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During her residency at Dancehouse, renowned choreographer Sandra Parker has been investigating the question:

Can live performance ever be truly documented?

Document incorporates the results of an in-depth exploration of how choreography functions as a record of bodily memory.

Parker, a highly respected and skilled choreographer, has worked with a group of movement, projection, light and sound artists, including acclaimed video artist Rhian Hinkley, over the duration of her 14 week residency. The result is an archive of live performance material, sound and projections; a series of documents that Parker has interwoven to create a new live performance.

Reflecting her interest in capturing the physical traces and after-effects of movement once it has passed, Document continues a process she started in 2009 with Out of Light:

Parker explores the retrieval errors that occur as memories fade or morph, and residual marks, traces of the unavailable past come alive...Memory and desire are inseparable: the drive to preserve the past in the future, salvage creation from extinction, is an act of pure will. (Real Time)

Sandra Parker has worked as a freelance artist, teacher, collaborator and artistic director with a number of national and international companies. From 1998-2006, she was the artistic director of the iconic Australian company Dance Works, creating innovative collaborations with artists and arts organisations for festivals and touring in the areas of architecture, sound, film and theatre.

Parker's work has been presented internationally in France, Portugal, Germany, the US, Japan and China. In 2007, Sandra Parker Dance made its US debut in at the Joyce Soho, New York, presenting the highly successful The View From Here. Other key international projects include an Asialink residency to Tokyo, Japan, with choreographer Kei Takei, and the creation of Span for Danspace, St Mark's Church, New York. Sandra most recently created a new work Playhouse for Guandong Modern Dance Company, China.

The Housemate Residency is the only program in Australia, and indeed one of a handful globally, that offers this kind of substantial and significant opportunity for dance artists to develop their practice in an environment solely devoted to dance. Past Housemates are: Phoebe Robinson, Jo Lloyd, Tim Darbyshire, Gabrielle Nankivell, Deanne Butterworth and Phillip Adams.

Projection Design: Rhian Hinkley
Lighting: Jenny Hector & Rose Connors Dance
Sound Composition & Design: Steven Heather & James Wilkinson
Dancer: Rebecca Jensen
Photo: Rachel Bernhaut

Dates: Wednesday 27 - Sunday 31 July
Times: Wed - Sat, 8pm; Sun, 5pm.
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse,
150 Princes Street, Carlton North
Price: $25 Full/$20 Conc/$15 Members
Book Tickets: Click here or call 9347 2860

This performance has wheelchair access.

Read Sandra Parker's interview with RealTime, in regards to 'Document'.


In 2008, Dancehouse launched a fully-funded creative development and presentation residency for dance practitioners from across Australia - the Housemate Residency. This gives an independent dance artist up to 14 weeks of free, full-time studio space; a full-time wage; mentoring, workshop and outreach opportunities; office facilities; and ultimately production support for the presentation of a new work in one of Dancehouse's two theatres.


Sandra Parker will also be teaching a part of the Winter Training Intensive for 2011, as well as conduct a Choreography  Workshop in June. For more details, Click here