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14 - 16 Mar

A new powerhouse in Australian dance.

By Amber Haines and Kyle Page

Take a deep and daring dive into a mesmerising meditation on civilisation. Through an intoxicating blend of movement, music and architectural design, Dust explores the impact of human inheritance – what we receive from previous generations and what we in turn leave the next.

Never before seen in Wollongong, Dancenorth is the hottest new name in Australian dance. Acclaimed for an unmistakable visual style that pushes its dancers to prodigious virtuosity, Dancenorth has amassed a swathe of Helpmann Awards and was the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award.

Fresh from its triumphant premiere at the 2018 Brisbane Festival, Dancenorth’s newest work, co-commissioned by Merrigong Theatre Company, features music by Canada’s Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra) and an extraordinary, interactive architecturally-designed set by the award-winning Liminal Spaces. Dust is a stunning, deeply moving, evocative performance that will stay with you long after you’ve seen it.


  • This is a work capable of expressive depth without the need for polemic hyperbole, and in an age when our lives are perpetually bombarded by outrage, from both ends of the political spectrum, such measured, thoughtful commentary can speak louder than any angry words. - The Music
  • It is as if we are witnessing some ancient ritual in a sacred space. This effect is accentuated by the configuration of the Powerhouse Theatre, with the audience in tiers of seats rising above the stage, as in an Ancient Greek theatre. - XS Entertainment
  • An exquisite work; a powerful piece of contemporary dance. - Arts Hub
  • This performance was filled with contrast, it was erotic yet earthy, ethereal yet powerfully athletic, fluid yet at times jarring and finally, filled with a tenderness that was interrupted by violent movements and aggressive sets. - Weekend Notes
  • Dancenorth have unleashed something new and profound for contemporary dance. - The Barefoot Review
  • The intense focus of the dancers, however, is immaculate, creating a deeply immersive atmosphere, and all in all it’s a pleasure to watch this work of delicate beauty unfold. - Limelight Magazine

Cast & Creative Team

Directors / Choreographers Kyle Page and Amber Haines
Set Designers / Architects Liminal Spaces / Elvio Brianese and Peta Heffernan
Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
Composer / Musician Jessica Moss
Composer / Sound Designer Alisdair Macindoe
Costume Designer Harriet Oxley
Dramaturg Gideon Obarzanek
Dancers / Choreographers Samantha Hines
Mason Kelly
Jenni Large
Ashley McLellan
Georgia Rudd
Felix Sampson
Jack Ziesing
Photos by Amber Haines and Georgia Bollard (Dancenorth)

Pre-Show Dining Packages

$25 Pre-Show Dining Packages

Pre-book a meal and drink at The Social when you book your tickets!

For only $25 pp. our great value Pre-Show Dining Packages feature a regularly updated menu of three delicious à la carte options, served with a house drink of your choice. Menus are updated regularly, and will always include at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option.

Sample menu

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Brisbane Festival, Sydney Festival, Ten Days on the Island, Riverside Theatres, Merrigong Theatre Company, Monash Academy of Performing Arts and Théâtre National de Chaillo.

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