Dance Massive Open Studios are an open rehearsal/showings program that provides an opportunity for contemporary choreographers and dancers to present and discuss works in progress to industry and other artists whilst developing relationships and connections with regional, national and international presenters, producers and fellow artists in the intimate surrounds of the Malthouse Theatre Bagging Room.

VENUE: Malthouse Theatre, Bagging Room.
PRICE: Free [Bookings are essential and will open in February]
ACCESSIBILITY: Please contact Angela if you require assistance.

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Stephanie Lake (VIC) - Double Blind

Monday 16th March 2015, 11am -12pm

Stephanie Lake is a Melbourne based choreographer and dancer. Stephanie won both the Helpmann Award and Australian Dance Award in 2014 for Outstanding Choreography as well as the Green Room Award in 2011.  Stephanie is a regular teacher, has led master classes around the world and directed several large scale public works for over 1000 participants.

Stephanie Lake and producer, Freya Waterson will present a short introduction to Double Blind including a 20 minute excerpt of the work, followed by a Q&A session and discussion.

Stephanie Lake’s website       |      MORE INFO

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Alison Currie (SA) - Concrete Impermanence

Monday 16th March 2015, 1.45pm-2.45pm

Alison Currie uses alternate methods of engagement to create performance experiences that captivate audiences from varying backgrounds and levels of involvement with the arts. Her work crosses the mediums of dance, performance art, sculpture and installation.

Concrete Impermanence will be a dance work for four dancers and a series of objects. It explores the concept of a constant being un-expectantly and irreversibly changed.

Alison Currie’s biography      |     MORE INFO

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Elizabeth and Zaimon Vilmanis (QLD) - The Inquisition of the Big Bad Wolf

Monday 16th March 2015, 4.15pm -5.15pm

Co-directors, collaborators, choreographers and performers, Zaimon and Lizzie Vilmanis are Prying Eye. Together we create powerful, touching, live contemporary performance works that are visually rich, resonantly sensory and beautifully unpretentious.

Intrigued by the many representations of  ‘wolf’ throughout history and the association that ‘wolf’ has had with mental health, Prying Eye explore the connotations that the perceptions of ‘wolf’ summon in today’s world in this new contemporary dance theatre work.  What connects dreams, preachers, wolf packs, shadows, and furballs? – Old tales and real life scenarios get drawn upon to stimulate thought about (DIS)trust.

Prying Eye      |     MORE INFO

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Liesel Zink (QLD) - The Stance

Tuesday 17th March 2015, 11am -12pm

Liesel Zink is a Brisbane based choreographer interested in the psychology and behaviour of humans in public spaces.

Developed and performed in public space, The Stance investigates the choreography of bodies in protest prompting audiences and passers-by to consider the politics of mass movement, vocal and visible protest, and the ownership, control and policing of what is considered to be public property. Live sound by Mike Willmett will be free and easily accessible via FM radio providing an intimate viewing experience for the audience.

Liesel Zink’s website      |     MORE INFO

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Larissa McGowan (SA) - Mortal Condition

Tuesday 17th March 2015, 1.45pm-2.45pm

Larissa McGowan was born in Brisbane. She began training at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence, and graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts winning the award for ‘Most Outstanding Talent’.

Mortal Condition is inspired by her interest in abstract movement that a broader audience can relate to, through the playful juxtaposition of popular cultural references. This subject matter allows her to play around with the idea of themes that a broader audience understands.

Larissa McGowan’s biography       |      MORE INFO

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Sandra Parker (VIC) - Small Details

Tuesday 17th March 2015, 4.15pm -5.15pm

Sandra Parker is an Australian choreographer, director, teacher and academic. Sandra Parker’s body of work includes multi-disciplinary theatre pieces combining aural, video and movement elements, and installation works for gallery spaces.

‘Small Details’ negotiates interaction with the automatic, mechanised and systematised. With a focus on the relationship between sound, image and the minutiae of human gesture and movement capability, this work in development questions our potentials, limitations and vulnerabilities in the age of increasing domestic technology.

She will be showing live excerpts of her work in progress development.

Sandra Parker’s website        |       MORE INFO

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Ian RT Colless (NSW) - Bird Study

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 11am -12pm

Ian is the Artistic Director, Chief Choreographer, Producer and co-founder of Untitled|Collective,  a world unique Inter-cultural, Inter-discipline and Inter-national arts entity.

Bird Study evolved from the interest Ian took in the form, function and movement of the wildlife, predominately the birds, he observed while on group safari.

Ian was selected from the Dance Massive National Indigenous Choreographers Residency through an open EOI process.

United Collective        |       MORE INFO

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Katrina Lazaroff (SA) - WASTED

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 1.45pm-2.45pm

Katrina is the founder and Artistic Director of SA independent dance theatre company, One Point 618.

She has worked extensively as a dancer, choreographer, director, creative producer and dance educator. She is a casual lecturer at Adelaide College of the Arts and has worked as technique teacher for Australian Dance Theatre, Move Through Life Dance Company and numerous other dance organisations.

WASTED is One Point 618′s newest dance theatre work by Katrina Lazaroff. It explores the concept of wasted potential, looking at how life circumstance, environmental influences and social constructs impact on our relationships and the way we direct our lives.

One Point 618      |      MORE INFO

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Lisa Wilson and Paul Charlier (QLD) - Wireless

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 4.15pm -5.15pm

Lisa Wilson has a twenty year international career, working as director, choreographer, performer and educator. Her body of work moves across genres having created for theatre companies, opera, large-scale installation work, multi media performances, company commissions and full- length independent work.

Paul Charlier is a composer and sound designer for theatre, dance and film. He has composed for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Force Majeure, Stalker, Entr’Acte and Legs on the Wall. International commissions include DV8 Physical Theatre, the National Theatre, London, and on Broadway.

Lisa Wilson Projects     |     MORE INFO

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Lina Limosani (SA) - A TALE OR TWO

Thursday 19th March 2015, 11am -12pm

Lina Limosani graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1999, Lina went onto become an original member of Garry Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre and has since worked with Lucy Guerin, Chunky Move, Narelle Benjamin, Shona McCullagh’s (NZ), Frances Darth and Troy Mundy.  She then became a member of Scotland’s David Hughes Dance Company, working closely with physical theatre director Al Seed, Switzerland’s Bern:Ballet director Cathy Marston and London’s Arthur Pita.

Currently in development, A TALE OR TWO (ATOT) is an evening-length double-bill of two highly physical dance theatre works delving into the ridiculous and frightful elements of human nature. ‘ONE’S WICKED WAYS’  and ‘WHAT LIES WITHIN’ approach this theme through a unique fusion of character work, dance technique, overt theatricality and a distinctive use of costume and staging.


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