• Ivey Wawn. Photo: Natlia Cartney
    Ivey Wawn. Photo: Natlia Cartney

March Dance is returning to Sydney this year.

The month-long contemporary dance festival, which made its debut last year, will take place March 1-31, 2020, with performances, workshops, dance classes, residencies, showings, forums, panel talks and cinema screenings.

The Festival opens with Dancing The Drill at Critical Path, an event involving open studios from artists in residence Jane McKernan and Rhiannon Newton, round table events and an opening celebration for the festival.

New at this year’s March Dance is Dance Cinema at Palace Chauvel, a screening of ten short dance films from local and international dance artists.

More than 30 performances will take place during the Festival.

In Geometric Flow four dancers with hip hop and breaking backgrounds will lead audiences on a journey through a Petersham tunnel, illustrating how graffiti and street dance connect.

Sydney Opera House will present Jo Lloyd’s OVERTURE. When Jo Lloyd was young, she would pretend to interview famous people she’d like to meet. OVERTURE is an extension of that, a dance that considers the unrequited, the unattainable and our attempts to connect with particular beings of obsession. Sydney Dance artists will also be able to attend a masterclass with Lloyd as part of the March Dance Festival.

Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub will present a mixed bill of new works by Sydney choreographers Kristina Chan, Adam Blanch, Omer Backley-Astrachan and Craig Barry, at Sydney’s Monkey Baa Theatre. The program will also play in Catapult’s home town of Newcastle.

Australian tap dancers are celebrated in The Tap Affect, the inaugural work of newly founded Australian Tap Company. Presented by FORM Dance Projects, it will be presented at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta.

ReadyMade Works’ signature short-works program "Happy Hour" is back in 2020 for its tenth edition at their Ultimo space. "Happy Hour #10" will feature new works by independent artists Lee Serle and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal.

And that’s just a small selection of the performances on offer, not to mention the various other events happening under the March Dance banner.

To view the full program of performances, talks, workshops, classes and film screenings head to marchdance.com

Pictured top is Ivey Wawn. Photo: Natlia Cartney


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