Congratulations to our new Research Housemate 2014/15, Martin Hansen.

During his residency at Dancehouse, Martin and Ania Nowakwill undertake a period a research that actively utilises ideas about associative, queer temporalities in relation to notions of choreography and the theatre apparatus.

How can we think about speech as choreographic act and what implications arise between notions of speech as truth, choreography and the theatre as machine?

Within the appointment oriented, straight time of the theatre spectacle lies possibilities for the coemergence of 'other' kinds and spaces of time and it is these other and queer temporal constructs that designate the theatre as a space for critique for Martin.

Specifically, how can J.L. Austins notion of the 'speech act' as producer of new socially constructed realities, be appropriated and exhausted within the machine of theatre to produce a queer temporal experience?

Using parables and fables as forms that have been historically construed as vessels of truth, Martin and Ania will test methods to exhaust and transform them in relation to J.L Austins theories and what they think they already know about the theatre apparatus. They will invite a wide range of experiences and knowledges to co-exist within the research period including physical practice, lectures with invited guests and showings of the work so that the residency period too becomes a frame of associative linkage and community engendering.


MARTIN HANSEN is an Australian dance artist working between Melbourne and Germany. Martin undertook his initial study at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary and Tertiary Institutions, after which he worked independently in Melbourne with Chunky Move, Not Yet Its Difficult and Hydra Poesis. Martin began working between Berlin and Melbourne from 2008. In Europe, Martin collaborated with Tino Sehgal on T' between 2011 and 2014, working from the developmental stages to presentation at Documenta13 and most recently in Athens. Martin has collaborated with Christoph Winkler, Sebastian Matthias, Jeremy Wade, Ehud Darash, Ibrahim Qurashi and others as a performer, touring throughout the world. For 'Baader - Choreografie Einer Radikalisierung' Martin was named Dancer of the Year 2012 by Tanz Magazin and the highlight of the 2012 Tanzplattform by the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Martin is a 2014 graduate from the HZT Berlin. His two most recent works have been invited for presentation at PACT Choreographic Centre Essen, Tanznacht Berlin, SemperOper Dresden, HetVeem Theatre Amsterdam and Pathos Theatre Munich. Martin was a danceweb scholar in 2013 and in 2014 was the recipient of the Origin Foundation scholarship.

ANIA NOWAK is a choreographer, performer, collaborator and facilitator. She recently graduated from HZT Berlin where she got to know choreographic approaches of the likes of: Jonathan Burrows, Martin Nachbar, Xavier le Roy, deufert&plischke and has been mentored in her artistic practice by Siegmar Zacharias, Lito Walkey and Alice Chauchat. Since moving to Germany in 2011, her own and collaborative work has been presented in different venues in Berlin (Akademie der Künste, Uferstudios, Neuköllner Oper), Amsterdam, Barcelona and Stockholm. She has collaborated with the playwright Otso Huopaniemi and the choreographers deufert&plischke. She was also Kat Valastur's dramaturgical assistant in the making of "Gland" (HAU, Berlin). Upcoming activities include a research residency at CK Zamek in Poznan, Poland on the subject of "Love as a Strategy for Generating Knowledge and Spending Time". Ania's main artistic interests are focused around time economy in choreographic practice and love as a procedure of understanding. She is also engaged in active creation of networks of support and collaboration with her peers based in and outside of Berlin, rethinking modes of working in today's choreography and encouraging feminist practices within the field. Ania is a recipient of this year´s DanceWeb scholarship at Impuls Tanz Festival Vienna; artistic scholarship of the president of the City of Cracow and grants from the Polish Institute of Music andDance.


Many thanks to the assessment panel:

Dr Olivia Millard: Lecturer, Deakin University and Dancehouse Board member
Alice Cummins: dance artist, BMC practitioner, qualified somatic movement educator and therapist
Fleur Kilpatrick: theatre director and playwright
Philipa Rothfield: Dancehouse Creative Advisor
Angela Conquet: Dancehouse Artistic Director and CEO