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Room to Move

Room to Move

A residency for research, reflection and criticality.

Room to Move is a 70 hour residency program for artists focused on choreographic research, reflection and criticality. This is an opportunity for artists to develop and critically examine specific aspects of their choreographic practice and/or an existing work within a supported context. This initiative aims to stimulate new modes of embedding reflexivity and criticality in the creative process.

EOIs for 2020 are currently closed and will reopen for 2021 post-pandemic.

How It Works

This residency is about taking the time to work on and test material. It is an opportunity to critically analyse what works, what doesn’t quite work yet, what is yet to be invented, so that you understand what to do next. You will work with Dancehouse to define the critical examination frames and tools that you will need: outside eye, dramaturgical support, public showings, critical feedback.

You must be or become a Dancehouse member in order to be considered for this program. You agree to share your findings with the broader community.

Who is This For:

  • Choreographic artists with an established practice
  • Artists from other art forms working on projects with choreographic focus
  • Artists with dance for screen projects
  • Artists with off-site/site-specific projects
  • Artists who want to research a new choreographic idea or develop further an existing one
  • Artists interested in developing tools and skills to better analyse and understand what they are doing
  • Artists interested in entering in critical conversation about their work and processes with peers, unfamiliar perspectives and the general public

You must be or become a Dancehouse member in order to be considered for this program, and agree to share your findings with the broader community.

What We Are Offering:

  • 70 hrs in-kind space (to be used within a one month period)
  • Access to Dancehouse’s existing lighting and sound equipment
  • Limited time with a dedicated technician
  • Access to outside eyes, provocateurs, dramaturges
  • Critical conversations
  • Public showing and critical discussion
  • Public program activities around the artist’s project as a way of expanding the artist’s thinking and reflection (activities generation their own income)


March – Rosalind Crisp – DIRtywork Work-In-Progress

March – Sandra Parker – Adherence

January – Martin Hansen – Rita Klaus


October – Rosalind Crisp – DIRtywork Work-In-Progress

November – Amanda Betlehem – Coming This Fall

December – Pia Lauritz – A Network Of People Sending Photos Of Fallen Gloves (A Process)


July – Collusion – Turbine

August – Martin del Amo, Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey – Parade

September – Lauren Simmonds – Unseen

October – Timothy Ohl – Perspextive

December – Sandra Parker – Adherence to Procedure


May – Prue Lang – Stellar Project

June – Chloe Chignell – Soft Reality

July – The Second Echo Ensemble

August –  Shian Law

September – Elena Oslade Trueba

October – Leah Landau

December – Sarah Elsworth

What will the space be used for?

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