Indigenous Contemporary Dance Residency

Dancer/choreographer Rachael Wallis will undertake a two-week residency at Dancehouse leading up to this years Terrain Multicultural Contemporary Dance Festival, which will also be at Dancehouse. Rachael is a resident of Nhulunbuy, East Arnhem Land NT, and will bring with her collaborating artists including Arnold Marika.

The residency will consist of:

  • Creative development of an original contemporary work based on a Manta Ray story or other traditional story given by the Yolngu artists. Local Victorian Indigenous dance artists are invited to join the creative development process;
  • Workshops for non-Indigenous and Indigenous dancers;
  • A discussion forum

The new work, or an excerpt of it, will be performed at Terrain alongside the work of other emerging and established culturally diverse artists.

Whilst Australia has a rich landscape of contemporary Indigenous dance artists and companies of various sizes, their work is rarely seen in Melbourne with the exception of Bangarra Dance Theatre. The partner organisations see this residency as an invaluable opportunity to contribute to dance development by:

  • Supporting the creation of new work by Indigenous dance artists;
  • Cultural exchange between the Northern Territory and southern Australia;
  • Raising awareness of the diversity that exists in contemporary Indigenous dance-making;
  • Offering opportunities for non-Indigenous dance artists to meet and understand their Indigenous colleagues

Residency dates: 27 October - 5 November 08


During the residency, Rachel Wallis and her collaborators are hosting workshops for Indigenous and non-indigenous dancers.

Master Class

There will be a free masterclass for all interested Indigenous and non-Indigenous dancers on Friday 7 November 10am-12 noon: bookings are essential as places are limited.

Bookings on 9347 2860 or email

Partner organisations

Ausdance (Vic), Ausdance NT, Multicultural Arts Victoria, DANCEHOUSEFunding: Independent Support Fund (administered by Ausdance NT), Arts NT, plus Terrain funding Arts Victoria, Australia Council, VMC, Besen Family Foundation