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Take over! 2019

Take Over! 2019
Image: Colossus, Arts Centre Melbourne 2018. Photo by Mark Gambino

Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe invite independent artists to develop and present a new performance work for 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival. The artists selected will

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Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships

Applications close 31 January 2018Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists (21-35 or 17-35 for ballet) the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.Find out more read more

LGI Secondment Program 2019

Applications close 10 December 2018An LGI Secondment gives you the opportunity to experience first-hand what it’s like to be a part of a professional dance company. Gain insight into the everyday activities and unique identity of Lucy Guerin Inc as the company prepares to premiere a new work at Dance Massive 2019.Find out more read more

Dance Massive: Tour Ready – Meet & Greets

Applications close 7 November 2018Dance Massive Tour Ready – Meet & Greets is a program that provides the opportunity for small-to-medium dance companies and established choreographers from all state and territories in Australia to pitch tour-ready dance work/s to national and international presenters.Find out more read more

Room to Move

Applications close 15 July 2018ROOM TO MOVE at Dancehouse is a 70 hr residency program for artists focused on choreographic research, reflection and criticality. This is an opportunity for artists to develop and critically examine specific aspects of their choreographic practice and/or an existing work within a supported context.Find out more read more

Turning Pointe

Turning Pointe is an independent report examining the current state of gender equality in dance. It addresses significant issues experienced by women in dance and is concerned explicitly with the advancement of women in artistic and leadership roles.
Image: David Kelly, Chameleon by Stephanie Lake for Queensland Ballet.

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Port Fairy Folk Festival Applications

Applications close 20 June 2018A celebration of music, culture and community, Port Fairy Folk Festival welcomes all applications from artists across a range of genres including music, theatre, spoken/written word, street theatre, children’s entertainment, dance and comedy. Find out more 

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City of Melbourne Grants Now Ope

Applications close 28 May 2018Each year the City of Melbourne supports and celebrates its overwhelmingly creative and talented community through its annual arts grants program.
Grants of up to $20,000 are available to artists, creatives and arts organisations across all disciplines – including performance, new media, music, dance, theatre and visual art.Find out more read more

Artlands Victoria Call for Papers and Presentations Now Open

Celebrating twenty years in 2018, Artlands is the biennial event that shines a national spotlight on Australia’s regional arts.

Scheduled every two years by Regional Arts Australia to circulate around the country among its member organisations, Artlands, presented in 2018 by Regional Arts Victoria, will be an integrated conference and cultural program.

Designed as a multi-art, cross industry, inter-generational event, Artlands Victoria aims to combine a curated program of exhibitions, dance, music and theatre, works-in-progress, explorations and commissioned projects alongside an engaged speakers and presenters program.

Designed to reflect and respond to emerging trends and the needs of regional artists, the Artlands Victoria program seeks to stimulate critical reflection on practice and provide much-needed opportunities to gather, present work and enter into meaningful exchange.

Artlands Victoria Call for Papers and Presentations will close 5.00pm (AEST)

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Arts & Culture Grants

Applications close 26 April 2018Open to Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Circus/Physical Theatre, Live Art, Cabaret, Inter-disciplinary, and Arts Festivals; the Arts & Culture Grants program supports creative, innovative, dynamic and contemporary projects that enhance the cultural, community and economic development to the City of Stonnington.Find out more read more

Winter Night Screen Project 2017 Choreographing Two-Dimensions

Amrita Hepi // Rebecca Jensen
Mariaa Randall // The Delta Project

Curated by Catherine Connolly 

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Keir Choreographic Award

Applications close 11 August 2017

The Keir Choreographic Award offers eight artists the time and space to create and present a fully funded new work, a remarkable context in which to engage with international perspectives and an opportunity to connect with new and ever expanding audiences for dance in Australia.

The entry requirements for the Award call for professional artists with an established practice to enter by submitting a five-minute video pitch for a choreographic idea of 20 minutes in duration. The Keir Choreographic Award jury will assess the initial video applications and the eight short-listed works will be provided with commissioning funds to realise their idea.

For more info go here

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Girls, Goddesses and Ghosts: Empowering Women

Nehha Bhatnagar (India), Priya Srinivasan, Uthra Vijay & Eugenia Flynn (Australia) unique evening of performance and discussion dedicated to the empowerment of young girls and women through dance and dialogue. Featuring an introduction by Eugenia Flynn, followed by a presentation on Nehha Bhatnagar’s work with the Sarvam Foundation on the power of performance in transforming the lives of under privileged girls in the Delhi slums. Followed by the Warrior Goddess- a classical dance performance by Nehha.

Dr Priya Srinivasan (Asia Institute Melbourne University) will present a contemporary multimedia performance with Carnatic vocalist Uthra Vijay based on the haunting texts of 9th Century South Indian female poets.

The evening will culminate in a discussion on how dance can inform identity-making and translate into empowerment for new generations of women in the Indian and Asian-Australian diaspora, effecting positive change and alternative futures.

Time & Date: 7pm, Friday 4 August

Venue: Dancehouse, 150 Princes St, Carlton North

Tickets $25 Full/20 Conc available via https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=298951

All proceeds will go to the Sarvam Foundation: www.sarvamfoundation.in
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Testing Grounds x Fringe Festival

Applications close 15 May 2017

Testing Grounds will curate a multi-disciplinary Fringe Festival (14th Sep-1st October) program of visual art, new media art, live-art, dance and performance projects that are site-responsive, take calculated risk and are experimental in their form. There will be no venue hire fees for all selected projects, and Testing Grounds does not take commissions for any tickets or artworks sold. EOIs are open now.

This program will provide free space for high quality and ambitious projects with a preference for projects that don’t necessarily fit in to the programs and frameworks offered by other key festival venues.

The site will be open to the public with special performances and public art installations, food trucks, and a bar each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night until 10pm, as well as during the daytime.

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Creating Tracks

Applications close 13 February 2017

 Creating Tracks is a new initiative of Burrinja and Yarra Ranges Council seeking to commission a new professional contemporary dance work/s to be presented in three venues across Yarra Ranges.
Creating Tracks will be a part of Yarra Ranges Culture Tracks program, with performances in late 2017.

Creating Tracks will provide fees, development space, time and professional support of up to $22,000 total to the successful applicant.

The new dance work should project a contemporary conceptual response to the Yarra Ranges, and the proposal should articulate ways in which it will link thematically or artistically with the region’s unique narratives; be that community, townships, environment, characters or stories.

The program may incorporate other art-forms in collaborative / interdisciplinary practice, preferably engaging with artists or performers from the Yarra Ranges region.

 For more info go to http://www.burrinja.org.au/projects/creating-tracks

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Melbourne City Ballet’s Dracula

Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ is one of the finest tales written, still relevant in this modern age. Principal Artist Brendan Bradshaw will recreate this story into a new ballet with a new musical score, expected to appeal to most audiences.

Saturday 8 October at 7.30pm Sunday 9 October at 1.30pm 2016
(Running time 110 minutes, including interval)

Darebin Arts Centre
Cnr St Georges Road and Bell Street, Preston

Adult: $42.50
Concession: $38.50 (Student, Health Care Card Holders and Equity Members)
Child: $36.00 (2 to 15 Years)
Group 6 or more: $36.50 per ticket
Family: $140.00 (4 tickets, max 2 adults)
Under two years free (must be seated on a ticket holders lap)

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_IN RESIDENCE is an invitation to join an artist in the exploration or making of a new work. It is an invitation to explore matter together. It is like being invited in someone’s kitchen, ingredients already chosen but the dish is yet to be tried and tested and everyone in the room is invited to have a go at making and tasting it.

You are invited to join YANIRA CASTRO research her new work, CAST. CAST places the focus on the cast of a performance. What is the relationship of individuals in the cast to aesthetics, representation and abstraction? In this residency-lab, you will meet, converse and create video recordings to investigate these questions vis-à-vis the experience of Australian performers.

For more info visithttp://dancehouse.com.au/development/research/researchdetails.php?id=119
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2017 Australian Council Awards Nominations


The Australia Council Awards acknowledge the contribution that Australian artists have made to the arts and cultural life of the nation.


These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions in music, literature, community arts and cultural development, emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance. They are awarded by the Board of the Australia Council, informed by key industry advisors. The Australia Council will announce and present the Awards to eight distinguished Australian artists in March 2017.

Past recipients include some of our most eminent artists. The 2016 Australia Council Award recipients are:–David Malouf AO (NSW) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature; Brett Dean (Vic) – Australia Council Don Banks Music Award; Richard Bell (Qld) – Australia Council Visual Arts Award; Kelli McCluskey (WA) – Australia Council Emerging & Experimental Arts Award; Lucy Guerin (Vic) – Australia Council Dance Award; Yaron Lifschitz (Qld) – Australia Council Theatre Award; Lily Shearer (NSW) – Ros Bower Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development); Nathan Stoneham (Qld) – Kirk Robson Award (Community Arts and Cultural Development).

The Australia Council is committed to supporting the artistic and cultural ambition embodied by this diverse and impressive group.


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  • complete the nomination form
  • provide a CV for the nominee (max of 2 x A4 pages)

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  • provide a maximum of two letters of support for the nomination


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Next Stages @ Dancehouse


21 July – 11 August 2016

Next Stages is a series of practical, capacity-building workshops for independent dance artists and emerging artists from other art forms, led by industry experts. Each week an industry professional will be paired with a dance artist, to present insightful and hands on sessions that will sharpen your skills, arm you with practical tools, give you valuable insight into the arts industry and support you in building sustainable careers.

 For more info visit http://dancehouse.com.au/development/training/trainingdetails.php?id=158
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Dancehouse Housemate Residency 2017


EOIs open 2 June – 7 July 2016

Housemate is Dancehouse’s artist-in-residence commissioning program. It supports rigorous discourse, research and wide-ranging experimentation in all movement-based forms so as to nurture new choreographic expression for new forms and contexts.

The Housemate Performance Program focuses primarily on creative development leading to the presentation of a new work and formal performance season produced and presented by Dancehouse. The residency gives an independent choreographer up to 300 hours of in-kind studio space, a salary package, producing support, free access to Dancehouse’s training and development programs and other outreach opportunities, capacity-building skills and office facilities.

The Housemate Performance Program Residency is open to professional choreographers living and working in Australia.

Image: Sarah Aiken, 2015 Housemate, Gregory Lorenzutti, sourced here

 For more info visit http://dancehouse.com.au/development/research/researchdetails.php?id=104
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