Dancehouse

ROOM TO MOVE

LAST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM JULY TO NOVEMBER

28 July 2017
25 August 2017
29 September 2017
27 October 2017
24 November 2017

APPLY BEFORE JULY 17TH FOR AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

APPLY BEFORE SEPT 18TH FOR OCTOBER & NOVEMBER

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WHAT IS IT?

ROOM TO MOVE is a non-curated program offering choreographers and dance makers the opportunity to present work-in-progress in front of a live audience.

ROOM TO MOVE is a non-curated program for work-in-progress showings at Dancehouse.  It is designed to begin to develop the artist's and dance community's critical faculties and to assist the artist to create new work.

ROOM TO MOVE aims:

To offer critical examination frames and tools for the maker in the making

To embed criticality in Australian dance making as a practice of discourse and exchange

To develop critical understanding and appreciation of dance for audiences

To generate critical dialogue

 

HOW DOES IT WORK

Artists are invited to present up to 40 min. Of new or existing  material in studio conditions in front of a live audience.

Following their presentation, two provocateurs - one selected by Dancehouse and one selected with the artist - are invited to interrogate the material just presented: their own experience of it and the artist's underlying assumptions.  Using a feedback model chosen by the artist, they will, question, commend, condemn, needle, prod, poke and praise

ROOM TO MOVE is loosely modelled on the visual artist's 'art-crit' session.  It is about embedding critical discourse, and criticality, in the dance making process; improving the artist's and the audience's ability to understand and communicate about work.  It is about feedback: the direct feedback gained from presenting your work in front of an audience, and the candid conversation generated by your work and its related ideas.

The program is best suited to artists interested in growing their practice and developing their work through robust discussion.

With ROOM TO MOVE, we will prioritise the sharing of works-in-progress; however, artists may present existing works for critique provided the work is currently being, or open to being, radically re-worked.  Please discuss with the program producer before applying.

 

YOU:

  • must be a practicing choreographer and/or performer

  • have existing material of between 20 and 40 mins that you would like to share with an audience

  • must accept to take part in a facilitated conversation around your work, led by one of Dancehouse's critics  (biographies below)

  • can suggest potential critics

  • must select or suggest an appropriate feedback model with Dancehouse staff

  • must accept to share the evening with other artists

  • must become a Dancehouse member in order to be considered for this program

US:

  • we will offer you 10 hrs in kind space in the lead up to the presentation.

  • we will offer you one of our spaces, house lights and access to a standard PA system

  • we will promote the evening (free entry for the audience)

  • we will provide FOH

  • we will not pay you a fee

  • we will remunerate the critics

 

WHO CAN APPLY?

You need to be a choreographer or performer, working in dance or other movement based art forms, with an existing practice (you must have presented at least one full length work).

The material you wish to present must not be shorter than 20 min and should not exceed 40 minutes.

 

2017 DATES

Last Friday of every month: July 28th, Aug 25th, Sept 29th, Oct 27th, Nov 24th,

Closing Dates for EOIs

Aug 25 & Sep 29 due COB Mon July 17

Oct 27 & Nov 24 due COB Mon Sept 18

Successful applicants will be notified within 5 working days of the deadline.  Unsuccessful applicants can ask to be reconsidered for the subsequent months.

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2016 ROOM TO MOVE ARTISTS

May: PRUE LANG - STELLAR PROJECT - READ MORE

June:  CHLOE CHIGNELL - SOFT REALITY - READ MORE

July:  THE SECOND ECHO ENSEMBLE - READ MORE

August:  SHIAN LAW - READ MORE

September: ELENA OSALDE TRUEBA -READ MORE

October: LEAH LANDAU - READ MORE

December:  SARAH ELSWORTH - READ MORE 

 

FACILITATORS

ALISON CROGGON

BECKY HILTON

JANA PERKOVIC

LIM HOW NGEAN

PHILIPA ROTHFIELD

*Read more on the facilitators below 

 

CONTEXT AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ROOM TO MOVE is open to choreographers/performers wishing to share work in progress with an audience in a low-tech environment.

You will be presenting the work in either SkyLab, the Sylvia Staehli Theatre or Upstairs Studio – see details of the spaces online here.

Work lights and access to standard PA system will be provided. If you need an operator, you will need to provide one.

Any props/set elements must be bumped out it no more than 10 minutes.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

ROOM TO MOVE is a non-curated program. EOIs are assessed based on appropriateness for the program.
We reserve the right to pair you with another artist if your material is shorter than 30 minutes.

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FACILITATOR'S BIOGRAPHIES

Alison Croggon is a fantasy novelist, poet and critic who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She writes in many genres, including criticism, theatre and prose. She is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor. She has until very recently published reviews and critical texts on her blog, Theatre Notes, and more recently on her Tumblr. More information on Alison Croggon can be found on her website.

Becky Hilton is an Australian dancer and performer. She also teaches, choreographs, re-stages and writes about dance. Over three decades she has collaborated with a range of Australian and international artists including Russell Dumas, Stephen Petronio, Michael Clark, Tere O'Connor, Jennifer Monson, John Jasperse, DD Dorvillier, Margie Medlin, Lucy Guerin, Mathew Barney, among others. Some of her current collaborators include Chrysa Parkinson, Ben Speth, Tino Sehgal and Xavier Le Roy. Becky works with dance in a range of situations and environments including, but not limited to, dance companies, universities, community organisations and arts festivals. Becky has regular teaching engagements at the University of Melbourne, Dancehouse, PARTS Belgium, DOCH Sweden, Scenekunstskolen Denmark, University of Sonora Mexico etc. Her writing has appeared in the Routledge Dance Studies Reader, Writings on Dance, the Swedish Book of Dance History, Oralsite.be, Movement Research Journal etc. Becky serves on the Dancehouse Board, was a member of the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award jury, advises on dance for MPavillion, Kaldor Public Art Projects and mentors, formally and informally, a range of young artists. As the recipient of a Fellowship from the Dance Board of the Australia Council, she is writing a book on DANCERNESS.

Jana Perković is a performance and dance writer, dramaturg and urbanist. Her work focuses on the intersection between urban policy and arts, immersive design and performance practice, and geographical theories. She is a sessional lecturer in Performance Studies at Victorian College of the Arts, and teaches at Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. Her writing on performance has appeared, among others, in The Guardian, RealTime, Exeunt Magazine, Dancehouse Diary, Crikey. She has been the Literary Manager for MKA Theatre of New Writing since 2012. She also sits on the Green Room board for Hybrid and Alternative Performance, Puppetry and Circus (HAPPC), and is a member of Artistic Counsel for Malthouse Theatre.
 
Lim How Ngean is a performance-maker, dramaturg and dance researcher. In recent years he has dramaturged dances for critically acclaimed choreographers Daniel Kok, Joavien Ng, Kuik Swee Boon and Ming Poon (Singapore), and Pichet Klunchun (Thailand), and, Amrita Performing Arts Group (Cambodia). In 2014 How Ngean was conferred his Phd from National University of Singapore, entitled Choreographic Modernities: Movement, Mobility and Contemporary Dance from Southeast Asia. In February 2016, How Ngean will present his new performance What Price Your Dance? in Kobe, Japan. He also initiated the Asian Dramaturg's Network, with its inaugural symposium in Singapore, April 2016.

Philipa Rothfield is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy program, La Trobe University. She is a dance reviewer for RealTime arts magazine and Momm magazine, Korea. She is co-convenor of the Choreography and Corporeality working group, International Federation of Theatre Research. She has been dancing on and off for some decades. As a philosopher, she writes on French philosophy, political philosophy, feminism and postmodernism, specialising in philosophy of the body. She is currently writing a book on dance and philosophy. She has published on dance in relation to Merleau-Ponty, Whitehead, Nietzsche, Klossowski and Ravaisson. She is Dancehouse's Creative Advisor

 

For more information about this program, please contact our Artistic Director, Angela Conquet, or Program Producer, Ashley Dyer, on (03) 9347 2860

 

Image by Gregory Lorenzutti - STELLAR PROJECT by Prue Lang