CoCA Presents: A Struggle over Power

Media Release:
A Poetic Struggle of Power


Cairns, 5th October, 2015 – Cairns audiences will be captivated by what is considered the must see dance and theatre performance of the year as the stars behind Cockfight prepare for their short two-night season in Cairns. 

Performing at the Centre of Contemporary Arts (CoCA) on Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, Cockfight has been likened to an episode of The Office meets a cage-fight, Australian style.

It is a comical, combative and ultimately tender performance that explores masculinity and pushes the limits of physical theatre.  

Cockfight has been developed in partnership with Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) and co-produced by CoCA and Dancenorth. It will also be performed in Cairns ahead of the capital cities, giving local audiences a rare opportunity to see a show of this calibre first. 

One of the show’s co-directors and veteran dancer Gavin Webber said the audience could expect a roller coaster of emotion as they take in the one-hour show, presented by the Physical Theatre company, The Farm, Performing Lines and CoCA. 

“Cockfight offers an insight into the power play that occurs between men and the frailty of the body. It is evocative of age and passing time and questions our culture’s desperate desire for achievement. 

“There will definitely be mixed emotions – sometimes happy sad, other times sadly happy, it depends on the moment and who is the focus,” he said.

At the heart of the show is the relationship between the two performers, Joshua Thomson and Webber.

The two dancers have worked together for many years and this ongoing real-life relationship brings a whole other aspect to the show. Their humour, trust and understanding allow them to take extreme physical risks that will leave audiences on the edge of their seat.

Webber believed dance was a beautiful way to talk and the audience should hopefully have a deeper understanding of how movement connects to meaning by the end of  the show. 

“We don’t dance in a vacuum, the body is a conduit that shows the inner life of the dancer and expresses everything that's difficult to speak of, that’s why dance is so strong as a form of expression,” he explained.

Cockfight opens this Friday, October 9 to Saturday, October 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets are A$29 and C$24 and can purchased online at


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About Cockfight: Cockfight is a work for two performers (Gavin Webber and Joshua Thomson) developed by The Farm in partnership with guest artist Julian Louis. Powerful and dangerous physical performance, Cockfight is woven around the lives of two men from different generations, trapped in an office. Existing side by side, sharing space, resources, time, responsibility, they justify their existence in relation to each other. Their conflict is under the skin and mixed with a fierce co-dependency underpinning their physical action. These two men need each other to survive, their battle is in the air they breathe and the walls that close them in. 


About the Company: Based on the Gold Coast with roots in Berlin, The Farm is an international network of highly respected artists, ranging from choreographers and independent dancers to musicians and designers. The artistic direction of the company is led by Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood who have been making work together for the past fifteen years across four continents. The Farm works out of Queensland but retains and builds on its national and international pedigree and touring record. Touring highlights include, Venice Biennale, Tanzplattform (Germany), Barbican Theatre, Europe, Canada and Australia. 


Creative Team: Cockfight was developed by members of The Farm with guest artist Julian Louis. At The Farm work is made in a collaborative process where everyone brings their expertise without being confined to it. All animals are equal. 

Directed by Joshua Thomson, Gavin Webber, Kate Harman, Julian Louis, 

Performers Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber 

Lighting Design Mark Howett 

Sound Design Luke Smiles 

Set Design Joey Ruigrok and Joshua Thomson 


Producer Performing Lines