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Flesh and Diamonds
Lilian Steiner

Image credit: Patrick Hamilton
Image credit: Patrick Hamilton

24 June -
27 August 2023

Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street, Preston South

Opening Event
Saturday 24 June, 4pm

Widely regarded and respected as one of the most innovative dancers and choreographers of her generation, Lilian Steiner has increasingly incorporated the language and influence of contemporary visual arts into her practice. Flesh and Diamonds expands her methodology of working and consolidates its embrace of the potential beyond performance spaces. As a discipline, dancers are frequently led by choreographic instruction, often refined in collaboration and almost invariably performed in close proximity. As a form of transferred embodiment, dancers readily engage and inhabit the movement pathways and musical dynamics from the bodies and capabilities of dancers before them.

For this first durational gallery project by Steiner, this acknowledgement of embodied transference is brought into focus as a form of homage. Manifesting as a series of 3D printed objects, developed through an ongoing collaboration with designer and 3D animator, Patrick Hamilton, the sculptural forms offer distilled yet abstracted portraits of some of the many collaborators and influences that inform her practice and shape her work. The sculptural forms take their shape from brief dance movements of her peers, enacted by Steiner, with the performative coordinates recorded and their data translated into the three-dimensional forms. Through this act of movement-capture, the works carry a sense of Steiner, her peers, and the inter-weavings of their working processes and methodologies. In other works, images of the bodies of a selection of dancers are depicted upon fabrics, representing their physicality in a manner more static, more corporeally fixed, than their live performances elaborate. Collectively, Flesh and Diamonds pays tribute to the nature of dancerly transmission and a wider community of dancers who frequently collaborate in one another’s works, who often embody the movements of each other, and whose movements logics offer a template for each further iteration of a work.

Lilian Steiner is a Naarm/Melbourne-based choreographer, dancer and performer. Recent choreographic works include Dance Becomes Her, +Concepts, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2022), Collingwood House, FRAME: a biennial of dance, The Australian Ballet, Melbourne, and Sophia Club, Melbourne (2023); To immortality and the other side (collaboration with Patrick Hamilton), Chunky Move, Melbourne (2022); Siren Dance, Dancehouse, Melbourne, Sydney Dance Company, and Homo Novus Festival, Riga, Latvia (2022); Springtime Again, INDance, Sydney Dance Company (2021), Becoming the Icon (collaboration with Emile Zile), BLEED Online (2020); Memoirs for Rivers and the Dictator, Dance Massive (2019), Melbourne, Constellations Festival, Toulon, France (2018), and Les Plateaux de la Briqueterie, Paris, France (2018); and Noise Quartet Meditation, Rencontres Chorégraphiques de Seine Saint Denis, Paris, France (2018), and Fête de la Musique, Geneva, Switzerland (2018). As a dancer she has worked with choreographers Lucy Guerin, Phillip Adams, Shelley Lasica, Melanie Lane, Brooke Stamp and Lee Serle among others, as well as with artists Sally Smart, Bridie Lunney, Alicia Frankovich, Mikala Dwyer, Brook Andrew, Matthew Bird and Ash Keating.


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Public Program
Installation view of Lilian Steiner, 'Flesh and Diamonds', Gertrude Contemporary, 2023. Photo: Christian Capurro.

Artist Talk: Yona Lee and Lilian Steiner in conversation with Mark Feary and Amelia Winata

Artist TalkSaturday 24 June, 5amGertrude Contemporary

Watch Yona Lee and Lilian Steiner in conversation with Mark Feary and Amelia Winata, recorded during the opening celebrations on the first day of the artists' concurrent solo exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary.

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Wurundjeri Country
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Melbourne, Australia

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