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Dance (Lens) EOI

Curator Call Out

17 May 2021

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Dancehouse is seeking three curators for Dance (Lens) — an annual program of presentations, screenings and talk about all things dance film and dance on screen. 

The curators will work collectively to conceive a program of on-demand dance screen work for Dancehouse online channels alongside recorded talks and public programs, and some screening events at Dancehouse. 

About Dance (Lens)

The Dance (Lens) program will be available On Demand from 20 July — 29 August on Dancehouse’s Vimeo channel. For one access price, viewers (locally, nationally and internationally) will be able to access the entire Dance (Lens) program to watch and re-watch for the period.

At least half of the screened works in Dance (Lens) will be drawn from a call-out for Australian dance film works.

In addition to the screen work, the Dance (Lens) program comprises talks and public programs designed and offered by the curators, and some additional in-person screenings and events including:

  • A free daytime screening program as part of Open House Melbourne 24 — 25 July 2021; and
  • A weekend of screenings Friday 30 July — Sunday 1 August in the Sylvia Staehli Theatre. 

Curators’ Roles

The Curators will work together and with Dancehouse to:

  • Call for and select works for inclusion in Dance (Lens) from Australian dance artists and film-makers; 
  • Curate a series of works, talks or events in their own curatorial interest area;
  • Design, host and facilitate recorded in conversations and/ or public programs for Dance (Lens);

The Curator role is an artistic, research and programming role.  In conversation with Dancehouse, they will be expected to administer their proposed program including, where required, but not limited to, liaising with artists and/or securing the relevant permissions for content. Dancehouse will produce the events and provide equipment and technical support, marketing, production and administrative support for the program and curators. 


In addition to curatorial fees, Dancehouse has allocated support for:

  • Webcast fees for up to 20 works;
  • Provision for additional speakers for in conversations;
  • Captioning for the public programs and some additional access costs.

What can a Curator propose?

All Curators will work collaboratively to select and curate the main program of Dance (Lens) from expressions of interest.

In addition, each curator should research and curate works and companion public programs in their targeted interest area/s. 

Curatorial proposals for Dance (Lens) are at the discretion of the curator and could, for example, include a particular international focus; form or sub-genre; style; practice; focus on an artists’ work; historical period; thematic; culture; identity; or ideas.

Dance (Lens) celebrates a broad understanding of dance film and dance for screen. Works may include expanded choreographic possibilities, temporalities, contexts, and/or traditions; both human and non-human bodies.  

Although Dance (Lens) is a dance film program, Dancehouse hopes to support at least one Curator with an historical perspective. We also welcome curatorial proposals with a focus on public programs/talks investigating dance histories, which instead may use documentation, footage or images in tandem with conversations with artists and historians about Australian dance history. 


Interested curators are welcome to write a letter to Dancehouse (max 2 pages) with a proposal of their Dance (Lens) ideas, curatorial rationale, interest and experience. 

The letter should be sent to Josh Wright, CEO/ Artistic Director: director@dancehouse.com.au by COB Monday 17 May 2021. 

Dancehouse will appoint curators by end of May. 

Dance (Lens) curators will be invited with a view to engage a diverse range of ideas, views, knowledge and expertise.

Curators must be Australian residents but do not need to be based in Melbourne.

Dancehouse welcomes curators from any dance discipline or background. Dancehouse encourages curators who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, have a disability, are trans and/or gender non-confirming. 

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