Dancehouse

2017 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

SKYLAB STUDIO

SKYLAB was funded though the Room To Create Fund. The Room To Create Fund, an initiative of Yarra City Council in partnership with Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, aims to keep the arts in Yarra. The fund supports arts organisations by offering quality affordable and sustainable creative spaces. In time, the fund aims to grow so as to as to generate infrastructure grants to the creative sector.

Dancehouse, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, was one of the first organisations to benefit from this initiative. We are thrilled to now be able to offer a world-class multi-use dance studio to Melbourne dance-makers and teachers.

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Photos by Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse

 

TAKAO KAWAGUCHI - ABOUT KAZUO OHNO

presented by 
DANCEHOUSE and ASIA TOPA

25-26 February

Takao Kawaguchi's performance, About Kazuo Ohno, caused a great deal of controversy when it premiered in Tokyo in 2013. Using video recordings of the premiere performances of butoh master Kazuo Ohnoʼs early masterpieces including Admiring La Argentina (1977), My Mother (1981), and Dead Sea, Ghost, Wienerwaltz (1985), Kawaguchi attempts to replicate Ohno's movements. By marginalising his own subjectivity and embracing the copy, Kawaguchi rejects the traditional concept of 'kata' or 'ideal form' in Japanese traditional aesthetics, and works to fit his body into Ohno's form, "like pouring hot iron into the mold," and reconsidering the confines of authorship. LEARN MORE

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Angela Conquet and Takao Kawaguchi on ABC The Mix - April 8, 2017.

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Photo by Naoto Iina at Dancehouse (more images to come)

PUBLIC PROGRAM - BODY ARCHIVES

Curated in collaboration with How Ngean Lim
23 February-4 March

In conjunction with AsiaTOPA, Dancehouse presents a focused series of dance, masterclasses and roundtable panels of Asian contemporary performers. This series deepened the investigation of embodied as well as kinesthetic memories that are produced, reproduced, represented and re-presented. It showcased Asian dance artists from a gamut of disciplines and training to illustrate the multitudinous ways the body moves in the present yet also invokes the past.

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DANCE MASSIVE

DANCE MASSIVE is an initiative of Arts House, Malthouse and Dancehouse in conjunction with Ausdance Victoria.

13 March-26 March

"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

SEE THE FULL DANCEHOUSE 2017 DANCE MASSIVE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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PUBLIC PROGRAM - EXTRA MASSIVE

SEE THE FULL DANCEHOUSE 2017 DANCE MASSIVE PUBLIC PROGRAM (EXTRA MASSIVE)

 

NATALIE ABBOTT - (RE)PURPOSE: THE MVMNT

HOUSEMATE XVII PERFORMANCE

In (re)PURPOSE: the MVMNT, Abbott appropriateD the influential ballet solo, The Dying Swan (1905), to examine our expectations of dance performances, female characters and the limits of the body. She took a lateral, multi-directional approach that both resisted and catered to these expectations. Using borrowed and recontexualised signifiers from dance, the horror genre and pop music, Abbott created a lo-fi, dramatized spectacle that began with familiarity before unraveling to reveal the ungroundedness of image-consumerism in the Internet Age. READ MORE

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Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse (more to come)

 

DANCEHOUSE INTERNATIONAL

DANCE FILM ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE JAPAN EXCHANGE PROGRAM

CREATIVE MEETING POINTS: MELBOURNE X HONG KONG

ON TOUR:

Martin Hansen IF IT'S ALL IN MY VEINS - Hong Kong Arts Festival
(Originally commissioned by Dancehouse for KCA 2016 & Dance Massive 2017)

Sarah Aiken SARAH AIKEN (TOOLS FOR PERSONAL EXPANSION) - Metro Arts Brisbane
(Originally commissioned by Dancehouse for KCA 2016)

Rebecca Jensen EXPLORER Metro Arts Brisbane
(Originally commissioned by Dancehouse for KCA 2016)

 

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.

SATURDAY 8 JULY
PRODUCING WORK:

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR FIRST SEASON - 11am-1pm
with SUSANNAH DAY and JAMES WELSBY
TOURING, PITCHING, NETWORKING - 2pm-4pm
with MICHAELA COVENTRY and PRUE LANG

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SATURDAY 15 JULY
COMMUNICATING WORK:

WRITING ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE - 11am-1pm
with BECKY HILTON and VERONICA BOLZON
ONLINE CONTENT - 2pm-4pm
with AUDREY SCHMIDT and SAM WEST

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SATURDAY 21 JULY
HOW MONEY WORKS:

BUDGETS FOR BEGINNERS -11am-1pm
with JOSH WRIGHT and NAT CURSIO
WORKING IN AND WITH THE MARKET - 2pm-4pm
with KARA WARD, JASON CROSS and ASHLEY DYER 

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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.

2017 ROOM TO MOVE ARTISTS:

28 July 2017 - COLLUSION - TURBINE
25 August 2017 - MARTIN DEL AMO, MADELEINE FLYNN & TIM HUMPHREY - PARADE
29 September 2017 - LAUREN SIMMONDS - UNSEEN
27 October 2017 - TIMOTHY OHL - PERSPEXTIVE
15 December 2017 - SANDRA PARKER - ADHERENCE TO PROCEDURE

 

MELBOURNE FRINGE 2017

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 2017 Dancehouse Fringe program HERE.

2017 FRINGE ARTISTS:

ABBIE MADDENBLINDFUL
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JACK RILEYCONTACT
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SIOBHAN MCKENNAUTTERANCE
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ARIDHI ANDERSON - OPHELIA'S INNER MONOLOGUE
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SETE TELE – THE ISLAND
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PUTRA PANJI ASMARA – GAMELAN & THE CIREBON MASK: A DANCE CYCLE
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