An experiment in anonymous intimacy and fake belief, NOT ABOUT FACE questions the nature of the unspoken contracts between performer and audience, and accesses the supernatural and spiritual as a way to investigate how the yearning for belief can make people do many things. For this performance, audience members are robed in full-body shrouds and join a free-roaming and anonymous gathering in the performance space. We will come together. We will become anonymous. We will fake belief or believe in faking it.

Created by Luke George in collaboration with:

Hilary Clark, Nick Roux, Benjamin Cisterne, and Martyn Coutts.

Producer:Alison Halit.

Commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theatre, N.Y.C.


“The dance is always engaging, sometimes awkward, sometimes an exercise in failure, finally ecstatic. But when George explodes into something like conventional dance, it’s as if it’s a gift, as if somehow what has gone before, the touching and the following and the watching and the listening, has shaped this movement, making it an expression of our collective desire.”

    Alison Croggon | ABC Arts (Melbourne)

“Not just any artist can make me feel the common denominator between my normally disparate reactions to ISIS and Jeff Koons. But this Melbourne/Brooklyn conceptualist and performer sent the icy chill of fundamentalism and art world megalo-narcisism running down my spine.”

Randy Gragg / Portland Monthly (Portland)

Other reviews:

Jessica Sabatini | Real Time Arts

Gia Kourlas | New York Times

Alex Romania | Culturebot

Support: The creative development of NOT ABOUT FACE was supported by grants through the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Arts House and the Besen Family Foundation. The work was developed in residencies at Arts House CultureLAB, Lucy Guerin Inc, West Space Gallery, Thousand Pound Bend and Abrons Arts Center (NYC). The premiere season of NOT ABOUT FACE was supported through funding from the Australia Council, and presented through Dancehouse Your Way Open Season.


November 24th, 2017
Lonely in the Rain festival | Joensuu (Finland)

November 19th - 22nd, 2014

The Chocolate Factory Theater | New York City, NY (U.S.A.)

September 14th -18th, 2014

TBA Festival | Portland Institute of Contemporary Art | Portland, OR (U.S.A.)

August 1st - 2nd, 2014

Campbeltown Arts Centre | Sydney (Australia)

October 9th - 13th, 2013 (Premiere)

Dancehouse | Melbourne (Australia)

March 14th & 21st, 2013 (Previews)

Dance Massive | Malthouse Theatre | Melbourne (Australia)

June 21st, 2012 (Gallery commission)

Westspace Gallery | Melbourne (Australia)

Photography: (top image) Jeff Busby and (production photos) Nick Roux, Madeline Best and Heidrun Lohr