Dancehouse stands on what always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We pay our respects to the traditional owners of this land, the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation, to their Elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

Body Weather — Gretel Taylor & Frank van de Ven

BODY WEATHER TRAINING: 7 week series led by Gretel Taylor and Frank van de Ven

Body Weather is a physical training method beneficial for all kinds of performers, and anyone looking to strengthen and tune their bodies and expand physical range and qualities of movement. The term and philosophical basis for Body Weather was founded in the early 1980s in Japan by dancer Min Tanaka and further developed by proponents worldwide. Body Weather was brought to Australia by Tess de Quincey in 1989.

This 7-week series of Tuesdays will be led by Gretel Taylor and Frank van de Ven alternating facilitation.


Training sessions consist of:
– a curious, loosening warm-up
– ‘MB’ work-out (Mind-Body, Muscle-Bone)
– imaginative, sensory and improvisational activities exploring the body’s possibilities and presence.


This series of Body Weather Training takes place on the unceded lands of the Kulin Nation during the season of Poorneet.


Frank van de Ven was a member of Body Weather founder Min Tanaka’s Maijuku Performance Company in Japan from 1983-1991. With Katerina Bakatsaki he founded Body Weather Amsterdam, a platform for training and performance. He has an ongoing commitment to the Body/Landscape projects conducted worldwide and since 1995 he has led the annual, interdisciplinary Bohemiae Rosa Project (Czech Republic) with Milos Sejn, connecting body and landscape with art, geology and architecture. bodyweatheramsterdam.nl

Gretel Taylor trained at the Body Weather Farm in Japan in 1999 and 2000, which informed her performance, teaching and research (as BodyPlaceProject). She has performed site-responsive works in many odd places, locally and internationally.Gretel developed an improvisational ‘locating’ practice as a mode of relating to place during her PhD (2009) and as an ongoing inquiry, with particular interest in ecological and decolonial lenses on site-based performance. She has taught Dance and Performance at Deakin, RMIT, Monash and Victoria University, as well as regularly at Dancehouse. www.greteltaylor.com

From 17 October 2023* for 7 weeks

*Please note classes can be affected by Dancehouse programs; contact Gretel Taylor for more information.






$145 Full

$135 Concession*

For block of 7 sessions.

Casual drop ins welcome if you have done Body Weather before. $25 per session

*Concession: Full-time Students; Health Care & Pension Card Holders; Seniors Card Holders; individuals without a wage.
Dancehouse Members and City of Yarra Locals: Individuals who have an active Dancehouse Membership, or a resident of the City of Yarra are also eligible for the concession rate.




Classes are located in Upstairs Studio and are only accessible via two flights of stairs. All levels of dance experience welcome. Basic fitness recommended.

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