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ISPA Open House

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Various hours 

Arts Centre Melbourne, Chunky Move, The Coopers Malthouse, Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company, are opening their doors for ISPA delegates.  

Between 10 am and 12:45 pm you can take up to four tours for a great behind–the-scenes insight into some of Melbourne’s most impressive performance venues and organisations.

Tour Options

  1. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection Tour
  2. Arts Centre Melbourne, Theatres Tour
  3. The Coopers Malthouse – home to Malthouse Theatre Company & Chunky Move Tours
  4. Melbourne Recital Centre
  5. The Southbank Theatre – Melbourne Theatre Company

How to Sign Up for Tours

Please email ispaopenhouse@artscentremelbourne.com.au with your requests by Thursday 26th of May at 5:00 pm (AEST)

To help us make the most of your experience please advise any access requirements when you sign up for tours. ISPA Open House venues are wheelchair accessible. Please note that access to some areas may be limited at venues, please contact ispaopenhouse@artscentremelbourne.com.au for more information. 

Following registration you will be emailed further details when we confirm your place on the tour.

1. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection Tour

  • Address: 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 
  • Meet: Theatres Building, Level 6 Concierge Desk 
  • Tours depart at 10:00 am and 11:00 am
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • ISPA delegate exclusive!
  • Visit website

The Performing Arts Collection and Art Collection are amongst Arts Centre Melbourne’s greatest assets. These unrivalled collections tell the intricate stories of the performing arts in Australia, documenting a rich and colourful history.

The Australian Performing Arts Collection is the largest and most significant collection of Australia’s performing arts history. It contains more than 610,000 items documenting 200 years of performance across theatre, music, dance, circus and opera. Through costumes, scripts, handwritten lyrics, designs, company ephemera and photographs the collection tells the stories of our most illustrious performers and institutions including: Dame Nellie Melba, Barry Humphries, Peter Allen, Geoffrey Rush, Kylie Minogue, AC/DC, The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and many others.

The Collection is not open to the general public so this is a personalised tour for Congress delegates to see significant items from Australia’s performing arts history and hear fascinating stories behind the Collections from our expert curators.

2. Arts Centre Melbourne, Theatres Tour

  • Address: 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 
  • Meet: Theatres Building, Level 6 Concierge Desk 
  • Tours start at 10:00 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am and 12:15 pm
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Visit website

For 30 years Arts Centre Melbourne has played a leading role in showcasing the best local, national and international performing arts – from the worlds of music, dance and drama to comedy and cabaret. 

Arts Centre Melbourne is partner and home to a flagship group of performing arts companies – The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia – who join a range of other regular presenting companies that bring its stages and remarkable spaces to life. To complement the work of these performing arts companies, Arts Centre Melbourne presents its own program of performances, events and activities that offer audiences a distinctly multidimensional approach to participation, education and engagement.

Enjoy an in-depth guided tour through Arts Centre Melbourne’s theatres and hidden spaces under the iconic spire to uncover the fascinating story of this 130 year old entertainment precinct, host to some of the world’s most famous artists and productions.

3. The Coopers Malthouse – home to Malthouse Theatre Company & Chunky Move Tours

  • Address: 113 Sturt Street, Southbank
  • Meet: Malthouse Theatre foyer 
  • Tours start at 10:00 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am and 12:15 pm 
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • The Chunky Move studio tour will happen directly following The Coopers Malthouse tours.
  • Visit websites: The Coopers MalthouseMalthouse Theatre CompanyChunky Move

About The Coopers Malthouse
Conveniently located in the heart of Southbank's Arts Precinct, The Coopers Malthouse – the home of Malthouse Theatre – houses three theatres, rehearsal studios, meeting rooms, a bar and a café. 

Malthouse Theatre is contemporary, boundary-pushing theatre in the heart of Melbourne. Through collaborations with local and international artists we create work that puts provocative, and entertaining human experiences on stage. We champion artistic and cultural diversity; we advocate for alternative points of view. The theatre we produce explores the world personally, socially and politically. We cultivate and curate irreverent, courageous theatrical experiences from Australia and around the globe to captivate audiences. We believe that theatre can be – and should be – an agent of change.

Chunky Move
Chunky Move is regarded as Australia's boldest dance company and has earned a reputation for distinct unpredictability and genre defying dance performance. Founded in 1995 under the artistic leadership of Gideon Obarzanek, and Victoria’s flagship contemporary dance company since 1998, Chunky Move has a strong presence on the international stage and a nation-wide following. 

Led now by acclaimed Dutch choreographer, Anouk van Dijk, the Company’s multi-tiered initiatives nurture and underpin a strong, vibrant dance culture in our home city of Melbourne, with national and international connections. Using contemporary Australian culture, social commentary and the tension between community and the individual as its springboard, Chunky Move’s artistic vision is driven by an investigation into the many possibilities of the body and its relationship to place, context and environment. 
During ISPA Chunky Move is premiering L U C I D, a new cross-artform dance work for two performers, and we invite you to come and see our work and visit our studios during your visit to Melbourne.

4. Melbourne Recital Centre

  • Address: Cnr Southbank Blvd and Sturt St, Southbank
  • Meet: Ground Floor Foyer near Box Office
  • Tours start at 10:00 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am and 12:15 pm
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Visit website

The Melbourne Recital Centre comprises two of the finest acoustic spaces for the performance of music in the world: the 1000-seat Elisabeth Murdoch Hall and the intimate Salon.

Opened in 2009 it is ‘…a living space for making, sharing and enjoying great music’ and loved by musicians and audiences alike. Designed by architecture firm Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM) with acoustical engineering by ARUP Acoustics, the Centre’s musically rich spaces, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall and the Salon, are of the calibre of landmark halls such as Vienna’s Musikvereinssaal and London’s Wigmore Hall, while existing in the digital era – a brilliant marriage of the classical and the progressive.

Discover the beauty of the timber lined Elisabeth Murdoch Hall and experience the intimacy of the Salon. Learn about the design of the performance spaces, appreciate the artwork, marvel at the architecture and explore behind-the-scenes on a 30 minute tour of Melbourne Recital Centre.

5. The Southbank Theatre – Melbourne Theatre Company

Southbank Theatre is the principal home of Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC), one of the major performing arts companies in Australia, and one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1953, MTC is also the oldest professional theatre company in Australia, and currently exists as a semi-autonomous department of the University of Melbourne.

Southbank Theatre hosts MTC’s annual season of up to 12 plays, as well as NEON NEXT, the Cybec Electric play readings series, Education performances and other productions for families and young people. Designed by the multi-award winning ARM Architecture, the Theatre opened in 2009 and contains two performance spaces: the 500-559 seat Sumner, and the 150 seat Lawler. The Theatre also houses Script Bar & Bistro, Function Rooms and Foyers, two Foyer Bars and extensive backstage facilities.

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