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Open House Melbourne 2021

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24—25 July 2021
10:30am—8:30pm

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Due to the current lockdown Open House Melbourne 2021 has been cancelled.

The Dancehouse two-storey brick hall was built in 1887 in just three weeks for £2,000, under the controversial circumstances of the election campaign for the new seat of Carlton. Since then, it has undertaken many changes in layout and function. It has gone from being operated by the Carlton Mechanics Institute as a subscription library, to temporary housing after the Second World War, to accommodating the Carlton Community Centre’s school holiday programs in the 1970s. Since 1992, it has been the epicentre of independent dance practice in Australia. Its reputation and influence have crossed state boundaries to shape the art form nationally and internationally.

Across the Open House Melbourne weekend, visitors can enjoy a tour, a dancefilm screening or dance performance. Twice daily at 10:30am and then at 1.30pm, Dancehouse will guide you through the building, answer your questions and offer insights into the building, its history and what happens here today.

A full schedule of activities will be announced closer to the date.


Saturday July 24

10:30—11am
Tour

2—3pm
Screening | CARE DANCE — Ebony Muller

1:30—2pm
Tour

5—10pm
Performance | Burn City Waack 8 Year Anniversary

Sunday July 25

10:30—11am
Tour

2—3pm
Screening

1:30—2pm
Tour

5—6:30pm
Performance | In Real Life — The Jamstas

7:30—8:30pm
Performance | Now Pieces — Tony Yap

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