Saturday, 30 April 2016

What I think about ...

What I think about when I think about certain things about our world...

BodyWeather Bellambi - a 2 stage workshop - Beach to City

BodyWeather Bellambi, July 1 – 3rd
Invites dancers, performers and artists to the beautiful Bellambi beach for 3 days to explore dance and movement in relationship to the environment drawing from the methodologies of BodyWeather. Bellambi beach is on the south coast, about 1.15hr away from Sydney. Basic accommodation is available. 

BodyWeather Sydney July 5 – 9th: For those who wish to deepen their awareness of the BodyWeather practice, this studio intensive will investigate tools in finding more nuanced articulations for developing material for dance and performance. On the last day there will be a studio showing for invited audiences to share some of our findings.

BodyWeather draws from Eastern and Western philosophy, dance and performance practices. It was founded by renowned Japanese dancer Min Tanaka in the 1980s and was first introduced in Australia by Choreographer Tess de Quincey in 1989, and has since influenced a wide range of dance and performance practice across the country.
BodyWeather Bellambi
Where: Bellambi Surf Life Saving Club
When: Friday July 1 from 12noon – Sunday July 3, 5pm
Cost: early bird $300 / late $400 (includes vegetarian meals)BodyWeather Sydney
Where: ReadyMade studio, Ultimo
When: Monday July 4 – Saturday July 9 (nb: no workshop on Tue)
Times: 9 -1:30pm Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri / Sat 12 – 6pm
Cost: early bird $250 / late $300  

     ***Both Workshops: early $430/ late $550
     ***Early bird ends: May 23rd, 2016


Bundanon 2016

Martin and I made a site visit to Bundanon to check out spaces to install an artwork. More info coming soon...

Monday, 14 December 2015

Publication: Being Moved

Everybody’s body is unique. Everybody’s body is poetic. We all have the capacity to move to a personal song that is within us. 

This year, I've had the pleasure of working with performance photographer Heidrun Lohr to create a beautiful coffee table photographic book  entitled BEING MOVED. The book celebrates dance with an extraordinary group of 11 participants living with a disability from Woodville Alliance. This project was produced by Powerhouse Youth Theatre in Fairfield. 

Arts NSW wrote about it:

Short Being movedLargemp4 from linda luke on Vimeo.

Monday, 23 November 2015


Sunday 29th. November at 4pm


Guests: Ryuichi Fujimura, Nikki Heywood and Mark Cauvin, Linda Luke, Tony Osborne, Lynne Santos, and WeiZen Ho

Tickets $10 at the door

AT: ReadyMade Works Studio
1, 247-257 Bulwara Rd, Ultimo

Saturday, 9 May 2015



Facilitated by Linda Luke
3 day intensive – July 3 - 5, 2015
At: Bellambi Beach, NSW

BodyWeather Bellambi invites dancers, performers and artists to the beautiful Bellambi beach to explore movement in relationship to the environment from the basis of BodyWeather. Bellambi beach is on the south coast, north of Wollongong, about 1hr 15min away from Sydney.

BodyWeather was founded by world-renowned Japanese dance artist Min Tanaka in the 1980s and has been in Australia since 1989, influencing a wide range of dance and performance practice. Its key premise is to be ‘danced by the outside’ and it is an enquiry into the relationship between the environment, our imagination and our experience of ‘self’.

The workshop will include a daily physical warm-up through the ‘MB’ (muscle/bone, mind/body): a training platform to build strength, flexibility, fitness and co-ordination. This will be followed by a series of activities to explore and increase sensitivity and open up new ways of perceiving and experiencing somatic movement and dance.

The workshop is for anyone interested in exploring the body. Dance experience and technical skills are not required but the workshop will be physically intensive.

Where: Bellambi Surf Life Saving Club
When: JULY 3 - 5 (Friday 1 – 9pm; Saturday 9 – 5pm; Sunday 9 – 5pm)
Cost: Early-bird payment$240 paid by FRIDAY MAY 15th
           Full Price: $320 paid by JUNE 26th.
Food: $40
 contribution for simple vegetarian meals each day.
Option 1$20 for shared accommodation - please bring sleeping mat, pillow and coverings.
Option 2: book a private cabin (at Corrimal or Bulli Tourist Park)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Thursday, 20 November 2014


My solo show STILL POINT TURNING is about to open next week at Parramatta Riverside Theatre - very exciting indeed!

Here is an excerpt from my online interview with Arts on the AU:

It seems as through this work you’re exploring contemporary cultures obsession with time and our inability to simply exist. What interests you about this area and how did it transform from an idea into a performance?
I’m interested in exploring the deeper undercurrents that we collectively experience and trying to capture that feeling to create a performance. My experience of life so far is that it is becoming more and more fragmented - we are becoming endlessly distracted and there are increased ‘choices’ to make. I think in the west we believe we are free but we are far from free. The invention of the clock - of precisely regulating time - the production of time, carving it up into little units and putting price tags on it, and not ‘wasting’ time which is almost a taboo – this all contributes to us feeling constrained and subtly anxious. Of course this is subjective, but I guess there are other’s who would agree. Making this into a performance was simply dropping down into my body in the studio and asking these questions as I worked. I usually work (and ironically) with a timer. For example: explore a question physically for ten minutes, notate in writing or drawings for five minutes; then repeat with a slightly different question and so forth. Eventually one starts to build a language for a particular piece.
The phrases ‘clock time’ and ‘cosmic time’ have been mentioned in relation to Still Point Turning – can you elaborate on what you mean by that and their relationship to each other?
Clock time is something we invented to order our daily living and to feel a sense of control in our daily choices. Order, repetition and patterning seem to soothe the human soul. Cosmic time is something we know we cannot control. For example: the rising of the sun or moon, the time we are born and when we will die, how a flower blooms and wilts. Cosmic time has a will of it’s own. So does clock time I guess, but this is a complex topic – the question of time – is it fixed or flexible and what it is exactly? None of us know and that’s why its such an interesting topic to ponder upon. Our perception and experience of time is inexplicably tied in with our relationship to ourselves, each other and life. Big topic!
for the full interview go to: 

Monday, 20 October 2014

We have now completed the first season of Still Point Turning, premiering at Dancehouse for the Melbourne Festival 17 & 18th October. Quite an adventure!

Saturday, 27 September 2014


We have been as busy as little ants in a creative nest at the Rex Cramphorn Studio at Sydney Uni these past 2 weeks, finalising and rehearsing Still Point Turning. During this time, the piece turned this way and that, opening up new thoughts and possibilities along the way. By midway through the process we didn't know which way was right side up or wrong side down. We expanded and contracted, went from dark to light, from light to dark. We prodded, plodded, tweaked and finessed. On the last day we edited, snipping slices of time out here and there, getting rid of extraneous 'flaff'. Thanks to the team, we got there: Clytie Smith (lighting), Vic McEwan (sound), Martin Fox (video), Justine Shih-Pearson (costume, outside eye and much more) and Rosalind Richards (producer). As well as the ever astute artistic eye of Tess de Quincey. Next time we meet is in Melbourne for the bump in - a day before the premiere... 
The Team

17 & 18 October 2014
Dance Territories
Presented by Melbourne Festival in association with Dancehouse
At Dancehouse - 150 Princes Street, North Carlton, Melbourne

Melbourne Festival
Justine, Richard, Clytie

27-29 November 2014
Lennox Theatre, Parramatta Riverside Theatres
Presented by FORM Dance Projects as part of DANCE BITES 2014

13th December 2014
Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery
Vic Mcewan
Presented by the CAD factory and Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery
Booking info TO BE ADVISED

Friday, 8 August 2014

Melbourne Festival


Premieres at the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2014

17th and 18th October, 8pm

Photo Mayu Kanamori

A synthesis of dance, video, sound and installation, Still Point Turning explores perceptions of time, stillness and turbulence. Initially inspired by TS Eliot’s poem Burnt Norton, Linda Luke’s solo reflects upon the fragmented nature of contemporary culture, alluding to Eurocentric history and our obsession with 'clock' time. Alongside the steady beat of temporal time is the nature of cosmic time - the cycle of living and dying and that deep, yet elusive, silence that resides in every one of us. 
Choreographer/Performer       Linda Luke
Composer                             Vic McEwan
Video Artist                           Martin Fox
Lighting Designer                  Clytie Smith
Designer                               Justine Shih-Pearson
Choreographic Consultant     Tess de Quincey
Producer                               Artful Management                                       


27-29 November 2014
Lennox Theatre, Parramatta Riverside Theatres
Presented by FORM Dance Projects as part of DANCE BITES 2014

13 December 2014 
Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery
Presented by the CAD factory and Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery
Booking info TO BE ADVISED

STILL POINT TURNING is funded by the NSW government through Trade and Investment NSW and is supported by the Department for Performance Studies (University of NSW).

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Upcoming Workshop

'Images in the Body / Imaging the Space' 

July 11, 12 & 13th, 2014

facilitated and led by Linda Luke

Images in the body / Imaging the space
This workshop will explore the notion of generating material from the basis of 'image making'. Image making strongly engages the imagination in order to develop material which can be a choreography for dancers or a movement score for actors. The workshop will also look at how we imagine and respond to the space we are in, and consider the relationship between us - our body - and the locus we inhabit when performing. 

Participants are invited to come with an idea they may be working on already, or to simply explore an idea as it arises in the workshop.

Friday 11 July: 6 - 9pm

Saturday: 1pm - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm- 5pm

**Cost: Earlybird payment by Friday June 20 - $160 OR $230 full price
**All payments must be made by WED JULY 9th via EFT. Any cancellations must be made before Wed July 9th to receive a refund (less $30 cancellation fee).


Enquiries/ Registrations:

Note: if you are registering, please include in the email your NAME, POSTAL ADDRESS, EMAIL, PHONE NO, and a brief biography of your art practice. Thank you! :)

Monday, 10 February 2014

After a dizzying 3 weeks dancing in De Quincey Co's wondrous Inner Garden in Sydney (, I have immediately taken flight and dropped into Melbourne for a blessed one week residency at Dancehouse - to work on some choreographic elements for my upcoming solo work STILL POINT TURNING, due to premiere at Dancehouse later this year.

tis nice to be here ~ ahhhhhh....

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Quote for the Day

“The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts

one in accordance with nature, in her manner of operation.” 

― John Cage

Monday, 6 January 2014


A De Quincey Co performance...

3 PERFORMANCES ONLY                  6 – 8 February, 2014


Few places in Sydney have as intriguing history as Rozelle’s Callan Park. From the foreshore middens of the Eora peoples to Australia’s first purpose-built “enlightened” lunatic asylum; from an overcrowded place of incarceration to a future of creativity and possibilities.
A performance installation by acclaimed dance company De Quincey Co, INNER GARDEN draws on the history of the site to delve into the imagination. Curled up in a high window or inhabiting nooks and crannies, the dancers fold in and around the site exploring the crevices of the mind and the shape of our obsessions.
Combining an all-encompassing sculptural choreography and an enveloping sound design, INNER GARDENbuilds on a series of site specific works created by De Quincey Co that draw deeply on layers of history including Box of Birds and The Stirring (Carriageworks) and Dictionary of Atmospheres (Alice Springs).
Concept & Direction Tess de Quincey
Victoria Hunt, Linda Luke, Ellen Rijs, Kirsten Pakcham, Lian Loke & Garth Knight, Weizen Ho, Latai Taumoepeau, Yoka Jone and Dale Thorburn
Installation & Costumes 
Tom Rivard & Katja Handt 
Jim Denley, Kraig Grady and Robbie Avenaim
 Sian James-Holland

Season Details

Sydney College of the Arts
Park Drive – Callan Park
Off junction of Darling St & Balmain Rd
You can download a map here


Full $35 / Concession $30 (plus $2 booking fee)

Saturday, 12 October 2013


BRIGHT EYES is the next production I've directed for the Acting and Performance Making stream at Wollongong University. 

BRIGHT EYES grew like a wild child from the core question I posed at the beginning of the process some eleven weeks ago with the 2nd year under-graduates – what is it to watch and what is it to be watched? The initial research included going to the zoo to watch animals watching us (or not, as the case may be), notions from Michel Foucault’s ‘panopticon’, Plato’s cave, a quick and fervent peek at some Greek myths, as well as writings by Aldous Huxley and George Orwell. Armed with this research, and through devising and working together on the floor, we pieced together an open weave mélange of a script that refuses to make too much narrative sense. Rather than a fixed idea of a morality tale, we hope that the performance feeds the audience on other sensory modes, and that one leaves the theatre with a rash of impressions and images ~ and perhaps a couple of favourite tunes looping around and around in one's head.