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Frankie and Madeleine have been creating and performing professional work for 10 years, with an evolving and unwavering commitment to Australian contemporary dance practice 

Frankie and Madeleine have worked for/with Chunky Move, Brooke Stamp, Martin Del Amo, Adam Wheeler, Neil Armfield, Kate Champion, Sara Black, Not Yet It’s Difficult, Stephanie Lake, ROGUE, Supple Fox, Jo Lloyd, Russell Dumas, Carlee Mellow, Shelley Lasica, Lucky Plush Productions (USA) Michael Monataro (Canada), Julia Harvie, Julia McKerrow, Megan Platt and Fleur de Thier (New Zealand). Choreographic credits include works for Lucy Guerin Inc., Next Wave Festival/Nat Cursio Co., Movement Art Practice (NZ) and have taught in AUS, NZ, USA and the UK. 

In May 2017,  Frankie and Madeleine premiered their work first made in Central Australia ‘The Perception Experiment’ which was presented by the Araluen Arts Centre. They are currently working on two upcoming works to be presented in 2019 and 2020. Both choreographers are founding members of 2NDTOE with whom they have created 4 full-length works, many short works, founded the Alice Can Dance dance education program, and taught extensively throughout Victoria and the NT. They have both have received Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants and have been named Dancers to Watch in the Dance Australia’s Critics Survey as well as being nominated for Greenroom, NT Young Achiever and British Council awards. 

Large influences on Frankie and Madeleine’s processes and studio practice are Jo Lloyd, Luke George and Carlee Mellow, all of whom have been closely involved in their careers as choreographers, fellow dancers or choreographic mentors. Both have spent time developing professionally and performing overseas and have also been influenced by Eleanor Bauer and Deborah Hay. These artists all have strong foundations in improvisation; both in studio practice and creative processes, and champion how responding to creative scores and provocations can derive the creation of work. These methods are strongly present in both Frankie and Madeleine’s approach to devising their work, which sits in the independent sector of Australian contemporary dance. They practice experimentation based in dance with a strong focus on collaboration, often presenting work in non-traditional performance spaces. 

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