Touring works

Performance & Events Program

Past Events
30-31st March, 2015
Joseph Simons: First Things First

From one of Australia's most innovative performing artists comes First Things First - a one-man show of technically virtuosic dance and hilarious physical theatre that explores the art of 'getting used to it'. Joseph Simons blasted onto the international dance scene winning the Outstanding Emerging Artist Award for WA AusDance in 2009, since then, he has toured the world with many of Australia's major dance companies, including the enormously popular Chunky Move. Now, you can catch him live performing his own special brand of dance theatre, in an evening of firsts you'll never forget! Do you remember your first day of school? The first time you rode a bike? Your first kiss? The first time is always memorable. But then you do it a second time, then a third. Suddenly, it's second nature. Join award-winning performer Joseph Simons in this mind-blowing display of physicality with his signature charm and wit. First Things First begins in the foyer of the theatre, where Joseph is hosting a party for all his friends - you! Following critically acclaimed seasons in Berlin and New York, Simons is thrilled to return home to perform First Things First for Australian audiences.


13 June, 2015
Igneous + Bonemap: FLUIDATA

Igneous’ FLUIDATA installation will open on Saturday 13 June, 2015 with performances by James Cunningham and Suzon Fuks (in Brisbane), simultaneously with Russell Milledge and Rebecca Youdell of Bonemap linked in Cairns and is open to online audiences anywhere in the world.

The performance starts at  7pm (AEST) with Igneous at The Block, Creative Industries Precinct, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and Bonemap at Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns, as part of New Move Network.

The FLUIDATA Installation will then be open to the public at The Block, QUT 3–9pm daily 14–20 June, 2015.


11-15 August, 2015
Dancenorth: In Two Minds 

Alisdair Macindoe’s A Pre-emptive Requiem For Mother Nature delves into the magic of the organic world, reflecting on physical phenomena we often take for granted. Driven by inimitable natural forms the performers interact like flocking birds, schools of fish and clouds in the wind.

Kyle Page and Amber Haines rigorously explore ‘the duet’ in Syncing Feeling. Delving into Theory of Mind, Metacognition and Mirror Neurons, Syncing Feeling illuminates cognitive processes that facilitate a host of enigmatic aspects of the human mind, including empathy, imitation learning and the decoding of another person’s actions, feelings and emotions. Ground breaking research within the field of neuroscience is challenging preconceptions around human interactions and only now beginning to prove what Eastern philosophy has known for millennia… that the only thing that separates us is our skin.


28 August - 5 September, 2015

Biddigal Performing Arts: Biddigal Dreaming 

(In residence at CoCA from the 17 August 2015)

Biddigal Performing Arts is an elite and exclusive company of Indigenous caretakers who have been given permission by elders around the country to share their centuries-old stories with the world by way of the performing arts. Biddigal Dreaming has captured a tapestry of Australia’s Indigenous heritage and history by sitting with elders from the nations of Yidinji, Wiradjuri, Bundjalung, Warlawarra, Giddamay and descendants from the Tafea Province (Tanna Island, Vanuatu) who are now Australian South Sea Island descendants. The stories we are about to showcase are passed on from generation to generation. Biddigal Performing Arts are truly honoured to be bearers of such intimate and personal stories which reflect our elders’ storyline and cultural identity. Special guest appearance by Nicole Lampton from Sound of AustraNesia.


9 -10 October, 2015
THE FARM : Cock Fight
(choreographers: Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood)


Two blokes in an office. One older, one younger, each body pushed to its limits in this hilarious and ultimately tender piece of physical theatre. These men challenge each other in a series of comical one-upmanships that build to a moment of impact where everything is suspended, the flash of bared teeth, the mutual reliance on the fight, the desperation and loneliness of success. Cockfight is a poetic look at 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. Without each other these two performers have nothing left to fight for.

At the heart of Cockfight is a very real relationship between Josh and Gav who have been working together for many years. Their humour, trust and understanding allows them to take extreme physical risks that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Bringing together the inventive theatricality of physical theatre company THE FARM with NORPA’s Artistic Director Julian Louis, Cockfight will provoke and excite in equal measure.

12-17 October, 2015
Bonemap (Russell Milledge and Rebecca Youdell) and Clocked Out (Erik Griswold and Vanessa Tomlinson) : Time Crystals
 In an Innovate Residency Bonemap and Clocked Out come together to develop a new work entitled Time Crystals. The project takes as its starting point a recent discovery in physics - of strange, perpetually moving particles called time crystals, or space-time crystals.
Using prepared piano, percussion, movement, mirrors, video and media, Clocked Out and Bonemap will explore complex repeating patterns, circularity, and crystalline shapes to create an immersive and engaging live performance event. Picture dancer Rebecca Youdell performing a complex sequence of angles, her image refracted through an array of mirrors and projections (created by Russell Milledge) – a lifesized, moving 'kaleidoscope'. Short rhythmic motifs gradually grow and contract, passing from percussion (Vanessa Tomlinson) to piano (Erik Griswold) and back. Delicate, echoing textures, drifting in and out synch with dance and reflection, constantly shifting.

11-23 April, 2016

Claire Marshall: Flaunt

Presented in association with Metro Arts (TBC)
She’s worked with Darren Hayes, Kate Miller-Heidke,Megan Washington, Little Birdie, The Sleepy Jackson, John Butler Trio, Powderfinger and Tycho Brahe; now see the acclaimed Claire Marshall bring sexy back to the stage in this new show.

Enter the world of Flaunt where a smoky haze, dazzling lights and myriad bodies surround you. Unleash your inner voyeur and witness virtuosic dancers performing above and around you, to a thrilling soundtrack. Claire’s work as a contemporary choreographer for the stage and screen comes to the fore in this new collaboration, which takes the smoke, mirrors and glamour of night clubs and embeds it with a clever and insightful look at female sexuality and empowerment.
1 April-29 May, 2016 - Video installation
1-2 April, 2016 @ 7pm - Performance

Sue Healey: On View

On View is a luminous, cinematic experience evoking the reverential spaces of a portrait gallery. The work dissects the body with an analytical intimacy as it explores the dimensions of portraiture and how we view each other.

On View presents video and live portraits of three Australian dance artists central to Healey’s recent work: Shona Erskine, Benjamin Hancock and Raghav Handa– an archive of movement histories. On View is a celebration of these artists’ unique skills in shaping identity through meticulous attention to movement. It exposes diverse ways of thinking through the body.

Healey’s work reveals the drama that exists at the boundaries between the choreographic and the filmic – a provocative dialogue between performers and their cinematic selves, articulating how we see and are seen.
Winner Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film/New Media – 2014 Australian Dance Awards.

Film: Sue Healey
Choreographer: Sue Healey, in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Shona Erskine, Benjamin Hancock, Raghav Handa,
Director of Photography: Judd Overton, Music: Darrin Verhagen, Justin Ashworth, Lighting Designer: Karen Norris

30 May-11 June, 2016
Raghav Handa: Mens rea: The Shifter's Intent

Mens rea explores the concept of “Shape-Shifting” and is set against the background of the Indian epic, Ramayana. Shifting between three of its principal characters Jatayu, Sita and Ravana, Handa explores the shift in their intent as the trigger point of their physical and emotional transformation. Jatayu (a demi-god vulture) attempts to rescue Sita (the wife of the god, Rama) but is captured and mutilated by Ravana (a shape-shifting demon).


Handa and Mentor Marilyn Miller, visited Indigenous elders in the remote communities of Laura and Yarrabah in Far North Queensland to conduct the initial research. In Australian Aboriginal ceremonies, dancers apply ochre and wear the feathers or skin of their animal guardians, while adopting the grace and form of the animal they have become. From an Indian perspective, Handa consulted his family on the story of Sita’s theft and the characters in Ramayana. Building on this premise he explored the trigger points that initiate transformation, the physical changes that result from transformation, and the emotions imbued on transformation. To explore “Shape-Shifting” on a skeletal level, Raghav worked with the 3D motion capture technology at Deakin Motion Lab in Melbourne.


Raghav’s stylistical dance aesthetic reflects his experiences with Australian contemporary indigenous dance over many years and his own Indian heritage. Using distinct movement qualities and personas he creates physical sites/zones in space to facilitate shift in intent, physical attributes and atmosphere.

9-10 July, 2016
Sydney Dance Company
8-12 August, 2016
The Australian Ballet: Out There
23-25 September, 2016
The Queensland Ballet: An Evening with the Ballet