A Snapshot of Dancehouse in 2014
In a few words...
I love working at Dancehouse. Maybe it is because of the many times I have been privileged with returning. Or because of the way the building holds the might and richness of so many intelligent voices over so many years. Then again it could the way Angela Conquet's insight as artistic director mark it, in my experience, as one of a few dance centers worldwide that has the uncanny vision and ability to support new, developing, and experienced artists with the same generosity and care. The staff too allows for a smooth delivery into and through production and events. It is a dance world treasure. -- Deborah Hay
ANNUAL REPORT 2014
SOME RECENT HIGHLIGHTS
KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD
Program 1: Matthew Day, Jane McKernan, Tim Darbyshire, Brooke Stamp
Program 2: Shaun Gladwell, Atlanta Eke, James Batchelor, Sarah Aiken
In 2014, Carriageworks, Dancehouse and the Keir Foundation partnered for the first time to present the Keir Choreographic Award, the first Australian prized dedicated to commissioning new choreographic works.
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. In 2014, Tony Yap, Yumi Umiumare, Matthew Gingold, Linda Luke, Eleanore Didier (FR) and Compagnie Mossox Bonte (BE) explored The Sacred and the Profane - Rituals of Now.
Program 1: Tony Yap, Yumi Umiumare, Matthew Gingold AND Compagnie Mossoux Bonte (BE)
Program 2: Linda Luke AND Eleonore Didier (FR)
Before Escape to the Infinite, Housemate 2014 JAMES BATCHELOR presented ISLAND, a performance installation investigating the role of structure in how we perceive and respond to our environment. In a collaboration with architect Ella Leoncio, movement, sound and design deconstruct the symbols that veil our perception of space and offer an alternative reading of what defines the body from its external environment.
SOME MORE HIGHLIGHTS
DANCE MASSIVE 2015
DANCE TERRITORIES 2012
This edition of Dance Territories focused on the preciseness of the choreographic score and presented four highly talented artists who combined esthetical sobriety, minimalist movement, and sharp composition. In 2012, Sandra Parker, Matthew Day, Perrine Valli and Cindy Van Acker explored the theme of Sense and Sensibility.
Program 1: Sandra Parker AND Perrine Valli
Program 2: Matthew Day AND Cindy Van Acker
Throughout August and September 2014, Weave Movement Theatre and Arts Access Australia partnered to deliver a series of inclusive workshops and professional development opportunities for dance and performance artists from across Australia.
DANCEHOUSE ANNUAL REPORTS
DANCEHOUSE PROGRAM OVERVIEW 2012 - 2014
DANCEHOUSE IN THE MEDIA
DANCEHOUSE IN PICTURES
AND TO FINISH
As the first organisation of its kind in Australia, Dancehouse was at the vanguard of contemporary dance practice twenty years ago and it continues to lead the way today. Quietly influential, having inspired like-minded organisations in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia, Dancehouse stands strongly and truly for independence, experimentation and for the belief that art is a necessary and powerful force in contemporary society.
Melbourne has always been the spiritual home of contemporary dance in Australia and as the form flourishes, Dancehouse evolves with it; sometimes in anticipation of and sometimes in response to the needs and desires of its communities. The Dancehouse vision has consistently offered crucial time and space for dance artists to explore and investigate the form, while also providing a range of opportunities for them to present and connect their work out into the world. Dancehouse is an internationally recognised centre for Australian contemporary dance practice, research and performance; it is also home to an actual and virtual community of Australian independent dance artists.
Look at any biography of Australia's most successful dance artists of the past twenty years and there you will find the name Dancehouse; unpretentiously, but profoundly and fiercely supporting independent dance and dance makers into the twenty first century.
-- Becky Hilton, choreographer, dance educator and Dancehouse current Board member