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The Substation
1 Market Street
Newport, Victoria 3015 Australia

(03) 9391 1110
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Curated by Jo Lloyd and Melanie Lane
Presented by The Substation

“REALREEL” is an exhibition curated by Jo Lloyd and Melanie Lane bringing together a nation-wide selection of artists that centre the body [dance] on screen with a focus on experimental, contemporary performance making and varied, Australian choreographic voices.

Spanning from cultural storytelling to speculative fiction, the exhibition reflects on the language of dance on film as an archive of memory, ephemerality and imagination.

Traditionally a live art form, these films shift dance beyond the limits of the body and into a space that captures time, movement and human experience in extraordinary ways.


Curators: Jo Lloyd and Melanie Lane

Image credit: Video still from “Make Your Life Count” (2023). Video by Sarah Aiken.

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Melanie Lane is a choreographer working between Naarm and Ngunnawal/Ngambri country. She works across visual arts, theatre, music and film. Her choreographic work interrogates physical and social realities to create surreal futures that are confounded, broken and reconfigured. Her artistic engagement moves between Europe, Indonesia and Australia, with her independent work touring internationally. Alongside commissions with Sydney Dance Company, ADC, DanceNorth, Chunky Move, Schauspiel Leipzig and HAU Berlin, her collaborations extend to artists; Clark, Adena Jacobs, Amos Gebhardt, Leyla Stevens , Monica Lim and Rianto. Melanie is Resident Artist at The Substation, 2015 resident director at Lucy Guerin Inc., Associate Artist at QL2 and is 2023/24 Choreographer in Residence at Chunky Move.

Jo Lloyd is a dance artist working with choreography as a social encounter, revealing behaviour over various durations and contexts. Jo has presented and performed her work in galleries and theatres nationally and internationally, including commissions for the New Zealand Dane Company, Tasdance and Chunky Move. Jo’s works include Bang Stop with musicians Jim White and Emmett Kelly for RISING, Handsome at The Substation, Death Role for the Bundanon Art Museum, Archive the archive for the NGA, DOUBLE DOUBLE created and performed with Deanne Butterworth, Tina Havelock Stevens and Evelyn Morris and OVERTURE, Arts House 2018 and Melbourne Festival 2019.

Cass Mortimer Eipper creates for both stage and film and has presented work throughout Australia, Europe, India and the U.S.A. He regularly produces video campaigns for Sydney Opera House, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Sydney Theatre and has directed and choreographed dance films for Trey McIntyre Projects, Queensland Ballet, Australasian Dance Collective, Transit Dance Company and Ludwig. His awards include: The Helpmann Award — Most Outstanding Male Dancer; Global Short Film Awards Cannes — Best Dance Film; Lisbon Screen Dance Festival — Best International Director; Rome International Choreography Competition — Most Outstanding Performance.

Yolanda Lowatta is a Geidei woman from Iama Island in the Torres Strait and is also of Papua New Guinean and Fijian heritage. In 2016 Yolanda was awarded a Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre while dancing with Bangarra Dance Theatre. Before joining in 2015 as a recipient of the Russell Page Graduate Program, Yolanda danced with Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, Jannawi Dance Clan and Yt Dingo. Yolanda is now currently based on Ngunnawal Country working as an independent artist with Australian Dance Party and Melanie Lane among others.

Harrison Ritchie-Jones is an independent artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014, a