Dance Massive, the beating heart of Australian dance, presents its sixth incarnation from 12 – 24 March 2019.
Boasting an elaborate line-up of 30 productions – including 15 world premieres plus talks, screenings, workshops, industry events and large scale outdoor works, the 2019 program invites audiences to experience cutting-edge dance in all its diverse and vibrant glory.
Dance Massive runs from 12-24 March 2019 across the city. Tickets go on sale at 5pm on 6 December.
A comprehensive biennial showcase, Dance Massive is the only contemporary dance festival in the country dedicated exclusively to Australian makers. The festival creates an irreplaceable connection between artists and audiences, with a vast national reach and an international reputation.
Dance Massive is a unique and long-standing collaboration between three leading arts houses in Melbourne: Arts House, Dancehouse and Malthouse Theatre. It is driven, by three artistic visions offering a rare multifaceted perspective of the Australian choreographic landscape. For the next edition, Dance Massive has extended its scope to include new associate partners, The Substation and Abbotsford Convent, alongside its long-term partner Ausdance Victoria.
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Presenting a broad spectrum of choreographic forms and practices, the 2019 edition is an exquisite program including iconic senior figures of Australian dance: Lucy Guerin, Russell Dumas, Stephanie Lake, Hellen Sky, Jill Orr, Narelle Benjamin with Paul White and Anouk van Dijk’s last work with Chunky Move – alongside a wealth of emerging talents burning with potential.
The works presented in the festival reflect a disquieting contemporary environment defined by environmental collapse and rapid technological growth. Recurring themes such as these appear in the works of provocative artists: Atlanta Eke, Kristina Chan, Alison Currie, Nana Biluš Abaffy and Force Majeure. We also see a series of timely and urgent works exploring gender roles through the female choreographer, motherhood, feminism and the gaze created by Paea Leach, Caroline Martin, Will McBride, Alice Dixon and Melanie Lane.
The program represents the ongoing fascination and connection between dance and visual arts practice, with a range of exhibitions and installations by Antony Hamilton, Rachel Ogle, Hellen Sky and Leisa Shelton.
Dance Massive takes audiences on unconventional journeys with experimental approaches to space and time, unfolding in site-specific performed installations such as a hotel room (Joel Bray) , Abbotsford Convent’s Laundry (Jill Orr and Hellen Sky), and a tennis court (Atlanta Eke). A strong presence of Indigenous voices is another highlight of this edition with a program curated by Mariaa Randall featuring six female First Nations choreographers, plus new works by Thomas E. Kelly and leading Australian Indigenous intercultural dance company Marrugeku, as well as Joel Bray.
The Dance Massive public program invites everyone to engage with dance. Join the round for the Battle Massive which brings together Melbourne’s edgiest street dancers at the Arts Centre’s Forecourt; or witness a cast of 400 trained and untrained dancers taking over Birrarung Marr in a sensational mass choreography guided by James O’Hara. In our conversation series WHAT NOW we explore the hottest issues facing the Australian dance sector; you can also hear storytellers and dancers reflecting on their First Dance, in partnership with The Wheeler Centre.