Dancehouse

Welcome to Dancehouse,

Dancehouse is the centre for independent dance in Melbourne. Through its programs of residencies, performance, training and research, Dancehouse is a space for developing challenging, invigorating, and socially engaged moving art. Dancehouse is a genuine tool for the dance-maker, a catalyst for developing new audiences and a facilitator of meaningful alliances and mobility schemes, in Australia and internationally.

 

THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE - RITUALS OF NOW

Ritual is an inevitable component of our culture and it deeply pervades our social interactions, extending from the largest-scale social and political processes to the most intimate aspects of our self-experience. They structure our lives, they shape public expressions of powerful emotions and/or they build a sense of belonging to a same community. Even though we believe that our contemporary world is entirely profane or secular, we still at times find ourselves connected, consciously or unconsciously, to the memory of something sacred. Rituals help us perceive, experience and relate to time and space differently and allow our inner selves to have revelations of the sacred - quite often, ordinary routines turned into extra-ordinary realities. And thus, we slowly transcend the humdrum of the mundane. Rituals, which most often we do not even define as such, bring order and texture into our much chaotic lives. Unless they build too comfy comfort zones, preventing us from being so much more.

With the coming edition of DANCE TERRITORIES and the upcoming issue of the DANCEHOUSE DIARY, we are exploring the worlds a ritual generates or closes upon us.

-- Dancehouse