Ancestors & Anecdotes

Photo of Sarah Aiken at 2014 KEIR choreographic award, Photography by Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse

Photo of Sarah Aiken at 2014 KEIR choreographic award, Photography by Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse


Ausdance Victoria will open a unique exhibition exploring Australian contemporary dance through the lens of five pioneers on 21 September, on view until 30 September. Opening concurrently with the Australian Dance Awards is Ancestors and Anecdotes, 40 years of Australian Contemporary Dance, an exhibition that pays homage to the invaluable work of Australia’s dance pioneers and the manner in which their legacy endures today. Opening 21 September at Lulu Gallery in North Melbourne, the exhibition is focused on five legendary dance pioneers, Carole Johnson, Cheryl Stock AM, Margaret Lasica (via the perspective of her daughter Shelley), Shirley McKechnie AO and Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM.

In partnership with Delving into Dance, a podcast in dance research, each of these pioneers will be interviewed and throughout the exhibition photos that complement their journey will be featured. With the generous donation of the catalogues from Jeff Busby and Gregory Lorenzutti, Ancestors and Anecdotes pays homage to these five women, the careers they have led and the people they have instructed.

Photographic works and mementos range from companies from Bangarra Dance Theatre, Dancenorth, Phillip Adams Balletlab, Danceworks and Chunky Move. There is also a Western Australian focused installation featuring Ausdance WA’s Oral History Project. This exhibition is organised by Ausdance Victoria with the generous donations of artists’ personal collections across Australia including a film by Australian Dance Theatre alum Jennifer Barry Knox’s  “Dancers with Dirty Feet” which is currently at the Smithsonian Institute in New York City.


About Ausdance Victoria

Ausdance Victoria was founded in 1977 and is the sole peak body for dance in Victoria and plays a key role in providing high-level strategic advice and vision for the sector. Ausdance Victoria supports individuals, companies and organisations in a coherent ecology of arts services. It enables members and partners to flourish, creating connections and opportunities to increase the capacity of the sector. Our members consist of individuals and organisations (dancers, choreographers, directors, teachers, administrators, related professionals, venues, dance schools, companies, organisations, education providers, students and dance enthusiasts).

Ausdance Victoria is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) and has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. Ausdance Victoria is part of a national Ausdance network with an office in nearly every state and territory in Australia. The Ausdance network has a history spanning over 40 years - formed for the Australian dance sector by its leaders and advocates.


For more images and more information, contact:

Jonathan Homsey , 0396892055,

Lulu Gallery 506 Queensberry St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia

Opening: Thursday 21 September 6pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday 8am-4pm