Alice Dixon, Caroline Meaden and William McBride work in a non-hierarchical collaboration as devisers and performers of new, unusual contemporary dance theatre. Our work is primarily dance, but it is transdisciplinary, reflecting the different training and interests of the three of us. We embrace the intrinsic qualities of each artist, and the layers of relationship between us, as a driving component of the choreography and dramaturgy. Our expanded choreographic practice combines rigorous dance languages with theatricality, creative writing, design, documentary and contemporary cultural information.
Artistically innovative and entertaining, our work is both challenging in its thematic complexity as well as funny, moving, and virtuosic. We refuse the polemical, using choreography to offer an expansive semiotic field that can provoke an audience’s imagination.
Over six years we have made and presented five full-length works. These works have all received awards and nominations including Australian Dance, Green Room and Melbourne Fringe development and category awards.
Our most recent work, Lady Example, was a large-scale dance work layered with multiple performance elements including acting, complex sound composition and visual design. It was presented at The Substation for Next Wave Festival and nominated for four Green Room Awards including Best Production. It was subsequently presented by Arts House for Dance Massive 2019.
Our work has been supported by City of Melbourne, Lucy Guerin Inc., Darebin Arts Speakeasy, Arts House, Tasdance, Vitalstatistix, The Australia Council, Creative Victoria, Creative Partnerships Australia and Besen Family Foundation.
As individual performers we have worked with renowned artists and companies across artforms, including Phillip Adams BalletLab, Michelle Heaven, Monica Bill Barnes and Company, Reckless Sleepers, Nat Cursio Co., Marina Abramovic, Opera Australia, Lz Dunne, one step at a time like this, Shelley Lasica, Triage Live Art Collective and Antony Hamilton (CHUNKY MOVE).
Alice Dixon is a choreographer, dancer and performer, based in Melbourne. In addition to her work with Caroline and William, Alice has performed in works for artists including: Natalie Cursio (Tiny Slopes, Dance Massive; LOOP, Art Centre Melbourne; Private Dances, Northcote Town Hall; With a Bullet: Remastered, Arts Centre Melbourne and Blizzard, the Substation – Blizzard was nominated for 3 Green Room awards including Best Ensemble Performance); Monica Bill Barnes & Company NYC –The Gallery Workout; NGV and Arts Centre Melbourne); Belgium based company, Reckless Sleepers (A String Section, Malthouse Theatre); BalletLab (Above, Mona Foma); Euginia Lim (The Australian Ugliness); Nebahat Erpolat (Urban Rupture, Dancehouse); Tracie Mitchell (Standing, Falling, Catching) and One Step at a Time Like This (Since I Suppose, Melbourne Festival). Since 2007 Alice has also worked extensively for Opera Australia, performing in productions both in Sydney and Melbourne.
Solo choreographic works include: And Then (Pieces for Small Spaces, Lucy Guerin Inc.); The Bush Capital (for Blowin’ Up at the Substation) and Alices (presented as part of her Postgraduate Diploma at the VCA). Recently Alice acted as movement director for Emilie Collyer’s new play, Contest (presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy at Northcote Town Hall). Later in 2019 she will perform in Antony Hamilton's premiere work as Artistic Director of CHUNKY MOVE.
Alice’s work has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, the Besen Foundation, the City of Melbourne and Creative Partnerships Australia. She has been awarded residencies with City of Melbourne (Boyd Studio 1), Vitalstatistix (Adhocracy), Tasdance (TRIP), Arts House (CultureLab), Chunky Move (Maximised), Lucy Guerin Inc. (Artist in Residence), City of Maribyrnong (Blue Stone Church), Mosaico Danza Turin and Strange Attractor (Make, Think, Speak - Gorman House ACT).
Alice is a graduate of the Victorian College of Arts (Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation), The University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Science) and the National Theatre Ballet School.
William McBride is a performance maker working across dance, theatre, contemporary performance and live-art. In addition to his work with Alice and Caroline, recent performance credits include: 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 presented the performance-installations Bedding (World AIDS Conference, 2014) and Deliverance (Adelaide and Berlin, 2012). He has participated in residencies with the City of Melbourne’s Boyd Studio 1, Arts House and Performance Space’s Time Place Space: Nomad, Strange Attractor, PIAF Connect, Vitalstatistix’s Adhocracy, Critical Path and ZK/U (Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik). He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Animateuring) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013. In 2019, he will continue the development of Prelude - a new work by Phillip Adams BalletLab in collaboration with Walter Dundervill and the Chocolate Factory Theater, NYC.
Will's work has been supported by The Australia Council through Artstart, Creative Victoria, Creative Partnerships Australia and Besen Family Foundation.
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.
Erin has extensive experience as a producer of live and interdisciplinary performance, both independently and in organisations. In 2013 she established Bureau of Works, drawing on 20 years of experience in the arts and cultural industry.
She has worked across a range of artforms including festivals, radio, new media, visual art, music, and writing; and with organisations on strategic planning, business development and project management. Recently, she worked with City of Melbourne to establish Yirramboi, a new First Nations Arts Festival, as well as a range of participatory arts projects for the city.
In addition to current artists and projects, she has also worked with: ABC RN, Aphids Inc, Arts House, Arts West, Born in a Taxi, Bunk Puppets, Chamber Made Opera, Dance Massive, Deakin University, Festival of Live Art, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Human Rooms, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Lucy Guerin Inc, Mira Calix (UK), Moreland City Council, Nat Cursio, PAC Australia, Performing Lines, Real TV, Regional Arts Victoria, Ridiculusmus (UK), Too Close to the Sun (Canada) and The Substation. Prior to establishing Bureau of Works, she was Executive Producer of Arena Theatre Company from 2005 – 2013. Erin is currently a Sessional Academic Lecturer at Deakin University, Board Member of Chamber Made Opera, and participant of the current cohort of the Australia Council’s Arts Leaders Program.