Featuring an eclectic program of music, performance, dance and storytelling, Summer of Dance is a celebration of movement.
Across January and February, Immigration Museum will unpack the various ways in which we move and what moves us through Summer of Dance – a diverse offering of genres, talent and communities each exploring the art of movement.
Encompassing days and nights and everything from queer dance parties to stunning displays of choreography, Summer of Dance is an immersive and interactive collection of participatory dance experiences, residencies and performances.
Award-winning First Nations artist and choreographer Amrita Hepi will take over the museum’s Long Room with film projections, performances and installations as the Summer of Dance artist in residence. Using the stunning space as a backdrop and dancefloor, Hepi’s work will bring the 19th-century walls and columns of Immigration Museum’s Long Room into a contemporary context.
On Friday January 31, Hong Kong born producer and synth-master Rainbow Chan will host a dance party for the ages in collaboration with Midsumma Festival. A melting pot of pop beats, electronica, and vibrant aesthetics, Rainbow Effect reflects Chan’s heritage, queer culture and the universality of dance.
On Friday February 14, Summer of Dance will celebrate the various degrees of love with Latin Valentine – a night of dancing and music inspired by the Mexican tradition El Dia del Amor y la Amistad – The Day of Love and Friendship.
With tropical beats and mariachi love song dedications, as well as traditional Mexican street food and drinks, Latin Valentine will add a touch of spice to the romantic holiday for lovers, singles and friends.
Wrapping up the program and summer itself on Saturday February 29 comes Leaps + Beats, an evening of music, food, drink and dance led by Deep Soulful Sweats. Guiding groovers through a dance-meets-rave-meets-ritual experience, with the help of DJs, choreographers and dancers, Leaps + Beats will have you moving in ways you didn’t know you could.
There’s plenty more to see and do, so be sure to embrace the season of dance at Immigration Museum this summer.
Summer of Dance is happening at Immigration Museum until Saturday February 29. For the full program, tickets and more information, head to the Museums Victoria website.