GUTS Dance // Central Australia (GUTS) is a new Alice Springs/Mparntwe - based contemporary dance organisation and is the only platform for contemporary dance investigation, creation, training and performance within a 1500km radius.
Founded by dance artists Frankie Snowdon and Madeleine Krenek, GUTS aims to be recognised as a centre for artistic growth and excellence, championing bravery, risk, community and collaboration as tools for the development of great art, meaningful experiences and empowered societies. Situated in the unique environment of the Central Australian Desert, we also aim to promote work created and performed in regional and remote Australia by a diverse cross section of Independent movers, makers and thinkers to national and international audiences.
Co-directors Frankie and Madeleine have been creating and performing professional work together for 11 years, practicing experimentation based in dance with a strong focus on collaboration, often presenting work in non-traditional performance spaces.
As performers, collaborators and independent makers, Frankie and Madeleine have worked extensively throughout Australia for companies including Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc. and independent artists Jo Lloyd, Adam Wheeler and Carlee Mellow among others. Internationally, they have undertaken multiple residencies throughout Europe and worked with makers in New Zealand and the USA.
Since relocating their practice back to Frankie’s hometown of Alice Springs/Mparntwe in 2015, Frankie and Madeleine have premiered two new works The Perception Experiment (2017) and The Lost Dance Project (2018) with teams of award winning national collaborators. They were founding members of Melbourne’s 2NDTOE with whom they made work with for 10 years and founded the Alice Can Dance education program in the Northern Territory, which now provides dance opportunities for over 250 young people in public schools in remote Australia each year.