Dancehouse

2016 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 
 

View the full 2016 Program HERE

View the full 2016 Residency Program HERE

View the full 2016 Artist Development Program HERE

 

KEIR AWARDS SEMI-FINALS

presented by 
DANCEHOUSE, CARRIAGEWORKS & THE KEIR FOUNDATION with the AUSTRALIA COUNCIL
26-30 April

CHLOE CHIGNELL
MARTIN HANSEN
SARAH AIKEN
ALICE HEYWARD
REBECCA JENSEN
JAMES BATCHELOR
GHENOA GELA
PAEA LEACH

The Keir Choreographic Award is Australia's first major choreographic award presented by the Keir Foundation, Carriageworks and Dancehouse with the Australia Council. The Keir Choreographic Award is dedicated to the commissioning of new choreographic work and promoting innovative, experimental and cross-art form practice in contemporary dance.

The eight commissioned works had a premiere season at Melbourne's Dancehouse in late April 2016. Four of the works were then selected by the jury to participate in the Sydney season presented by Carriageworks in May 2016. The eight commissioned artists competed for the accolade of the award including a cash prize of $30,000 for first prize and $10,000 for an audience choice prize that was voted by Sydney audiences. Ghenoa Gela was the first prize winner and the people's choice award. LEARN MORE

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Photos by Gregory Lorenzutti

PUBLIC PROGRAM

The Keir Choreographic Award Dancehouse Public Program aimed to contextualise the moving body within the framework of contemporary culture, its multiplicity of forms and meanings, in connection with interrelated art forms and its deep and subtle connections with the social, the ethical and the political.

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DANCE TERRITORIES 

in association with 
MELBOURNE FESTIVAL
14-16 October

Dance Territories is Dancehouse's biennial program presented in association with Melbourne Festival. The 2016 theme, BORDER LINES, sees Algerian-French choreographer, Nacera Belaza and Indigenous Australian Berlin-based artist, Sarah-Jane Norman, question the borders between body and place as it relates to the political and the personal implications of migration, dislocation, circulation and invasion.

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Sarah-Jane Norman

Photos by Phebe Schmidt

Nacera Belaza

Photos by Gregory Lorenzutti

 

MATTHEW DAY
ASSEMBLAGE #1

23-27 November
HOUSEMATE 2016

Artist in residence Matthew Day's new work harnesses a commitment to the now. ASSEMBLAGE #1 is about instinct, animality, ritual, catastophe, deformation, and excess.

Day activates an environment of play and surrender, opening a field of relations between materials, actions, movements, and perceptions, which unfold along wild and unrepeatable lines of flight and fancy. In a queer way, it proposes alternative experiences of what matters in being together, and forever, the desire to dance.

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Photos by Gregory Lorenzutti

PUBLIC PROGRAM

In addition to his performance, Matthew Day orchestrated a series of conversations, open studios and a pop-up library in connection to ASSEMBLAGE #1.
 
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LEARNING CURVE

GENERATE: CHOREOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION THROUGH YOGA
MYRIAM GOURFINK (FR)

For the past two decades, Gourfink's choreograhic compositional process has intwined principles of breathing and meditation yoga practice. Her dance is guided by the flowing elasticiy of breathing movements, allowing the performer time to genuinely feel these movements. This hightened awareness of breath - cellular breathing - allows the subtle transfer of weight, inch by inch, maintaining balance without tension. This workshop proposed an immersive environment in which Gourfink shared her cerebral and corporeal practice based on energy yoga techniques – Tibetan Buddhist tantric practices (Tilopa-Naropa-Marpa) – and invited participants to explore the compositional frameworks that be generated through them. READ MORE

Learning Curve is Dancehouse's development program aiming to place emerging choreographers in an immersive and intimate environment with a prominent figure of dance making and thinking. Learning Curve recognises the relationship between experience and development and encourages dance makers to consider the essential nature of a career in dance as a life-long learning process.

 

NEXT STAGES

CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOPS

Next Stages is a series of practical, capacity-building workshops for independent dance artists and emerging artists from other art forms, led by industry experts. Each week an industry professional will be paired with a dance artist, to present insightful and hands on sessions that will sharpen your skills, arm you with practical tools, give you valuable insight into the arts industry and support you in building sustainable careers.

THURSDAY 21 JULY
HOW TO ORGANISE YOUR FIRST SEASON
with KRISTY AYRE and JAMES BATCHELOR

THURSDAY 28 JULY
WRITING/MARKETING - HOW TO WRITE & SPEAK ABOUT YOUR WORK
with BECKY HILTON and VERONICA BOLZON

THURSDAY 04 AUGUST
BUDGETS - UNDERSTANDING FIGURES AND PLANNING REALISTICALLY
with JOSH WRIGHT and NATALIE CURSIO

THURSDAY 11 AUGUST
PITCHING & NETWORKING 
with ANNETTE VIEUSSEUX and ANGELA CONQUET

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ROOM TO MOVE

ROOM TO MOVE is a new non-curated program launched in 2016, offering choreographers the opportunity to present work-in-progress in front of a live audience. ROOM TO MOVE is equally a tool for the artist to critically examine their work in dialogue with a facilitator-provocateur, as much as it is for audiences to gain a perspective on those elements of reflection and experimentation which enter into the making of a future dance work.

Each presentation is complemented by a discussion with the artist and the audience, moderated by one of Dancehouse's creative advisors. The conversation is conceived to experiment with different critical feedback methods to support and inform the artist's process.

2016 ROOM TO MOVE ARTISTS:

PRUE LANG , CHLOE CHIGNELL , SECOND ECHO ENSEMBLE , SHIAN LAW , ELENA OSALDE , LEAH LANDAU , SARAH ELSWORTH 

 

MELBOURNE FRINGE 2016

DANCEHOUSE YOUR WAY! PROGRAM

Our YOUR WAY program is a way of offering support to productions outside our curatorial program. In offering the YOUR WAY program, we aim to contribute to advancing dance practice and performance by giving artists access to professional presenting opportunities in a low cost, nurturing environment. Read more about the 2016 Dancehouse Fringe program HERE.

2016 FRINGE ARTISTS:

ISM
Paul Jesseph Base Hickman
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AWKWARD CONNECTIONS (double bill)
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DANCING WITH DARK GODDESSES
Irina Kuzminsky
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BRAINCHILD (double bill)
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View the full 2016 Program HERE

View the full 2016 Residency Program HERE

View the full 2016 Artist Development Program HERE