COMING 12 MARCH

Lauren Lanlois and Ghenoa Gela - Photo by Brett Boardman
Come closer and explode with dance possibilities

For the sixth incarnation of 'Dance Massive' - from 12 to 24 March 2019 - the Arts House program will feature 15 contemporary dance works created by inspiring Australian companies and choreographers. Dance Massive is an extraordinary biennial event. It is Australia’s biggest festival that places the ingenuity and innovation of the Australian dance scene on full display. 

Presented across the North Melbourne Town Hall, the Meat Market and a room in the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, the Arts House program for 'Dance Massive' includes world premieres from Lucy Guerin Inc, Antony Hamilton Projects, Luke George and Collaborators, and Paea Leach and Alexandra Harrison. Universal Estate by Antony Hamilton Projects is a four-hour durational work where retro-futurism meets contemporary nihilism in a living sculpture of light, sound, objects and movement; while Lucy Guerin Inc’s new work, Make Your Own World, sees spontaneous individuality colliding with highly structured choreography.

First Nations artists and choreographers are a focus of the Arts House program, with works from Marrugeku, Karul Projects, Joel Bray and DubaiKungkaMiyalk curated by Mariaa Randall. A riveting new dance creation by Thomas E.S. Kelly’s company Karul Projects, CO_EX_EN uses wit, humour, and a unique choreographic style to create a dance work of conversation, celebration, and learning about sites where the physical and spiritual once coexisted.

In Same but Different by DubaiKungkaMiyalk no two works are the same as five First Nation female choreographers come together to share their individual dance practice. Direct from the desert of Central Australia, The Perception Experiment by Madeleine Krenek and Frankie Snowdon of GUTS Dance // Central Australia is an immersive experience that explores time, sound and molecular phenomena.

In partnership with the Wheeler Centre, First Dance celebrates the role that dance plays in people’s lives and takes audiences back to vividly conjure all the elation, freedom, and catastrophe of their first tentative dance moves - from baby steps to blue-light discos to bridal waltzes too professional debuts... Force Majeure, Melanie Lane, Paul White and Narelle Benjamin, and Alice Will Caroline, will create other highly anticipated 'Dance Massive' works. There are also special screenings of Jo Lloyd's OVERTURE : FULL EDIT.

Dance Massive is presented by Arts House, Dancehouse and Malthouse Theatre in association with Ausdance Victoria, Abbotsford Convent, Temperance Hall and The SUBSTATION. The 2019 program includes 5 world premieres:

Make Your Own World – Lucy Guerin Inc 
Public Actions – Luke George and Collaborators
Universal Estate – Antony Hamilton Projects
Same but Different – DubaiKungkaMiyalk 
CO_EX_EN – Karul Projects

Make Your Own World – Lucy Guerin Inc 

Spontaneous individuality collides with highly structured choreography.  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 dialogue between two different ways of making dance. 6 highly-skilled dancers mix individual, spontaneous movement with the formal structures of choreographed performance to create an unpredictable and enthralling dance experience. Improvisations erupt from learned dance steps and memorised patterns like dissident voices insisting on a new way forward. Lucy Guerin’s newest dance work explores societies, communities, and personal relationships in flux. It pits the idea of existing power structures that are resistant to change against the possibilities of the present and a vision for the future.

Season 12 – 16 Mar 2019
Times 9pm Tue – Sat
Location Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall 
Address 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Duration 60 minutes 
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

Public Actions – Luke George and Collaborators

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 social cohesion. Public Actions involves a compelling and diverse group of artists in a series of ruptures in the theatre. Parts 1 and - 'Public Action' and 'Group Action' - are performative happenings, that terraform the theatre and instigate a mass displacement and relocation. Part 3 - 'A Call To Actions' - is an exhibition of recorded documents of public happenings in Melbourne. The three-part work highlights situations where bodies and objects, the artist and the public negotiate the social codes behind their collective actions, asking "how can we cultivate together a community that allows for risk?"

Season 12 – 16 Mar 2019
Performance: Parts 1 & 2 6.30pm Tue – Fri
Exhibition: Part 3 10am – 10pm Tue – Fri and 5pm – 10pm Sat
Location Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall 
Address 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Duration 90 minutes 
Tickets: Part 1 & 2 $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Tickets: Exhibition FREE, no booking required
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

The Perception Experiment – Madeleine Krenek and Frankie Snowdon / GUTS Dance // Central Australia 

Direct from the desert of Central Australia, this immersive experience explores time, sound and molecular phenomena. 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 performance. With senses heightened what you see, hear and feel may not be what you expected. Choreographers Frankie Snowdon and Madeleine Krenek invite you to explore time and space as they combine elements of dance, sound, and salt in a performance inspired by and created in the Australian desert. Through provocative sensory immersion The Perception Experiment examines our experience of the physical world, blurring its edges and offering an alternative view of how we might navigate through it

Season 12 – 16 Mar 2019
Times 8.15pm Tue – Sat
Location Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall 
Address 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Duration 60 minutes 
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

Cella – Paul White and Narelle Benjamin 

A stunning meditation on the wonder of the human body. 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, and interests of its creators, this work is a stunning meditation on the wonder of the human body. Human movement is taken to extremes as the dancers perform astonishing solos then come together in wonderful mirror images which offer insight into the physiological world we inhabit and the natural symmetry that surrounds us. In a world where we’re all trying to be different, desperately striving to be individuals, Cella celebrates the beauty of our collective similarities.

Season 12 – 16 Mar 2019
Times 7.45pm Tue – Sat
Location Meat Market
Address 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Duration 65 minutes 
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

The Difficult Comedown – Paea Leach and Alexandra Harrison 

An intense duet about unsentimental endurance and delicate fortitude. Two women carry, 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 relationship to the earth. Meanwhile they don’t have to take care of each other but they do. The Difficult Comedown is interested in shared resilience and the labour of women. It considers a new epoch beyond the Anthropocene, past human predominance on earth. Borne of long-embodied knowledge and compelled by wilfulness, this is performance from the ground up - an immersion in slow change. Performers Paea Leach and Alexandra Harrison shatter their solo lives to come down to earth. It is difficult, but they make mountains.

Season 12 – 16 Mar 2019
Times 6.30pm Tue – Sat
Location Meat Market
Address 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Duration 60 minutes 
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

Universal Estate – Antony Hamilton Projects

Retro-futurism meets contemporary nihilism in a living sculpture of light, sound, objects and movement. 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 Antony Hamilton is internationally renowned for his innovative works. Universal Estate responds to a dilemma resulting from the industrial and technological revolutions of recent centuries, questioning our throw-away society, our obsession with the next latest thing, and how we can find meaning in a world made up of the material things of past generations.

Season 12 – 24 Mar 2019
Times 6pm – 10pm Tue – Sat (12 – 16 Mar) and Tue – Sun (19 – 24 Mar)
Location Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall 
Address 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Duration 4 hours – enter and leave at any time 
Tickets FREE, no booking required
Information artshouse.com.au 

Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry – Marrugeku

A trans-Indigenous performance capturing the forces of decolonisation through dance. 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 been shaped by colonisation. Six dancers express the anger, longing, frustration, and despair over years of talk that has yet to get the results the Indigenous people of both countries want. With rapid-fire contemporary movement, acrobatic street styles and traditional Indigenous dance the performers move across the stage to the backing of electronic, techno, future soul, and ambient soundscapes. Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry captures the forces of decolonisation through dance – the drive for independence, the collapse of old systems, and the vulnerability of a future standing alone. Intense and visceral, the movement gathers into a driving pace and an urgent call to be heard.

Season 14 – 17 Mar 2019
Times 9pm Thu – Sat, 5pm Sun
Location Meat Market
Address 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Duration 60 minutes 
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

Same but Different – DubaiKungkaMiyalk 

Sharing individual dance practices, and no two works are the same. 5 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, - 5 contemporary choreographers who tell stories through dance. Each of the women have created a work that draws on their individual dance practice and no two works are the same. While each artists’ style of moving may be different, the women are unified by their common desire to move. Same but Different places the women and their work side by side to challenge any notion that all Indigenous dance is the same. 

Season 13 – 23 Mar 2019
Times 7pm Wed – Sat 
Location Meat Market
Address 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Duration 60 minutes 
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

First Dance

A celebration of that first time we moved to the music. 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 a low north-easterly pressure system? However we dance it can be a huge part of our life and say a lot about us. Maybe it’s the revelatory possibilities of dance that make it such a thrilling, liberating – and even risky – activity. Whether your first dance led to a lifelong love affair with movement or kept you off the dance floor for good, you’re invited to an event celebrating the role that dance plays in life. Through storytelling, music, and movement dancers and writers come together to vividly conjure all the elation, freedom, and catastrophe of their first tentative dance-steps – and yours. 

Season 18 Mar 2019
Times 6.30pm Mon
Location Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall 
Address 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Duration 90 minutes 
Tickets FREE
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

Lady Example – Alice Will Caroline

A sweeping, operatic dance of bodies, words, and women charting the historical and contemporary feminine. Created and performed by Alice Dixon, Caroline Meaden, and William McBride with an ensemble of collaborating artists, Lady Example undertakes a deranged and exquisite stock take 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 – on our stages, on our screens, and in the performance of everyday life – and explores with poignancy and wit of the lady examples that made us and the lady examples we are making still.

Season 19 – 24 Mar 2019
Times 6pm Tue – Sat, 5pm Sun
Location Meat Market
Address 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Duration 75 minutes 
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

CO_EX_EN – Karul Projects

A conversation, celebration, and learning about where the physical and spiritual coexist. 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 to experience the story of this site as a physical being in the world premiere of CO_EX_EN, a riveting new dance creation by Thomas E.S. Kelly. Using wit, humour, and a choreographic style that is all his own Kelly ignites a conversation about our past, present, and future.

Season 19 – 24 Mar 2019
Times 7.45pm Tue – Sat, 6.45pm Sun
Location Meat Market
Address 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Duration 55 minutes 
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

You Animal, You – Force Majeure
19 – 24 Mar 2019

We’re all animals but what makes us human? 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 fa├žade our animal selves are lurking, waiting to escape. This provocative, bold dance theatre work examines just what it is that makes us human in a desensitised age. Created with a diverse cast of multidisciplinary artists You Animal, You is a visually and aurally arresting production that weaves powerful personal stories into a visceral exploration of our drives and desires. With the show unfolding in the round you’ll feel the full force of the fierce action and interpersonal tension as 5 humans grapple with their repressed selves and fight for their place in the pecking order of life.

Season 19 – 24 Mar 2019
Times 7.30pm Tue – Sun
Location Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall 
Address 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Duration 60 minutes 
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

Biladurang – Joel Bray

Pull on a bathrobe for a dance-theatre one-night stand. 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 over his shoulder, and takes a good look at his life asking "Is this where I am supposed to be? Is this who I am supposed to be? What is all this? The drugs? The sex? The cigarettes?" Biladurang is loosely based on the traditional story of the platypus. It’s a story Bray grew up hearing, identifying with this mutant offspring who doesn’t seem to belong and finds himself roaming in search of a home. This award-winning confessional solo is physical, tender, funny, and dark. It’s the perfect dance-theatre one-night stand.

Season 19 – 24 Mar 2019
Times 6pm and 8pm Tue – Sat
Location Sofitel Melbourne on Collins 
Address 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
Duration 60 minutes 
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

OVERTURE : FULL EDIT – Jo Lloyd

Acclaimed dance work goes from stage to screen. 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 shared fictions OVERTURE’s dancers reconstruct and invoke lost heroes in order to play out impossible scenarios. They shake, run, halt, throw limbs, and memories out through the ends of their fingers as they cross, meet, entwine, and recoil. Dance fans are being offered a whole new way to experience OVERTURE. After wowing audiences and critics alike with the live version of this dance work in August, Lloyd returns to Arts House bringing the show to life onscreen. Join her as she introduces these special screenings of a dance about permission and the unattainable.

Season 19 – 24 Mar 2019
Times 6pm Tue – Thu, 8.45pm Fri – Sun
Location Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall 
Address 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Duration 60 minutes 
Tickets FREE, no booking required
Information artshouse.com.au 

NIGHTDANCE – Melanie Lane

An exhilarating nocturnal dance offering a voyeuristic window into club culture. 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 entertainment. As you navigate the social, sensual, and cerebral goings on that happen in a club after dark the lines between entertainer and punter become blurred. Are the performers there for your entertainment or their own enjoyment? Are you the audience, a customer, or a voyeur?  With an original score from UK music producer Clark (WARP records), light design by Ben Bosco Shaw and special guest appearances from local club entertainers and artists NIGHTDANCE is an immersive experience set to challenge your perceptions of club culture.

Season 21 – 24 Mar 2019
Times 9pm Thu – Sat, 8pm Sun
Location Meat Market
Address 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Duration 50 minutes 
Tickets $25 – $35 (plus transaction fee)
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

Dance Massive 2019 – Arts House program 
12 – 24 March 2019
North Melbourne Town Hall
Meat Market
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

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