Welcome to Dancehouse,
Dancehouse is Australia's premier centre for independent dance. We are a site for developing challenging, invigorating and socially engaged moving art. Our role is threefold: to advance independent dance artists, to build dance audiences, and to develop the art form itself. Our programs generate a kaleidoscope of opportunities and sit at a confluence of circulations: of makers, ideas, spaces, contexts, publics, disciplines and territories.
So here it is - the second edition of the Keir Awards! Eight new short works are now in their final stages of finessing, preparing to be shared with you next week.
Looking at what these works investigate, we may be looking here, as Philippa Hawker mentioned in the AGE article, at the future of dance. All works seem to explore the moving body as thinking, embodied matter - positioned at the intersection of time and history; of space and the politics of their context; of the inner self and our ensconcement in social media. Manifestos for or against spectacle, constructions of simulations and disappearances, building parallel imagined realities, which at times forges better possibilities and at other times, a disquieting projection of our beings and actings upon the world.
Choreography is often about framing the interconnectedness that our bodies have in relation to politics, ethics, space and time. It may not be the future of dance that is being explored here but it certainly is an interrogation of new models of subjectivity and corporeality. If not the future, then certainly becomings. *
Book your tickets and don't miss out. Prolong and amplify these findings with THE BODY.NOW, the conversation series running parallel to the season – a remarkable get-together of sharp minds from here and afar!
~ Angela Conquet and Dancehouse
*A reference to Elisabeth Grosz, whose books and many other new additions, are available at Dancehouse. Check out the new titles and buy them at the box office.