26 June 2018
Construction crews made way for contemporary dancers in North Melbourne today as acclaimed dance company Lucy Guerin Inc provided a sneak preview of WXYZ Studios, a ground-breaking new hub and co-working space for Victoria’s dance sector.
$100,000 in Victorian Government funding was announced to support the fit out of the studios, which will provide a secure home for Lucy Guerin Inc, after years of uncertainty, as well as hot desks, co-working spaces and two newly fitted out dance studios for local independent dance practitioners.
WXYZ Studios has been made possible through a ground-breaking ‘impact investment’ partnership between Lucy Guerin Inc and local arts lover and patron Dr Terry Wu.
Dr Wu, a plastic surgeon who also established John Street Studios - a visual arts co-working space in Brunswick East - purchased the warehouse in late 2016, then sought out a performing arts company who could best utilise the space in a long-term, affordable lease.
As part of the project Lucy Guerin Inc will expand its industry development programs and offer more studio residencies and skills development opportunities to independent choreographers and dancers.
The studios, which are expected to open in September, are part of an exciting period for Lucy Guerin Inc and Victoria’s dance community.
A $30,000 International Engagement grant was also announced at the event, which will support Lucy Guerin Inc to tour its production Split to ten leading dance events across the UK, USA and Asia this year.
The Victorian Government has also committed to double its support of the contemporary dance festival Dance Massive and will provide a $200,000 grant for the 2019 event which will take place across Melbourne in March next year.