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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, our flagship public outdoor event Battle Massive has partnered with Cypher Culture for this year’s iteration. Battle Massive transforms into a travelling dance-off with four stopovers, kicking off at RMIT’s A’Beckett Urban Square. Each stop …

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THE 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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WITNESS SALON

Book to see a show, then enjoy an after-drink and an informal but facilitated conversation with the critics from WITNESS performances. WITNESS SALONS are all about what you think: it’s a chance to talk through your responses and articulate your ideas in a relaxed conversation. WITNESS is one of Australia’s most exciting new critical initiatives, opening up conversations …

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SCRIBE by Fragment 31

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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MASTERCLASS with James Batchelor

Choreographer James Batchelor’s workshop will explores some of the processes behind his latest creations. Since his involvement as a voyage artist on an expedition to sub-Antarctic Heard and McDonald Islands in 2016, James has been questioning how the body participates in spatial inquiry; how it senses, measures and maps the unknown. Together with his collaborators …

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MASTERCLASS with Marrugeku

Marrugeku’s co-artistic directors, choreographer/dancer Dalisa Pigram and director/dramaturg Rachael Swain will introduce their devising approaches drawing on personal and cultural backgrounds to create contemporary movement. They will experiment with techniques to layer and structure movement, ideas, characters and cultural influences. The workshop will draw from the processes Marrugeku used to create Le Dernier Appel / …

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MASTERCLASS with Kristina Chan

In this workshop Kristina will share methods and processes in making work that deals with environmental change. Addressing how to translate an idea to an embodied state, Kristina asks, how can we work beyond the limitations of our human form to achieve transformation in performance? Based on her work A Faint Existence, she will lead the …

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MASTERCLASS with Lucy Guerin

Lucy Guerin’s workshop will be based on ideas and methodologies that have been employed in current works. Recent interests include purely choreographic and rhythmic dance phrases and improvised material based on narrative, drama and conflict. One is purely physical and experiential, where the other brings different qualities into the body through imagination, emotional states and …

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MASTERCLASS with Thomas E.S. Kelly

I am aware of myself, my connection to mother earth, the space around me and all energies in the room, physical and spiritual. How do you connect with a lineage that stems thousands of years into the past whilst simultaneously branches far into the future? Thomas E.S. Kelly will provide the tools to develop an …

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ROOM TO MOVE with Ros Crisp

LECTURE PERFORMANCE In her solo lecture-performance, Rosalind Crisp asks how dance might embody, understand and connect to the unfolding extinction crisis in East Gippsland. A response to Crisp’s profound sense of loss and responsibility for the devastation of the country that has allowed her to share in the spoils of colonialism, DIRtywork has arisen from years …

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ROOM TO MOVE with Sandra Parker

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

Choreographed Readings led by Rhiannon Newton 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 …

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WE MOVE YOU: Sensorial Experiences

WE MOVE YOU gives audiences new ways of appreciating choreography by first experiencing it corporeally. Upon arrival, audiences will be guided into experiencing the dance of the artist with their own body before watching the performance. This invitation embodies the idea that dance is the most participatory art form, best understood through dancing. *Tickets for …

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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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WE MOVE YOU: Sensorial Experiences

WE MOVE YOU gives audiences new ways of appreciating choreography by first experiencing it corporeally. Upon arrival, audiences will be guided into experiencing the dance of the artist with their own body before watching the performance. This invitation embodies the idea that dance is the most participatory art form, best understood through dancing. *Tickets for …

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WE MOVE YOU: Sensorial Experiences

WE MOVE YOU gives audiences new ways of appreciating choreography by first experiencing it corporeally. Upon arrival, audiences will be guided into experiencing the dance of the artist with their own body before watching the performance. This invitation embodies the idea that dance is the most participatory art form, best understood through dancing. *Tickets for …

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THE BOTCHAN RETREAT: Screening

by Nathan Smith and Max Pollard (Running Man) 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. This film was a joint co-commission by the Japan Contemporary Dance Network in partnership with Dancehouse. Image: Matt …

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CINEMATIC EXPERIMENTS: Multi-Media Installation

Developed over two months in a dedicated shopfront come media laboratory within the Altona Gate shopping centre, the multi-media installation traverses the choreographic qualities of the cinematic frame. Utilizing a library of analogue and digital source material created for the project, the work is a series of experiments that explore the interaction of digital dance …

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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 by Chunky Move in association with Tasdance and Yellow Wheel, SIMULCAST is a solo for celebrated Australian dancer James O’Hara, supported by a local …

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