Here comes our inaugural Open Season of wild and wonderous dance work! Independent contemporary dance artists present a mix of existing and new works over 2 programs for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. 



Abrielle - Fiona Bryant
Slowdance - Sarah Aiken
Sun in Theta - Michaela Pegum
In the Periphery - Alice Dixon + Caroline Meaden
Packed Like Sardines in a Foootball Stadium - Bianca Martin (W.A.)


Emergence - Gabrielle New
in formation - Chimene Steele-Prior
Con-sequence - Simone Litchfield
Kali - Fiona Gardner (S.A.)
She Knows Too Much - Debra Batton + Catherine Magill


Till Death Do Us Part - Christos Linou
Falltogethernow - Annabelle Balharry


Dates: 5 - 7 October
Time: Program 1: 7.00pm, Program 2: 9.00pm
Where: Program 1: Upstairs Studio, Dancehouse
Program 2 - Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse
Prices: Individual Programs Full $25 / Conc $20 / Dancehouse members $15
Both Programs Full $35 / Conc $30 / Dancehouse members $25
Book Tickets: Click here to book through Melbourne Fringe Website

Image Credits:

Alice Dixon + Caroline Meaden, image of Gabrielle New by Justin Bachelor, image of Chimene Steele-Prior by Gareth Hart, image of Company Upstairs by Amber Bateup, image of Fiona Gardner by Sam Oster, image of Fiona Bryant by K.Hesova, Image of Michaela Pegum by Mick Stylianou, image of Cartherine Magill + Debra Batton by Scott Hone



Fiona Bryant is a Melbourne based choreographer and performer. She has a Diploma of Dance (Queensland Dance School of Excellence), Bachelor of Dance (VCA), Postgraduate and Masters Degree in Choreography (VCA). Fiona has created works for the Melbourne International Arts Festival (2007), Melbourne International Design Festival (2008), Melbourne Fringe Festival (2008), Melbourne Fashion Festival (2007), Next Wave Festival (2010, 2012), Lucy Guerin Inc. (2009) and Dancehouse. She has studied with Australian and internationally renowned artists including Deborah Hay (2008, 2010) and has been recognized with support from The University of Melbourne, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne and Besen Family Foundation.

Originally from Bellingen NSW, Sarah Aiken graduated from VCA with a bachelor of dance in 2009. As a performer she has worked with various established and emerging artists as well as developing and presenting short works and collaborating across art forms. Sarah is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts, ArtStart and has recently returned from Europe, spending time developing work in France and Germany. In September, Sarah's work was shown at K77 in Berlin as a part of Ponderosa's PORCH program, supported by Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

Michaela Pegum is a Melbourne based dancer and choreographer who creates within the mediums of dance, video and other forms of image making. She works with improvisation, imagery and sound to create evocative, semi - abstract landscapes. Over the past 10 years she has created a number of solo dance works and dance video installations and has collaborated with other artists to produce works for both performance and screen.

Alice Dixon has performed with companies including Opera Australia and BalletLab and in works by independent choreographers including Nat Cursio, Stephanie Lake, Rob McCredie. She is a keen improviser and has spent time with Rosalind Crisp developing her own solo improvisation practice. In 2012 Alice performed with Opera Australia on La Traviata, began work on a new dance work with Janine Proost during a residency at Lucy Guerin Inc and travelled to Italy to undertake a choreographic residency, together with Caroline Meaden, in Torino. Alice is looking forward to continuing work on Blizzard, with Nat Cursio, Caroline Meaden and Melissa Jones later in the year.

Caroline Meaden is a dance artist from Melbourne. She has created work for the Fringe Festival, Short and Sweet Dance Festival and the Australian Choreographic Competition, winning first prize for a solo. She recently undertook professional development workshops in Europe and New York and was a co-artist in residence at Mosaicodanza, Torino with Alice Dixon. She has performed in works by Anton, Fiona Malone, Anna Smith, Rochelle Carmichael, Redspan Dance Company, Opera Australia, Rob McCredie for Next Wave Festival, Malia Johnston, and will be working on a new project with Nat Cursio, Alice Dixon and Melissa Jones later this year.

2011 saw Bianca Martin (W.A.) present The Bikini Eye Short Show (dressed to kill yourself) for a Strut's Dance season, finish a Bachelor of Laws at the University of WA and receive the Mid-career Dance Fellowship from WA's Department of Culture and Arts. In 2012 she has performed with Hydra Poesis at the Malthouse and will work with Superamas (France/Austria). With real commitment to presenting political dance theatre in WA by Company Upstairs (a vehicle for her practice since 2008), Bianca continues a number of projects in development from her office at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts, West Perth.

Gabrielle New is a Butoh Dance Theatre Movement Artist, Director and Choreographer with a profound interest in healing, transformation and the intra-psychic landscapes of the human mind. Using improvisation and imagery she creates a plethora of original movement scores, inviting audiences to enter and participate in a surreal dream-world. She was a company member of Lemi Ponifasio's MAU Dance Theatre (NZ), a directing intern with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (Brisbane) and a recipient of a Solo Residency at Victoria University (Melbourne). In 2011 her company 'The Space Between Performance Collective' had a very successful inaugural season of CREATURE at Theatre Works.

Chimene Steele-Prior graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance with a Diploma in Dance Performance and completed a Bachelor in Performance Art in '07 as a member of LINK Dance Company, WAAPA. Since graduating Chimene has created several short dance works including Among Blue Poles and Archway (The National Gallery of Australia), A Busy Lonely Mind (dance film supported by the City of Melbourne and Dancehouse), Filling Up Empty (Melbourne Fringe Festival/Short and Sweet Dance '10) and Kristys' World (solo installation supported by Banyule City Council). Chimene will soon undertake a two-week research choreographic residency through Dirty Feet. Chimene would like to keep dancing long into the future.

Simone Litchfield worked with Darc Swan Dance Company (Sydney), works by Chris Jannides, Patrick Harding-Irmer, Brett Daffy, Lisa O'Neill, Gary Stewart amongst others. She worked with Russell Maliphant Dance Company (London), Coisceim Dance Theatre (Ireland) and was a founding member of Rex Levitates Dance Company (now Liz Roche Company). She presented several of her own works at Choreographic Platforms in Ireland and in 2002 was Female Dancer of the Year - Ireland (Dance Europe Magazine). In Melbourne, Simone has worked with Dance Exchange, Luke Hockley, Ru Atma and Strange Fruit. Her most recent work 'Hoops with Strings' with music composed by Jen Anderson was performed at Theatre Works.

Fiona Gardner (S.A.) Choreographer/Dancer holds a BFA from QUT (2005 - 2009), Certified Pilates and Yoga instructor (2006 - Current), Enrolled at Flinders University Bachelor of Psychology and Arts. Worked with seguePICO (2006 - 2007), presenting her solo work Shattered Perfection. In 2010 performed Imagos with ObjextFax touring to Paris 2011. Same year choreographed IF IT IS...? Narc. for the Fête de la Musquie Genève working with music engineer Dprojeckt. In Adelaide Choreolab season's Kali (2011) and film Incubus (2012). She worked with city of Unley Guerilla Arts; Globus (2011). For South Australian Living Artists Festival 2012 produced the sequel performance installation What's your Crutch? with local Adelaide visual artist Kat Coppock.

For the past 10 years Debra Batton was the Artistic Director of Legs on the Wall (Sydney). She has toured nationally and internationally, collaborated and performed with numerous Australian theatre and circus companies and directed, choreographed or facilitated more than 30 new works from solo studio based work to large-scale outdoor performance. In 2010 Debra embarked on a research project with Critical Path (Sydney) How Can the Handstand Become Dance? In 2012 she performed excerpts from her solo work The Tree in a contemporary circus performance in the Melba Spiegel tent. Debra was recently a contributing artist on What's Coming project (Alexandra Harrison – Dancehouse) and is partner in the newly formed Big on the Inside Productions.

Catherine Magill (B.A Dance) has been performing for some thirty years. Most recently her practice has focused on Improvised Performance. She has studied and performed both locally and abroad with leading improvisation artists including Julyen Hamilton, Katie Duck, Tony Osborne, Peter Trotman and Andrew Morrish. Catherine was co curator and regular performer of improvisation event "Whip It"(Sydney) and performed frequently at the "Little Con"(Melbourne). Her diverse movement vocabulary, skilful crafting and powerful embodiment reveal the richness of her movement experience. Having recently moved to Melbourne Catherine created the partnership Big on the Inside Productions and performed in "What's Coming" (Dancehouse).

Annabelle Balharry is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. She has since worked on projects with Melbourne based Choreographers and performers, namely Sandra Parker and Carlee Mellow. Annabelle choreographed and presented her own work Q&Q at DanceHouse in 2010 and continues to make her own dance work and visual art projects.

Christos Linou is a choreographer and filmmaker, who graduated in 1987 at the Centre for Performing Arts in Adelaide and has worked in, dance, theatre, opera, new media, film and animation in Australia, Singapore, Amsterdam, London and New York. His film, Till Death Us Do Part  was screened at the 2012 Singapore Arts Festival and he recently performed in the Dancehouse Alive Festival with the work Fiddle meets Terror and choreographed the IHOS opera work, The Barbarians at the 2012 MOFO Festival in Hobart. He is currently preparing a new work, Hypnos for performance at 59rivoli in Paris.