Dancehouse

NEXT STAGES - A Dance Sites Network Project

 

"The project is about opening up the lines of communication between choreographers, performers, audiences and the community we make every time we present a dance in a public space."  Becky Hilton

 
 

A BIT OF BACKGROUND…

NEXT STAGES is a multi-year mobility project developed by Dance Sites. Launched in 2012 by long-time collaborators Dancehouse Melbourne, Critical Path Sydney and STRUT Perth, DANCE SITES is a unique network whose purpose is to generate the right conditions that foster creativity and longevity for independent dance works, development of their makers and connection with other peers and new audiences in Australia.

NEXT STAGES brings together three artists from each partner organisation – FIONA BRYANT (VIC), RHIANNON NEWTON (WA), KAY ARMSTRONG (NSW) -  and supports the development of three new dance works by circulating and exposing them at all stages of development to interstate audiences, peers and presenters alike. The first phase was hosted by STRUT's Eyes Wide in the studio at Kings St Art Centre, Perth, WA, last November. Critical Path hosted a 1-week residency "Process and Method" in February 2014. The third and final phase is happening in Melbourne in August.

The MELBOURNE NEXT STAGES is a 5 day-laboratory focused on creative development for the three participating choreographers followed by a three-day open program combining work in progress showings, networking sessions and skills development workshops with a view to build capacity for independent makers.

 

FULL PROGRAM

 

DISCUSSIONS & TALKS


THURSDAY Aug 7
5.30pm-7.30pm 

DISCUSSION - ON MAKING NEW WORK IN DANCE: Challenges and joys
SIMONE'S BOUDOIR CONVERSATION SERIES

On processes and methodologies when starting a new creative development. On the role of of outside eyes (dramaturges, peers, audience). On the importance of the right 'ingredients' in making new work – time, space, money and … critical feedback.

With Fiona Bryant, Kay Armstrong, Rhiannon Newton, Becky Hilton, Brooke Stamp, James Batchelor. Facilitated by Matthew Day.

Cost: FREE
Bookings: info@dancehouse.com.au
Bookings essential, limited space

SUNDAY Aug 10
4pm-5.30pm

TALK - A BEGINNER'S MANUAL TO UNDERSTANDING DANCE


There is no greater fear for the audience than that of 'not getting it'. This lively session will answer all your questions and tell you exactly what you are expected to see, feel and understand when you see a dance show. You will be surprised how much you know already!
With choreographer Becky Hilton and Philosophy professor Philipa Rothfield.

Cost: FREE

 

WORKSHOPS

Small group hands-on practical sessions led by experienced professionals working within the independent arts sector particularly tailored for the independent dance makers.

BOOK NOW (limited capacity)

1 workshop $20 - DH members $15
2 workshops or more - $15/workshop - DH members - $10/workshop

FREE for INTERSTATE dance makers if you are already a Dancehouse member or become one. Contact info@dancehouse.com.au for info.
BECOME A MEMBER

 

SATURDAY Aug 9
12pm-1.30pm

WORKING WITH A PRODUCER – A user's manual

Every artist dreams of having a great producer able to work some miracles. But what is precisely the role of a producer and what should the artists' expectations be? A practical and pragmatic insight into the many powers and some limits producers have in performing arts.

With producers Kara Ward (independent producer) and Josh Wright ( Associate Producer, Malthouse),  facilitated by Veronica Bolzon (Dancehouse).

SATURDAY Aug 9
2pm - 3.30pm

BUILDING AND UNDERSTANDING A PRODUCTION/TOURING BUDGET

All you need to know as an artist when you set out to make a new work or tour an existing one. Tricks and traps, and more. With Sam Fox (Perth-based independent producer and artist) and Amelia Bartak (Experimenta Director and former Ballet Lab General Manager).

SATURDAY Aug 9 
4pm - 5.30pm

DEVELOPING AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

Many artists dream of presenting their works in international contexts and build long-lasting relationships with overseas presenters and organisations.  A manual on where to start and what to (reasonably) dream. With Sophie Travers and Angela Conquet.

 

SUNDAY Aug 10
12pm-1.30pm

WORKING IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA, THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM?

Dance and often, theatre pieces rarely have a life after the premiere season, let alone travel regionally. Regional touring schemes exist but seem open to more mainstream works. This workshop looks into the realities of touring in remote areas and gives a few key avenues for the artists to explore. With Kate Denborough (KAGE) and Gavin Webber (Queensland based dancer and choreographer).

SUNDAY Aug 10
2pm-3.30pm

DREAMING UP YOUR OWN CONTEXT

In the arts, it is always about the context. The context the artist chooses to be part of (or not), the context in which the artist produces the work, the context in which the work of the artist is received. To what extent can an artist dream up their own context and live it up. With Margie Medlin (director, Critical Path).

 

WORK IN PROGRESS PUBLIC SHOWINGS
Free (no booking required)

NEXT STAGES brings together 3 artists from each partner organisation – FIONA BRYANT (VIC), RHIANNON NEWTON (WA), KAY AMSTRONG (NSW) -  and supports the development of 3 new dance works by circulating and exposing them at all stages of development to interstate audiences, peers and presenters alike. After Eyes Wide Festival in Perth last November and Critical Path's "Process and Method" in February 2014, this is the final phase.

 

FRIDAY Aug 8
7pm

Fiona Bryant – And Now I know  & Kay Armstrong - 100th Monkey

SATURDAY Aug 9 
7pm

Kay Armstrong 100th Monkey & Rhiannon Newton – Assemblies for one body

SUNDAY Aug 10
7pm

Fiona Bryant – And Now I know & Rhiannon Newton – Assemblies for one body


MORE ABOUT the ARTISTS AND THEIR WORKS

Kay Armstrong (NSW) is a respected and prolific member of the NSW dance community. Kay has been Artistic Director of pulse8, was Founder and Director of youMove Company, and has held numerous board memberships and peer assessment committees. She is currently focused on developing her independent solo practice.

The work developed as part of Next Stages "100th Monkey' is solo movement piece that looks at the visceral ramifications of loss and how this state can be embodied, and how the viewer then experiences it. Through an investigation of active forgetting and improvised scores, the work negotiates in movement and spoken word the size and shape of shifts between the real and the hyper-real.

Rhiannon Newton (WA) Rhiannon is an Australian dancer and choreographer focused on choreographic investigation, improvisation and physical research. Her Next Satges work "Assemblies For One Body" is a series of parameters that observe how repetition operates between the unknown and the known. Working alongside sound designer Kynan Tan, Rhiannon makes visible her processes of chance, memory, prioritization and loss. Through a network of emergent action-space relations, the work collects the shared present into a choreography that questions how identity and history is designated to a performed action.

Fiona Bryant (VIC) is a Melbourne based choreographer and performer. Her practice is chiefly concerned with discovering and re-discovering ways in which to engage the whole psychophysical self in the processes of generating and performing live performance. In recent years her works have covered a diversity of themes including ageing, folk-pop culture, natural disaster and loneliness.

Fiona is working with choreographer and performer, Natalie Cursio who makes small and distinctive works in a range of spaces and contexts. Intricate and experimental, Natalie's choreographies explore, process and comment upon issues and ironies around culture and nature. The NEXT STAGES work And Now I Know is a scored duet concerned with "our perceptions of and responses to the mundane, boring or nothing moments of our day-to-day existence".

Facilitator Rebecca Hilton

Rebecca Hilton is a Melbourne based performer, teacher, choreographer and director. Rebecca's choreographies have been presented by companies including Lucy Guerin Inc, BalletLab, Chunky Move, Laborgras (Ger), Mestizas (Arg) and La lagrima (Mex). She teaches extensively for companies, schools and in festivals through out the world including Sasha Waltz and Guests (Berlin), Impulse Tanz (Vienna), Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne), PARTS (Brussels), and Movement Research (NY).

 

A FESTIVE TIME

SUNDAY Aug 10
9pm - 11pm

SCHMOOZING THE ROOM, a festive time
FREE Bookings not required

Hosted by Angela Conquet, Margie Medlin, Paul Selwyn Norton

A festive connecting and networking moment bringing together dance artists, visiting presenters and audiences. This is the time to ask an artist or a presenter anything you didn't dare during the previous days.


 

All images courtesy of Emma Fishwick