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Melbourne Fringe Festival at Dancehouse

EOIs are now closed

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'Utterance' (2019), Siobhan McKenna. Photo by Claire Wakeford.
3 August 2020

EOIs are now closed.

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This year, in direct response to the conditions of COVID-19, Dancehouse in partnership with the Melbourne Fringe are offering season fees for up to 6 new or existing live or digital dance projects to be presented with Dancehouse in November as part of our 2020 program.  

For details on how to apply read below or phone Dancehouse 03 9347 2860. To apply, fill in the EOI form at the bottom of this page.


Key Dates

  • July 3 EOIs Open
  • August 3 EOIs close
  • August 10 Artists notified
  • August 21 Registration for Melbourne Fringe Festival due
  • November 12 to 29th of November Season

What we offer

We want to remove the risk for artists and get everyone moving again so we are offering:

  • Either a 4 night season at Dancehouse in the Sylvia Staehli Theatre, or support for digital presentation
  • up to $1,500 season fee with $750 guaranteed even if season can’t go ahead
  • 50:50 Door split on ticket sales over $1500
  • 6 hours studio time for bumpin and technical rehearsals with a Dancehouse Technician
  • 6 hours studio time for dress rehearsal
  • 2 x 4 hour blocks of rehearsal time at Dancehouse in the lead up to October
  • 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 or digital choreographic 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 or off-site/outdoors.

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 overseas can 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 as demonstrated by the scope of the project and the artists’ biographies and existing body of work.

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 August 10th at the latest.

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 in the Sylvia Staehli Theatre and/or web-hosting for digital offerings. Two projects will be presented each week with exact presentation dates, times, and modes (live, online or both) 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.

Please note: due to COVID-19 restrictions the current audience capacity at Dancehouse is 30. All projects will take place in the Sylvia Staehli theatre and this year we will  not be able to offer our standard tiered seating configuration. Exact seating and audience configuration will be  managed in conversation with Dancehouse staff in accordance with COVID-19 regulations.

If restrictions are removed, the Sylvia Staehli theatre has a maximum capacity of 100. If audience restrictions are increased, we will discuss the possibility of postponing your season or sharing the work digitally. 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 33 Fringe shows and been home to the festival’s Best Dance award winners of the past 3 years: Isabelle Beauverd (2019), Aimee Schollum (2018) and Siobhan McKenna (2017). 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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