Dancehouse

ROOM TO MOVE

WHAT IS IT?

ROOM TO MOVE is a new non-curated program, 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.

ROOM TO MOVE hopes to be a platform for a different kind of critical approach to Australian dance making, a different practice of discourse and exchange, of proximity and distancing.

This program is SOLELY intended for sharing works-in progress; existing works will not be accepted.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

YOU:

  • must be a practicing choreographer and/or performer
  • have existing material of min. 20 min – maximum 45 min that you would like to share with an audience
  • must accept to take part in a facilitated conversation around your work, led by one of Dancehouse's facilitators (biographies below)
  • must accept to share the evening with other artists
  • must accept to become a Dancehouse member in order to be considered for this program

US:

  • We will offer you 10 hrs in kind space in the lead up to the presentation.
  • We will offer you the Sylvia Staehli Theatre or Upstairs Studio, house lights and access to a standard PA system
  • We will promote the evening (free entry for the audience)
  • We will provide FOH
  • We will not pay you a fee
  • We will remunerate the facilitator
 

WHO CAN APPLY?

You need to be a choreographer or performer, working in dance or other movement based art forms, with an existing practice (you must have presented at least one full length work).

The material you wish to present must not be shorter than 20 min and should not exceed 45 min.

 

2016 ROOM TO MOVE ARTISTS:

6 May
PRUE LANG - STELLAR PROJECT -
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3 June
CHLOE CHIGNELL - SOFT REALITY -
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1 July
THE SECOND ECHO ENSEMBLE - READ MORE

12 August
SHIAN LAW - READ MORE

2 September
ELENA OSALDE TRUEBA - READ MORE

7 October
LEAH LANDAU - BOOK NOW

4 November
NATALIE ABBOTT - BOOK NOW

2 December
SARAH ELSWORTH - BOOK NOW

 

ROOM TO MOVE is now fully programmed for 2016.
Applications for the 2017 ROOM TO MOVE program will open in October 2016 -  stay tuned by subscribing to our newsletter!

 

FACILITATORS

ALISON CROGGON
BECKY HILTON
JANA PERCOVIC
LIM HOW NGEAN
PHILIPA ROTHFIELD

*Read more on the facilitators below

 

CONTEXT AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

ROOM TO MOVE is open to choreographers/performers wishing to share work in progress with an audience in a low-tech environment.

You will be presenting the work in either the Sylvia Staehli Theatre or Upstairs Studio – see details of the spaces online here.

Work lights and access to standard PA system will be provided. If you need an operator, you will need to provide one.

Any props/set elements must be bumped out it no more than 10 minutes.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

ROOM TO MOVE is a non-curated program. We will present the works in order of applications received. We reserve the right to pair you with another artist if your material is shorter than 30 minutes. We reserve the right to reject your application if you do not respect the guidelines.

 

FACILITATOR'S BIOGRAPHIES

Alison Croggon is a fantasy novelist, poet and critic who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She writes in many genres, including criticism, theatre and prose. She is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor. She has until very recently published reviews and critical texts on her blog, Theatre Notes, and more recently on her Tumblr. More information on Alison Croggon can be found on her website.

Becky Hilton is an Australian dancer and performer. She also teaches, choreographs, re-stages and writes about dance. Over three decades she has collaborated with a range of Australian and international artists including Russell Dumas, Stephen Petronio, Michael Clark, Tere O'Connor, Jennifer Monson, John Jasperse, DD Dorvillier, Margie Medlin, Lucy Guerin, Mathew Barney, among others. Some of her current collaborators include Chrysa Parkinson, Ben Speth, Tino Sehgal and Xavier Le Roy. Becky works with dance in a range of situations and environments including, but not limited to, dance companies, universities, community organisations and arts festivals. Becky has regular teaching engagements at the University of Melbourne, Dancehouse, PARTS Belgium, DOCH Sweden, Scenekunstskolen Denmark, University of Sonora Mexico etc. Her writing has appeared in the Routledge Dance Studies Reader, Writings on Dance, the Swedish Book of Dance History, Oralsite.be, Movement Research Journal etc. Becky serves on the Dancehouse Board, was a member of the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award jury, advises on dance for MPavillion, Kaldor Public Art Projects and mentors, formally and informally, a range of young artists. As the recipient of a Fellowship from the Dance Board of the Australia Council, she is writing a book on DANCERNESS.

Jana Perković is a performance and dance writer, dramaturg and urbanist. Her work focuses on the intersection between urban policy and arts, immersive design and performance practice, and geographical theories. She is a sessional lecturer in Performance Studies at Victorian College of the Arts, and teaches at Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. Her writing on performance has appeared, among others, in The Guardian, RealTime, Exeunt Magazine, Dancehouse Diary, Crikey. She has been the Literary Manager for MKA Theatre of New Writing since 2012. She also sits on the Green Room board for Hybrid and Alternative Performance, Puppetry and Circus (HAPPC), and is a member of Artistic Counsel for Malthouse Theatre.
 
Lim How Ngean is a performance-maker, dramaturg and dance researcher. In recent years he has dramaturged dances for critically acclaimed choreographers Daniel Kok, Joavien Ng, Kuik Swee Boon and Ming Poon (Singapore), and Pichet Klunchun (Thailand), and, Amrita Performing Arts Group (Cambodia). In 2014 How Ngean was conferred his Phd from National University of Singapore, entitled Choreographic Modernities: Movement, Mobility and Contemporary Dance from Southeast Asia. In February 2016, How Ngean will present his new performance What Price Your Dance? in Kobe, Japan. He also initiated the Asian Dramaturg's Network, with its inaugural symposium in Singapore, April 2016.

Philipa Rothfield is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy program, La Trobe University. She is a dance reviewer for RealTime arts magazine and Momm magazine, Korea. She is co-convenor of the Choreography and Corporeality working group, International Federation of Theatre Research. She has been dancing on and off for some decades. As a philosopher, she writes on French philosophy, political philosophy, feminism and postmodernism, specialising in philosophy of the body. She is currently writing a book on dance and philosophy. She has published on dance in relation to Merleau-Ponty, Whitehead, Nietzsche, Klossowski and Ravaisson. She is Dancehouse's Creative Advisor

 

For more information about this program, please contact our Artistic Director, Angela Conquet, or Program Producer, Jessica Morris Payne, on (03) 9347 2860

 

Image by Gregory Lorenzutti - FLOORED, by Victoria Chiu (Dancehouse Housemate Production 2013)