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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

  • A DANCEHOUSE 2018 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD PUBLIC PROGRAM >> Eszter Salamon questions the power of the gaze of the dancer and audience, and at the same time, the performative body. Is what we see what we get? Is the body a construction of our desire or our fears? What do we expose by exposing our body to the gaze of someone else? This performance is the public outcome of a choreographic lab led by Eszter and assisted by Boglàrka Börcsök the week prior.
    Between Saturday 24 February 2018 and Sunday 25 February 2018
    Abbotsford Convent - Oratory
  • THE PERFORMING OF THE SELF: AESTHETIC INDIVIDUALISM >> The predictions of the late 1960s to early 1970s that 'everyone is an artist' and that 'in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes', have crystallized. This talk will focus on 'aesthetic individualism', which draws on truth games and bodily techniques from dance and performance, to examine modes of subjectivation in an experience economy.
    Friday 2 March 2018
    The Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall
  • A DANCEHOUSE 2018 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD PUBLIC PROGRAM >> This is a workshop series for general audience members who would like to do some unlearning as they learn. Programmed around the performances of the Keir Choreographic Awards, enhance your experience with Alison Croggon and Robert Reid, co-editors and founders of the critical website Witness Performance. *This workshop will entitle participants to complimentary KCA tickets for the 6 and 7 of March.
    Sunday 4 March 2018
  • ON SCORES FOR THE DEAD & THE POLITICS OF DANCING >> Ishmael Houston-Jones's artistic practice, his curation and his teaching are inseparable from his activism. In this conversation with long-time Melbourne friend Philip Adams, they will be talking AIDS, loss, scores for the dead, the context of politics, the politics of dancing and potential prologues for the end of everything.
    Sunday 4 March 2018
    Temperance Hall
  • A DANCEHOUSE 2018 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD PUBLIC PROGRAM >> A workshop intensive that excavates unregistered details about Ishmael Houston-Jones' seminal '80s work,THEM, reconstructing and transmitting the work in resonance with the Australian context, while uncovering powerful resonances with the present.
    Monday 5 March 2018
    Temperance Hall
  • A series of facilitated conversations aimed at contextualising the deep and subtle connections that the choreographed body fosters, in its multiplicity of forms and meanings, with the social, the ethical and the political.
    Between Monday 5 March 2018 and Friday 9 March 2018
    Victorian College of the Arts
  • Tickets to KCA Semi-FInals individual Programs (Program 1 or Program 2)
    Between Tuesday 6 March 2018 and Saturday 10 March 2018
    Dancehouse - Sylvia Staehli Theatre
  • In this masterclass, improvisation will be used as a strategy to explore body memory and physical and emotional states. The class will be lead through an investigation of the borders between knowing and not knowing, abstraction and intention, image and action. Limited places, all participants must be a Dancehouse Member.
    22 March 2018 10AM-4PM
    Dancehouse - Upstairs Studio
  • A DANCEHOUSE 2018 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD PUBLIC PROGRAM >> Over the past few years, American choreographer Meg Stuart has created several solos, exploring everyday movements and physical conditions. An evening of solo works presents a selection of these former solo works, as well as excerpts from evening-length performances.
    Between Friday 23 March 2018 and Saturday 24 March 2018
    Victorian College of the Arts

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