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Melbourne Fringe Festival

'Star Spangled Banter' (2021), Jonathan Homsey. Photo by Shannon May Powell.
‘Star Spangled Banter’ (2021), Jonathan Homsey. Photo by Shannon May Powell.

Dancehouse 2021 Melbourne Fringe Program

7—10 October 2021

Passing — Isabelle Beauverd

Ionisation — MaggZ

Star Spangled Banter — Jonathan Homsey

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14—17 October 2021

Siren Dance — Lilian Steiner

Lucha Bridge, Silent Shift — Ngioka Bunda-Heath

Mixed Pickle — Karma Dance

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Dancehouse is the Dance Hub of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Since 2015, Dancehouse has supported 37 Fringe works and been home to the festival’s Best Dance award winners three straight years: Isabelle Beauverd (2019), Aimee Schollum (2018) and Siobhan McKenna (2017). With guaranteed hours for technical and dress rehearsals, hands-on producing, production and marketing support, the cheapest rehearsals rates in Melbourne and two well equipped flexible theatre spaces, Dancehouse is one of the best places to present performance in Melbourne. 

We foster long-lasting relationships with our Fringe artists and see the festival as a fantastic opportunity to get familiar with exciting emerging artists from all different disciplines. Siobhan Mckenna has since shown her 2017 award-winning work Utterance as a part of Dance Massive (2019) and attended the Choreographic Research week in Bassano del Grappa in Italy (2018) as part of our Dancehouse International program.

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Dancehouse 2020 Melbourne Fringe Program

Houseparty – Curated by Dancehouse
Now Pieces – For Now – Curated by Kevin Jeynes and Paea Leach
Shift – Claire Marshall
Alien Intimacy – James Batchelor and Zander Porter

The following works were also selected to present at Dancehouse for the 2020 Melbourne Fringe but were then cancelled, postponed and then presented at Dancehouse in early 2021 due to COVID_19 restrictions:

Bodylex – Rhys Ryan
Memoria del Cuerpo Vivo – Gabriela Green Olea and Oscar Poncell
Moth – Aimee Schollum
Here We Are – Such n Such
Colour-Fool – Yumi Umiumare and ButohOUT! Ensemblre
100 Haikus – Trevor Santos

Dancehouse 2019 Melbourne Fringe Program

The Right – Katrina Rank
Home(s) –  Jennifer Ma
Surge – Isabelle Beauverde
But Why – Austinmer Dance Theatre
Seeing Red – Ashley Dougan
A Study of Being – Kayla Douglas
Pink Matter – Beth Raywood Cross, Stella Webster & Diane Pereira
The Voices of Joan of Arc – Janie Gibson

Dancehouse 2018 Melbourne Fringe Program

Sonos – Aimee Schollum
Nonsensical – Joel Fenton
48 Points (make a boy dance) – Paul Jackson
Colour Correction – Peas and Rice
Whiplash – Scott Wings
Connect – Austinmer Dance Theatre
Unconscious Volcanoes – Rachel Huf and Tahlia Klugman

Dancehouse 2017 Melbourne Fringe Program

Blindful – Abbie Madden
Contact – Jack Riley
Utterance – Siobhan McKenna
Ophelia’s Inner Monologue – Aridhi Anderson
The Island – Sete Tele
Gamelan and The Cirebon Mask: A Dance Cycle – Putra Panji Asmara

Dancehouse 2016 Melbourne Fringe Program

ISM – Paul Jesseph Base Hickman
Dancing with Dark Goddesses – Irina Kuzminsky
It’s Getting Awkward – Sarah Chaffey, Scott Elstermann and Ezgi Gungor –  Awkward Connections Double Bill
How to Con-nect – Rikki Bremner – Awkward Connections Double Bill
Low Expectations – Samantha Crameri-Miller – Brainchild Double Bill
Principle of Causation – Cameron Lansdown-Goodmand and dancers – Brainchild Double Bill

Dancehouse 2015 Melbourne Fringe Program

Dear Fred – Kathleen Szalay – Double Bill 1
How Humans Can Fly – Suze SmithDouble Bill 1
Into the Maze – Ashlee Barton – Double Bill 2
Urban Rapture – Nebahat Erpolat – Double Bill 2
Wilson – Sarah Ronnie Bruce – Double Bill 3
everything’s coming up roses – Eve Newton-Johnson – Double Bill 3

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