Dance on the Edge 2018

Dance on the Edge 2018

Dance on the Edge 2018

Saturday 5 May > 5:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday 6 May > 2:00pm

Celebrate Ausdance ACT Dance Week 2018 with our own professional dance artists, and take a journey with them as they explore and create new works especially commissioned by Belconnen Arts Centre. Be ready for the memorable, the mesmerising and the mischievous – their imaginations have no boundaries!

This Dance on the Edge promises to be a wild and whimsical feast for your senses, exploring a very diverse range of ideas, including Venus, goddess of love, sex and pleasure; having a stroke and coming out the other side; and issues about how we use and abuse energy in our world. 

The ACT is home to a diverse, creative and passionate dance community, and while small in number, they are big in their vision and practice. Many of them work locally, nationally and internationally, and we warmly welcome them to BAC for this event to share their latest and greatest with us.

Please note, there will be free Q&A sessions after the 8:00pm Saturday performance and 2:00pm Sunday performance, to provide audience members with the opportunity to meet the dancers and gain further insight into their works. We will also be holding an open Dance for Wellbeing class from 11:00am – 12:30pm on Sunday 6 May. Please join us!


We are thrilled to announce that the selected artists and their works for Dance on the Edge 2018 are:

Alana Stenning – V
Adelaide College of the Arts graduate and budding dance luminary Alana Stenning presents a reimagining of the birth of Venus. Utilising contemporary feminist discourses, Stenning’s Venus (the goddess of love, sex, pleasure and beauty) makes us question her role as both a tool and a victim of oppression; a commodity. But what happens when no one wants what is for sale?

Australian Dance Party – Powering the Dance
Part of a larger work debuting later this year, “Powering the Dance” asks us to view the body as a micro-climate, transferring kinetic, heat, light, sound and chemical energy. What can cycles of human energy reveal to us about how we use and abuse energy in our world? Dynamic dance artist Alison Plevey leads a multi-dimensional performance that will move you in more ways than one.

Debora di Centa and Louise Curham – In a Bone Way
Both dancers ask us to rethink, to simplify our understandings and interpretations through the filter of movement. Concerns about climate, politics, ego and equality crush us; we are accustomed to thinking with our muscles, but we need to think in a bone way, the way we move when we bring our awareness to the skeletal system.

Gretel Burgess – A Stroke of Luck
After suffering a catastrophic stroke whilst out camping in the Daintree Rainforest, dance artist Gretel Burgess had to relearn how to do the most mundane tasks, such as making a cup of tea. A Stroke of Luck charts the heart-wrenching and often humorous journey through recovery and out the other side, from creepy ambulance officers to quirky rehab exercises to seeing the world in a whole new light.

Jamie Winbank and colleagues – This Page Intentionally Left Blank
Pages marked with the phrase “this page intentionally left blank” appear in books, forms and official documents so that readers aren’t worried that a printing mistake has left them missing something good. Yet, because of those words, the page is no longer left blank; it is identified by the sentence printed on it. This intriguing dance work aims to discover the gaps between boy and girl, man and woman, masculine and feminine, sexuality and identity. Like the page, do those labels define who we are?Dance Week 2018Tickets >

$25 | General admission
$18 |
Concession admission

Friends of BAC cardholders receive concession ticket pricing.