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On Residence


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On Residence.

In 2021, Dancehouse piloted a new residency program: On Residence, offering Australian independent dance artists time, space and cash to create and connect with Dancehouse’s network of dance-loving organisations and their communities in outer-metropolitan and regional Victoria and NSW.

Across 2024—2025, Dancehouse and Punctum are delighted to announce a two-part On Residence for a regionally-based dance artist/s to develop an experiment across 2024 in Bendigo, and 2025 in Melbourne.

The PunctumXDancehouse On Residence opportunity is for regionally-based artists undertaking experiments that connect with one or many layers of place.

This On Residence opportunity offers 4-weeks over two parts: Part 1 in 2024, is hosted by Punctum in association with Bendigo Venues and Events; Part 2 in 2025 is hosted by Dancehouse (the dates of Part 2 are negotiable). 

PART 1 | Punctum @ Bendigo | 2 weeks
Monday 9 September-Friday 20 September 2024
Engine Room, Bendigo Venues and Events

PART 2 | Dancehouse in Melbourne | 2 weeks
Time TBA 2025, Dancehouse, Melbourne

As partners, Punctum and Dancehouse are are involved in the producing and support of the artist and their experiment at all stages. 

On Residence is a direct pathway to a future presentation with Dancehouse (from 2025 onwards) following the two On Residence parts.

Expressions of Interest closed on midnight Wednesday 15 May 2024.

On Residence Overview Document

2021/22 Host Partners

On Residence host partners and opportunities in 2021–22 (in order of distance from Dancehouse, North Carlton):

Garambi Baan / Laughing Waters | Eltham, Vic
Burrinja Cultural Centre | Upwey, Vic
Punctum | Castlemaine, Vic
Orbost Studio for Dance Research | Orbost, Vic
FLING Physical Theatre | Bega, NSW
Bundanon | Illaroo, NSW

Click through to view information about each partner’s On Residence opportunity.

2021/22 Recipients

Bundanon — Nithya Nagarajan and Samara Hersch with Vishakanyas: Poison Maidens
Burrinja Cultural Centre — Callum Mooney: COSMOS
FLING Physical Theatre — Rebecca Jensen: The Effect
Garambi Baan/ Laughing Waters (1) — Deanne Butterworth: Open Effort
Garambi Baan/ Laughing Waters (2) — Harrison Hall, Yuiko Masukawa, Sam Mcgilp, Makoto Uemura and Kazuhiko Hiwa: Running Machine
Orbost Studio for Dance Research — Alice Dixon and William McBride: Alice and Will
Punctum — Amaara Raheem: The Missing Perfume

On top of On Residence, Dancehouse also supports some host partners and residencies for independent artists including:

Dancehouse & The Mill — Thomas Fonua: FAFA (MAMA)
Orbost Studio for Dance Research — Tony Osborne: In the Room (at last)
Orbost Studio for Dance Research — Lizzie Thomson: Extant / Extent

Program Partner

In 2024-25, this opportunity is supported by Punctum and Dancehouse in partnership with Bendigo Venues and Events.

On Residence was initiated in 2021 by Dancehouse in partnership with a network of regionally-based dance-loving organisations with support of the Playking Foundation.

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