Burrinja in Motion ~ Dance Festival
Burrinja in Motion

A three day mini festival of dance, featuring live performance, film screenings, interactive workshops, dancing in the dark, exhibitions and a curated food experience.

For three days in November, Burrinja comes alive with the dancing body: in motion, sensing, in action and in place.
The human body articulates quite unlike any other form of communication. From the purely physical to the playful, the abstract to the absurd, the gestural to the pedestrian, the body in motion has the capacity to communicate things we ourselves do not know yet.
Through live, screen, stage and sensory mediums, Burrinja moves is a fascinating look at the power and potential of the dancing body.


Dance Festival Day #1
Opening Night Festivities
+ Dance Hall Cabaret Extravaganza

Thu 17 Nov @ 7.30pm | Burrinja

7.30 PM ~ Opening Night Festivities

Includes bubbles on arrival followed by the Acknowledgement of Country & a welcome address from our Creative Director & Special Guests

8.00 PM ~ Finucane & Smith’s Travelling Dance Hall

"The smash-hit sell-out Travelling Dance Hall, packed with songbirds and showgirls, disco divas and opera arias, local legends, burlesque twirlers and go-go groovers, careens into town to blow your COVID-cobwebs away! 

Beloved from tiny towns to bustling cities; Finucane & Smith are the unstoppable creators of the world’s most awarded provocative variety. These artists know how to mix a party! 

Global talent, irresistible music and local artists light up the stage. Dance Hall celebrates the beauty of community under twinkling lights, velvet drapes, satin table settings and disco fever. 

Grab your friends, dress up and get ready to get down!   

“Sheer variety and changes of pace ensure there is something to enthrall all” ★★★★★Time Out 

“Bursting at the seams with talent” ★★★★ The Age 

“I cannot express how exhilarating and uplifting this show is"" ★★★★★ Planet Arts 

“All shimmies and wild confidence, humour and brilliance” Theatre Press  " 

Tickets - $19.00 ~ $39


Dance Festival Day #2
No Lights No Lycra
+ Spear (Bangarra's Dance Film)

Fri 18 Nov @ 7.00pm | Burrinja

7.00 PM ~ No Lights No Lycra 

We dance in the dark!

For anyone who wants to dance without limits or judgment, NLNL is the original dance in the dark movement proven to make you feel better.

8.00 PM ~ Spear (Bangarra's Dance Film)

A foot in each world. A heart in none.

Acclaimed Artistic Director and Choreographer Stephen Page brings Bangarra Dance Theatre’s outstanding dance work SPEAR to the screen. Striking and original, Page weaves story through dance to deliver an extraordinary cinematic experience in his feature film debut.

Using gesture and dance, with minimal dialogue, SPEAR follows a young Aboriginal man named Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) from North East Arnhem Land to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.

Featuring the brilliant Bangarra dancers and an evocative David Page score that combines traditional and contemporary music, SPEAR is an intimate journey with one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and one of the most affecting and spiritually resonant films of the year.

Tickets - $25


Dance Festival Day #3
Dance Bites
+  Beat Storm

Sat 19 Nov @ 6.00pm | Burrinja


Dance Bites

Boutique food and contemporary dance come together in ‘Dacne Bites’ Burrinja’s Dance Dinner. Come and experience tasty morsels of live dance, alongside a suite of short live dance performances.

Treat your taste buds and your dance pants to a collision of tasty morsels of dance, food and community at this special dinner event.

Featuring a tailored menu from TastyAZ, matched wine and non-alcoholics from boutique Australian producers, and live performance from the many talented local dance makers of the Dandenong ranges, this unique event is not to be missed.


6.00pm: BeatStorm: Live interactive dance performance by Chris Chua

7.30pm: Dinner event, with food by TastyAZ social enterprise

8.00pm: live performances by local artists to accompany each course

BeatStorm ~ Live interactive dance performance by Chris Chua

"BeatStorm is a collision between a video game and a movement performance. Motion capture devices track and project two players into a virtual world in real-time as they travel along a fast-moving path set to high-energy electronic dance music evocative of video gaming. In each level, players must dodge a barrage of obstacles and collect items by physically moving; there is a one-to-one correspondence of movement between the real and the virtual. 

Tickets - $80

Dance Art Installations

Immersive dance art installations created by Naarm artists, will be installed in the Burrinja Foyer & Gallery airlock throughout the festival.

Humanist (installation)

A Reflection and projection on Face / Body by Melinda Smith OAM

Dark Shadows (installation)

A dance film by Zoe Lunar




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