MEG STUART Improvisation as Strategy

Dancehouse is offering a unique opportunity for experienced dancers and choreographers to participate in a masterclass with Meg Stuart, one of the key figures in the European and International contemporary dance world.

In Melbourne thanks to the Malthouse Theatre and Goethe Institut to present MAYBE FOREVER with Philip Gehmacher from June 23 – June 26 at the CUB Malthouse (see, Meg Stuart has agreed to conduct a one only Masterclass here at Dancehouse.

My work navigates the tension between dance and theatre, thought and action, remembering and forgetting. Scripts are written on our bodies: they contain unfinished histories of ourselves and others. In this master class we will  use  improvisation as a strategy to explore movement, memory and physical and emotional  states." (Meg Stuart)

When:   June 25, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Where:  Dancehouse Upstairs Studio
Who:     ONLY 18 places available.
             This masterclass is open only to advanced and professional performers and choreographers
             (Min 3 years experience/ no students)
   Full:  $50  Dancehouse Members:  $35
Bookings:  only on  9347 2860 (with Credit Card details)

Meg Stuart

Photo:  Tina Ruisinger



Meg Stuart and Philip Gehmacher's MAYBE FOREVER is presented by Malthouse Theatre and the Goethe Intitut from June 23 – June 26 in the Merlyn Theatre at The CUB Malthouse in Southbank.

Malthouse Theatre would like to offer Dancehouse Members $19.50 industry seats throughout the season.

To take up this special offer call the Malthouse Theatre on 9685 5100 and quote the CODE WORD 'Dancehouse'. 


MEG STUART choreography & dance

The American choreographer and dancer Meg Stuart moved to New York in 1983 to attend the New York University where she received a BFA in dance and continued her training following classes in release technique and contact improvisation at Movement Research. She was a member of the Randy Warshaw Dance Company from 1986 to 1992, where she was also assistant to the choreographer.

At the invitation of Klapstuk 91, she made her first full-length production Disfigure Study (1991). It was the start to an impressive series of productions the choreographer made with her company Damaged Goods, which has been based in Brussels since 1994: No Longer Readymade (1993); No One is Watching (1995); Insert Skin #1 - They Live in Our Breath (1996) with visual artist Lawrence Malstaf; Splayed Mind Out (1997; presented at documenta X in Kassel) with video artist Gary Hill; appetite (1998) with visual artist Ann Hamilton; ALIBI (2001) and Visitors Only (2003), both in co-operation with scenographer Anna Viebrock, video artist Chris Kondek and composer Paul Lemp; FORGERIES, LOVE AND OTHER MATTERS (2004), with choreographer/dancer Benoît Lachambre and composer Hahn Rowe; REPLACEMENT (2006); It's not funny (2006 at Salzburger Festpiele) and recently BLESSED (2007), a solo with the Portuguese dancer and choreographer Francisco Camacho. On June 7 2007 the new work MAYBE FOREVER, a duet with the Austrian dancer and choreographer Philipp Gehmacher, opened at Kaaitheater, Brussels.

Meg Stuart also created Swallow My Yellow Smile (1994), commissioned by the ballet company of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and, in association with graphic designer Bruce Mau, Remote (1997) for Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. She also made choreographies for actors: for Comeback (1999), Snapshots (1999) and Henry IV (2002), all directed by German director Stephan Pucher; for Das goldene Zeitalter (2003), a joined project created by Meg Stuart, Stefan Pucher, Christoph Marthaler and Anna Viebrock for Schauspielhaus Zürich; for Der Marterpfahl (2005) and Die Massnahme/Mauser (2008), both in collaboration with Frank Castorf at Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin. In 2004 Somewhere in between was made, a film by the French filmmaker Pierre Coulibeuf, adapted from a special creation by Meg Stuart.

A recurrent feature in the work of Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods is the search for new forms of co- operation, presentation contexts and the 'crossbreeding' of theatre, architecture and visual art, heralded in the dance installation for the exhibition This is the Show and the Show is Many Things by curator Bart De Baere at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst [Museum of contemporary art, now SMAK] in Ghent (1994). Together with Christine De Smedt and David Hernandez, between 1996 and 1999 Meg Stuart was also involved in Crash Landing, an improvisation project for dancers, musicians, video and sound artists and designers. Crash Landing ran into five editions: Leuven, Vienna, Paris, Lisbon and Moscow.

Between March 2000 and March 2001 Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods created Highway 101, in close collaboration with theatre director Stefan Pucher and video artist Jorge Leon. In conjunction with a partly varying artistic team, movement, sound and video material was developed with a view to a number of specifically chosen places. Highway 101 thus gradually evolved into a continuous self- commemorative and redefining project, focussing on memory, the relationship with the audience and the use of space. In March 2000 Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods presented a first series of showings of Highway 101 at the Kaaitheaterstudio's in Brussels. Then it was the turn of Vienna (Emballagen- hallen), Paris (Centre Georges Pompidou), Brussels again (La Raffinerie du Plan K), Rotterdam (TENT.) and Zurich (Schauspielhaus im Schiffbau). The installation sand table and the solos soft wear, private room and I'm all yours were originally part of Highway 101, but went on to lead a life of their own and since 2001 have often been presented in a programme shared with writer, director and performer Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment).

In 2005 Meg Stuart initiated Auf den Tisch!, a new improvisation project for which she invites artists, dancers and musicians for performances and improvisations.

From 1997 Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods was one of the artists-in-residence at the Kaaitheater in Brussels. From 2001 until 2004 the company took up residence at the Schauspielhaus Zürich at the invitation of Christoph Marthaler. Since the 2002-03 season Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods also collaborate with the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin.

Along with her choreography, Meg Stuart has also been teaching workshops in composition and improvisation at organisations such as Forum Dança in Lisbon, Movement Research in New York, PARTS in Brussels and ImPulsTanz in Vienna.

In 2000 Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods received the Culture Prize K.U.Leuven. In 2006 Meg Stuart received the Deutsche Theaterpreis DER FAUST for her choreography of REPLACEMENT.

Special thanks to:

 Malthouse              Goethe