Dancehouse

2016 PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

Sandra Parker
SMALL DETAILS
18-20 March

A new live performance, Small Details extends the focus in Sandra Parker's practice on minimal movement and gestural action. The work uses a series of automated kinetic sculptures set against dense and intricate choreography. Selected gestures are performed in extreme detail and in repetitious cycles: the work's duration testing the performers' and audience's capacity to meet the demands of the choreographic system.

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KEIR AWARDS SEMI-FINALS
presented by
DANCEHOUSE, CARRIAGEWORKS & THE KEIR FOUNDATION with the AUSTRALIA COUNCIL

26-30 April

Eight artists have been commissioned by the jury to make a 20 minute work to be all presented in the Melbourne Award Semi Finals hosted by Dancehouse.

CHLOE CHIGNELL
MARTIN HANSEN
SARAH AIKEN
ALICE HEYWARD

REBECCA JENSEN
JAMES BATCHELOR
GHENOA GELA
PAEA LEACH

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Prue Lang
STELLAR PROJECT
6 May
Room To Move

FREE EVENT

Our perceptual engagement with the world stems from the body's capacity to see, hear, touch, smell and taste. What if we could expand the choreographic field to this level of perception? The STELLAR PROJECT is a new dance performance for five performers.

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Chloe Chignell
SOFT REALITY
3 June
Room To Move

FREE EVENT

SOFT REALITY is a performance landscape of vague images and porous bodies. It looks toward multiplicity and simulation as modes of producing relationships – proposing futures for collectivity, intimacy and togetherness.

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Second Echo Ensemble
CONTESTED LAND
1 July
Room To Move

FREE EVENT

CONTESTED LAND is a work that is conceived and directed by Ensemble member Charlie Smith. Charlie is working with ideas that are both quietly political and socially evocative. His research and studio work investigates the history of nations, conflicts both embodied and landscaped, and lines drawn in the sand.


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Shian Law
SOCIAL STUDIES: EPIC THEATRE

12 August
Room To Move

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In Social Studies: Epic Theatre, Shian Law takes on the historical theatre style and analyses its relationship to the politics of our time. The investigation will ultimately seek to bend the confines of theatrical practice to voice current political concerns with the operation of democracy, and thus calling upon a re-invention of the form.

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Shaun McLeod
WITNESS

13, 20, 27 August

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A performance experiment for 20 audience members or witnesses who must commit to attending all three nights (which together constitute a single performance event). In Witness, the dancers do not attempt to 'compose' their movement but keep their raw, immediate involvement at a level before conscious awareness can organise it: that is, at a pre-choreographic level.

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Elena Osalde
360 DEGREES OUT OF STILLNESS
2 September
Room To Move

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360 degrees out of stillness is the opportunity to observe ourselves from every angle, even inside out. The dancers will perform to a circular audience where their eyes will be equidistant to the centre of the stage. This project explores the feeling of knowing who we are, drawing on the concept of the ultimate state of peace found in stillness.

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Tess de Quincey & Peter Fraser
METADATA
9-10 September

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Leading interdisciplinary artists and BodyWeather practitioners, Tess de Quincey (Sydney) and Peter Fraser (Melbourne), present MetaData at Dancehouse—an immersive collaborative performance work comprising two connected pieces in a double bill.

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MELBOURNE FRINGE

Paul Jesseph Base Hickman
ISM
21-24 September
MELBOURNE FRINGE 2016

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Paul Jesseph Base Hickman's Ism takes its concept and inspiration from the 'Mona-ism' gallery exhibition in Hobart Tasmania. This piece was originally performed as a solo work in Singapore and Philippines last year for the Asia International Dance Festival.

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AWKWARD CONNECTIONS (double bill)
22-24 September
MELBOURNE FRINGE 2016

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Awkward Connections is a double bill of contemporary dance which physicalises and questions the social playground of human interactions.

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Irina Kuzminsky
DANCING WITH DARK GODDESSES
29 September - 1 October
MELBOURNE FRINGE 2016

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Inspired by the psychological dance of Anna Pavlova and the free flowing movement of Isadora Duncan Irinushka, Irina Kuzminsky has created a dance and poetry fusion show.

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BRAINCHILD (double bill)
29 September - 1 October
MELBOURNE FRINGE 2016

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BRAINCHILD is a double bill comprising Low Expectations (Samantha Crameri-Miller) and Principle of Causation (Cameron Lansdown-Goodman)

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Leah Landau
THE SEQUEL 2
7 October
Room To Move

How can degrees of idleness from the dancers and the audience repurpose attention-as-material? How can we escape the implications of 'newness' and what is produced otherwise?

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DANCE TERRITORIES
in association with
MELBOURNE FESTIVAL
14-16 October

Dance Territories is Dancehouse's biennial program presented in association with Melbourne Festival. The 2016 theme, BORDER LINES, sees Algerian-French choreographer, Nacera Belaza and Indigenous Berlin-based artist, Sarah-Jane Norman, question the borders between body and place as it relates to the political and the personal implications of migration, dislocation, circulation and invasion.

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Natalie Abbott
SPECTACULAR DANCES
4 November
Room To Move

CANCELLED

An exploration of failing spectacles and the moment of departure from spectacle as the moment when the magic begins. With a focus on the post-virtuosic body and the physical failures and human error that create vulnerability during performance, Abbott develops scores and movements with ten other performers.

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Matthew Day
ASSEMBLAGE #1
23-27 November
HOUSEMATE 2016

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Artist in residence Matthew Day's new work harnesses a commitment to the now. ASSEMBLAGE #1 is about instinct, animality, ritual, catastophe, deformation, and excess.

Day activates an environment of play and surrender, opening a field of relations between materials, actions, movements, and perceptions, which unfold along wild and unrepeatable lines of flight and fancy. In a queer way, it proposes alternative experiences of what matters in being together, and forever, the desire to dance.

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Sarah Elsworth
UPSTREAM (B SIDES)
2 December
Room To Move

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Upstream (B-Sides) is a time to re-ignite the straggly unformed ideas still lingering, post the performance of this work in the MELBOURNE FRINGE.

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