Wannabe a Rabbit?

Weave is back at Melbourne’s newest festival, ButohOUT! The Body- Our Closest Nature. Choreographed by Yumi Umiumare and in partnership with Abbotsford Convent, Weave will present developmental piece Wannabe A Rabbit? at the The Oratory from April 12-15.

A unique fusion between Butoh and physical theatre, Wannabe A Rabbit? invites audiences on an investigation between the surreal and the absurd; exploring universal human themes like:

Will I ever be perfect? Am I invisible? How do I get out of here? My sheets need a wash. It’s dark. Is that a rabbit?

Devised in collaboration with Weave and Umiumare, this short work will be unveiled in full in 2019.

“Their strength lies in the performers’ ability to make the banal magical” –  Hilary Crampton, The Age


Surfacing in reaction to the atrocities caused post World War II and initially referred to as the ‘Dance of Darkness’, Butoh converges themes of naturism and humanism. ButohOUT! intends to activate the spirit of Butoh through the local and national, contemporary dance community.

Director Yumi Umiumare, Artistic Director Janice Florence and Weave artists are available for interview upon request. 

Weave Movement Theatre formed in 1997 through an Arts Access Victoria project and continues today developing high quality performances under the artistic direction of Janice Florence.

This performance is proudly supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria, ImPermanence Productions, Abbottsford Convent, Arts Access Victoria, The Oasis Rainbow, Creative Victoria and City of Yarra.

Venue Info & Dates
Performance Week One
The Oratory, Abbotsford Convent
April 12-14, 8pm
April 15, 5pm Auslan Performance

For ticket bookings go here
For the two performance discount email Taka

All media enquires or requests for interviews should be directed to Kaitlyn Elsegood Communications kait.elsegood@gmail.com 0413 206 612

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Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Elsegood, 2018


ButohOUT! Festival: Performance Season and Public Forum

Weave will be performing at this years ‘ButohOUT!’ Festival under the direction of Yumi Umiumare. Culminating over a two- week performance season, ‘ButohOUT!’ is an exploration of interpretations of Butoh, Body and Landscape. Experience the potent, sacred, visceral, sometimes humorous, unexpected and formless art form that is Butoh.

A diverse and distinctive series of short works will also be presented by Yumi Umiumare, Tony Yap, Breathing Forest Dance Theatre and international guest artist, Agung Gunawan (Indonesia), alongside solo and group works by local artists, mentored by Yumi and Tony during the ‘ButohOUT!’ Laboratory Workshop.

“In Butoh we are trying to give form to that which is formless, trying to put into words that which cannot be put into words” – Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of Ankoku Butoh, Dance of Darkness.

Performance Season

Week One: 12 – 15 April – bookings required

Led by Yumi Umiumare, Weave will perform in a series of performances with other artists in the Oratory.  Purchase tickets here.

Week Two: 19 – 22 April – bookings required

A series of performances in the Oratory featuring Agung Gunawan, Breathing Forest Dance

Photo Credit: Vikk Shayen



2018 Auditions for New Ensemble Members

Weave will be holding auditions late January 2018 for new ensemble members. If you have experience in performance/dance/ movement/theatre, identify with having a disability or are interested in being part of an inclusive performance company, please submit your expression of interest (EOI) to info@weavemovementtheatre.com.au
Shortlisted applicants we will be invited to audition.
For further information please contact Artistic Director Janice Florence at info@weavemovementtheatre.com.au.


Participate in Our Survey

A survey is being conducted with all people associated with Weave including company members, their families, Board members, facilitators and potential new members to better understand peoples’ ideas, wants and needs and to help prepare ourselves for this change.

The information you provide is anonymous and will be kept private and confidential and will be analysed by PfA Consults. A report will be written for the Weave Board with a summary included here on our website once completed.

Please take the 15-20 minutes to complete the survey by Monday 18th December 2017 or as soon as you can. 

Hard copies are also available if you would rather do the survey that way. Contact Janice Florence, Weave Artistic Director weavemovement@gmail.com or 0400 031 418 for a copy, if you need help with the survey or if you have any questions regarding the project.

We particularly want to know what potential new members think of Weave so please forward the email onto anyone you may know that may be interested in joining Weave.

Thanks for helping us with this important project.


NDIS Strategic Positioning & Readiness Project

The Weave Board has decided to look at the opportunities available to Weave under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and understand the possible strategic options. This includes the potential for new social interaction, skills development and training, building independence and to provide employment support and pathways in the arts. The development of workshops for funded NDIS participants is one options being considered that can both support the recruitment of new company members and generate income for additional performances.

The Lord Mayors Charitable Fund has provided a grant to support this work over a two year period including the necessary changes and steps required to achieve NDIS registration and service delivery.

This project will allow Weave Movement Theatre Company to understand the viability, gaps, and requirements for NDIS registration and identify options to possibly become a NDIS provider and expand the range of activities available to existing and new artists with a disability and achieve on-going funding of disability theatre programs.

Weave have contracted Wayne Pfeiffer, PfA Consults to review the current program, assess its viability under the NDIS and provide strategic recommendations. A capacity building approach and consumer driven framework is being used that listens and works together with Weave staff and company members to support the achievement of the project outcomes.  Part of this listening and understanding process includes the following survey.


Job Opportunity- NDIS Project Coordinator

The NDIS Project Coordinator will support Weave Movement Theatre towards strategic positioning and readiness for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by working with the National Disability Insurance Authority (NDIA) people with disabilities, their family and carers, the arts, disability and community sectors. This position will oversee the development and coordination of the NDIS consumer driven framework and practical applications for this small arts company. We are seeking an experienced and motivated individual to research, develop and implement NDIS options and structures for Weave Movement Theatre. This is a 12 month contract position with review for a second year. This is a part-time .2 position. Options to work from home or in a South Melbourne location.

To apply please download the position description here. For further information please contact Artistic Director Janice Florence 0400 031 418 or weavemovement@gmail.com

Applicants are email their curriculum vitae and a cover letter responding to the selection criteria (maximum 2 pages) to weavemovement@gmail.com.

Closing date- 31/8/2017

Photo credit: Tess Kelly






Weave Want’s You!

Weave Movement Theatre is seeking nominations from interested parties with experience in the arts and/ or not- for- profit sector, to take up a position on our board.

Due to the uniqueness of Weave’s organisational structure and diverse ensemble. Weave is constantly dependent upon applying for short term project funding to exist and continue its progressive model for inclusive dance performance.

As such, we are hoping to find an individual with specific skills (preferably in the arts) in sponsorship, marketing and funding. A background in community development/ disability is desirable but not essential.

To find out more, and be sent a PD for our Board roles, please contact Janice at info@weavemovementtheatre.com or phone Weave on 0400 031 418

Who is Weave?

Weave Movement Theatre is an ambitious and diverse Melbourne-based dance and theatre performance company comprising people with and without disabilities.

Weave formed in 1997 through an Arts Access project and throughout the past 20 years has created 16 original stage works, performed in venues such as Dancehouse and La Mama, been a part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and collaborated with guest artists and directors from circus, dance and theatre backgrounds on performances, creative developments and workshops, all under the artistic direction of Janice Florence, a dance artist with a disability.

Weaves’ work combines dance, physical theatre, spoken word and humour to create bold ground-breaking performances. Weaves’ work subverts audience’s expectations and challenges conventional ways of seeing dance and disability.

Image Credit: Paul Dunn

2017 Workshops


Basking in the glory of White Day Dream, Weave artists began twenty seventeen, with a series of workshops with NEW Circus Oz Artistic Director, Rob Tannion!! 

Rob’s twenty year career in Europe spans from pivotal beginnings as a dancer for renowned UK contemporary company DV8, going on to be a choreographer and director of two circus companies in Spain (because one isn’t enough) and working with both international and national inclusive dance companies, including Adelaide’s Restless Dance.

Back to Back’s Tamara Searle has also been sharing her expertise in exploring movement with semi improvised scores and focusing upon sharpening our improvisation skills.

As always, a BIG thanks to our friends at the City of Yarra for making all of the workshops possible. 



Weave Movement Theatre is one of Australia’s most unique dance organisations, offering a distinctive and progressive model for inclusive dance performance. Weave has a twenty-year existence under the artistic direction of Janice Florence, a dance artist with paraplegia.

Weave has and continues to create work that challenges conventional ways of seeing dance and disability.

A combination of dance, physical theatre, spoken word and absurd humour, Weave creates bold ground-breaking performances. Weave is completely dependent upon funding and voluntary staff.

Donations allow Weave to continue to provide opportunities for artists with disabilities to learn, grow and express their talents and for Weave to remain a proud disability lead organisation.

Donate here.

Image Credit: Paul Dunn