Contemporary dance company recognised for pushing boundaries  

Based in Mparntwe/Alice Springs, GUTS is the only platform for contemporary dance within a 1500-kilometre radius and the company is making dance a major part of the region’s cultural fabric.

In just a few short years, GUTS Dance has earned a reputation for creating deep immersive dance experiences, describing itself as: ‘A hub for high-calibre artistic engagement in one of the most isolated and breathtaking places in the world, while being recognised as a centre for artistic growth and excellence, championing courage, community and collaboration as tools for the creation of genuinely transformative art.’   

GUTS is clearly taking some creative risks, but is also not afraid to look at big societal issues – putting them front and centre in its shows. The company also aims high artistically, engaging exceptional artists, dancers and creatives and promoting a work ethic that is strongly collaborative with a culture of mutual respect.  

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.