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Dancehouse

Dancehouse is Australia's premier centre for independent dance. Our role is threefold: to advance independent dance artists, to build dance audiences, and to develop the artform itself. With artists and audiences, we are co-creating a context for independent dance, in its diversity, to be accessed and appreciated. Together, we are nurturing dance making and dance thinking; we are building dance literacy and dance's legacy.

Current Events

Past Events

  • Between Tuesday 7 December 2021 and Friday 10 December 2021
    Now Pieces runs over four consecutive nights; each Now Pieces stands alone and is connected to all that came before and all that follow. Bringing together a range of dance artists, choreographers and performers from various different backgrounds, styles, aesthetics, training and know-how, Now Pieces celebrates improvisation - at the heart of the matter.
    Dancehouse - Upstairs Studio
  • 7-10 December, 6:30pm
    See all four Now Pieces, and Make it Up Club in Finalé! Tuesday 7 December, 7pm Wednesday 8 December, 7pm Thursday 9 December, 7pm Thursday 9 December, 8:30pm Friday 10 December, 7pm
    Dancehouse - Upstairs Studio
  • Thursday 9 December 2021
    After co-existing for 23 years in Fitzroy, two of Melbourne’s improvised performance icons finally meet. Together they will present a one-off event in which sound and movement-based artists share the performance space for one hour. Watch as six musicians and six dancers collide to make emergent performance for emergent times.
    Dancehouse - Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Friday 10 December 2021
    Come celebrate a year of practicing the practice of dancing with Dancehouse's long-term artists in residence through Dancehousing. Community members from Now Pieces, House of Dévine, Jam On Toast, Sister Sessions, Burn City Waack, On The Table and Jamstas will each get on the mic and share their discoveries of dancing and improvising in 2021.
    Dancehouse - Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • Saturday 11 December 2021
    Saturday afternoon begins with a led warmup and physical introduction to Contact Improvisation (CI)I into open dancing. No previous experience is necessary. Following this will be a sharing and a discussion of the practice, led by 25-year old community group, Jamstas, in the spirit of "You come, we'll show you what we do, referencing CI founder Steve Paxton and others in New York in 1972.
    Dancehouse - Upstairs Studio
  • Saturday 11 December 2021
    Melbourne’s iconic Voguing house, House of Dévine (HoD) brings Free Ball, where the prize is equal pay. This ball takes the traditional prize culture of ballroom culture and flips it on its head as ten voguers from HoD and 007s (meaning they are not part of a house) compete and all get equal pay. Across three categories, these QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Colour) will dip, tag-team and embody ideas of freedom rooted in their lived experience.
    Dancehouse - Sylvia Staehli Theatre