Summer of Dance




Immigration Museum
400 Flinders Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
What's On

This summer, Immigration Museum drops into dance-floor mode celebrating diverse genres, talents and communities.

Fill your dance card with a season of spontaneous movement, choreographed action and works in progress, in spaces intimate and expansive. Quickstep in our direction for days and nights of participatory dance experiences, residencies and performances.

Welcome to the dance floor – an expressive, polyphonic and energising space for all, celebrating what moves you and how you move.


Dance film footage projected onto large wall with columns. Photo credit: Max Turner, Source: Amrita Hepi

Dance Reel

Daily, 2 December 2019 – 29 February 2020
Included with museum entry

Experience contemporary dance projections on a massive scale, dancing daily across our colonnaded Long Room.

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Amrita Hepi

Amrita Hepi: In Residence

18 January – 29 February 2020
Included with museum entry

Award-winning First Nations artist and choreographer from Bundjulung (Australia) and Ngāpuhi (New Zealand) territories, Amrita Hepi is our summer artist in residence, taking over the Long Room with An Extimate Surface: a program of film, performance and installation that sees place and dance making in action.

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Woman sitting on colourful backdrop. Photo credit: David Collins, Source: Amrita Hepi

Special Event | Amrita Hepi: Opening Afternoon

Saturday 18 January 2020, 3pm–4.30pm
Included with museum entry

In collaboration with Sibling Architecture and in consultation with other dance communities, Amrita will create a dance floor that will act as a choreographic score for a salon of performances.

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Promotional photo for Pacific Essence. Photographer: Bo Pousima Afeaki Inukihaangana, Source: Amao Leota Lu

Talk | Pacific Essence: Tales of a Migrant Plantation

Thursday 23 January 2020, 6pm–8.30pm
Adult $15, Concession / Member $10

A fusion of culture, performance, dance, art and storytelling shared through the lives of LGBTIQA+ individuals from the Pacific diaspora. Join local Melbourne-based Samoan fa'afafine / trans advocate of colour activist, speaker, performer and storyteller Amao Leota Lu on a journey with her extended Rainbow family through the highs and lows, tears and laughter – embracing the notion "You’re welcome at our table."

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Rainbow Chan. Photo credit: Hyun Lee, Source: Rainbow Chan

Special Event | Rainbow Effect

Friday 31 January 2020, 6pm–10pm
Adult $28, Early Bird / Member $21, Concession $25

Bring your nearest and queerest to dance it all out in our hot summer courtyard oasis to the glitchy pop beats and sweet synth melodies of Rainbow Chan.

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Dancers in a Courtyard. Photo credit: Ardian Lumi, Source: Unsplash

Special Event | Latin Valentine

Friday 14 February 2020, 6pm–10pm
Adult $20, Concession $15, Member $10

Inspired by the Mexican tradition El Día del Amor y la Amistad (The Day of Love and Friendship) we celebrate love in all its shades with a San Valentín night of dancing, music and mucho more. Singles, friends, couples, newbies and pros are welcome!

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Join us for a special performance with Park Jiha and DJ Moopie. Photo credit: Kim Gunu, Source: Park Jiha

Special Event | Play On presents Park Jiha (Korea) + Moopie

Friday 21 February 2020, 8pm–11pm
First release $25

Play On joins forces with the Immigration Museum to present the ground-breaking South Korean multi-instrumentalist and composer Park Jiha in Australia for the very first time.

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Hand turning a DJ Music Deck. Photo credit: Marcela Laskoski, Source: Unsplash

Special Event | Leaps + Beats

Saturday 29 February 2020, 6pm–10pm
Adult $20, Concession $15, Member $10

Crack the year open and drain the last drop of summer with us in the ultimate bonus night of 2020. Local dance luminaries Deep Soulful Sweats lead with a guided astrological dance-meets-rave-meets-ritual experience, alongside diverse DJs, choreographers, dancers and you.

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