Welcome to Dancehouse,

Dancehouse is Australia's premier centre for independent dance. We are a site for developing challenging, invigorating and socially engaged moving art. Our role is threefold: to advance independent dance artists, to build dance audiences, and to develop the art form itself. Our programs generate a kaleidoscope of opportunities and sit at a confluence of circulations: of makers, ideas, spaces, contexts, publics, disciplines and territories.




After a few inspiring editions led by dance luminaries Deborah Hay, Jennifer Lacey and Myriam Gourfink, Dancehouse is pleased to announce Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion as the 2017 Learning Curve mentors.

In addition to their five day workshop, CROSSING THE FLOOR & OTHER SCORES, Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion present TWO DOUBLE BILLS at Dancehouse: BOTH SITTING DUET & BODY NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE (May 6) and CHEAP LECTURE & THE COW PIECE (May 7).

Situated somewhere between dance, music, live art and comedy, the work of choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion is intellectually provocative and delightful. Over the past twelve years the two artists have built a body of duets which mix the formality of classical music composition with an open and often anarchic approach to performance and audiences, bringing them an international following.

Burrows and Fargion have been close collaborators for many years and continue to perform their work all over the world, winning a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for Both Sitting Duet in 2003, and presenting their most recent piece Body not Fit For Purpose as part of the Venice Biennale in 2014. Burrows has recently finished two years as associate artist at Belgium's prestigious Kaaitheater, and his A Choreographer's Handbook has sold over 10,000 copies. 2016 saw Burrows and Fargion's complete a year long online project called 52 Portraits, which released a gestural portrait of a different dancer every week throughout the year, attracting an online audience across 100 countries - The pair have recently had major retrospectives in Lisbon, Porto, Philadelphia, Bologna and Barcelona.


Photo: Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion, The Cow Piece, photo by Flavio Romualdo Garofano