gemma+molly (Gemma Sattler and Molly McKenzie) are a collaborative duo working as contemporary performance artists. Anchored by individual and shared experiences of dance, the duo’s practice relies on the necessary collaboration of their two bodies at work to conduct physical, durational and live installation research. Utilising queer approaches to making, gemma+molly attempt to equalise collaborative elements. gemma+molly’s work revolves around experiences of queerness and intimacy, endeavouring to contribute to the deep strong lineages of queer art. Their recent work includes LUSH, presented by Dancehouse for Melbourne Fringe Festival 2023, receiving the Festival’s ‘Best Dance & Physical Theatre’ award and a 5-star review in The Age. In 2023 the duo also premiered Our+ Anthem, a video installation and durational performance, presented by Temperance Hall for Midsumma Festival. As recipients of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust scholarship, gemma+molly recently completed a professional development tour across Greece, France and Belgium. This tour included participation in the Marina Abramović Institute’s Cleaning The House Workshop. Gemma and Molly both graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2021 with a BFA (Dance). Gemma was the recipient of the Orloff Prize, and Molly the recipient of the Phillip Law Travel Scholarship.

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