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Firing Games? Have they got Any Knock-on Effects?

Shooting game titles have recently been illustrating every person’s focus and in these days, they are very much popular than previously. Such sort of genre not simply adds pleasure to the video gaming although they also have sufficient knock-on effects. Video games, getting invented for fun, provided a lot more than fun and with the […]

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Firing Games? Do They Have Any Knock-on Effects?

Shooting game titles have been getting everybody’s interest and nowadays, that they are substantially popular than ever before. Such sort of genre not simply adds pleasure to the game playing yet they as well have sufficient knock-on effects. Video games, being invented for fun, provided much more than fun and with the assistance of most […]

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A Case for Diversity in Theatre Jane Howard , May 11, 2015 [Kill Your Darlings] “This year, as I waited to see Nothing to Lose at Dance Massive, the foyer was filled with bodies just like those we were about to watch on stage. My friend Karen Pickering turned to me and said, ‘I don’t […]

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[Australian Stage] Body of Work | Atlanta Eke

Atlanta Eke’s Body of Work opens with cameras aimed at the audience so you see yourself on big screens as you sit down; thus you’re alreay part of the production and being made aware of the gaze. Atlanta Eke is there in front, smiling and saying hello as you take your seat. Lights lower then […]

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[The Australian] Dance Massive’s ‘Motion Picture’ and ‘Kingdom’ less than moving

NOW its sixth year, the biennial Dance Massive festival is Australia’s leading showcase for contemporary dance. In its second week, industry stalwarts Lucy Guerin and Phillip Adams presented starkly different works that, nonetheless, were similarly preoccupied with modes of communication and dance as translation. Emerging from collaborative workshops, each was a loosely edited pastiche, with […]

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[ABC Arts] Dance Massive, a festival that reflects the diversity of Australia itself

Dance Massive began in 2009 as a biennial festival designed to showcase Australia’s diverse dance culture. A collaboration between three Melbourne venues – North Melbourne Arts House, Dancehouse and the Malthouse Theatre – it’s proved to be a keeper, drawing our best choreographers and enthusiastic audiences. This year’s program, the fourth, is exceptionally rich, with […]

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[The Age] Motion Picture: Choreographer Lucy Guerin dances around film

When you go to see Motion Picture, the new work from choreographer Lucy Guerin, what exactly are you seeing? And, for that matter, where do you look? Guerin began making the piece with questions about what it would be like to create a dance work that had a relationship with film: not dance on film […]

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[Beat] Merge

  When it comes to our relationship with inanimate things, we humans are used to dictating the terms of the relationship. Choreographer Melanie Lane is reversing that dynamic in Merge, her work for Dance Massive. “There’s a change of leadership in the work,” she tells Beat. “Normally we’re the ones in control, the ones manipulating […]

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[Melbourne. Arts. Fashion] Boom Project – Interview with Rosalind Crisp

“No longer the centre of a domesticated world, Dance has gone wild, unfastened herself, each moment a tear in time.” Using natural catastrophe bought on man made progression paired with deconstructed physicality as the catalyst for this dynamic performance, an at times delicate play between dancer and provocateur. Created by Rosalind Crisp of Omeo Dance […]

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[The Age] Shelley Lasica, dancer and choreographer: 11 solos, one work

Shelley Lasica’s new dance work is called Solos For Other People. This was always intended as a working title, but somehow it stuck: it’s a deceptively straightforward description of what she had in mind, but it also sets up a series of small questions. Solos in the plural? Separately or simultaneously? Which other people? Where […]

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[Beat] Overworld

Deep Soulful Sweats Dance duo, Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken, started talking about mixing up pop culture, art and spirituality after participating in a choreography workshop in Germany in 2012. The workshop was led by a modern witch. “She was a Wiccan, neo- Gardenian high priestess,” recalls Jensen. The dance teaching in the workshop involved spirituality […]

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[Arts Hub] Vicki Van Hout’s Long Grass

Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Ambitious and challenging, Vicki Van Hout’s long-gestating dance-theatre workLong Grass – exploring the lives of Indigenous people living ‘long grass’ in and around Darwin, for whom the term ‘homeless’ is an uneasy fit – is at its best in moments of pure dance, such as a sequence in which […]

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[Arts Hub] Chunky Move’s Depth of Field

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Dancers swim and spin in clouds of dust on the sandy forecourt outside the rust-red building housing Chunky Move and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, as curious passers-by look on. A slow shoulder-roll, head pressed close to the gritty surface; a controlled fall, dancers kneeling in the dirt […]

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[Leader] ‘Nothing to Lose’ big bodied dancers challenge body image

GETTING out on the beach in a swimsuit is a treacherous enough preposition as a teenager, without being a big girl in the body-conscious beach town of Newcastle. Going down for a swim in her bright retro swim suit drew plenty of gawks and whispers for Kelli Jean Drinkwater, and while many would have stayed […]

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[Beat] MEETING

Body, space, robots and percussion. Meeting, a new dance work for Dance Massive by Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe, is described as ‘an articulation of mind and body in motion by 64 robotic percussion instruments’. MEETING, the result of the two working together on developing a singular approach to dance, is a performance which departs […]

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[Arts Hub] Ten must-see shows at Dance Massive

The biennial festival of contemporary dance kicks off in Melbourne this week; here are our program highlights. Image: St Martin’s Fitter. Faster Better. Photography by Andrew Gough, image treatment by The Sisters Hayes. All images via www.dancemassive.com.au  Now in its fourth iteration, the annual contemporary dance festival Dance Massive opened in Melbourne on Tuesday. The packed […]

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[The Age] Visual artists collaborate with performers for Dance Massive festival

Artists are mixing it up with choreographers as part of this year’s Dance Massive festival. Paul Yore and Devon Ackermann have created splendid crowns for Phillip Adams’ Balletlab show Kingdom, while artists Ash Keating and Bridie Lunney have directly shaped the movement of Merge. Choreographer Melanie Lane invited them to create sculptural objects that she […]

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[Concrete Playground] Clear your calendar and get ready to be made aware of just how uncoordinated you are.

Think you can dance? Whether you bust out offbeat dad moves or twerk better than Big Freedia, there’s some pretty talented Aussies who’ll give you a run for your money. They’ll be doing so at Dance Massive 2015, a four-way creative collaboration between Arts House, Malthouse Theatre, Dancehouse and Ausdance Victoria. This year’s Dance Massive program once again brings […]

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[The Herald Sun] Get up and get dancing

CONTEMPORARY dance often hides its light under a bushel, but for almost two weeks it will be the headline act in Melbourne as Dance Massive celebrates the art form at three theatres around town. The 2015 Dance Massive program features 19 productions, 14 of which are world premieres, from some of Australia’s finest contemporary dancers […]

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[Radio National] Rawcus’ Catalogue

Rawcus is an award-winning ensemble of artists with and without disabilities. In Catalogue, their latest work for Melbourne’s Dance Massive festival, dancers share their fantasies and vulnerabilities in a theatrical cabinet of curiosities. From karaoke to bedroom dancing and imagined celebrity, twelve performers grace eight stages, side-by-side in a tableau that becomes an exhibition of […]

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[Melbourne. Arts. Fashion] Overworld Interview

Lover’s of dance are in eager anticipation for the upcoming DANCE MASSIVE festival in Melbourne, over a jam packed two weeks a whole plethora of dance work is to be presented for local audiences,. Once again, it’s a diverse program in 2015, with works that touch upon a whole cross section of different concepts, theme […]

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[Theatre Alive] Monday Musings with Kate Sulan

Kate Sulan is the founding Artistic Director of Rawcus; an award winning theatre company of performers with and without disability. Her work draws on dance, theatre and visual art disciplines and has been described as “a moving assertion of humanity with a wicked sense of humour”. We chatted with her in the lead up to the […]

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[The Age] Dance Massive 2015: death, rage and dialogue in all the right moves

Talking to a choreographer about the inspiration for their work can be a wayward exercise. Not because their ideas aren’t drawn from extraordinary places, but because such discussions rarely convey a sense of what the final work will look like. That’s because, as any dancer will profess, translating the intellectual into the visceral is highly […]

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[The Weekly Review] Dancing in the dark

It began with just a flicker, like a film spooling through an old-style projector on the furthest periphery of Lucy Guerin’s mind. When that first faint glimmer of Guerin’s latest work, Motion Picture, came to her, the internationally acclaimed choreographer was in France working on Black Box, which had been commissioned by the Ballet de […]

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[The Music] Weaving Narratives

Choreographer Vicki Van Hout talks about being homeless in paradise and weaving the paradox into Long Grass. It is estimated that every night in the greater Darwin area there are up to two thousand homeless Indigenous people living on the streets. These fringe dwellers are said to be living ‘long grass’. Though the statistic is alarming […]

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[Broadsheet] Nothing To Lose

A new show uses real-life experiences to reclaim the f-word and explore what life is like inside a larger body. What’s your first reaction to this picture? Most of us would be lying if we didn’t say we were taken aback, possibly affronted or at the very least intrigued. Why? Because people who are overweight don’t […]

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[Dance Australia] What’s happening at Arts House for Dance Massive?

Dance Massive is about to hit Melbourne, with shows at Arts House, Dancehouse and the Malthouse Theatre.  Arts House Creative Producer Angharad Wynne-Jones gives us the lowdown on what’s happening at Arts House during Dance Massive. DA:  How did you choose artists for Dance Massive? AWJ:  At Arts House we’ve curated artists who we think are […]

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[Beat] Depth of Field

Depth of Field is the new work from Anouk Van Dijk, Artistic Director of Chunky Move, inspired by the gloriously soft balmy weather we enjoy here in the autumn months. “Autumn in Melbourne is the most beautiful time of the year,” says Netherlands native Van Dijk. “The colour of the sky, the mildness of the air…I […]

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[Massive Chats] Melanie Lane, Merge

Do you remember the moment when you were inspired to make Merge? What was the thing that started it for you? ‘Merge’ started from an idea I had for developing a series of living, moving sculptures that were made from human bodies and man-made materials. I initially had imagined them to be entities that could […]

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[Massive Chats] Rebecca Jensen & Sarah Aiken, OVERWORLD

Do you remember the moment when you were inspired to make Overworld? What was the thing that started it for you? It all began at Witch Camp in Stolzenhagen, Germany. We met a Neo Guardinian High Priestess who showed us the ropes in her black cloak and Nikes, Macbook Pro in hand, complete with the […]

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[The Australian] Hamilton and Macindoe’s dance matches man with machine

THE shabby warehouse in Fairfield is hard to find but when I fin­ally track down choreographer and dancer Antony Hamilton’s suburban Melbourne studio — which he shares with influential visual and sound artists including Ash Keating and Robin Fox — he’s charmingly hospitable. They’re about to be evicted, he explains, leading me into the cavernous […]

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[Massive Chats] Natalie Abbott, Maximum

Do you remember the moment when you were inspired to make Maximum? What was the thing that started it for you? What are the ideas you hope to share or explore in the work? I was interested in levitation and had been editing a lot of video, which included loads of jumping sequences where I […]

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[Star Weekly] Yarraville performer Melanie Lane: Our own material girl

The fraught relationship between human beings and the material world comes under the spotlight in a new dance performance by Yarraville choreographer and performer Melanie Lane. Presented as part of this month’s extensive Dance Massive program, the world premiere of Merge was created in collaboration with celebrated visual artists Bridie Lunney and Ash Keating. Yarraville’s […]

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[Dance Informa] Focus On This: Chunky Move’s ‘Depth of Field’

We are used to pristine performance spaces, either as audience or artist; but what if you were in the middle of a show and someone walked right through it? How would that affect your focus? Since arriving in Melbourne in 2012 to take up the reins at Australia’s flagship contemporary dance company, Chunky Move, Dutch […]

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[The Weekly Review] Dance to the light

“Blink and you miss it” is the starting point of a new work titled Depth of Field choreographed by Anouk van Dijk. The intersection between autumn light and the everyday life of the city is captured in an outdoor performance by Chunky Move Dancers Tara Jade Samaya, Niharika Senapati and multi-awarding winning James Vu Anh Pham. Described […]

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[Dance Informa] Another Way To Be Here: Atlanta Eke

As writers and critics we love to dissect and analyse the artists we are called upon to scribble about; much as fans sometimes get drawn into obsessive forensics. However, if we are honest, we must accept the possibility that a good percentage of what we read into our subjects says more about ourselves that it […]

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[Melbourne. Arts. Fashion] Kingdom – intersecting collective desires

Now in its fourth year, Dance Massive will take over Melbourne from 10th March for two stunning weeks of dance explorations by leading researchers and practitioners.  The program is jam packed full of names we know and admire, one of the most established being Phillip Adam’s Ballet Lab. This year, Ballet Lab brings us Kingdom […]

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[The Age] Who are you calling fat? Meet the dancers with Nothing to Lose

Before Kelli Jean Drinkwater made her way to the Malthouse Theatre a few weeks ago to host auditions for Nothing To Lose, she noticed on her Twitter feed that someone had announced how excited and surprised they were to be attending a dance audition. The show, after all, features bigger-bodied dancers – hardly ever seen […]

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[Dance Australia Magazine] Massive by name and massive by nature

Dance Massive is once again living up to its name with a veritable cornucopia of contemporary dance set to hit Melbourne’s Arts House, Dancehouse and the Malthouse Theatre in March.  Featuring an impressive 19 productions, 14 of which are world premieres, the program includes works by Australian companies Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Phillips Adam’s […]

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[Massive Chats] Sue Healey, On View: Quintet

Do you remember the moment when you were inspired to make On View: Quintet? What was the thing that started it for you? It’s always a continuum for me, the last work always opens the door to the next…On View was sparked by the extreme adventure of making my first feature-length film Virtuosi. The film, […]

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[Massive Chats] Tim Darbyshire, Stampede the Stampede

Do you remember the moment when you were inspired to make Stampede the Stampede? What was the thing that started it for you? Missing the bus in the suburbs and working myself into a state of chaos – running up and down the street, throwing my body at the bus shelter and wanting the bus […]

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[Massive Chats] Rosalind Crisp, The Boom Project

Do you remember the moment when you were inspired to make The Boom Project? What was the thing that started it for you? This project has been brewing for some time. It has emerged from my exchanges with Helen Herbertson over the past five years, in Paris where I have been based for over ten […]

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[Dance Informa] Take class with artists at Dance Massive

Managed by Ausdance Victoria, the Dance Massive Masterclass Series offers aspiring or current professional dancers a fantastic set of advanced classes in Melbourne. Led by some of Australia’s leading and most respected choreographers and artists – including Dr. Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM, Andy Howitt, Daniel Jaber, Larissa McGowan, Tom Pritchard and Bernadette Walong-Sene – these classes […]

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[The Age] Long Grass: inside the lives of a fringe-dwelling community

When choreographer Vicki Van Hout first heard that one of her artistic mentors was “living long grass” in Darwin, she thought it was a place she could visit. “I thought it was a sacred cultural area or some kind of event I could go to,” she says. “I didn’t realise it meant you were displaced. “Long grass […]

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[Fjord Review] Hidden in plain sight: Q&A with Vicki Van Hout

Vicki Van Hout’s newest dance theatre work, “Long Grass,” explores what it is to live as community without a postcode, referencing the fringe-dwelling indigenous population of Darwin and surrounds. Through a narrative combining weaving, shadowplay, and idiosyncratic dance language, Van Hout examines the deep-seated paradox of living inner city and outside urban norms. Van Hout’s […]

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[Real Time] Up there for dancing

Long Grass, Vicki Van Hout photo Heidrun Löhr   Vicki Van Hout’s Long Grass in the 2015 Dance Massive, the fourth of these two-week festivals of innovative Australian dance, follows the appearance of Marrugeku’s Gudirr Gudirr (RT114), a cross-cultural collaboration featuring dancer-choreographer Dalisa Pigram in the 2013 program. Together they signal that contemporary Indigenous dance […]

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[The Age] Two Dancers and 64 Robots

Meeting is a work for two dancers and 64 percussion instruments devised by Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe. But these are instruments you have never seen before: at first glance, they look for all the world like nothing more than a large circle of mousetraps. They are, despite all appearances, percussive robots, purpose-built by dancer […]

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[Massive Chats] Kate Champion, Nothing To Lose

Do you remember the moment when you were inspired to make Nothing to Lose?  It wasn’t a ‘lightbulb’ moment. It was a gradually noticing of larger, bigger, fatter people dancing in social situations and finding my eye drawn to them and their ability. It started to intrigue me that I didn’t tend to see these […]

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[Massive Chats] Paula Lay, 10,000 small deaths

Do you remember the moment when you were inspired to make10,000 small deaths What was the thing that started it for you? I wrote a piece of poetic text that was inspired by a dream that I had with thousands upon thousands of fireflies all burning brightly above this huge lake. The fireflies began to […]

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[Massive Chats] Prue Lang, SPACEPROJECT

  Do you remember the moment when you were inspired to make SPACEPROJECT? What was the thing that started it for you? Quite soon after starting TIMEPROJECT (Paris 2013), I realised how tightly intertwined time and space were in relation to movement, so when I finished TIMEPROJECT it was a natural progression to create the […]

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[Massive Chats] Anouk van Dijk / Chunky Move, Depth of Field

Do you remember the moment when you were inspired to make Depth of Field? What was the thing that started it for you? The light. The ongoing motion of the city and its people. The difference between distance and proximity, the wide view and the close up, what is obvious and what is less obvious. […]

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Volunteer with Dance Massive 2015

Engage with the arts and interact with International Delegates! Volunteer positions exist for individuals to assist and participate in Dance Massive 2015, the only contemporary dance festival in Australia specifically dedicated to Australian makers while reaching national and international audiences. Acting in a hospitality role, volunteers for Dance Massive will help Delegates from 25 different […]

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[Dance Informa] We Are The Shadow People: Angela Conquet on Curating Dance

Curation is most often understood in terms of visual art.  The demand created by arts festivals reanimates the idea of curating not only for visual art but for performing arts. What are the specialist considerations of a curator for a dance festival?  Dance Informa speaks to Angela Conquet the Artistic Director of Dancehouse in Melbourne.  […]

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[The Music] Arts House Unveils 2015 Dance Massive & Autumn Programs

Image: Melanie Lane’s Merge, Photo by Dian McLeod This year sees Arts House turn ten, and in celebration, all Arts House spaces – North Melbourne Town Hall, Meat Market and The Warehouse – will be bursting with artists testing, adjusting, editing and re-editing brand new material to present through the year. For Dance Massive 2015, running 10–22 Mar, […]

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[Artshub] Fat dancers challenge our body image ideals

Kate Champion has worked with fat activist Kelli Jean Drinkwater to bring larger-bodied performers to the stage. Image via www.sydneyfestival.org.au Recent years have seen considerable discussion in the arts sector around the need for greater diversity on Australian stages. In Nothing to Lose, Kate Champion’s final work as Artistic Director for Force Majeure, that discussion […]

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[Artshub] Booming international interest in Australian dance

More international delegates than ever before are attending this year’s Dance Massive. Chunky Move’s Depth of Field will premiere at Dance Massive 2015 Representatives from as far afield as Italy, Iceland, Singapore and Chile will converge on Melbourne for Dance Massive 2015, a biennial contemporary dance festival running from 10-22 March. More than 70 international delegates, […]

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[Dance Informa] Vicki Van Hout Down in the Long Grass

Drawing inspiration from the homeless population of Darwin and the women of Arnhem Land, choreographer Vicki Van Hout has woven a paradoxical tale of privation and paradise. Sleeping rough is one thing; staying in the long grass is another. However, before we run away with the idea that ‘long grassers’ live a life of unremitting […]

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[ABC 7.30] Dancers with ‘Nothing to lose’ challenge body image ideas

VIDEO: Dancers with ‘Nothing to lose’ challenge body image ideas A new dance theatre aims to challenge the perception of what a dancer’s body should look like with a cast of people happy to be fat. Transcript SABRA LANE, PRESENTER: You’re unlikely to come across a professional dancer who’s anything but taut and trim. But […]

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[The Saturday Paper] Force Majeure dancers in full flight

Kate Champion’s final work with Force Majeure features a cast of big-bodied dancers, busting myths while busting moves. It’s a crisp summer evening in Sydney, and Kate Champion – one of Australia’s most distinguished figures in the world of dance – is madly twerking away to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” alongside performers double – […]

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[DanceInforma] Dance Massive 2015 Program Announced

The 2015 Dance Massive program, which was announced on November 25, will feature 19 total productions – 14 of which are world premieres – from some of Australia’s finest contemporary dancers and choreographers. Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Phillip Adams BalletLab, Shelley Lasica, Force Majeure and Antony Hamilton are just some of the artists presenting […]

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[The Age] Dance Massive season launch celebrates weird and wonderful

Australia’s only contemporary dance festival Dance Massive last week launched its 2015 program with the promise of 14 world premieres in its total of 19 productions. Choreographers and companies who will present work throughout the two-week festival include Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc and Phillip Adams’ Balletlab, and events will  include a boot camp for adults as run by […]

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[Arts Review] Get ready for Dance Massive 2015

The 2015 Dance Massive program has been revealed featuring 19 productions – 14 of which are world premieres – from some of Australia’s finest contemporary dancers and choreographers. Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Phillip Adams BalletLab, Shelley Lasica, Force Majeure and Antony Hamilton are just some of the artists presenting work in a program curated […]

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[Beat] Dance Massive Reveal 2015 Program

  Dance Massive is back for 2015 and they’ve announced a, err, massive program.  The 2015 Dance Massive will feature19 productions – 14 of which are world premieres – from some of Australia’s finest contemporary dancers and choreographers, including Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Phillip Adams BalletLab, Shelley Lasica, Force Majeure, RAWCUS, Antony Hamilton and […]

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[Time out] Dance Massive 2015

A celebration of contemporary dance featuring 19 world-class productions. Melbourne’s biennial and internationally renowned dance festival features 19 productions – 14 of which are world premieres – from some of Australia’s finest contemporary dancers and choreographers. The 2015 program invites inquisitive minds to traverse a maze of choreographic paths through wide varieties of dance styles […]

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[The Herald Sun] Dance ready to get Massive in Melbourne

SOME of Australia’s finest dancers and choreographers will stage new work in Melbourne next year as part of the Dance Massive 2015 line-up, announced today. The contemporary dance festival will present 20 shows — including 14 premieres — over two weeks in what has become a world-class showcase of local work. Leading artists on board […]

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