CoCA Presents | Rainbow Vomit

Media Release: Young Brains To Create Own World of Wonder


Cairns, 9th May, 2017 –  Art and imagination collide with colour, fluid physicality, play and fantasy when Dancenorth brings its exciting and celebrated “Rainbow Vomit” performance to the Centre of Contemporary Art this month.

The immersive work speaks directly to young audiences while appealing to kids of all ages as it puts the “F  word” -- FUN -- back into a created world in which dream, fantasy, illusion and play are funnelled through unreality.

While in town, Dancenorth will also offer a masterclass at CoCA for dance practitioners aged 16 and over.

Dancenorth artistic director Kyle Page and rehearsal director Amber Haines created Rainbow Vomit which  had a sell-out premiere season in Townsville last year before featuring at the Brisbane Festival in September.

The show was inspired by the creators’ curiosity about the impact of technology and sensorial saturation on young viewers and their developing brains.

“Along with our amazing cast, we set out to explore the effects of this relatively recent phenomenon, in particular the impact on imagination and creative capacity in children,” Mr P
age said.

Ms Haines said Rainbow Vomit created an intensely colourful and physical space saturated with ideas to inspire kids to go home and play and be creative in their own space 

“Before technology, kids would play in the yard conjuring up games and imaginative spaces. Computer games offer a limited set of scenarios where the outcome is dictated by the imagination of the game’s creator,” she said.

Audience members are invited to watch the performance through ‘fireworks glasses’. These magical glasses are made using holographic diffraction film, which refracts light into all colours of the spectrum, generating a myriad of rainbows.

The performance time is about 50 minutes, after which audiences will be welcomed further into the colourful world of Rainbow Vomit to explore the set and play on the stage.

Rainbow Vomit reviewers have praised the “diversity of sensory input and cleverness in melding elements of dance and theatre”, and the “unique choreography (that) could convert wide-eyed kids or non-dance aficionados into devoted fans”.

The dance masterclass with Jess Devereux and Susan Van den Ham will be held on Wednesday, May 17 from 5.30pm till 7pm and costs $10.

Rainbow Vomit will be staged at 11am and 6.30pm on Friday, May 26, and at 11am only on Saturday, May  27.

Tickets cost $24 for adults, $19 concession holders, family pass $76 (two adults and two children/concession holders), school groups (10+) $15 each (includes one complimentary teacher ticket per 10 students).

For more information and to book tickets online, visit


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Tanya Snelling

Strategic PR

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