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What's on in Melbourne

Find out what's happening in and around our new Melbourne studios.

Events at NIDA Melbourne


NIDAnights is an annual calendar of events including workshops, masterclasses, performances and roundtables, presented in partnership with change-makers in the creative ecosystem of Melbourne. The nights, hosted at our intimate NIDA Melbourne studios in Southbank, launched in November 2017 and will take place in the midst of every month. Join us for an opportunity to open your minds, stimulate your senses and warm your hearts – in good surrounds, with good company and over good wine.

See upcoming NIDAnights

Technique and choreography with Stephanie Lake

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe

Stephanie Lake's workshop will give participants an introduction to her signature choreographic style.

The workshop will consist of an advanced level contemporary technique class followed by a choreographic workshop. Working instinctually and playfully alongside an intricate, disciplined approach to dance making, participants will work with improvisation and rigour with an emphasis on the joy found in the creative process. This will be a chance to experience Stephanie's gutsy physicality and rhythmically complex movement language, as well as a "way in" to develop your own choreography.

Stephanie's classes are dynamic, rigorous, fast-paced and fun. With an emphasis on building strength, coordination and an individual approach to movement, the class structure includes improvisation and challenging exercises. The class increases in complexity as it develops.

Tickets are available via the Arts Centre Melbourne website.

Creative initiatives

NIDA Launchpad

NIDA Launchpad invites Melbourne’s creative community to explore their artistic practice and undertake creative development at our NIDA Melbourne studios.

Applications for Winter-Spring 2019 will open in June 2019.

Open to Melbourne-based artist/s, NIDA Launchpad is committed to providing a safe space for an independent artist, arts organisation or creative collective to workshop fresh ideas, think big, put their thoughts into action, be critically reflexive and deepen engagement with the NIDA community. We are interested in applications dedicated to developing a new performance project and aim to support the efforts of the artist/s in getting the work off the ground.

NIDA Launchpad is an inclusive initiative which welcomes applications from artists of ALL backgrounds that may include (but not limited to) Indigenous, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), LGBTIQ+, female, non-binary artists, and artists with disabilities.

Learn more about the 2018 Launchpad project, The World Isn't Made for Them.

NIDA Launchpad | Winter-Spring 2019

NIDA Melbourne x Brunswick Mechanics Institute

NIDA Melbourne and Brunswick Mechanics Institute are curatorially interested in experimental performance in the categories of live art, theatre, dance and/or multi-modal performance. We strongly believe that the arts offer a pulse check of the nation and are excited by performance work that is responsive to the times we live in.

NIDA Melbourne and Brunswick Mechanics Institute are committed to supporting the entire life-cycle of developing new Melbourne-based work. This is a unique opportunity for artist/s to realise their idea from a seed to a season of live performance.

What does NIDA Melbourne provide?

  • A week-long residency at NIDA Melbourne Studio 2 valued at $2,450.00 + GST
  • Creative development and dramaturgical support facilitated by staff at NIDA Melbourne
  • Promotion via NIDA’s website and social media channels
  • Front of House staff for the season
  • Letters of support for grant applications
  • Public liability insurance when onsite
  • Photo and Video documentation for artists to promote and pitch their work in the future. Refer to previous year’s reel below

What will Brunswick Mechanics Institute provide?

  • One week of rehearsal and development space
  • One week season in the Mechanics Theatre (or a season-length that is performance appropriate)
  • Technical support and staff
  • 70% box office
  • Letters of support for grant applications
  • Marketing and promotional support
  • Public liability insurance when onsite

Application Process

The form linked below includes an online application addressing the following criteria. Selection will be made by a panel of staff from NIDA Melbourne and Brunswick Mechanics Institute. The application review will take into account:

  • A short artist statement in relation to your proposed idea
  • Project description (including outcomes, participants and an explanation of how NIDA Launchpad would benefit you and your project)
  • Ideal project timeline
  • A summary of your artistic practice

Additional Requirements

  1. CV or bio
  2. Links to relevant work – video, images, essays, reviews etc – that will support your submission

Key Dates

Applications Open: June 2019

Submission Deadline: July 2019

Announcement: July 2019

NIDA Residency Dates: August 2019

Season Dates: to be decided in negotiation with Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Mechanics will work with the artist/s to find a time that works best for the project.

Presented in partnership with

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Please call NIDA Melbourne Manager – Community and Participation on 03 8640 0241 or email guild@nida.edu.au to discuss your NIDA Launchpad application.

NIDA Melbourne is a member of The Arts Wellbeing Collective, a consortium of Victorian arts and cultural organisations whose shared vision is to effect better mental health and wellbeing for Victorian performing arts workers. Take a proactive approach to your mental health and wellbeing by keeping up to date with The Arts Wellbeing Collective's upcoming events and program initiatives.

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