Australian Contemporary Dance

Dance Massive 3-15 March 2009


Welcome to the first Dance Massive.

Currently in Australia there are around 50 dance companies and more than 200 choreographers investigating a range of techniques, culturally diverse forms, contexts and media.

Dance Massive is designed to celebrate this diverse culture by presenting many of these exhilarating works, artists and companies in what is arguably the creative epicentre of contemporary dance in Australia.

This collection of work is a visually spectacular series of sensory and physical experiences that range in style and scope, from the energetic and playful to the contemplative and intimate. Enjoy this first edition of Dance Massive.     

Dance Massive is an initiative of Arts House, Malthouse Theatre and Dancehouse in conjunction with Ausdance Victoria and with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria.  

Australia is home to the oldest living culture on earth. Respect and engagement with this ancient culture and its contemporary lineage continues to make a unique contribution to creativity in this place and inspire our collective consciousness and understanding. The presenters of Dance Massive acknowledge and respect the customs and traditions of Indigenous Australians and their special relationship with the land. The artists and organisers respectfully acknowledge that this program takes place on the land of the traditional owners of the Kulin Nation.

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Image: Byron Perry

180 Seconds in (Disco) Heaven or Hell

Infusing a little ‘Night Fever' into Dance Massive, 180 Seconds in (Disco) Heaven or Hell presents a night of choreographic speed-dating meets po-mo disco.


The writing team of Virginia Baxter, Keith Gallasch, Jana Perkovic and Carl Nilsson-Polias will respond daily to the 14 works in the event while reflecting on the nature of reviewing.

To access RealTime coverage of Dance Massive simply click on the RealTime logo for reviews, interviews and articles from our archive about Dance Massive artists.

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