THE DANCEHOUSE DIARY is a free regular publication published by Dancehouse, Melbourne, Australia. DANCEHOUSE DIARY is a unique dance publication based on discourse, dialogue and connection with other art forms and wider societal issues.

The DIARY is deeply rooted in Joseph Beuys’ reflection on the artist’s power to be a social sculptor though movement, action and thought, thus inspiring us to live more creatively. It aims not only to cultivate a taste for dance, but to provoke cross-disciplinary thought and to articulate a most necessary connection of our bodies with our minds, of how we move and exist in the world and for the world.

The Dancehouse Diary is published by Dancehouse Melbourne.

This website was developed with the support of the IAN POTTER FOUNDATION.

Digital content prepared by Chloe Chignell

Website designed by Jana Perkovic



What is the Diary?

The Diary is NOT Dancehouse’s program. The Diary uses Dancehouse’s program as a starting point for introducing a theme or an artist but the Diary aims to develop that theme or further introduce an artist to the audience. It is a space for bringing dance, dance makers and dance issues to a wider readership in an intimate, innovative and inventive way. It is also the site for artists of different art forms and thinkers to share their thoughts about the moving body (and mind). The Diary has one page dedicated to critical/theoretical discourse on dance/choreography and one page hosting current interrogations about arts policy, funding, management etc. Writings are specifically linked to events, artists, trends, and ideas associated with the current issues in dance, nationally and internationally.

How it sits with the Dancehouse vision and mission?

The Diary aims to bring the independent dance makers’ thinking to wider audiences. It aims at developing rigorous content around their work and triggering new perspectives and connections around their research. It is a catalyst for provoking critical thinking, discourse and a poetic vision of dance and other related arts forms. It is Dancehouse’s mission to cultivate access and appreciation of this art form and for that, the Diary is a less ephemeral and a more in-depth attempt to make those connections.

Who are its readers?

Dance makers and thinkers primarily, students and other artists, dance lovers and new audiences.

Where it sits in the dance publications landscape, in Australia and internationally?

The Dancehouse Diary was very much inspired by the Movement Research Journal (USA) and Journal de l’ADC (Switzerland). There is clearly no similar publication in Australia with the same purpose and outreach. The Diary aims at ultimately being the voice of the independent dance sector across Australia (we are already publishing news about artists across the country).



The views and opinions expressed in this Dancehouse Diary are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of Dancehouse.