Dancehouse stands on what always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We pay our respects to the traditional owners of this land, the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation, to their Elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

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2—6 March

Abbotsford Convent
Starting at $190 for members

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

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For writers and artists with a developed writing practice.

We talk about the things we do and make being ephemeral. As if we lasted. As if we had anything more than a little time and a little space ourselves in which to wrap around and through and under all of it. This is a writing/making/thinking/talking lab for artists interested in spending fifteen hours’ worth of their non-renewable resources so as to explore collectively shaped questions and speculations. The Keir Choreographic Award will be one of myriad starting points.

This workshop is for 12 participants, selected via EOI. Participants will have access to all shows, conversations and talks as part of the KCA program.

Claudia La Rocco is a 2020 KCA Jury Member.

Dancehouse 2020 Keir Choreographic Award Public Program

Presented by Dancehouse in partnership with Abbotsford Convent, LGI/WYXZ, Temperance Hall, Chunky Move, The Commons/Fringe, University of Melbourne/Victorian College of the Arts, The Mill Adelaide

Dancehouse’s Keir Choreographic Award (KCA) Public Program accompanies the KCA competition and is an integral part of this initiative and of Dancehouse’s ongoing commitment to promote dialogue, reflection, accessibility and criticality for the art form, its makers and its audiences. It aims to cross-pollinate an array of outstanding thinkers and practitioners from the dance field and other communities of thought  in order to provide a unique context in which to consider the deep, subtle ways that dance, with its multiplicity of choreographed and embodied manifestations, connects to the social, the ethical, the political and as importantly, to our most inner selves.


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Claudia La Rocco‘s work explores hybridity and improvisation, moving between criticism, poetry, fiction, and performance. Her books include the selected writings The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited) and the sf novel petit cadeau (The Chocolate Factory theater). She was a critic and reporter for The New York Times from 2005-2015 and is Editorial Director of SFMOMA’s interdisciplinary commissioning platform Open Space. Claudia La Rocco is a member of the Keir Choreographic Award jury in 2020.

The Keir Choreographic Award Dancehouse Public Program is presented by Dancehouse in partnership with City of Yarra, Abbotsford Convent, Faculty of the VCA and MCM | University of Melbourne, Temperance Hall, Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc., Common Rooms and The Mill. Dancehouse would like to warmly thank the Keir Foundation for making this public program possible. Accomodation proudly supported by City Tempo.

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