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 aims to question 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.

Concept & Direction: Martin Hansen
Performers: Hellen Sky, Michelle Ferris, Georgia Bettens
Lighting Design: Amelia Lever-Davidson
Videography: Cobie Orger


Australian-born Berlin based Martin Hansen is a 2014 graduate of the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin. Martin was a finalist in the 2016 Keir Choreographic Awards and in collaboration with Ania Nowak, he was the Housemate Research Resident at Dancehouse, Melbourne in 2014 which led to A Queer Kind of Evidence  premiered at Tanztage in 2015. Martin presented Monumental at Tanznacht 2014, PACT Zollverein, Semper Oper Dresden and Ballhaus Ost. With Kareth Schaffer, Martin developed and performed in Other Dreams, an artistic tour of Gropiustadt, B-Tours Berlin 2015. Martin has performed with Tino Sehgal, Sebastian Mathias, Christoph Winkler, Jeremy Wade, Sebastian Blasius, Ligia Lewis, Laurie Young, among  others. He was named 'Dancer of the Year' by Tanz Magazin in 2012, was a danceWEB scholar in 2013 and was the Origin Foundation Scholarship winner in 2014. In 2015, Martin received the Einstiegs Forderrung from the Berliner Senate and Art Start funding from the Australia Council for the Arts. Before moving to Germany, Martin toured internationally with Chunky Move, Not Yet Its Difficult and Hydra Poesis.


Dates: 23-26 March
23-25 March - 8pm
26 March - 6pm
Duration: 60 mins
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse
Cost: $25 F | $20 C | $15 DH Members & Yarra residents
Bookings: click here

Image credit: Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse

if it's all in my veins is commissioned and presented by Dancehouse with support from the City of Yarra. In its short format, this work was initially commissioned by Carriageworks, Dancehouse and The Keir Foundation for the Keir Choreographic Award 2016.


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.