Welcome to Arts House Season One, 2015
Dance Massive, that meteoric explosion of Australia’s most exciting, risk-taking dance artists, is the bright light in Melbourne’s firmament for March, with nine Dance Massive shows at Arts House including seven world premieres. So from January all our spaces will be filled to bursting with artists testing and adjusting, editing and re-editing, in that glorious, sometimes terrifying rush of presenting a work for the first time. And while audiences look forward to the stellar line-up of makers whose work has been developed over many months and years, bubbling throughout Dance Massive will also be two new initiatives supporting the creation of great new works in the future: our National Indigenous Choreographers Residency, led by Jacob Boehme and Mariaa Randall; and eXchange 2015, bringing together three Australian and three Taiwanese dance-based artists.
In May, post’s controversial Oedipus Schmoedipus kicks off a quartet of works that encourages deep listening, with a Melbourne premiere from Tamara Saulwick and a world premiere from Kate Neal – both works developed through Arts House’s CultureLAB – and our pick of last year’s Next Wave Festival, Matthias Schack-Arnott’s Fluvial. Peppered throughout the season are Bek Berger’s finely curated Supper Clubs, to enliven our conversations and our practice. And of course, our rich compost of development, CultureLAB, will be nourishing a host of artists cracking open new ideas and forms.
Thank you to both the artists and audiences for your passion and your curiosity, which make this all possible. Enjoy 2015!