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Wander through a world where WA stories collide with classical myth in a visceral dance-theatre performance.
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Leave your comfort zone and enter a mysterious world where you wander with the spirits of Perth’s colourful past. Discover forgotten secrets in the dusty shadows of one of our city’s most intriguing and significant heritage sites – Sunset down by the iconic Swan River.

From the renowned UK director-choreographer Maxine Doyle (co-director of Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man, Sleep No More) comes a visceral dance-theatre performance that is epic in reach but intimate in experience. Inspired by the riverside precinct’s rich and unique history and the bushland that surrounds it, a stunning cast of Australian performers transforms the former Sunset Old Men’s Home into a waiting room between worlds, where classical myth collides with West Australian stories and local heroes can waltz with gods.

A Perth Festival Co-commission
Presented in association with Tura New Music

Images: Simon Pynt

The detail

Sunset Heritage Precinct



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  • Wheelchair access Wheelchair access

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Please Note

Duration: 70mins
Latecomers not admitted

Warning: Contains adult themes, full frontal nudity, smoke or haze effects, strobe lighting, and loud sounds


Pre Show Conversation

Thu 14 Feb 7pm    


Artistic Credits

Artistic Director Maxine Doyle
Associate Director Conor Doyle (The Lost Girl cabaret)
Assistant Director & Choreographer Sarah Dowling

Choreography Maxine Doyle & Conor Doyle in collaboration with the company
Composer & Sound Designer Rachael Dease
Design Installation & Costume Designer Bruce McKinven
Lighting Designer Matt Adey

Cast Natalie Allen, Humphrey Bower, Scott Galbraith, Tim Green, Brendon Handson, Kynan Hughes, Viola Iida, Bernadette Lewis, Zachary Lopez, Sarah Maelor, Callum Mooney, Antonio Rinaldi

Musicians Rachael Aquilina (Violin), Brian Kruger (Violin), Kathy Potter (Viola), Tristen Parr (Cello)

Executive Producer STRUT Dance
Production Manager Chad Wetton/Tracy Shaw


About the Artists


STRUT Dance is the National Choreographic Centre based in Perth, Western Australia. It is an innovative new model that provides internationally benchmarked training, collaboration and performance opportunities for Australian independent dance artists and physical theatre practitioners. Usually quarantined to major dance organisations, aspirational development and repertoire from international and national leaders such as William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Antony Hamilton, Hofesh Shechter and Maxine Doyle are now available to the independent sector exclusively through STRUT.

Maxine Doyle
Maxine Doyle is an independent choreographer and director.  Since 2002 she has been associate director and choreographer for Punchdrunk, with whom she co-directed the multi-award winning Sleep No More (London, Boston, New York, Shanghai), The Drowned Man, The House Where Winter Lives and The Duchess of Malfi (an operatic collaboration with English National Opera and Thorsten Rasch). She was Artistic Director of First Person Dance Company from 1996 –2003 touring works such as Deja Deux, In the Face of a Stranger, Plastic Chill and It’s Only a Gameshow. In 2006 she was a Place Prize semi-finalist with Forest.

Her work for theatre includes productions with National Theatre, Young Vic and The Globe amongst many others. She is a regular principle artist at Springboard Danse Montreal and also teaches workshops internationally including the b12 festival in Berlin. Mari, her first feature film collaboration with writer director Georgia Paris and dancer Bobbi-Jene Smith premiered in October 2018 as part of the London Film Festival.

Paul Zivkovich
Australian-born Paul Zivkovich works both at home and abroad as a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker and teacher. He first trained as a gymnast, successfully competing nationally for many years, before dancing with Quantum Leap Youth Ensemble and graduating from Queensland University of Technology. He has since worked with Garry Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre (receiving an Australian Dance Award in 2004) and Rafael Bonachela at both Sydney Dance Company and Bonachela Dance Company (London), and has created several short dance films that have screened internationally. He now is a regular artist with Punchdrunk UK.

Conor Doyle
Director Conor Doyle’s credits include Sleep No More (Shanghai and New York) and The Drowned Man alongside performing credits in these two productions and numerous other works by Punchdrunk, National Theatre and The Royal Opera House.

Bruce McKinven
Bruce McKinven graduated from QUT’s Visual Arts course in 1994 and NIDA’s Design course in 1997. He is currently the Senior Production Designer for DARK MOFO Festival in Hobart, and Site Designer for Adelaide Festival’s Adelaide Writers’ Week. He has a 25 year career designing for dance, theatre, festivals and events across Australia, working with some of the nation’s leading practitioners. In dance, Bruce has designed productions for Expressions Dance Company, Force Majeure, Australian Dance Theatre, Dance North, Tasdance, Queensland Ballet and Singapore Dance Theatre.

Rachael Dease
Rachael Dease’s artistic practice encompasses art music, theatre and science. She won the inaugural Martin Sims Award for Best Performance and Music Award at Fringe World for her contemporary song cycle City of Shadows, also winning the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Music Award and receiving critical acclaim at New York Fringe Festival. Her composition and sound design for theatre productions include the Helpmann Award-nominated It’s Dark Outside (The Last Great Hunt), A Ghost In My Suitcase (Barking Gecko) and Let The Right One In (Black Swan State Theatre Company) for which she won the 2018 WA Performing Arts Award for Best Music. Her installations include Black Mass (PICA 2015), Museum of Water (Perth Festival 2018) and Winter Feast (Dark Mofo 2018). Dease was awarded the 2017 DCA Performing Arts Fellowship and has been a Besen Fellow at Malthouse Theatre (2013) and resident artist at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2015/2017), Lumen Studios Italy (2016) and The Arctic Circle (2017).

Matt Adey
Matt Adey is a production designer and theatre artist from Melbourne, Victoria. He works under the moniker House of Vnholy (HOV) experimenting with and instigating bold aesthetics and spatial responses for live performance, set and lighting design, installations and sculpture. HOV’s performance installations include MONO-, HOMME, Death Summit at Dark Mofo, The Spectre of Death Looms Large… at Metanoia and MYTH at Underbelly Arts Festival. Design collaborations in the performing arts include Dark Mofo, Phillip Adams Balletlab, Jo Lloyd and Nicola Gunn, and Malthouse Theatre.

Tura New Music
Tura New Music Ltd is a not for profit music organisation based in Perth, Western Australia. Tura is a producer as well as resource centre and advocate for new music. Founded in 1987 Tura has a proud history of achievement in initiating cultural development in Western Australia from inner city Perth to remote communities in the state.



Supported by the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Creative Industries; the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; Creative Partnerships Australia; Minderoo Foundation; City of Perth; The Feilman Foundation and STRUT Donor Circle/Prof Ian Lawrance.


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