All posts tagged: dance

Sunset Series 2015

Melburnians don’t need much coaxing to get out and enjoy the city’s parks during summer, but in case you need some extra motivation, the Sunset Series in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens should give you a kick where you need it. For the next two weekends, there will be free entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evenings, including two dance workshops. The Saturday events — each featuring four music acts — will start at 5pm and last till 8.45pm, while the Sunday dance workshops will also begin at around 5pm. There will be food trucks on site if you can’t muster a picnic. Here’s the full line-up: Saturday 10 January: 5–5.45pm Beautiful Beasts 6–6.45pm Dash 7–7.45pm APES 8–8.45pm Echo Drama Sunday 11 January: 5pm Melbourne Salsa Dance Workshop with Live Latin Band Saturday 17 January: 5–5.45pm Dan Flynn and the State of Things 6–6.45pm The Tiger and Me 7–7.45pm Passerine 8–8.45pm Madre Monte Sunday 18 January: 5pm Rhythm and Spice Bollywood Dance Workshop A couple years back I saw the Bollywood dance workshop and it was a lot …

Evening of Korean culture in Melbourne

It’s not often we get a chance to see a free event at Hamer Hall. But on Tuesday 23 September, the Melbourne Arts Centre’s premier venue will open its doors for a cultural evening hosted by the Korean Consulate-General. Held in celebration of the South Korean president’s G20 visit as well as the opening of the Melbourne Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea, the event promises ‘a beautiful Hanbok fashion show, followed by a traditional/modern fusion performance, a traditional music performance and modern dance (b-boying)’. Good enough for me. If you’ve never had the chance to see a concert in the beautiful Hamer Hall, now’s your chance. And as haphazard as this event sounds, my rudimentary knowledge of Korea’s fascinating culture tells me this should be a show worth seeing. It’s a little unclear whether any bookings are necessary, but if you’re keen you may as well email rsvp@mofa.go.kr just in case. The event’s still three weeks away, but it’s always a good idea to get in early.   Evening of Korean Culture — Hanbok Fashion, Music & Dance …

Free tango classes in Fed Square

Grab your dancing shoes, Melbourne, and practice that smouldering gaze because it’s time to tango. Every second Friday until March there are free tango classes in Federation Square led by performers from the Sidewalk Tango dance company. The classes are open to all skill levels and last for an hour and a half. For more info, check out this link, or visit Sidewalk Tango. The last class will take place on 21 March.   Free tango classes Where: St Paul’s Court, Federation Square (or wet weather alternative) Dates: 24 January 2014, 7 February 2014, 21 February 2014, 7 March 2014, and 21 March 2014. Time: 5.30pm–7pm Tel: 9655 1900 Damage: free  

Tanderrum: As it happened

Last Friday, the Melbourne Festival 2013 kicked off with a Welcome to Country ceremony performed by the Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Elders from the five Kulin Nations of central Victoria. For all those who didn’t make it to the wonderful Tanderrum event on Friday, here’s a small taste. The festival runs until 27 October, so make the most of it.  

melbourne fringe festival 2013

    If you haven’t already dropped by the Fringe, now’s your last chance. With only a week left to go, the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013 has a whole bunch of events scheduled including dance, theatre, comedy, circus, music and cabaret performances, as well as live art, visual art and other special events. There are also a few events happening for the kiddies. See the full programme here. The Festival Hub is located in the North Melbourne Town Hall in Errol St, but performances are held in venues across Melbourne (check specific event info for location details). Events are generally between $10 and $30, although there are some free performances and exhibitions, too. The Melbourne Fringe is a not-for-profit organisation that supports artists year round as well as presenting the annual Fringe Festival. If you love the arts, these guys are well worthy of your support.   Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013 Dates: 18 September — 6 October Festival Hub: North Melbourne Town Hall Address: Corner Errol St and Arden St, North Melbourne Venues: various  

No Lights No Lycra

I doubt there’s anyone in world who doesn’t like to dance. Even people who say they don’t like dancing probably do, they just don’t know it yet. In mainstream culture, dance has become more of a social construct than a form of personal expression; most people dance in a style that’s socially acceptable, and I suspect many people dance to impress rather than fulfil an innate desire. Of course, if we feel self-conscious dancing, we don’t feel particularly impressive. Instead, we feel uncomfortable, uncoordinated, judged. But put someone in a dark room and turn on some toe-tapping music and most people, I’m betting, will start a’ tappin’. Or jiggin’. Or jivin’. Or just flaying their limbs around to the sound of the beat. This theory has been put to the test by No Light No Lycra, a dance ‘class’ that began in Melbourne and proved itself so popular that it can now be found around the country and other parts of the world. The idea behind NLNL is to provide a friendly, non-threatening drug- and alcohol-free environment in which people can dance …