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Time Portrait (2022) by Lee Serle / Photography by Gregory Lorenzutti
The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport, Victoria 3015, Australia
26–29 October 2022
Wed–Sat 7:30–8:30pm

The Substation is an accessible venue.


$30 Full
$20 Concession

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Time Portrait is a new dance directed by choreographer Lee Serle.

This new work began as a site-responsive work developed in 2019 during an artist residency at the Clothing Store Studios at Carriageworks, Sydney. This first iteration saw Serle re-examine his archive of solo choreography of the last decade, extracting and re-contextualising fragments from these works against the architecture and historical resonances of the site.

This solo work is the anchor for Time Portrait: Group Dance that has been developed independently in Melbourne with choreographers and collaborators; Jo Lloyd, Melanie Lane, Rebecca Jensen and Benjamin Hurley, who, unburdened by structure, have agency to change the course of action. An ever shifting sound work is composed live by artist Gail Priest, with stage design by Anna Cordingley.

Serle has gathered together some of Australia’s most accomplished artists for the world premiere of Time Portrait at The Substation.


There will be an artist talk following the performance on Friday, 28 October 2022.


This event is wheelchair accessible and gender neutral accessible toilets are available.

The Substation galleries, bar and bookshop will open one hour prior to the performance.

Please note that latecomers will not be admitted.


Director/Performer: Lee Serle
Co-Directors/Performers: Melanie Lane, Jo Lloyd, Rebecca Jensen & Ben Hurley
Composer: Gail Priest
Lighting Designer: John Collopy
Designer: Anna Cordingley
Producer: Michaela Coventry – Sage Arts
Collaborator: Rachael Wisby


Commissioned by The Substation.

This project was supported by the Besen Family Foundation, City of Sydney, Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, Carriageworks, Lucy Guerin Inc and The Substation.

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Time Portrait in development


Lucy Guerin Inc,
Pieces 2021
Pieces 2021
8–11 December 2021
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PIECES is an annual artist development program offering choreographers the opportunity to produce a new 20-minute performance commissioned by Lucy Guerin Inc and The Substation.

PIECES showcases exceptional contemporary artists operating outside of company structures whose work embodies risk, boldness and experimentation. It is a season that reminds us of the capacity contemporary dance has to unveil, defy and inspire.

The commissioning structure provides selected artists with resources to challenge their regular practice and dive into a singular choreographic exploration. The eclectic program that emerges is an opportunity to gather and celebrate live performance as a vital experience.

The choreographers selected for the 2021 season of PIECES are Michelle Heaven, Lee Serle, and co-choreographers Harrison Hall & Andrew Treloar.

PIECES is a co-production by Lucy Guerin Inc and The Substation, co-curated by Lucy Guerin and Brad Spolding.

Please note, the performance on Friday 10 December will include an artist talk with Lucy Guerin. This talk will be Auslan interpreted.

Commissions include:

Michelle Heaven presents a new 20-minute contemporary dance performance titled The Value.

It is something that we see in all kinds of places, in all kinds of shapes, doing all sorts of things … Sharyn and Dana will try and show you how to look at the thing.⁠

Creative Team
Choreographer/performer: Michelle Heaven
Performer/collaborator: Caroline Meaden
Composer: Darrin Verhagen and Kayden Verhagen
Lighting designer: Rob Sowinski
Creative collaborator: Ben Cobham
Costume supervisor: Jenni Langford
Secondment: Janelle Tan

Special Thanks
bluebottle, Janelle Tan, Marlo Cobham, Lucy Guerin Inc and The Substation


Harrison Hall and Andrew Treloar present a new 20-minute contemporary dance performance titled Surprise, Surprize.

… a misshapen creature of hacks … isn’t really well defined, but it sounds so … have said or heard it … of terminals prowling about in the dark making their … noises.⁠

Creative Team
Choreography by Andrew Treloar and Harrison Hall with Sarah Aiken and Claire Leske

Band: Rory Tiganis-Hannan, Jonah Grant, Jason Lambrou and Will Larsen.
Cosplay Artist: Roberto Arias

Special Thanks
Lucy Guerin Inc and The Substation

Lee Serle presents a new 20-minute contemporary dance performance titled Working Title.

For the past six years choreographer Lee Serle and visual artist Mateo López have been collaborating on a range of projects presented and exhibited at MASSMoCA and The Drawing Center (USA), Museo de Arte de la Universidad National de Colombia, and Bodega Piloto (Colombia) and Zoukak Theatre (Lebanon), creating across disciplines to create installations, live performances and films.

Creative Team
Choreographed and performed by Lee Serle
Visual art and design by Mateo López
Sound composition by Alisdair Macindoe
Lighting design by Rob Sowinski

Special Thanks
Brad Spolding, Michaela Coventry, Lucy Guerin, Estelle Conley, Mateo López, Alisdair Macindoe, Jake Shackleton, Lucy Guerin Inc and The Substation

This performance includes the use of haze.

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31 August–4 September 2016
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Director and choreographer Lee Serle melds audience and artist in the interactive, immersive and participatory performance piece Multimodal, occupying The Substation from August 30 - September 4.

Multimodal guides randomly selected audience members through a series of physical, sonic, olfactory and choreographic experiences housed within The Substation’s various post-industrial spaces.

Those selected, contribute to the work’s unfolding content as they journey through Byron Scullin’s visceral sonic experiences, physical movement spaces and immersive, scent laden installations from visual artist Liz Henderson and Lee Serle , eliciting memories and personal narratives throughout the performance ritual.

Performers Deanne Butterworth, Benjamin Hancock, Geoffrey Watson and Rebecca Jensen, together with eight guides, lead the inductees through the installation series - blurring the lines between performer and audience, and public and private space, as the ritual’s voyeurs (the audience) observe their performance induction from afar.

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