Dancehouse

MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL

EVENING PASSES:

14 - 17 September:
Blindful, Contact, Utterance
$39 ($13 each)
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21 September:
Ophelia's Inner Monologue, The Island
$30 ($15 each)
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22 - 24 September:
Gamelan & The Cirebon Mask: A Dance Cycle, The Island
$30 ($15 each)
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13-17 September

ABBIE MADDEN - BLINDFUL

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Professional dancer, Abbie Madden (Ponydance), explores the ins and outs of a not-so-obvious disability. Teaming with Ryan Darwin (NICA), they create a quirky and atmospheric interpretation of the relationship between being sighted and not sighted - exploring shifts in power, poignant moments and pure physicality. Can someone who is fully sighted, move and dance as if they have never had their sight; and can someone who has had their sight removed exhibit the freedom and confidence as if they still do? These are some of the questions addressed throughout the performance. Showing that a lack of sight is not a block to approaching physical expression, but merely an obstacle that needs to be circumnavigated with specific tools and methods.

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14-17 September

JACK RILEY - CONTACT

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Contact seeks to express why our bodies yearn for understanding and community after the impact of personalized objects and technology. How can we return the power back to the body and find human connection?

Three dancers and an unknown figure are driven towards the dark forces that lie within. Robert Downie's live score is a futuristic dreamscape through which the dancers are entwined and Andrew Treloar clothes them with an edge of fashion. Serpentine, relentless, encountering objects. Remove the mask. Contact.

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14-17 September

SIOBHAN MCKENNA - UTTERANCE

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Is it possible to detach language from its literal meaning? Does tone of voice alone have the capacity to inspire certain emotions? How can movement be influenced by sound, and sound be influenced by movement?

Siobhan McKenna, in collaboration with recently graduated dance artists from the Victorian College of the Arts, presents an experimental dance work that proposes new ways of imagining the role of sound and language in relation to the moving body. Utterance responds to current physical and sociocultural environments to produce a live performance, which can appeal to a broad audience.

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19-21 September

ARIDHI ANDERSON - OPHELIA'S INNER MONOLOGUE

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Ophelia's Inner Monologue is a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, explored from Ophelia's perspective. 

A young girl's already complicated life spirals into chaos when her boyfriend's uncle murders his father and marries his mother. Ophelia struggles to find a balance between exploring her identity, fulfilling her duties towards her family and society, supporting her unstable boyfriend through dark times and finding light in her own. At the end of her rope, she turns to the internet for advice.

Ophelia's Inner Monologue is a fresh and witty exploration of the timeless themes of love, identity and death, guaranteed to provoke thought and emotion – along with a generous dose of laughter!

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21-24 September

SETE TELE – THE ISLAND

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The Island is a conversation about circumnavigation. This is a participatory experimental dance work, where the audience will be invited to assist in creating in imagining the narrative for that particular night. Yes, each performance will be slightly different.

The Island was developed and will be performed by Sete Tele. The Island is a place based performance where the content of the work is inspired by the place of presentation, which in this iteration, is Melbourne.

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22-24 September

PUTRA PANJI ASMARA – GAMELAN & THE CIREBON MASK: A DANCE CYCLE

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In the rural areas surrounding the town of Cirebon on the north coast of West Java, Topeng masked dance has long been performed as part of ritual celebrations for weddings, circumcisions, harvests and village blessings. Today, this dance style has become emblematic of the region and single dances are now often presented on stage in urban regions.

Combining live gamelan music, drumming, masked dancing, vivid costumes and verbal banter, our performance will recreate something of the feel of the older tradition, presenting the cycle of five masked dances which present archetypes of human nature ranging from refined to coarse and from playful to serious.

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DANCEHOUSE YOUR WAY! PROGRAM


Our Your Way! program is a way of offering support to productions outside our curatorial program. In offering the Your Way! program, we aim to contribute to advancing dance practice and performance by giving artists access to professional presenting opportunities in a low cost, nurturing environment.

Presented as a part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017