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 KCA Dancehouse Public Program, which we are announcing here, accompanies the KCA performance season and is an integral part of this initiative — and of Dancehouse's ongoing commitment to promote dialogue, reflection, accessibility and criticality for the art form, its makers and its audiences.

This diverse public program is now an integral part of the award. It aims to cross-pollinate an array of outstanding thinkers and practitioners from the dance field and other communities of thought — in order to provide a unique context in which to consider the deep, subtle ways that dance, with its multiplicity of choreographed and embodied practices, connects to the social, the ethical and the political.

With this program, we were particularly interested in exploring how choreography refracts and intervenes within this century of hyper individualisation, the utter 'selfie-isation' of our selves at a time of disquieting populism and increasing precarity.

As neoliberalism continues to insidiously erode the social, the humane and any collective mode of action, whilst proclaiming the self-sufficient individual as the only player, we hope that choreography today can propose new forms of being and of coming together: new modes of activating agency, responsibility and care, new forms or re-tuning the self to re-invent imagination, participation and sensitivity.

This Public Program prolongs and expands on the Keir Choreographic Award Semi-Finals Season. Read more and book for the semi-finals HERE


Dancehouse is a homeland for independent movers. The home of the bold, the brave, the rare and the fragile. What does independent dance mean to you? Support us today