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Maloya Moshpit

Call for collaborating dance artists

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Punctum welcomes expressions of interest for three paid part-time collaborating dance artists to participate in the 2022/2023 project — Maloya Moshpit

Exploring the essence of the 300-year old Réunion Island artform Maloya, artists Muriel Hillion Toulcanon and Justin Marshall with Punctum will develop Maloya Moshpit; a contemporary participative performance work inviting collective audience participation — connecting and colliding dance, music and song to produce hybrid forms that foster social and cultural resilience. 

Maloya is a living cultural practice of Réunion cultures including Creole, African Malagasy, Tamil, and Indian influences. Maloya artists are often both dancers and musicians incorporating percussion and sung-vocals. Participants dance as a group but this rarely involves contact or partner work.

The three collaborating dance artists are an integral part of the creative team for Maloya Moshpit. Artists do not need to have any experience of Maloya — this is an opportunity to expand your dance and improvisation practice under the stewardship of Maloya expert Muriel Hillion Toulcanon. 

To participate, dance artists must attend the free Maloya Studio: For Dancers 4—6pm, Sunday 30 January at Dancehouse and submit a short Expression of Interest (see below).

Collaborating dance artists are selected by the Maloya Moshpit creative team. Punctum will engage artists and project manage Maloya Moshpit. Collaborating dance artists are paid standard Equity rates and must be available for the full project timeline (see below). 

Maloya Moshpit is developed by Punctum in partnership with Dancehouse, the Castlemaine State Festival, The Substation.

EOIs for Maloya Moshpit artists close 5pm, Monday 31 January 2022.


Maloya Moshpit Project Timeline

  • Maloya Studio: for dancers:  4—6pm, 30 January, 2022 | Dancehouse, Melbourne
  • Development 1: 14—28 February, 2022 | Dancehouse, Melbourne (part-time)
  • Development 2: 16—29 May 2022 | Goods Shed Arts, Castlemaine (part-time)
  • Presentation: March 2023 | Castlemaine State Festival


Expressions of Interest

EOIs close 12 noon, Monday 31 January

The EOI requires you to provide some basic information, a headshot, and upload a short response (max one page total) to the questions below:

  • What interests you in being an integral member of the Maloya Moshpit creative team?
  • What skills and interests would you bring to the work? 
  • What do you seek to understand and develop through your participation in the project?
  • What is your dance practice/ dance lineage?

The format of the response is up to you. Please attach as a Word doc or PDF. Dot point responses are fine. Feel free to include links to your work, websites, video in the document.



Questions about this EOI and the Maloya Moshpit project can be directed to Jude Anderson, Artistic Director, Punctum

Maloya Moshpit is being developed by Punctum in partnership with Dancehouse, the Castlemaine State Festival, The Substation.

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