were an ethereal neoclassical duo formed in Melbourne, Australia, in August 1981,
by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry.
The band relocated to London in May 1982 and disbanded in 1998.
Their 1996 album Spiritchaser reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top World Music Albums Chart.
Australian music historian Ian McFarlane described Dead Can Dance as having an ambient style of world music that "constructed soundscapes of mesmerising grandeur and solemn beauty... with African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chants, Middle Eastern mantras and art-rock".