Conveniently located in North Melbourne and with two studios purpose-designed for dance, WXYZ Studios will be a unique hub for experimental, contemporary dance in Melbourne and beyond. The space also features a co-working space for independent artists, a kitchen and full changing facilities including showers.
Following the official opening by Rupert Myer AO earlier this month, the studios are bustling with LGI’s artist-centred activities that include classes, workshops, residencies for independent artists, and secondments, as well as the creation and rehearsal of existing and new work by LGI.
“This is a huge moment for Lucy Guerin Inc and we are thrilled to welcome the dance community of Melbourne into our new home,” said Lucy Guerin, Artistic Director of LGI. “It’s a dream come true and I look forward to the creative projects that will be possible in this inspiring space.”
WXYZ Studios has been made possible by Dr Terry Wu, a Melbourne-based arts lover, arts advocate and plastic surgeon, who acquired the warehouse space in late 2016 before seeking a performance-making company who could best utilise the space with a long-term, affordable lease.
“LGI and WXYZ Studios are the perfect fit,” said Dr Wu. “The combination of Lucy’s choreographic brilliance, her company’s capacity to nurture the independent dance community, and the endless opportunities created by this partnership, mean WXYZ Studios will have an immediate and lasting impact on the Australian cultural scene.”
Image: Dr Terry Wu with Lucy Guerin at WXYZ Studios (June 2018) – photo by Bryony Jackson