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Learn the Repertoire – See the Show


Lennox Theatre


16 February - 31 August 2018

Event Type

Live Event

FORM Dance Projects and Riverside present
Dance Bites 2018

Dance Bites is a curated signature program of contemporary dance works presented by FORM Dance Projects from some of Australia’s most innovative and exciting independent choreographers and performers. This program is a unique opportunity for dance students to learn the repertoire from each of the Dance Bites performances in a workshop led by the presenting company. Following this, students experience a matinee performance and post-show Q&A with the artistic team.

Dance Bites 2018 include:


Friday 16 February

Young Israeli choreographer Omer Backley-Astrachan’s double-bill launches the 2018 Dance Bites season.

A world premiere, WILDEBEEST examines the artifice of social and gender behaviour through a distillation of human interactions. The piece has been choreographed to an original score by sound composer Kieran Warner-Hunt.

First created as a solo in 2016 Valley has developed into an ensemble work featuring performers Omer and his Australian wife, Sharon Backley-Astrachan, Allie Graham and Matthew Mizyed.  The work premiered at the 2017 Summer Dance Festival in Tel Aviv. Valley is set on a frozen and desolate Arctic island where a small society of four co-exist. Solitude, vulnerability and sensuality are touchingly drawn through Omer’s choreography in this exquisite Sisyphean cycle.


Friday 22 June
A double bill of dance exploring the subtleties of above ground movement with apparatus.

Australia’s celebrated physical theatre company Legs On The Wall, explores the depths of what is private and what is public in Cat’s Cradle. How do we navigate between what we desire to do and what we are expected to act like? The performers expertly utilise simple but commanding apparatus that looms over the space like a curtain of tentacles, revealing the underbelly of the story.

Presented with Soft Prosthetics and Metal Gods, a new work by Kathryn Puie who brings her extraordinary versatile physicality to the stage in a new variation of her career-long foray into dance for stilts.


Friday 31 August
This new dance theatre work explores the consultative process involved in indigenous art making. Vicki Van Hout (Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, Stolen) lays it bare for the audience to appreciate the full complexity of negotiating culture across disciplines, genres and eras.

Dates & Times:
Workshops at 10am
Shows at 12:30pm

Friday 16 February – Valley
Friday 22 June – Above Ground
Friday 31 August – plenty serious TALK TALK

Photo by Prudence Upton


Omer Backley-Astrachan

Above Ground

Legs On the Wall
Kathryn Puie

plenty serious TALK TALK

Vicki Van Hout

Suitable for Years 9 – 12


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Ticket Options

Show and Workshop Package (Student/Teacher) $28
Show Only (Student/Teacher) $22
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $3.30

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Workshops: 90 minutes (No break);
Shows: 50 – 70 minutes (Plus 20 minute Q&A)

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