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.




The recent Dancehouse Diary call out for contributions stemmed from a closer look at recent movements of protest – Occupy, Women's March, Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter etc. All these assemblies of bodies, united in the action of dissent, boldly re-assert and re-instate (at times ferociously and vehemently) the body in the middle of the political terrain. In so doing, giving back the voice – often without the use of speech – to those divested of power. Here is the collective body in protest against the individuation of political culture preached by neoliberal economics.

Surprisingly, as Judith Butler rightfully points out, these forms of assembly often have agency prior to, and apart form, any demands they formulate. As if this agency were embodied not only in the often transient nature of their lifetime but also and interestingly, in the inbetween-ness of the bodies, together in the moment. Resistance and persistence as social practice, as an embodied manifesto for a different life. Perhaps radical ideas, the power and the promise, are necessarily embodied. Perhaps it is a genuine return to the real 'we, the people.'

Perhaps these new forms of bodily activism can re-spark a new social democracy. Because what glues these assemblies together, besides the dire effects of precarity and necropolitcs, is kinship, empathy, care and attention. The few have become the many that now matter. Bodies mattering together.

~ Angela Conquet


On a similar note, have a look at David Pledger's proposed exercises of Practising Democracy with the remarkable line up of provocateurs gathering this weekend at Arts Centre Gold Coast for 2970 °The Boiling Point.