Dance Massive

Your guide to Melbourne's festival of dance
Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster 2017 Dance Massive photo credit Zan Wimberley
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.

The best art shows in Melbourne

MoMA at NGV 2018 supplied image
Courtesy: MoMA, New York © 2016 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The best art this month

From high art to the experimental and indie, here's your hit list.

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