Learning Curve is a Dancehouse mentoring and further training program that brings dancers/choreographers together with an established facilitating artist in a concentrated and intimate studio experience.

Rosalind Crisp will be the facilitator or Learning Curve VIII and will share her continually evolving practice. Her work offers practical tools to pay attention to the act of dancing and concrete ways of generating and perceiving movement from any part of the body, at any speed or level, with any force or direction, for any duration... at any time. This work can deflect the dancer from their habitual movement pathways, enlarge their range of movement choices, and place them more solidly in the present. It offers primary sources for movement that empower the dancer as creative agent.

(More information about Crisp's practice can be found here -

Learning Curve was originally set up as an initiative to support the development and broaden the experience of emerging artists, however dancers of all levels of experience are encouraged to apply.

Dates / Times

Week 1: Mon 26 - Fri 30 March 9.30am-1.00pm
Week 2: Mon 2 - Thurs 5 April 9.30am - 1.00pm

Participants will need to be available to attend all sessions

Participation is by application and free of charge. Participants will need to be a Dancehouse member or become one. Email Natalie for an application form.

Completed application forms and 1 page (maximum) biography should be emailed to by 5pm Thursday 23 February.


Rosalind Crisp trained at the Victorian Ballet School, Melbourne, and in Contact Improvisation, release work and Body-mind centering® at the European Dance Development Centre, the Netherlands. In 1996 she established the Omeo Dance studio, a site for her choreographic research for over ten years and the place of residence for a community of dance artists in Sydney.

She choreographed many works there, including in 1999, Accumulation 1-40, a work for 24 performers. She also initiated artistic exchanges such as BerlinXchange and Franco-Omeo-Exchange, and co-curated two editions of the international dance festival Antistatic (1997 and 1999). Recipient of the Women and Arts Fellowship of the New South Wales government, she also received a "Mo" award for best female dancer of the year in 1996 and a 2-year choreographic fellowship from the Dance Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts (2000-2001).

Invited to France in 2002 by Michel Caserta, director of the Biennale nationale de danse du Val-de-Marne, she is, since 2004, an associate artist of the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson. Her works are presented in France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, the UK and Austalia. She also creates works for other companies such as Two Fish Berlin, Laban Centre London, and HZT university of Berlin where she is a guest professor.


Images: Heidrun Löhr