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Melbourne Fringe 2021 EOI

EOIs Open Now

'MOTH' (2021), Aimee Schollum. Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti.
17 June 2021


EOIs close Thursday 17 June, 4pm

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Become a member

In 2021 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 2021 program.  

For details on how to apply read below or phone Dancehouse on (03) 9347 2860. To apply, fill in the EOI form.

Key Dates

  • 17 May: EOIs Open
  • 17 June 4pm: EOIs Close
  • 24 June: decisions advised
  • 9 July: Fringe registrations close
  • 26 August: program launches
  • 30 September: Festival opens
  • 17 October: Festival closes

*Please note if selected you will be required to provide full marketing materials for registration by no later than June 28th.  And all works will take place in the second and third weeks of the 2021 Melbourne Fringe: within October 4th to October 17th.

What we offer:

  • Either a 4 night season at Dancehouse in either the Sylvia Staehli Theatre or Upstairs Studio
  • An upfront season fee of up to $1,000
  • 50:50 Door split on ticket sales over $2500
  • 6 hours studio time for bumpin and technical rehearsals with a Dancehouse Technician
  • 6 hours studio time for dress rehearsal
  • 10 hours additional rehearsal time in the lead up to your event
  • Affordable space for additional rehearsal hours
  • Access to the Dancehouse technical equipment, lighting stock and standard lighting rig
  • Marketing support from Dancehouse and Melbourne Fringe
  • Free Front of house, Back or house and Producing staff support from Dancehouse throughout the season
  • Free Fringe Registration

Who is this for?

The EOI is open to Australian live works, events, or projects both existing and new that are outstanding both in their vision and capacity to imaginatively investigate choreographic territories as well as to connect to our contemporary society.

We welcome proposals for existing or in-development choreographic pieces (new projects in their final development stages), 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, for live outcomes priority will be given to artists residing in Victoria.

To be eligible, you must be a Dancehouse Member (or become one) and you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (for tax purposes).

Selection criteria

At the vanguard of contemporary dance, 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.

QUALITY of the proposed work: concept, choreography and movement.

RIGOUR as demonstrated by a well articulated choreographic rationale and working methodology.

CAPACITY of both Dancehouse and the Artist to make the project a success.  Assessors will consider the scope of the project, the experience of the artistic team and the ability of the project and artists to draw an audience.

Your proposal should clearly address the criteria above.

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 June 24th.

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

COVID-19 considerations

Successful applicants will be given either a one-week or four night season at Dancehouse.  Three projects will be presented each week with exact presentation dates and times to be decided in conversation with Dancehouse. Additionally, your project will need to be technically light enough that it can be bumped in and out for each performance evening as you will likely be sharing the space with other artists performing each evening.

Please note, we are still in a pandemic.  Dancehouse is currently operating at 100% audience capacity:  104 for the Sylvia Staehli Theatre and 70 for the Upstairs Studio.  Exact seating and audience configuration will be managed in conversation with Dancehouse staff in accordance with COVID-19 regulations.

If audience restrictions are increased we will discuss the possibility of postponing your season or sharing the work in another way. Importantly, Dancehouse will pay you half the season fee even if your season is cancelled due to the pandemic.

For more information or if you have any specific questions please contact Dancehouse.

About Dancehouse’s Melbourne Fringe Seasons

Dancehouse is the Dance Hub of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Since 2015, Dancehouse has supported 38 Fringe works and was home to the festival’s Best Dance award winners three straight years: Isabelle Beauverd (2019), Aimee Schollum (2018) and Siobhan McKenna (2017).  Even during the pandemic, last year, we presented 5 digital outcomes and supported a further 6 artist’s works that were postponed to 2021.

With guaranteed hours for technical and dress rehearsals, hands-on producing, production and marketing support, the cheapest rehearsals rates in Melbourne and two well equipped flexible theatre spaces, Dancehouse is one of the best places to present performance in Melbourne.

We foster long-lasting relationships with our Fringe artists and see the festival as a fantastic opportunity to get familiar with exciting emerging artists from all different disciplines. Siobhan Mckenna has since shown her 2017 award-winning work Utterance as a part of Dance Massive (2019) and attended the Choreographic Research week in Bassano del Grappa in Italy (2018) as part of our Dancehouse International program. >> Read more

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