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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.

On the Table

On The Table hosted by Chris Chua (2022), photo courtesy of On The Table
On The Table hosted by Chris Chua (2022), photo courtesy of On The Table

On The Table is a regular season of events for artistic exchange and collaboration run by Caitlin Dear and Rebecca Jensen. Dancers of any training background, as well as people curious about movement though new to dance, are welcome.

Each session is hosted by a different artist or collective who are invited to put something ‘on the table’ for everyone to examine together. The program features artists working with different styles of dance, approaches to choreography, methods of bodily practice and relationships to movement. On The Table particularly aims to highlight artists who work with dance in combination with other fields (for example gaming, science, therapy and visual art). Anyone from these intersecting fields are encouraged to come along!

Sessions range from workshops and in-progress performance showings to open artistic explorations. Artists might share choreographic material, a practice, an idea, a framework, a question, a score, a reading or any manner of provocation. Everyone is invited to take part in the tasks at hand. Participation can be as little or as much as desired and you are free to come and just watch.

On The Table is free to attend and everyone is welcome whether you’re a professional dancer or you’ve never danced before. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in and bring a water bottle.

For any questions or to submit an EOI, please contact [email protected]

Instagram: @on.the.table.melb


On The Table in 2024

On The Table #1 (March — June 2024)
Monday 25 March, 6pm – Reuben Macdougall Di Manno
Monday 1 April, 6pm – Holly Rowa
Monday 8 April, 6pm – Caitlin Dear
Monday 15 April, 6pm – Joy Zhou
Monday 22 April, 6pm – Rebecca Jensen & Siobhan McKenna
Monday 29 April, 6pm – Karlia Cook
Monday 6 May, 6pm – Alec Katsourakis
Monday 13 May, 6pm – Alison Pyrke & Jaslyn Robertson

Further session details announced shortly.


On The Table in 2023

On The Table #2 (October-December 2023)
Monday 2 October , 6.30pm — Jacqui Maida
Monday 9 October, 6.30pm — In the Moment
Monday 16 October, 6.30pm — Leila Lois
Monday 23 October, 6.30pm — Emily Bowman
Monday 30 October, 6.30pm — Thomas Schmocker
Monday 6 November, 6.30pm — Ebony Muller
Monday 13 November, 6.30pm — James Paul
Monday 27 November, 6.30pm — Lasse Mouritzen
Monday 4 December, 6.30pm — Caitlin Dear
Sunday 10 December, 5pm — Finalé End of Year Party
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On The Table #1 (April-June 2023)

Monday 17 April, 6.30pm — Shelley O’Meara
Monday 24 April, 6.30pm — Marcus Ian McKenzie
Monday 1 May, 6.30pm — Astrid Zeman
Monday 8 May, 6.30pm — Tina and Tomaat
Monday 15 May, 6.30pm — James Paul
Monday 22 May, 6.30pm — Nilgun Guven
Monday 29 May, 6.30pm — Jule Vincent
Monday 5 June, 6.30pm — Alex Dobson
Monday 12 June, 6.30pm — Sovan Ly
Monday 19 June, 6.30pm — Romaine Margaret Mcsweeney
Monday 26 June, 6.30pm — Kimberley Downing
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On The Table in 2022

On The Table #8
Monday 3 October, 6.30pm — Abigail Benham-Bannon
Monday 10 October, 6.30pm — Patricia Wood
Monday 17 October, 6.30pm — Jessica Tanto
Monday 24 October, 6.30pm — Michaela Bear and Caitlin Dear
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On The Table #7
Monday 5 September, 6.30pm — Chris Chua
Monday 12 September, 6.30pm — Inplay Projects
Monday 19 September, 6.30pm — Jonathan Sinatra
Monday 26 September, 6.30pm — Louella May Hogan
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On The Table #6
Monday 6 June, 6.30pm — Alec Katsourakis
Monday 13 June, 6.30pm — Thandi Bethune
Monday 20 June, 6.30 — Zoë Bastin
Monday 27 June, 6.30pm — Derrick Duan
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On The Table #5
Monday 2 May, 6.30pm — Gemma Sattler & Molly McKenzie
Monday 9 May, 6.30pm — Environmental Performance Authority (EPA)
Monday 16 May, 6.30pm — TBC
Monday 23 May, 6.30pm — Gabriella Jozefina Imrichova
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On The Table #4
Monday 28 March, 6.30pm — Catherine Magill
Monday 4 April, 6.30pm — Joshinder Chaggar
Monday 11 April, 6.30pm — Kristen Cafari and Tenae Smith (CoExist Collective)
Monday 25 April, 6.30pm — James Marples
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On The Table Opening Party:

Monday 21 March, 6pm — Billy Soy/Piaera Lauritz
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On The Table Lockdown series:

Thursday 21 October, 6-7pm — Peter Trotman
Sunday 24 October, 6-7pm — Alice Heyward, Dr Amy Spiers and Rebecca Jensen
Sunday 31 October, 6-7pm — Alexandra Collins
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In-Depth with Devika Bilimoria:

21 November, 10am—12pm
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On The Table #3:

Monday 15 November, 6.30pm — Jam on Toast (David Prakash and Oliver Le)
Monday 22 November, 6.30pm — Piaera Lauritz
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On The Table #2 with Jenn Ma, Emilie Walsh, Hillary Goldsmith, Mark Brown II & Emily Bowman. Read more >>

On The Table #1 with Emma Fayelecaun, Shelley O’Meara, Chris Chua & Chelsea Byrne. Read more >>

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