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TABLE TALKS

Table Talks offers artists and producers the opportunity to meet with Dance Massive delegates from Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. You can find a list of the delegates attending Dance Massive online here: The event format, similar to an Open Space session, invites presenters to propose topics which are important to them and facilitate conversations around this with artists …

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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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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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You Animal, You

View the human experience as a contest as Arts House is transformed into an intimate arena for the taboo-busting You Animal, You. We like to think of ourselves as evolved but hidden deep beneath our public façade our animal selves are lurking, waiting to escape. This provocative, bold dance theatre work examines just what it …

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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 They meander aimlessly in a world that has left them with a seemingly never-ending collection of superseded manufactured tools and materials.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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Same but Different

The remaining performances of Same but Different have been cancelled due to performer illness. We are in the process of contacting ticket buyers and processing refunds. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. – WORLD PREMIERE  – Four First Nation female artists, each from a different Country within Australia, invite you to share in …

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Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry

Questions of cultural, political and personal decolonisation in Australia and New Caledonia are the focus of the bold and breathtaking Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry. Inspired by the New Caledonian referendum on independence and Australia’s long-running debate on constitutional recognition for First Nations people, this energetic inter-cultural performance examines the ways dance has …

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Lady Example

Created and performed by Alice Dixon, Caroline Meaden and William McBride, with an ensemble of collaborating artists, Lady Example undertakes a deranged and exquisite stocktake of our histories and mythologies to propose a litany of new, glorious, shuddering worlds. Combining contemporary dance and theatre, this shimmering and mischievous performance considers the historical and contemporary feminine …

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CO_EX_EN

– WORLD PREMIERE – There’s a site, where the physical and spiritual meet. Where the passing of lore between two co-existing worlds occurs. Boomerangs clap, possum skin drums thud, singing and chanting echo while feet rhythmically stomp. And then silence. Conversation has been disconnected and commutes have ceased. The site is suspended; no longer activated. Karul …

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Make Your Own World

– WORLD PREMIERE – Lucy Guerin’s newest work Make Your Own World is a fragile construct, where the possibility of beautiful systems and organic freedoms are tantalisingly close, but where gaps and chasms are sometimes unbridgeable. Make Your Own World is a dialogue between two different ways of making dance. Six highly-skilled dancers mix individual, spontaneous …

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The Perception Experiment

A single grain of salt sits on top of a dormant mass. A tentative shuffle begins a migration. The salt trickles, becomes a torrent, becomes a cloud, becomes a pattern; capturing breath and heartbeat before sweeping away. From the moment you enter the theatre, The Perception Experiment challenges the way you experience a live dance …

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The Difficult Comedown

– WORLD PREMIERE – Two women carry and haul, run, wait – and consider: what’s clearly necessary, right now? Each asks with all that she is. In duet the women age the body, expand it, injure it. They change. The dance dwells in an ecosystem of seasonality, a rhythm of work that allows the women to …

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Public Actions

– WORLD PREMIERE – Art as an avalanche in an unstable landscape. Provoked by the debilitating culture of individualism today, Public Actions rallies the audience as mobilised citizens. When the lines between observation and participation become blurred, artist and audience may enter into a collaborative relationship and work together to reconsider the question of art as …

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NIGHTDANCE

The theatre is transformed into a pulsating nocturnal universe as Melanie Lane’s exhilarating NIGHTDANCE returns to Arts House. Traditional dance forms are turned on their head as Lane and her co-performers move between exotic dance, techno, burlesque and pop. Join them on a transformative journey through sound, space and light and into the world of night-time …

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Cella

Leading contemporary dancers Narelle Benjamin and Paul White come together for an evolutionary new dance work. Inspired by the building blocks of life – cells – Cella explores the idea that the most complex patterns imaginable in our biological systems can be found repeated in all of us. The culmination of the shared histories, practices …

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Biladurang

Joel Bray is black. Well, he’s white, but black. Y’know? He’s trapped in a hotel room somewhere in Melbourne and you, the audience, are trapped with him. Pull on a bathrobe and share a uniquely immersive and intimate encounter with Bray in the hilarious and revelatory Biladurang. In this nowhere place Bray takes a pause, looks …

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