Dancehouse in partnership with Next Wave are seeking expressions of interest from emerging choreographers to be commissioned to create a new work in a non-traditional space in the City of Yarra (outdoor or indoor) that will premiere at Next Wave Festival 2018.

EOI's will be accepted via Recruiterbox until 11:59pm Monday August 7th 

Please download this ONLINE FORM and submit with your EOI in Recruiterbox.


Submissions MUST BE:

  • Site specific to a place or venue within the City Of Yarra.
  • Premiered in May 2018 at the Next Wave Festival and ready for development and rehearsal in the preceding months.
  • From an emerging choreographer who has presented at least one full length piece 


The selected choreographer will receive from Next Wave:

  • Assistance seeking further funding
  • Support with negotiating partnerships and accessing resources for the completion of the project
  • Assistance with developing budgeting and project management skills
  • Some marketing and publicity support
  • Assistance with risk assessment and management
  • Assistance securing a venue
  • Ticketing through Next Wave's ticketing system
  • Regular feedback on the conceptual development of their project
  • Cash to assist with the development and presentation of the project: up to $15,000 paid in three instalments.

 The selected choreographer will receive from Dancehouse:

  • A fully produced season including : Production Management, Front of House staff, Ticketing, lighting, sound and technical equipment (to be approved by Dancehouse), relevant site and event permits, risk assessment.
  • Marketing and publicity support
  • Free Rehearsal space – to be negotiated between Dancehouse and the successful applicant
  • A season fee of max. $5,000.

 The selected choreographer is expected to:

  • Actively seek funding for the development and presentation of their project ( and accommodation during the Festival)
  • Manage their project (this includes organising stage management and technical operators for performance)
  • Actively publicise and market their project in conjunction with Next Wave and Dancehouse
  • Continually develop their project in the lead up to Next Wave Festival 2018
  • Attend regular meetings with Next Wave and Dancehouse  staff
  • Attend the Next Wave 'all-in' in Melbourne on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September 2017. Next Wave will cover flights and accommodation within Australia for one representative of the project.

Selection Criteria:

  • Clear and compelling conceptual rationale
  • Consideration for the Audience experience
  • Ability to realise the project as demonstrated by appropriate level of experience and support material
  • Strong rationale and planning for the choice of location for the project

Submitting your Expression of Interest

Please submit your EOI using the ONLINE FORM

Make sure you have:

  • Read all the information available on our website.
  • Prepared your support material. Support material must be provided online. Direct us to your website, vimeo, flickr, soundcloud or blog. Up to three (3) URLs can be provided. Support material MUST include:
  • video footage (up to 20 min)
  • Prepared your CV. When filling in the online form, be prepared to upload a Curriculum Vitae. Point-form is encouraged and include only what is relevant to your application (max. 1 page per group member; max. 4 pages in total).
  • Etched the dates of the Next Wave 'all-in' into your diary. It is a condition of acceptance into the Festival that you attend this 2-day intensive on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September 2017.
  • Etched the dates of the Festival into your diary. Next Wave Festival will take place in May 2018. 

About Next Wave

Next Wave (NW) is Australia's pre-eminent platform for emerging artists. Deeply rooted in the Australian arts ecology, we have a 33-year track record of pushing creative careers to the next level through our renowned development programs and biennial multi-arts festival. New dialogues emerge and artistic voices collide in our truly unique, genre-busting festival program which, every two years, bends Melbourne's cultural institutions and challenges public perceptions about what art can be.

For three decades we've changed the face of Australian art, seeking out unheard voices in our community and amplifying them. These powerful stories now resonate locally, echo across the country, and are heard around the globe. At Next Wave, we believe a diverse conversation is the only one worth having. It's not about box-ticking. It's about changing the future.


Applicants will be notified of the final outcome late August 2017.


Image credit: Camel, Geoffrey Watson, Next Wave Festival 2016. Photo by Sarah Walker