Welcome to the Dance Massive 2015 Notice Board.

Here you will find information about additional gatherings and events that may be of interest to you. Please note, these events are managed outside of Dance Massive. All enquiries should be directed to the contact person listed below.

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Australia-Finland Dance Exchange and other Nordic Exchange Projects; a friendly presentation.

Saturday 14th March, 10.45am to 12.15pm - Arts House Warehouse

Did you know that there is a delegation of presenters from Finland at Dance Massive this year?

Did you realise that there are also several Finnish artists and their Australian partners in town for the “Picnic on the Edge” dance exchange?

There are presenters from Iceland, Denmark and Norway in Melbourne, and a network of national presenters is engaged in a ground-breaking Nordic region exchange proposal currently awaiting a funding outcome from the E.U.

Come and meet our Nordic friends, alongside their Australian partners and supporters to discuss why this north-south collaboration is so lively.

Pirjetta Mulari of Dance Info Finland and Sophie Travers of Australia Council will present the dance exchange with Angharad Wynne Jones talking briefly about the networked project. Other presenters from the region will chip in their insights into working between Australia and this welcoming and well resourced region of Europe.

We look forward to seeing you at this 90 minute presentation and question and answer session and encourage you to spread the word amongst anyone interested to learn more.

You can also visit the IDANCEX International Dance Exchange website which features updates to the project, and a really great show-reel from stage 3 experimentations –  demonstrating  what the artists have been up to.

For more information, contact:

Sophie Travers
International Development Manager Europe
Australia Council For the Arts
T +61 429 365 896

Panel Discussion #1

Sunday 15 March, 2pm - The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre

A conversation series co-presented with Monash University.

On Sunday 15 March the Malthouse Theatre will have Monash curating a talk in the Merlyn Theatre at 2pm.

It’ll be free for Dance Massive delegates and will follow-on directly from Nat Cursio’s showing in the Beckett at 2.30pm.

The first Monash Panel Discussion uses ‘Nothing to Lose’ as a starting point to discuss body image in today’s selfie-obsessed society.

Why are we so obsessed with body image? How does the media play into our image of self? And is ‘fat’ still a feminist Issue? To tie in with Force Majeure’s  Nothing to Lose, this panel discussion will look at the shifting cultural fortunes of body image and beauty and ask how we perform our bodies to conform or challenge the status quo.

If you wish to attend please contact Josh Wright, Malthouse Theatre / 03 9685 5165

It’s Not For Everyone [acrobat]

22nd-25th March 2015 - hothouse theatre, Wodonga

Devisors and performers – Jo Lancaster and Simon Yates // composer and sound designer – Tim Barrass // technician – Ryan Taplin

In circus tradition, old acrobats would become clowns and continue to work. It’s Not For Everyone commences in this spirit before careering off into wild, lowbrow absurdity. As the clown personas erode, proceedings become progressively more surreal, until they end as humanity began.

Elemental… Dirt.

Jo Lancaster and Simon Yates founded acrobat 20 years ago. Resolutely idiosyncratic, they have always stepped into unexpected territory with a steadfast refusal to comply with current trends. Early acrobat performances were intense and raw with densely packed physicality and an outright rejection of conventional theatrical protocols. Throughout it’s history the company has evolved, weathered and shrunk, but the spiritual identity is still clearly distinctive. A dry, self-derisive and irreverent take on an artform that is now so often striving to be elevated to lofty class respectability. At once awesome and hopeless, evolved and archaic, forthright and confused, acrobat is full of contrast and contradiction. It’s Not For Everyone is acrobat’s fifth manifestation.

“acrobat is an exceptional troupe…” Hillary Crampton, The Age

HotHouse Theatre at the Butter Factory in Wodonga, regional Victoria, is thrilled to present the world premiere of acrobat’s latest work after the hugely successful Propaganda there in 2010.

Funny, shocking and utterly original, It’s Not For Everyone will mesmerise local audiences before taking the world by storm.

For further information please contact acrobat c/- Marguerite Pepper

E: / P: +61 4122 31313