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Now more than ever, it’s time to engage and connect, to question everything. Most importantly, it’s time to dance.

Dance Massive offers you that possibility – a chance to rediscover your belief in the joyous and the extraordinary privilege of feeling alive. How? By engaging with the work of people who with focus, skill and fierce imagination, enable you to know yourself better, and to see the world through fresh eyes.

For this fifth chapter of Dance Massive, we have unearthed and commissioned work that is adventurous, deeply mythical, exuberantly fun, confidently abstract and at times, hilariously ambiguous.

Over thirteen days you can immerse in the full spectrum of choreographic forms, including an ambitious new project from our state dance company Chunky Move, a world premiere from rising choreographic star and Bundjalong /Yaegl woman Mariaa Randall, and intricate work by long time experimenter, Sandra Parker.

Dance Massive V is choreography at its best: as theatre, as action, as communal gathering and as form that is creating its future. Dance Massive will take you onto the streets, out of the black box and into the unknown. Embrace it.

It’s definitely worth buying a ticket or four.

It’s time to dance and dance massive.

Now more than ever.

Angela Conquet, Dancehouse
Matthew Lutton, Malthouse Theatre
Angharad Wynne-Jones, Arts House

Since 2009, Dance Massive has welcomed audiences of over 40,000 to 71 contemporary Australian dance works. Dance Massive exists as the simultaneous programming of contemporary dance works and associated public and industry events by four Melbourne arts organisations. The Dance Massive consortium: Arts House, Dancehouse and Malthouse Theatre in association with Ausdance Victoria, have a history of programming contemporary dance works for both our Melbourne and Australian audiences. Dance Massive allows the consortium to share resources, collaborate, promote and celebrate contemporary dance under one banner. It helps us make dance, massive.

Dance Massive is supported by Creative Victoria and the Australian Government’s Ministry for the Arts. The delegate program of Dance Massive is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Dance Massive Project Coordinator: Susannah Day
Delegate Coordinator: Bek Berger

2017 Program Guide

View the 2017 Program guide
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Aeon is produced by Performing Lines and was commissioned by Mobile States. Aeon was developed at Vitalstatistix as part of their Adhocracy program and has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.

ANTI-GRAVITY by Chunky Move gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne. Chunky Move is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Government.

Battle Massive is presented by Ausdance Victoria in partnership with Federation Square.

Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុងតូច  has been assisted by the Australian government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund, the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Artback NT and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.

Bodied Assemblies is supported by the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW Ausdance; Critical Path; the University of New South Wales; Inner West Council; ReadyMade Works Inc; and Dirty Feet.

Cockfight by The Farm with Performing Lines, originally commissioned by NORPA and supported by, DanceNorth Townsville, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Cairns (COCA), Arts Queensland. The Dance Massive season is supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House. The Farm is supported by the City of Gold Coast.

Creature is supported by the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; Département de la Culture of Geneva, Pro Helvetia, Loterie Romande, Schweizerische Interpretengenossenschaft SIG, Commune de Lancy, Corodis, Migros Pour Cent Culturel, Republic and Canton of Geneva. Co-productions by ADC / Geneva; Centre National de la Danse/ Paris; Arsenic – centre d’art scénique contemporain/ Lausanne; Kaserne Basel; CCN – Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy/ Migrations, Wales. This tour is made possible with the support of Pro Helvetia.

Divercity is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. Divercity was developed through Arts House’s CultureLAB with the assistance of Creative Victoria.

Deep Sea Dances has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. Deep Sea Dances was developed through Arts House’s CultureLAB with the assistance of Creative Victoria.

Deepspace has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the ACT Government through Screen ACT and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. Deepspace was developed through Arts House’s CultureLAB with the assistance of Creative Victoria.

if it’s all in my veins is commissioned and presented by Dancehouse with support from the City of Yarra. In its short format, this work was initially commissioned by Carriageworks, Dancehouse and The Keir Foundation for the Keir Choreographic Award 2016.

Jinx 103 is supported by the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; Département de la Culture of Geneva, DIP Canton of Geneva, Pro Helvetia, Loterie Romande, Corodis, City of Carouge, RESO Switzerland. This tour is made possible with the support of Pro Helvetia.

Noise Quartet Meditation is supported by the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; Lucy Guerin Inc.; The Substation; and Melbourne Fringe.

Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster is presented by Malthouse Theatre and a co-production with Performing Lines.

Small Details is supported by the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; and Auspicious Arts Projects.

Lucy Guerin Inc is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria’s Organisation Investment Program; and the City of Melbourne, through its triennial funding. Split is supported by City of Melbourne through Arts House.

Stellar Project is supported by the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; by the Australian Government through the Australia Council; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; Besen Family Foundation; Lucy Guerin Inc.; City of Melbourne; the Victorian College of the Arts; and Maximised Chunky Move.

Tangi Wai…the cry of water was originally commissioned by Performance Space. The Dance Massive season is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Artful Management and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.

Tiny Slopes has been supported by Besen Family Foundation, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, Creative Victoria, The City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program, The Coopers Malthouse and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. Tiny Slopes was developed through Arts House’s CultureLAB with the assistance of Creative Victoria.

Vanishing Point has been supported by Creative Victoria, Besen Family Foundation, Tanja Liedtke Foundation and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. Vanishing Point was developed through Arts House’s CultureLAB with the assistance of Creative Victoria.