OVERTURE | Arts House

Overture performers Shian Law, Rebecca Jensen, Jo Lloyd and Deanne Butterwork. Photos Peter Rosetzky


New Work by Jo Lloyd at Melbourne Arts House

Jo Lloyd’s next new dance work – OVERTURE – will premier at Melbourne’s Arts House from 14 – 19 August 2018.

OVERTURE is a choreographic overture that gestures to the unrequited and unattainable, as four dancers invoke lost heroes through their shared fictions.

When Jo Lloyd was young she would pretend to interview famous people she’d like to meet.  OVERTURE is an extension of that. It’s a dance that considers the unrequited… the unattainable; an attempt to connect with particular beings of interest/obsession, including each other.

Creating shared fictions, OVERTURE’s dancers reconstruct and invoke lost heroes in order to play out impossible scenarios. Fabrication is the engine for endless desire as they transcend barriers to be with one another.  As Lloyd’s choreography moves gloriously on the precipices of the possible and unthinkable, OVERTURE reminds us that what is in the frame is not always what was in the picture.

Jo Lloyd is an influential Melbourne dance artist working with choreography as a social encounter, revealing behaviour over particular durations and circumstances. A dance graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, she has presented work in New York, Japan, Hong Kong and locally in Dance Massive, Next Wave, the Biennale of Sydney, Liveworks and Dark MOFO.

This new work is directed and choreographed by Jo Lloyd and is performed by Deanne Butterworth, Rebecca Jensen, Shian Law & Jo Lloyd.



14 – 19 August 2018

Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne

Bookings: artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720


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