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Dance Massive

Your guide to Melbourne's festival of dance

Photograph: Zan Wimberley
Nicola Gunn – 'Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster'

Melbourne's annual festival of dance runs the gamut of major local choreographers and companies to emerging talent, with most of the works premieres. The shows are mostly about an hour in length, and take place at once of four venues: Meat Market, Arts House (North Melbourne Town Hall), Malthouse Theatre and Dancehouse.

In 2017, the major companies presenting work are Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc.; new company The Farm (formed out of the members of Splintergroup, Dancenorth and Animal Farm Collective) is also one to watch.

Award-winning and notable independent choreographers presenting work include Nicola Gunn, Jo Lloyd, Victoria Hunt and Sandra Parker.

For young choreographic talent, there's oodles to choose from, including 2016 Keir Choreographic Award finalists Rebecca Jensen and Martin Hansen, as well as Melbourne indie stalwarts Nat Cursio, Lz Dunn and Shian Law.

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