Dance Territories is Dancehouse's program in Melbourne Festival. Dance Territories presents two themed double bills over four evenings, pairing together each time an Australian piece with an international one.

'Rigorous, austere, riveting' – Theatre Notes on Dance Territories 2012




Ritual is an inevitable component of our culture and it deeply pervades our social interactions, extending from the largest-scale social and political processes to the most intimate aspects of our self-experience. They structure our lives, they shape public expressions of powerful emotions and/or they build a sense of belonging to a same community. Even though we believe that our contemporary world is entirely profane or secular, we still at times find ourselves connected, consciously or unconsciously, to the memory of something sacred. Rituals help us perceive, experience and relate to time and space differently and allow our inner selves to have revelations of the sacred - quite often, ordinary routines turned into extra-ordinary realities. And thus, we slowly transcend the humdrum of the mundane. Rituals, which most often we do not even define as such, bring order and texture into our much chaotic lives. Unless they build too comfy comfort zones, preventing us from being so much more.

With this season, we are exploring the worlds a ritual generates or closes upon us.


Dance Territories is supported by:









Tony Yap, Yumi Umiumare, Matthew Gingold (Australia)

Zero Zero explores the liminal spaces between the visible and the invisible.
The work charts the choreographic landscape formed at the intersection of physical, cultural, spiritual and technological boundaries.From the immediacy and simplicity of the human body lit by candles and incense, to the use of the latest technology, Zero Zero transports the viewer with its immersive environment and evocative, trance-like physical explorations.

Yap and Umiumare are reconnecting their duo practice after making major solo works apart. Their fifteen-year series How could you even begin to understand?, was acclaimed in Australia and internationally. Matthew Gingold is a media and sound artist and programmer at the cutting edge of new technologies in performance, recently recognised by a prestigious Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for Interactive Art.

Image credit: Matthew Gingold

Choreographers and Performers Tony Yap and Yumi Umiumare
Director and Composer Matt Gingold
Lighting design Paula van Beek
Producer Kath Papas Productions

Ccompagnie Mossoux-Bonte (Belgium)

Image credit: Laurent Philippe

Two elegant figures with a furious obsession for symmetry take their coffee amid whispers of agreeable truths in a living room of velveteen comfort. Except… certain anomalies begin to slip into their comportment and the place itself is revealed to be something other than what it first seemed. As cracks appear in their insouciance, their world divides in two, giving birth to a fashionable Venus who makes their coffee. Is it their imagination that leads them to the most insidious of confusions?

Since joining forces in 1985, Nicole Mossoux and Patrick Bonté have been creating performances that straddle the border between dance and theatre.Their work seeks to melt dance and theatre and to create an atmosphere that affects the spectator deeply yet allows to be the sole interpreter of the emotions the performance provokes. Over and above the unmistakable "style" of the company, each performance, be it intimate or one that involves a large cast, deals with very separate and particular subjects. Nicole Mossoux and Patrick Bonté's performances have been presented in approximately forty different countries.

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Concept and direction Patrick Bonté
Choreography Nicole Mossoux, Patrick Bonté
Performers Leslie Mannès, Maxence Rey, Frauke Mariën
Live music Thomas Turine
Set and costumes Frédérique De Montblanc
Make-up Jean-Pierre Finotto
Hair and wigs Véronique Lacroix, Catherine Somers
Light design Patrick Bonté
Light and set construction Aurélie Perret
Technical direction David Jans

Dates: 14 - 15 OCTOBER
Time: 8.00pm

Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre (wheelchair accessible) and Upstairs Studio (no wheelchair access)
Prices: $30 Full | $25 Concession | $20 Member




Eleonore Didier (France)

Image credit: Eleonore Didier

Solides, Lisboa is contemplative work about time and its passage. It is a reflection on how a dull ordinary routine (and life) can become extra-ordinary. Also a work on time and the weight of time flying by while waiting for something extraordinary to happen.

"A silent and uncanny orchestration allowing us to perceive the paramount power the art of dance can have."
- Gérard Mayen,

As a dancer, Eléonore Didier worked with Bob Wilson, Carlota Ikeda and Pierre Droulers. Created in 2005, in Lisbon, her solo piece Solides, Lisboa marks a step in the process of elaborating her singular choreographic language. She continued with solo pieces such as Paris,Possible, !Kung solo and laiSSeRVenIR until 2011, when she choreographed ensemble pieces. Her work currently focuses on images of the body rooted in the collective unconscious that shape our representations.

Concept and interpretation Eléonore Didier
Music Nanu – Mola Dudle
Production Dépose Incorp.
Co-Production Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbonne), presented and suported by  Mains d'Oeuvres and Point Ephémère (Paris).


Linda Luke (Australia)

Video credit: Martin Fox

A synthesis of dance, video, sound and installation, initially inspired by TS Eliot's poem Burnt Norton, Still Point Turning explores perceptions of time, stillness, and turbulence. It reflects upon the fragmented and transient nature of contemporary culture, alluding to euro centric history and our obsession with 'clock' time. Juxtaposing this, Linda reflects on the nature of cosmic time, the eternal cycle of living and dying, and that deep – yet elusive – silence that resides in every one of us.

Linda Lukes's dance and choreographic practice aims to reveal hidden nuances of poetry, to deepen sensitivity and excavate the subtle undercurrents we experience in relation to self, each other, and our external environment.

Linda's previous solo performances includeThirteen for the LiveWorks Festival at Performance Space (2010); and a tour of Borderlines to Dancehouse in Melbourne, Campbelltown Arts Centre and Performance Space (2008). Since 2004, she has been a core dancer with De Quincey Co (Sydney). Recent performances include: Inner Garden, Sydney College of the Arts (2014); Box of Birds, Performance Space (2013), No Cold Feet, Art and About Festival (2011); and Run (2009) and Triptych (2008) both at Performance Space, Carriageworks. Linda is currently directing productions and teaching movement for actors at Wollongong University. She holds a BA Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Choreographer/Performer Linda Luke
Composer Vic McEwan
Video Artist Martin Fox
Lighting Designer Clytie Smith
Designer Justine Shih-Pearson
Choreographic Consultant Tess de Quincey
Producer Artful Management

Dates: 17 - 18 OCTOBER
Time: 8.00pm

Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre (wheelchair accessible) and Upstairs Studio Dancehouse
 (no wheelchair access)
Prices: $30 Full | $25 Concession | $20 Member


Dancehouse would like to thank Melbourne Festival for the continued support of this program.

Initiated in 2012, Dance Territories is Dancehouse's program in Melbourne Festival. The season is a way of mirroring the circulation of ideas, of moving bodies and of meaning, and a way of echoing resonating works, of translating methods of investigating similar territories from multiple perspectives. It is also a reflective attempt to explore the way different aesthetic, social, philosophical and/or economic contexts impact on creative developments. It brings forth dialogues of cultural identities rich in their differences, even richer in their similarities. Dance Territories presents two themed double bills over four evenings bringing together each time an Australian artist and an international artist.

Click here to know more about the 2012 edition of Dance Territories 

Learn more about the 2014 Melbourne Festival

Production credits:
The Coffee Drinkers - produced by  Cie Mossoux-Bonté in coproduction with Centre de Développement Chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne, Théâtre Debussy de Maisons-Alfort (France) and Les Brigittines – Centre d'Art contemporain du Mouvement de la Ville de Bruxelles (Belgium).