DANCE MASSIVE 2017
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14 March 2017 - 26 March 2017
"The 2017 Dancehouse Dance Massive program reminds us that dance is, after all, about movement. Not only its presence but also its absence. And in this scarceness of movement, there is time to attend even more sharply to every adjustment of weight, shift of the gaze or flow of breath and to feel how vividly we are occupied by animality, cultural identity, machines, rituals, history, space closing in and time passing by. And then, this is where the dance begins to produce itself, to occupy us and to ignite our inner awareness of how we can, individually and together, return to being. Dance can do this. So allow it in, massively."
- Angela Conquet, Dancehouse Artistic Director
14 - 17 March, 7pm
Bodied Assemblies is a live investigation of the contemporary ways in which bodies are able to come together. What emerges, through a rigorous and intricately structured series of collective actions, is a distinct vision of our bodies' remarkable capacity for difference and unity. Vibrating with the risk, vulnerability and tenuousness of live action, three dancers travel through a succession of negotiations in order to come together. From the differences between their individual bodies, grows new and unexpected choreographies of solidarity. LEARN MORE
15-17 March, 8:30pm
Small Details extends the focus in Sandra Parker's practice on minimal movement and gestural action. The work uses a series of automated kinetic sculptures set against intricately refined choreography. Selected gestures are performed in extreme detail and in repetitious cycles: the work's duration testing the performers' and audience's capacity to meet the demands of the choreographic system. At its apex, where precision and fixity break, the work attunes attention beyond the choreographic logic, to focus on the vulnerabilities, limitations and potentials of the body in an automated and technologically advanced world. LEARN MORE
József Trefeli & Gábor Varga
17 & 18 March, 6pm
19 March, 12pm
Creature is a work about origins - biographical, ethnographic, sociocultural or aesthetic. József Trefeli and Gábor Varga tackle ethnographic material to place his contemporary choreographic practice under the magnifying glass of its archaic heritage. A pursuit that gives birth to a new choreography, a "creature" abounding with codes, intentions, and keys to its interpretation. Creature shows us the kinship between the language of contemporary dance and the exoticism of folk dances. The result is a surprising piece, crazy with energy, rich with self-deprecating humour and spiced by extravagant costumes. LEARN MORE
18-21 March, 8:30pm
Following Lang's previous works, Timeproject (2013) and Spaceproject (2015), Stellar Project continues the exploration of space and time via the experience of the human body, this time expanding into unquantifiable space and unquantifiable time. Creating a unique choreographic language, Stellar Project investigates the dual notions of COSMOS and CHAOS and the way that our human bodies imagine, manifest and transform these understandings of the universe. LEARN MORE
NOISE QUARTET MEDITATION
19-22 March, 7pm
Investigating the power of tranquillity and its relationship to chaos, Noise Quartet Meditation examines the resonant harmony in the perpetual exchange between these two states. Through the amplification of the most imperceptible vibrations, energy swells until it unravels as a cyclone of moving flesh and sound. As dialogue travels between the turbulent and the calm, body and sonic activity expand beyond their physical states. Having been awarded the 2015 Green Room Award for Concept and Realisation, and a nomination for the Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography, Lilian Steiner brings her stirring work to Dance Massive in 2017. LEARN MORE
IF IT'S ALL IN MY VEINS
23-25 March, 8pm
26 March, 6pm
Martin Hansen's work if it's all in my veins uses animated GIFs to investigate the way in which dance history is produced as stable and unchanging but directly conditioned by the present. Emerging from an initial exploration as part of the Keir Choreographic Award Finals in 2016, if it's all in my veins questions the linearity of time by opening up new possibilities, felt in the body as a document of history as well as a gateway to the future. if it's all in my veins re-energises the punk/DADA fantasy of 'no future' by envisaging the possibility of dance history coming to an end today and therefore re-imagining the future of dance. LEARN MORE
József Trefeli & Gábor Varga
25-26 March, 12pm & 4pm
NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED
In their latest work, Jinx 103, dynamic duo József Trefeli and Gábor Varga take dance performance to a public space, exploring the rhythms and rituals of life in a captivating, high energy performance. Connected by their common Hungarian heritage (with one born in Australia and the other in the former USSR), the two highly accomplished dancers go shoulder to shoulder as they delve into their shared cultural traditions. Through their common vocabulary of body percussion, where even the most basic rhythms are extremely complex, Trefeli and Varga have created a breathtakingly energetic dance of high kicks, clapping, slapping and lightning-fast footwork. Jinx 103 fuses rhythms and rituals with contemporary dance and body percussion to create an inimitable combined musical dance. LEARN MORE
Curated and presented by Dancehouse.
WORKSHOPS FOR EVERYONE
BUILDING KINETIC SCULTURES - with Rhian Hinkley
For young people aged 8 to 12 years
Saturday 18 March- 10am
BODY PERCUSSION - with Jozsef Trefeli & Gabor Varga
Sunday 26 March- 1pm
CREATIVE DIFFERENCES with Claudia La Rocco (USA)
For everyoneSunday 19 March - 1pm
WORKSHOPS FOR PROFESSIONALS
WRITING IN, ON & THROUGH DANCE - with Claudia La Rocco (USA)
For professional March 20 to March 24, 10pm-1pm
THE BODY. NEXT.
in partnership wih Victoria College of the Arts
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DANCE MASSIVE is an initiative of Arts House, Malthouse and Dancehouse in conjunction with Ausdance Victoria. Dance Massive is supported by Creative Victoria and the Australian Government's Ministry for the Arts. The delegate program of Dance Massive is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.The Dancehouse Dance Massive program is supported by the City of Yarra and its public program, by Victoria College of the Arts.