KAGE was established in 1997 by Victorian College of the Arts Dance graduates Kate Denborough and Gerard Van Dyck. Kate and Gerard formed a creative partnership based on a shared desire to create original works that progress the form of dance. This took place by collaborating with extraordinary artists and communities to find original ways to present dance in new contexts. KAGE explored the development of arresting visual languages, the parallel creation of choreography and music and the dramatic potential of dance and extreme physicality with irreverence and humour.
On the cusp of KAGE’s twentieth birthday, the desire for continuous exploration and discovery along with a collaborative ideology is still the central focus. KAGE creates performances that relate and respond to current social thinking and strives to develop an unparalleled and distinctive sensibility, style and aesthetic for dance theatre.
Kate is recognised as one of Australia's foremost choreographers and directors of dance-theatre. She is an award-winning creator of original performance works which integrate the mediums of dance, theatre, visual art and live performance. As the Artistic Director of KAGE, Kate has devised, directed and/or performed in all of the Company's works. Recent works Kate has devised and directed include: TEAM OF LIFE (2014), Melbourne Festival, FORKLIFT (2014), Sydney Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, Bleach Festival and Hoopla Festival. FLESH AND BONE (2013), as part of the L’Oreal Fashion Festival and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and SUNDOWNER (2012), which toured to 32 venues over 17 weeks around Australia. Kate has choreographed new work for Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move and Tasdance. Many of her works have won industry awards and national and international recognition. The awards include the Canberra Critics Circle Award for Dance, a Green Room Award for Female Emerging Artist in Dance and joint winner of the Eva Czajor memorial Award, which salutes women directors. In 2013 Kate was recognised in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence Awards.
GERARD VAN DYCK
Gerard’s training and performance experience includes contemporary dance, acting, slapstick, puppetry, and motion capture. Gerard choreographs, teaches, critiques and regularly discusses dance. After graduating at the Victorian College of the Arts he co-founded KAGE with Kate Denborough and has performed in nearly all of KAGE’s award winning works throughout Australia and overseas. Gerard clocked up 50+ performances of his solo THE COLLAPSIBLE MAN and won some awards along the way. He has toured extensively with BalletLab and Polyglot Puppet Theatre, and worked locally with artists such as Nat Cursio, Eleventh Hour Theatre, Legs on the Wall, desoxy Theatre and Sandra Parker. Gerard has danced in a piano costume for Sarah Blasko and floated in a space ship for David Noonan. He has directed circus and comedy, and provided dramaturgy for ballet. Gerard presented his follow up solo work PICNIC in 2015 which will tour Victoria and SA in 2016. When Gerard isn’t busy with KAGE he works as a Marriage Celebrant. He is on the dance panel of the Green Room Award Association and is a regular guest on Triple R’s Smart Arts Program.
Board Chair Fabienne Michaux
Secretary Carol Benson
Treasurer Sarah Connelly
Vice Chair Hugh Crosthwaite
Gerard Van Dyck
KAGE acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and pays its respects to their Elders past and present.