Free showing Force Majeure’s ‘You Animal, You’ Sydney Festival 14 Jan 2017

Performer Ghenoa Gela holds hands in front of facePerformer: Ghenoa Gela. Photo: Ashely de Prazer

A chance to see into the process of making a new work, this showing of You Animal, You, Force Majeure’s new dance theatre work explores the most ‘animal’ of the human senses—smell.

Directed by Artistic Director Danielle Micich, five diverse performers tell stories from personal experience, asking how we behave in response to our own smell, and to the smell of others. Using Force Majeure's unique synthesis of movement, storytelling and text, the work draws the audience into a sensory world as it asks challenging and confronting questions about gender, ethnicity, age, desire and disgust, viewed through the power of smell.

Venue: Carriageworks
When: 14 January at 12 pm and 5 pm 
Length: 40 MINS
Tickets: Free
Book Online or 1300 856 876

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Dance Massive 14–26 March 2017

More than 40 curated dance shows and activities over 13 days, including bold new works, workshops, networking opportunities and special events.

Now more than ever, it’s time to engage and connect, to question everything. Most importantly, it’s time to dance.

Dance Massive offers you that possibility – a chance to rediscover your belief in the joyous and the extraordinary privilege of feeling alive. How? By engaging with the work of people who with focus, skill and fierce imagination, enable you to know yourself better, and to see the world through fresh eyes.

For this fifth chapter of Dance Massive, we have unearthed and commissioned work that is adventurous, deeply mythical, exuberantly fun, confidently abstract and at times, hilariously ambiguous.

Over thirteen days you can immerse in the full spectrum of choreographic forms, including an ambitious new project from our state dance company Chunky Move, a world premiere from rising choreographic star and Bundjalong /Yaegl woman Mariaa Randall, and intricate work by long time experimenter, Sandra Parker.

Dance Massive V is choreography at its best: as theatre, as action, as communal gathering and as form that is creating its future. Dance Massive will take you onto the streets, out of the black box and into the unknown. Embrace it.

It’s definitely worth buying a ticket or four.

It’s time to dance and dance massive.

Now more than ever.

Angela Conquet, Dancehouse
Matthew Lutton, Malthouse Theatre
Angharad Wynne-Jones, Arts House

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Lucy Guerin’s ‘Split’ premieres at Dance Massive 2017

In Split, dancers Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner negotiate ever-diminishing dimensions of space and time. As our world contracts, the clock ticks faster, and bodies press closer.

For a sneak peek of Split, check out this creative development footage from our studio earlier this year.

This is a square, a stage, a world, a life. Space is getting less and time is getting shorter. We can all make sense of this dance. With delicacy and complexity, this dance revels in Lucy Guerin’s sharp, elegant, choreographic investigations, unfolding a mesmerising physical drama. 

Featuring a musical score by UK composer Scanner, lighting design by Paul Lim and costumes by Harriet Oxley, Split is a thought-provoking structural meditation rendered in movement, delivered by one of Australia’s most original dance companies.

Get your ticket now.

Dates & times

  • 7 pm Thursday 16 March – Saturday 18 March
  • 7 pm Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March
  • 3 pm Sunday 19 March & Sunday 26 March


Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall

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Dance Teaching for the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation 10–11 Dec 2016

Cementing their reputation as a leader in dance education and training for almost a century, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) announces a thought-provoking international program ahead of Dance Teaching for the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation, a conference in Sydney, Australia. 

Dance Teaching for the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation brings together dance teachers, educators, researchers, historians and scholars from around the globe to explore practices and innovations within the context of dance teaching today. 

As dance and dance pedagogies evolve, the RAD remains at the forefront of the field of dance teacher education and training. The Conference will answer questions such as how in today’s rapidly-evolving dance ecology, do past practices inform current trends? And how recent innovations shape the way we learn and teach dance and ensure safe dance practices? 

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Chunky Move collaboration Anti Gravity at Asia TOPA

Opening in March 2017 as part of Asia TOPAANTI GRAVITY is a collaboration between Chunky Move's artistic director Anouk van Dijk and Singaporean visual artist Ho Tzu Nyen, which explores the role of clouds as ethereal influences that disturb or heighten human existence.

In ANTI GRAVITY, gravity-bound bodies encounter the ephemeral, ever-changing cloud. Performers transform from heavenly figures to terrestrial warriors. Uniting the refined, highly physical choreography of Anouk van Dijk and the meticulous aesthetic of installation artist Ho Tzu Nyen, ANTI GRAVITY is an immersive performance, an evocative world inhabited by six extraordinary dancers in various depths of control and abandon.

Where: Merlyn Theatre, Malthouse Theatre
When: 17–26 March 2017
Ticket prices: Adult $45/ Concession $40 / Senior $40/ Youth $30/ 3 Show Package $38.25

For more information and bookings, visit Malthouse Theatre.

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National Arts Sector Meeting

National Arts Sector Meeting

  • Where: Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall , Queensberry St, North Melbourne, Victoria 
  • When: 12.45 pm – 5.00 pm, 7 June
  • Register for the National Arts Sector Meeting (Space is limited, so please book early.)

In conjunction with the National Arts Election Debate, we are organising a National Arts Sector Meeting in Melbourne on 7 June—the day before the Debate. We hope that sector reps from across the country will be able to make it Melbourne for the meeting (and the Debate the following day). An agenda will be developed closer to the day.  We need a group of Melbourne-based people to help out with the organisation of the day. If you can help, please visit our Google doc to connect.

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National Arts Election Debate 2016

ArtsPeak is organising a National Arts Election Debate in Melbourne on the 8 June. The debate will bring the arts leaders of each of the major parties together to share their big ideas and respond to the burning questions of industry leaders and commentators from across the industry. 

Patricia Karvelas (ABC and Sky news) will moderate a three-cornered contest. Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield has been invited, and Shadow Arts MinisterMark Dreyfus and Greens Arts Spokesperson, Adam Bandt are already confirmed.

Space is limited so book early.

The debate will be live streamed—details to follow in future updates.

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UNESCO International Arts Education Week 2016

UNESCO International Arts Education Week is an arts education advocacy event that draws attention to the role arts education plays in a global agenda of peace and cultural understanding. This is a great time to focus on and advocate for your arts education programs with parents, teachers, the media and your arts associations.

We support International Arts Education Week because we believe that arts education promotes personal and social well-being. Arts education develops students’ self-esteem, social interactions and confidence.

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Arts Learning Forum workshops

On Wednesday 25 November, before the official opening of the Australia Council for the Arts’ inaugural Arts Learning Forum, a series of free and low-cost workshops are open to all interested artists and organisations, whether or not you are attending the forum main program. They will provide focussed practical skills and knowledge for artists, educators and facilitators interested in brushing up on their arts learning skill set.

Included are opportunities to learn about inclusive and accessible arts learning and programs, working and forming partnerships with schools, and thinking strategically about digital engagement and design in learning programs.


  • Open Your Eyes: Disability awareness and inclusive arts programs with Tim Dakin and Janice Florence, through Arts Access Victoria ($50)
  • Great Partnerships: Your Art in Their School with Heather Marsh (FREE! thanks to Creative Victoria)
  • Let’s Get Digital with Stuart Buchanan ($50)

Visit the website to see full details and register for the workshops.

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2015 Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare annual conference

Key information

The Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) recognises that all performing artists, young and old, amateur and professional, have unique needs that may not be met by standard models of healthcare.

The 2015 conference theme is 'A Career in the Spotlight: Enhancing Performance Health and Wellbeing'.

This year’s theme will inspire attendees to consider the health and well-being of the whole artist through evidence-informed practice, whether this is in the private teaching studio or the rooms of a healthcare professional.

Keynote speakers include international and national experts in performing arts healthcare: Dr Kate Hays, Associate Professor Rae de Lisle and Dr Cate Madill.

Researchers and clinicians in the fields of dance, drama, voice and music health will present their latest research and discuss possible strategies to overcome the health challenges associated with being a performing artist.

There will also be themed workshops about dance, music, voice and performing arts medicine research.

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The Arts Learning Forum

Key information

  • When: Wednesday 25 November – Friday 27 November 2015
  • Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne
  • Registrations close on 20 November 2015 (unless sold out prior)
  • For program and registration, visit the Arts Learning Forum web page.

The Arts Learning Forum program is a three-day event for arts professionals with a role or interest in arts education, learning or engagement across all art forms, ages and communities. Delegates will exchange insights, practices and creative ideas and be inspired by Australian and international leaders including Katherine Zeserson (UK), Anna Cutler Director of Learning from the Tate in London, and Deborah Cheetham Artistic Director of Short Black Opera Company.

The forum is part of the Australia Council’s continued commitment to build the capacity of the sector and to help make the arts more accessible to all Australians. It extends the work of the Arts Education Forum established by Major Performing Arts companies in 2010.

Drawing on the talents of over 60 contributing speakers, workshop leaders, panellists and provocateurs, the Forum will harness the collective knowledge and experience of arts learning leaders from around Australia. The Forum will include workshops, pecha kucha sessions, panels discussions, open space facilitation, open mic sessions, debate and resources across the breadth of the arts sector. Participants will be encouraged to share and discuss approaches to arts learning including: strategic vision, programs and their delivery, engagement methodologies and other issues.

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