Housemate Residency IX

We have a new Housemate!


We are all extremely excited here to announce the appointment of Alex Harrison as our Housemate Performance Program Resident in 2012. Alex's project, entitled What's Coming - A Futures Festival, observes patterns of the past to read the future. It will be a somewhat wry prophecy for the future of dance and will comprise a series of events and performances, presented on a rotating schedule, which will engage both professional artists and community members in their realisation.

Alex will begin work at Dancehouse in March.
We look forward to having her here and to sharing her work with you!


Alexandra Harrison has been engaged in the creation and performance of dance and theatre for the last twelve years. She has been an ensemble member with Legs on the Wall with whom she has created, performed and toured nationally and internationally. She performed in and devised Nigel Jamieson's award-winning Honour Bound (Sydney Opera House and Malthouse Theatre) and Branch Nebula's Paradise City (Sydney Opera House) both of which toured nationally and internationally.

Alexandra developed and performed Half Life and Aisling's Children with Mark Murphy/NVA/National Theatre of Scotland and Bubble for the Sydney Opera House. She continues her work with Mark Murphy in the forthcoming projects Take A Deep Breath (UK) and The Fracture Path (UK).

In 2010 she premiered, her first solo work, Dark, Not Too Dark with the support of the of the Australia Council, Performance Space and Queen St Studios. She created the dance work Twisting the Straight Line, with Claudia Alessi and is devising new works Symphony and The Handstand Project with Debra Batton. Alexandra has been supported in choreographic explorations and creations by Critical Path, Queen St Studios, Dance 4, Dancehouse (Summer Space Grant) and the Fling Rural Residency program. 2011 found her performing in the Concrete and Bones Sessions with Branch Nebula, creating the group work The Project in the Field with Link Dance Company, WA and working with Dislocate on Unit 4.


Dancehouse received a significant number of outstanding applications for Housemate IX and we would like to thank our excellent Advisory Panel for bringing their thorough attention to this very competitive process. The Advisory Panel for Housemate IX were:

Sandra Parker  Choreographer / Artistic Director Sandra Parker Dance (VIC)
Beth Shelton Psychologist, Choreographer and Dancehouse Board Member (VIC)
Nikki Heywood Multi-discipline artist / Performance maker (NSW)
Agnes Michelet Director STRUT (WA)
Jeff Khan Director Perfomance Space, former Artistic Director Next Wave (NSW)
Laurie Uprichard Independent Consultant, Former director Dublin Dance Festival, Former director Danspace Project (New York)
Angela Conquet Artistic Director Dancehouse

Previous Housemates

Housemate I, 2008 - Phoebe Robinson

Housemate II, 2008 - Jo Lloyd

Housemate III, 2009 - Gabrielle Nankivell

Housemate IV, 2009 - Tim Darbyshire

Housemate V 2010 - Deanne Butterworth

Housemate VI 2010 - Phillip Adams

Housemate VII 2011 - Sandra Parker

Housemate VIII - Ashley Dyer

Dancehouse Housemate Residency is supported by the Besen Foundation