Welcome to Dancehouse,
Dancehouse is the centre for independent dance in Melbourne. Through its programs of residencies, performance, training and research, Dancehouse is a space for developing challenging, invigorating, and socially engaged moving art. Dancehouse is a genuine tool for the dance-maker, a catalyst for developing new audiences and a facilitator of meaningful alliances and mobility schemes, in Australia and internationally.
After the skein of the spectacle has been removed,
we return to dance - Rosalind Crisp
What a better way to introduce a few highlights of the 2014 program but with this phrase by Rosalind Crisp. The dance (3) sans spectacle that she recently presented at Dancehouse, is genuinely about movement with its processes pared down to raw materials. It may look unfinished, it is simply rigorous and demanding.
The 2014 Dancehouse program will be, in a way, a rigorous and demanding provocation to investigate deeper what dance does to us, what dance is to us, and why not, where dance fails us.
We will be dispensing with some of the nice movement wrapping in order to uncover some needling interrogations dance poses (Diary #6 – THE BODY IN THE RAW – NUDITY, NOW). We will be inviting you to accept that the purpose of dance (and art in general) is not to entertain but rather to make us think - an eye-opener to infinite horizons that can require some curiosity and effort in comprehending.
We will challenge you with tantalising programs such as DANCE TERRITORIES and inspire you with world-renowned dance artists such as Deborah Hay, back in Melbourne for our LEARNING CURVE. We will surprise you with new initiatives, such as models of presenting Australian artists nationally and internationally, and the KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD, the first choreographic award for new dance works.
This program will demonstrate, yet again, how much we are our bodies, how everything starts and ends with our bodies, and that under everyone's skin, there is dance. And like Deborah Hay says, we are all, both consciously and unconsciously, choreographed by culture, gender, politics, history, art. You will see all of this in the 2014 program at Dancehouse.
--Angela Conquet and Dancehouse