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2023 Melbourne Fringe Program

an EOI for projects to be presented during the Melbourne Fringe Festival

'Passing' (2022), Isabelle Beauverd. Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti.
7 May 2023

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Melbourne Fringe X Dancehouse 2023

In 2023 Dancehouse is offering season fees for new or existing live dance projects to be presented in October, during the Melbourne Fringe Festival, as part of our 2023 program.  

For details on how to apply read below or contact the Dancehouse Program Manager on [email protected] .

To apply, fill in the EOI form.

Key Dates (Melbourne Fringe)

  • Fri 31 May: Early Bird deadline for registrations
  • Fri 16 June: Registrations close
  • Date TBC: Program Launch (penciled date is 18 Aug)
  • Tues 3 October: Melbourne Fringe Festival opens
  • Sun 22 October: Melbourne Fringe Festival closes

*Please note if selected you will be required to provide full marketing materials for registration by no later than 11 June 2023. Dancehouse will present works during the first two weeks of Melbourne Fringe 2023 only (October 4-14).

What we offer:

  • A four night season at Dancehouse in either the Sylvia Staehli Theatre or Upstairs Studio
  • An upfront season fee of up to $1,000
  • Door split on net box office over $2,500
  • 20 hours free rehearsal time in the lead up to your event
  • Affordable space for additional rehearsal hours
  • Access to Dancehouse technical equipment and standard rig
  • Standard marketing support from Dancehouse and Melbourne Fringe
  • Free Front of House and Producing staff support from Dancehouse throughout the season
  • Free Melbourne Fringe Registration

Who is this for?

The EOI is open to existing or in-development choreographic pieces (new projects in their final development stages) of Australian dance works, events, or projects conceived to be performed live on stage at Dancehouse.

Choreographers who consider themselves to be established, mid-career or emerging are all welcome to apply.

Artists from any state are welcome to apply. Australian artists living interstate or overseas will be considered, but will need to address touring logistics as part of their proposal.

Selection criteria

Dancehouse is interested in presenting rigorous, cutting-edge and challenging investigations and unearthing new or reinvented choreographic territory that expands or reimagines the choreographic in its interconnections with other art forms and society in general.

Submissions will be assessed against both their creative context and their commercial viability.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by an advisory peer panel made up of dance artists and Dancehouse staff.

Applicants may be contacted to discuss their proposal in further detail.  All applicants will be notified by 26 May 2023.

Given the subjective nature of our curatorial approach, no feedback will be offered to any of the applicants.

What will the space be used for?

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