Dance Makers Collective

The Rivoli

Friday April 1, 2022

Dance Makers Collective

The Rivoli

A celebration of social life before social media, when to meet was to talk, laugh and move to music together.

From the early 1930s to the late 1960s, the Rivoli Dance Palace in Parramatta was Western Sydney’s favourite dance hall. Demolished in 1973 to make way for an office development, now nothing remains of ‘The Riv’ except the stories of the people who danced there.  This also rings true for the Dubbo region.

Throughout this work, you’ll hear the voices of people who danced at the Rivoli, as well as the voices of locals who dance now, in this region. Dance has a way of bringing people and communities together in a way nothing else can. In reflecting and strengthening certain communities, it’s also worth considering how these spaces can also exclude others.

This work mirrors the interest that Dance Makers Collective (DMC) has always had in social dances. In some ways, these spaces for social dance reflect the aims of DMC itself – to gather, share ideas, and to support each other creatively, socially, and artistically. To dance together.

The Rivoli features eight dancers and a stellar local band. We invite you and your favourite dance partner to be swept into a nostalgic and immersive exploration of mid-century nightlife, desire and social connection. It is DMC’s most ambitious work yet, The Rivoli, an ode to a bygone dance era.

Venue: Convention Centre (Traverse seating) similar to a tennis court where all of the action is centre court on the floor! 

“From the moment I stepped into the Town Hall I was propelled back in time…superbly crafted.”  Vicki Van Hout, Form




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Convention Centre


Friday April 1, 2022




6+ years


Adult $52
Concession $45
Youth $27
Group 8+ $47
Subscriber $42

Currently only available as part of a 2022 Season Subscription

Tickets on general sale from 29 January 2022


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