arts-houseaus-councilausdancecatalistcomcreative-vicdancehousedmfacebookinstagrammalthousetwitteryarra

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

Universal Estate

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 They meander aimlessly in a world that has left them with a seemingly never-ending collection of superseded manufactured tools and materials.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 dancer and choreographer …

Read More

OVERTURE : FULL EDIT

When dance artist Jo Lloyd was young, she would pretend to interview famous people she’d like to meet. OVERTURE is an extension of that, a dance that considers the unrequited, the unattainable and our attempts to connect with particular beings of obsession. Lloyd’s choreography moves gloriously on the precipices of the possible and unthinkable. Creating …

Read More

Same but Different

Five First Nation female artists, each from a different Country within Australia, invite you to share in a conversation that they have been yarning about for years. DubaiKungkaMiyalk brings together Mariaa Randall, Rheannan Port, Henrietta Baird, Carly Sheppard and Ngioka Bunda-Heath, five contemporary choreographers who tell stories through dance. Each of the women have created …

Read More

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 …

Read More

Lady Example

A sweeping, operatic dance of bodies, words and women. 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 …

Read More

CO_EX_EN

There’s a site, where the physical and spiritual meet. Where the passing of lore between two coexisting 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 Projects invite you …

Read More

Make Your Own World

After creating contemporary dance for 25 years, Lucy Guerin’s newest work looks at different modes of dancing and what they mean. 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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

The Difficult Comedown

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 persist in unsentimental …

Read More

Public Actions

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 a force for …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More

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 …

Read More