020+ Creative State Strategy Summit - this was co-signed by 114 members of the dance and performance community. In 2020, Caroline spoke on a panel at APAM (Australian Performing Arts Market) and was a member of Lucy Guerin Inc.’s Artist Advisory group, while Will led the DAMN Writing project and participated in the Green Room Award-nominated ‘Community Transmissions’ initiative. Under the moniker, ‘Glenn Henn’ Will and Caroline were commissioned by Delving into Dance to co-write ‘Glenn Henn design the Melbourne Dance Company’ - a wry piece outlining a new model for the practice and funding of dance that reflects the inherent communality of the art form.
Alice Dixon is choreographer, dancer, teacher and performance maker working across contemporary dance, theatre and experimental performance.
She has worked with Australian and international artists and companies including: Lucy Guerin Inc, Deanne Butterworth, Rawcus, Natalie Cursio, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, CHUNKY MOVE (Antony Hamilton), Opera Australia, Victoria Chiu, Reckless Sleepers, Phillip Adams BalletLab, Walter Dundervill, Eugenia Lim, Nebahat Erpolat, Emilie Collyer, Prue Clark, Deanne Butterworth, Rob McCredie and One Step at a Time Like This amongst others.
Since 2014 she has worked in a collaboration with Caroline Meaden and William McBride (alice will caroline). Over six years they have made and presented six full-length works: This is What's happening, Fallen O'er, Blowin' Up, Let's Go Up Here, Lady Example and Doors Shut. These works have received awards and nominations including Australian Dance, Green Room and Melbourne Fringe development and category awards. They were awarded a Green Room for Best Dance Ensemble for Doors Shut (2019).
She teaches regularly at Lucy Guerin Inc, Chunky Move and the Victorian College of Arts. Throughout 2020 she was a key organising member of independent dance think tank, TTDA.
Her work has been supported by The City of Melbourne, Lucy Guerin Inc., CHUNKY MOVE, The Substation, Darebin Arts Speakeasy, Arts House, Tasdance, Vitalstatistix, The Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Creative Partnerships Australia, Vitalstatistix, City of Maribyrnong, Mosaico Danza (Turin, Italy) and Besen Family Foundation.
She is currently developing a new work with fellow dancer Emma Riches.
William is a performance maker working across dance, theatre, contemporary performance and live art. In addition to his work with Alice Will Caroline, recent performance credits include: Laceship and Prelude (Phillip Adams and Walter Dundervill), Playing Up (by Sibylle Peters at The Substation), The Bachelor (La Mama/Mechanic’s Institute), Aeon (Lz Dunne collaborations, Dance Massive/Live Works/PICA), Since I suppose... (one step at a time like this, Melbourne Festival), Hotel Obscura (Triage Live Art, FOLA, Arts House), and Marina Abramovic in Residence (Kaldor Public Arts, Project 30).
He has also presented the performance-installations Bedding (World AIDS Conference, 2014) and Deliverance (Adelaide and Berlin, 2012). Residencies and workshops include: City of Melbourne’s Boyd Studio 1, Arts House and Performance Space’s Time Place Space: Nomad, Strange Attractor (with David Pledger), PIAF Connect, Vitalstatistix’s Adhocracy, Critical Path (Claire Cunningham) and ZK/U (Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik).
Last year, Will led the DAMN Writing Project and participated in the award-winning Community Transmissions Online Art Residency program. He also published a piece for Delving Into Dance with Caroline Meaden. Will is currently working as a technical writer while training to be an Alexander Technique practitioner, and mentoring VCA theatre students.
Caroline Meaden works as a dancer/choreographer across performance and live art contexts. Originally from Geelong, she studied at Adelaide Centre for the Arts and VCA. Her solo choreographies include: Blowin’ Up: Sneaky Bastard, for The Substation’s curated Melbourne Fringe Season (Melbourne Fringe Arts House Evolution Award); and as part of her Postgraduate Diploma in Choreography (Too Much Sun and Untitled).
In addition to her work with Alice and Will, she has worked with Shelley Lasica (Behaviour Part 7), Michelle Heaven (In Plan – Castlemaine Festival and Melbourne International Arts Festival), Monica Bill Barnes & Company (NYC –The Gallery Workout – MEL&NYC Festival, The Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria), Natalie Cursio (Blizzard, Tiny Slopes – Dance Massive Festival), Phillip Adams BalletLab (Metamorphosen – Melbourne Art Fair), Alice Dixon (And Then – Lucy Guerin Inc. Pieces for Small Spaces), Reckless Sleepers (BEL/UK – A String Section) and Opera Australia among others. Caroline was a collaborative artist on the three-time Green Room Award nominated work, Blizzard (directed by Nat Cursio, presented at The Substation) and has been an artist in residence at Arts House, Tasdance, Boyd Studio 1 (City of Melbourne), Mosaico Danza (Italy), Dancehouse, The Substation, Lucy Guerin Inc., Vitalstatistix and Chunky Move.
Last year Caroline performed as a Merce Cunningham Residency dancer for the National Gallery of Australia’s American Masters Exhibition, and facilitated Playing Up by Sibylle Peters at The Substation. She also began development on a new work, Sliding In, in residence at Lucy Guerin Inc. She recently presented Lady Example at Dance Massive, and later this year will work with Phillip Adams BalletLab and Walter Dundervill on their new work, Prelude in collaboration with the Chocolate Factory Theater, NYC. She was recently nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Performer for Lady Example.
Caroline's work has been supported by The Australia Council through Artstart, Creative Victoria, Creative Partnerships Australia and Besen Family Foundation.