Synopsis and Team


Co-creators: Lucy Guerin & Matthias Schack-Arnott (Australia)

Choreography: Lucy Guerin with the dancers

Composition & Sound Design: Matthias Schack-Arnott (Australia)

Lighting Design: Bosco Shaw (Australia)

System Design & Programming: Nick Roux (Australia)

Pendulum Design: Rob Larsen (Australia)

Costume Design: Harriet Oxley (Australia)

Executive Producer: Brendan O’Connell (Australia)

Dancers: Deanne Butterworth, Tra Mi Dinh, Alice Dixon, Stephanie Halyburton, Helen Herbertson, Amber McCartney, Lilian Steiner


Co-Producers: RISING Festival and the National Gallery of Victoria 

Premiere: May 26th, 2021 / National Gallery of Victoria / Melbourne, Australia


PENDULUM is an expansive performance installation created by percussive artist Matthias Schack-Arnott and choreographer Lucy Guerin. Performers roam amongst a field of moving pendulums that each consist of a suspended bell that tolls, pulses and hums. As they rush through the air in visceral sweeps of sound and light, the music is driven by the speed and force of their motion.


Jury Statement

"The sheer simplicity of this piece is what makes it so strikingly beautiful and effective. One is drawn to the emphasis on the body movements because the “noise” or distractions are eliminated by its simplicity."

(Jury of MTNow 2021)


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