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BATTLE MASSIVE

Come witness Australia’s edgiest street dancers battle it out for supremacy! Championing the diverse street dance styles that are thriving in Melbourne, Battle Massive transforms into a travelling dance-off with four stopovers curated by local dance crews, culminating in a Battle Massive style competition at the Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt. Presented by Cypher Culture and …

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FIRST DANCE

Do you remember your first dance? From baby steps and blue-light discos to bridal waltzes and professional debuts, First Dance takes you back to that exhilarating, nerve-wracking or fun moment that you may not even recall. Do you move like a panther? Or more like a projectile? Or would you say your style is more like …

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SCRIBE

For millennia, in many cultures, scribes have held sacred administrative roles – offering written transactions and brokering exchanges between parties. Led by Leisa Shelton, Scribe is a public participatory work bridging the experience of audiences, the intentions of artists and the extraordinary meetings that occur between the two through performance. Throughout Dance Massive, audiences are invited to have their …

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ROOM TO MOVE

PROCESS SHARING & CRITICAL DIALOGUE Sandra Parker uses this somewhat unconventional platform for intimate sharing and critical dialogue to dig deeply into the interrogations raised by the process, theme and production of her work-in-progress Adherence. Drawing on themes of power and authority, this new work examines the potential for change through human persistence, endurance, will and …

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CHOREOGRAPHED READINGS

Expanding on Dancehouse 2018 artist-in-residence Rhiannon Newton’s We Make Each Other Up, Dance Massive artists are invited to contribute excerpts from texts that have influenced their practice and thinking. Each text is accompanied by a score and short note from the artist, shared in a one-to-one reading. Mapping webs of thought and care threaded through …

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WHAT NOW: Conversation Series

WHAT NOW is a series of timely and incisive facilitated conversations aimed at contextualising the deep and subtle connections that the choreographed body fosters – in its multiplicity of forms and meanings with the social, ethical and political. # 1 – What’s your discourse? – Practising the Practice #2 – Who’s got the power? – Artists …

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Universal Estate

– WORLD PREMIERE – Universal Estate is a world of light, sound, objects and movement; a living sculpture where retro-futurism meets contemporary nihilism. Two humans navigate an environment of strange technological objects with no known function. They meander aimlessly in a world that has left them with a seemingly never-ending collection of superseded manufactured tools and materials. Multi-award-winning …

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OVERTURE : FULL EDIT

After wowing audiences and critics alike with the sell-out performance of OVERTURE in August 2018, Lloyd returns to Arts House bringing this dance show to life onscreen. Join her as she introduces these special screenings. When dance artist Jo Lloyd was young, she would pretend to interview famous people she’d like to meet. OVERTURE is …

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THE BOTCHAN RETREAT

Inspired by the Japanese literary classic Botchan and the Matsuyama locale, The Botchan Retreat is a darkly comedic dance film about the detrimental effects of corporate culture on vibrancy, freedom and happiness. Presented by Dancehouse and Japan Contemporary Dance Network as part of Dance Massive 2019 Image: Matt Wilson

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CINEMATIC EXPERIMENTS

Cinematic Experiments is a playful interactive multi-media installation in which early cinema techniques and digital dance are layered and animated. Starting with a library of analogue and digital source material, media artists Margie Medlin, Rhian Hinkley, Olaf Meyer and James Wilkinson will devise a series of experiments that combine motion graphics with digital dance choreography by …

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SIMULCAST

A solo for 401. SIMULCAST is a study in simplicity. Young, old, trained and untrained dancers will work together to create this murmuration, taking place in Melbourne at Birrarung Marr. Created and produced by Chunky Move in association with Tasdance and Yellow Wheel, SIMULCAST is a solo for celebrated Australian dancer James O’Hara, supported by …

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