dance for the time being


dance for the time being is the continuous development of solos and duets through engagement in a regularly sustained performance practice.

This work attempts to engage audience empathy through a highly developed aesthetic of the quotidian. It is concerned with developing a shared physical practice for dancers based in technical insights into the body that Russell Dumas terms "managing instability‟. After many years of researching movement-based practices from interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives, Russell has attempted to understand and articulate commonalities. The shared basis of human movement was running rather than walking or standing still.

Human locomotion is based on falling, which is our relationship to the force of gravity. How we stand and walk is culturally specific, but our ability to run has been determined through the evolution of homo sapiens as a species, i.e. we all run the same way and with the same deep contra lateral efficiency.

Much of the movement vocabulary used in dance for the time being will investigate bodily instability and its relationship to audience empathy.

After performing in companies including The Royal Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre, The Gulbenkian Ballet and others in Europe, and with Trisha Brown and Twyla Tharp in New York, Russell Dumas founded Dance Exchange in 1976. His choreography, presented under the company‟s name ever since, constitutes one of the most distinctive and original bodies of Australian dance work. Dance Exchange represents, uniquely, the legacy of American modern and post-modern (as opposed to European contemporary) dance in Australia. Dumas's dance style has been described a "sensuous, non-decorative, pedestrian classicism‟ (Larousse Dictionnaire de la Danse 1999). With its deceptive simplicity, this aesthetic, present in all Dumas's choreographies, requires a prolonged and rigorous work with dancers. Each dance and each performance grows out of this work. The dancing, free of narrative, psychological or other theatrical overtones is a testament to kinaesthetic intelligence and an ode to the simple, always surprising, sometimes humorous beauty of human bodies-in-action. Awards include the Jury Prize for International Video Dance Festival, Sete, 1990 for Approaching Sleipner Junction.

Artists: Jonathan Sinatra, Nicole Jenvey, Linda Sastradipradja, Rachel Doust, David Huggins and guest participants.

When: Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March
Time: 5.00pm - 8.00pm (come anytime, stay as long as you please)
Where: Upstairs Studio, Dancehouse
Tickets: $20 full, $17 concession and DH members (valid for the season)
Book now: call 03 9437 2860 or email

There is no disability access for this space.

Image: Jonathan Sinatra