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.
We Should Not Please
"We created a culture of "pleasing", that is now hijacking us.
We want to please everybody: the audiences, the subsidisers, the sponsors, the press, the colleagues… a big mistake! Art should not please. On the contrary. Art has to show where it hurts in our societies, in our world."
This is only one quote from Frie Leysen's keynote speech that closed the recent Australian Theatre Forum (thank you ATF for inviting such inspiring people to the Forum), however any artist, curator, presenter and arts manager should read the address in its entirety. It is a most timely prompt for the artists to continue to show where the world hurts, for every curator to become disturbers again with their choices, for arts directors to rethink the role of audience as active thinkers and not only consumers. It is also a poignant lesson on what is important in making great art happen – placing the artist's needs at the core of flexible arts organisations, accompanying the parcours of an artist and not a single project, on taking risks and accepting that artists can be permitted to fail, on travelling the world to understand what work can work with the context. It’s always good to be reminded of how urgent it is to be uncompromising in making, presenting and perceiving art.
-- Angela Conquet, Dancehouse