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A FAREWELL STATEMENT FROM BALLETLAB ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PHILLIP ADAMS

THURS 11 JAN 2024

"I never did anticipate this moment of bidding farewell to my playground of untamed, whimsical and queer mayhem, would come to pass...."

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Mara Galagher lays on a chaise lounge – promo image for Midsumma

ANNOUNCING TEMPERANCE HALL's 2024 
MIDSUMMA PROGRAM

20 DEC 2023
Last week Temperance Hall delivered some bad news, so before we sign off for the year we wanted to serve you some good news by announcing our 2024 Midsumma Program. 
 
Temperance Hall is thrilled to present two weeks of triple bill performances showcasing six contemporary dance works by experimental choreographers, disparately and rigorously exploring the multitudes of 'queer’...
 
"These artists talk to the way queerness moves around as ‘experiences' of beauty, decay, chaos and morality, to determine and convey their own internal politics within the domains of popular culture and materialism." 
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TEMPERANCE HALL IS FACING CLOSURE IN 2024

THURS 14 DEC 2023

In 2023, we delivered one of the most ambitious artistic programs in Phillip Adams BalletLab’s history.

As we head into 2024, PABL and our beloved queer dance temple, Temperance Hall, face a dire financial position – reflecting an arts sector in peril.

You might have heard it on the grapevine, but we wanted to let our community know first hand: with no State or Federal funding, Temperance Hall cannot continue to operate and will be forced to close by June, 2024...

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BODY POLITICS
CURATED BY ZOë BASTIN

TUES 25 JULY 2023

Body Politics is a workshop series that offers artists of all disciplines an opportunity to engage in experimentation, delving into the intricacies of performance dynamics. Guided by experienced artist mentors, participants have the chance to learn and collaborate as they deep dive into what it means to be an artist who works with performance. 

This is Season Three of Body Politics, and the exploration is Uncanny Embodiments and Queer Alterities...

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Shian Law Melbourne Fringe at Temperance Hall

MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL AT TEMPERANCE HALL

WED 16 AUGUST 2023
Experience the epicentre of experimental choreography at Temperance Hall this Melbourne Fringe Festival. We are thrilled to announce our 2023 program will feature two weeks of performances by three artists innovating choreographic form and take us to the Fringe. 
 
Temperance Hall’s first week of programming premieres two experimental dance works by local artists Benjamin Hurley and Shian Law...
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Vca Mentorship Awardee Iris Elgar

PHILLIP ADAMS BALLETLAB
VCA MENTORSHIP AWARD
IRIS ELGAR

TUES 25 JULY 2023

The Phillip Adams VCA Mentorship Award offers a formal mentorship/internship for a graduating student from the Victorian College of the Arts, facilitated by Artistic Director, Phillip Adams. The Mentorship seeks to identify and foster new talent among Australian dancers and choreographers. A VCA graduate himself, Adams has devoted over 25 years of teaching and mentoring to successful alumni.

Iris Elgar and Cora Hughes were awarded the 2022 Phillip Adams Mentorship Award. Iris Elgar reflects on their time at Temperance Hall so far below...

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MR.P's GLOBAL SOIREE

Thurs June 29 2023

Artistic Director, Phillip Adams has been prancing across Montreal and Denmark the last month. His first stop – Montreal – where he commenced the development of a new collaborative project with José Navas, and attended Festival TransAmériques. 

Phillip and José first met in New York in 1989 and became enmeshed in the downtown contemporary dance scene...

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Phillip Adams' Triptych at Temperance Hall for FRAME: A Biennial of Dance

DONATE
FOR TEMPERANCE Hall's SAKE

Mon 1 May 2023

In 2023, our organisation is facing an urgent and challenging time. Will you donate to support the future of Temperance Hall and Phillip Adams BalletLab this End of Financial Year?

For seven years, at Temperance Hall we have supported the creative community through employment, commissions, festival programs, residencies, exhibitions and professional development programs, providing opportunities to hundreds of artists each year. One of my proudest achievements has been establishing a home in support of LGBTQIA+ creatives – the first of its kind in Australian dance history.

We are hellbent on staying afloat, but we need your help to continue.

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Audience watches as two performers roll out a colourful image onto the ground of Temperance Hall's Main Hall

WE ARE HIRING – VENUE & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Mon 1 May 2023

The Venue and Communications Coordinator (VCC) will join our small and dynamic team – comprised of the Artistic Director (AD), Executive Producer (EP) and Program Producer (PP) – to support the organisation’s diverse operations and help deliver our annual program.

The VCC works within a busy and vibrant organisational environment, interacting with a diverse range of artists and creatives from the independent dance and experimental arts communities in Melbourne. This part-time position is responsible for the day-to-day management of our heritage building and will oversee the organisation’s various administrative tasks.

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The Prelude: Rachael

Call for Directors – Join our Board!

Mon 1 May 2023

The Board of Phillip Adams BalletLab (PABL) at Temperance Hall is seeking expressions of interest from appropriately skilled individuals to join the Board of Directors. To complement and enhance existing skillsets, experience is sought in fundraising, philanthropy, marketing, finance, legal and governance. Applications are encouraged from women/gender diverse persons, people living with a disability and those who identify as First Nations, Black/POC and LGBTIQA+. Individuals with strong personal or professional connections to artistic practice are invited to apply.

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TEMPORARY HOLD
SANDRA PARKER WITH RHIAN HINLEY

25 Nov 2023

Created for Temperance Hall's Upstairs Studio, TEMPORARY HOLD is a one-off durational performance installation: Saturday November 25th, 2023, from 2 – 5pm....

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Front studio for hire

Mon 6 September 2021

Temperance Hall's beautiful Front Studio is currenting available for hire.  Located on the ground floor of the historic Temperance Hall in South Melbourne. If you're seeking a light-filled space for short or long term hire. Find out more...

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Resilience Funded artists: ben hurley, Luke Fryer and Emma Riches

mon 24 august 2020

Our work often looks at a blurring of lines between everyday life and the creative process. We consider our shared practice to exist beyond the studio, and...

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COVID-19 UPDATE

wed 8 july 2020

Please feel free to contact us regarding general information about using Temperance Hall spaces, however noting that we will not be able to confirm bookings for the next several weeks due to reinstated restrictions on gatherings due to COVID-19.

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PHILLIP ADAMS ART GNOMES

Mon 1 JUNE 2020

Alongside our donations campaign, we're also offering those feeling a little more generous the chance to purchase a limited-edition Art Gnome handmade and signed by our Artistic Director, Phillip Adams. 

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DONATE TO TEMPERANCE HALL

Mon 1 JUNE 2020

As we plan our triumphant return to the studio, we seek your support to afford the employment of artists, allowing ambitious productions to continue unabated. 

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REFLECTIONS: MIRACLE

Fri 8 May 2020

During Temperance Hall’s lockdown, we’re taking some time to reflect on the works Phillip Adams BalletLab has created. This second post is a reflection by Temperance Hall Artistic Director, Phillip Adams, on MIRACLE, which premiered at the State of Design Festival in Melbourne in 2009.

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REFLECTIONS: AMPLIFICATION

Thu 16 APR 2020

During Temperance Hall’s lockdown, we’re taking some time to reflect on what the Hall and Phillip Adams BalletLab has created. This first post is a reflection by Temperance Hall Director, Phillip Adams, on the seminal work, Amplification, which premiered at Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne in 1999.

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RESILIENCE FUND

Mon 6 APR 2020

Right now, Temperance Hall are eager to provide support for our arts communities in whatever way we can. We particularly wish to extend our support to independent artists who are considering applying to the Adapt and Create streams of the Australia Council's Resilience Fund.

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RESPONSE TO AUSCO ANNOUNCEMENT

Mon 6 APR 2020

What happened on Friday when the Australia Council announced the outcomes of its 4-year funding for organisations, was possibly the most traumatic loss for cultural organisations within our beloved arts sector that I have experienced in my lifetime as an artist.

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LUKE GEORGE UPDATES US

Mon 23 Mar 2020

As part of Temperance Hall's associate programs, we ask our Artistic Associate to give us regular updates about their work so that you can learn what they're up to. Here's Luke George with his latest news.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE

Mon 23 Mar 2020

In light of Government restrictions to non-essential businesses yesterday, due to COVID-19, we are faced with delivering the unfortunate news that Temperance Hall will now close its doors to all activity until further notice.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

TUE 17 MAR 2020

Temperance Hall is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment. Due to the developing situation of the COVID-19 we are implementing some restrictions to our regular business operations. 

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