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Rites: Dying to Dance

Rites: Dying to Dance

Coming to FRINGEWORLD 4 - 9 February...
Chrissie Parrott Arts: 4 Sussex Street, Maylands @ 7.30pm

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WA Dance Awards

We are so thrilled to see the one and only Jacqui Claus a finalist for Best Female Performer at the WA Dance Awards for Standing Bird

Book now for the Awards through Ausdance WA on 08 322 6101 on November 27, Luxe Bar, Bamboo Ampitheatre from 6.30pm

Standing Bird 2 on now!!!


"...a tour de force.....and explodes the boundaries set by the original work.. it is blunt and unapologetic...she meets her audience with a gaze that is unflinching... it's gutsy and moving...Claus shines in Standing Bird 2..." (Nina Levy, The West Australian)

" and weep at her strength and unforgettable 90 minutes..." (Rita Clarke, The Australian)

"...A breathtaking display of graceful strength and sinuous stamina, Standing Bird Two is a leap toward self-discovery....intensely theatrical..dynamic physicality...accessible and enjoyable to a broad audience..." (Nerida Dickinson, ArtsHub)

"..Magnificent...perfectly executed..." (Theatre.asn)

The reviews have been awesome...only three shows remaining 22, 26, 29 November @ 7pm at the Blue Room Theatre

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Standing Bird 2 + Verge

Standing Bird 2/Verge is coming to The Blue Room Theatre from 12 - 30 November
Playing on alternate nights from 7pm.

A double bill of powerful new contemporary dance theatre in close proximity - featuring some of WA's most exciting independent artists

Book now at or you might miss out!!

Thanks to ALL of those who supported us on Pozible...we really appreciate your encouragement of our work!!

Awesome Residency

Director Sally Richardson has been working with ESL students at Highgate Primary School on creative research for Mermaid X facilitated by Awesome Festival.
The students have been exploring through visual art, writing, object theatre and sound the theme ' a fish out of water'. The resulting short film will feature as part of the 2013 Awesome Festival in October.

In Development


An original dance, theatre, circus project being produced by Performinglines WA

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Artist in Residence


Director Sally Richardson is currently Artist-in-residence at Curtin University in WA
She is directing her new adaptation of The Trojan Women (after Euripides)

July 13 -15, 19 -23, Hayman Theatre, Curtin University

Artist Talk: Wednesday 27 July, Hayman Theatre 1pm

Pinstripe Development

WORKING WITH PINSTRIPE CIRCUS - October 17 to November 5 - THE DREAM HOUSE - A Creative Development

Showing - Saturday 5 November - Old Customs House, Fremantle - 4pm

Standing bird - Fringeworld 2012

standing bird - Fringeworld Summer Nights Program 2012
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

....Jacqui Claus is a real star!...beautifully realised..magical, strange and mesmerising...a delicate and richly textured performance...triumphant...



Lucy and the Lost Boy

Director Sally Richardson heads to Melbourne to create new show LUCY AND THE LOST BOY for NICA (National Institute Of Circus Arts)

2013 Australian Dance Awards

Congratulations to Jacqui Claus for her 2013 Australian Dance Awards nomination for OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE by a FEMALE DANCER for STANDING BIRD

Dance Week 2013

MERMAID X - FILM EXPERIMENT 1 featuring in the Dance Film presentations for AUSTRALIAN DANCE WEEK at Northbridge Piazza: April 29, 1 & 3 May, 3 - 5pm
Supported by Ausdance WA

2011 Rocks

2011 is going to ROCK!

Projects for 2011 include next stages for new shows in development: The Ghost's Child with Performing Lines WA, Nullarbor with Maakan, The Lost Boys with Pinstripe Circus

Event Creation and Direction for the Opening Launch of The Place of Reflection: Kings Park - Lotterywest

And the year kicks off with the Perth International Arts Festival World Premiere of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company's WALTZING THE WILARRA by David Milroy: Project management/dramaturgy Sally Richardson


NULLARBOR - A new circus show

AD Sally Just back from May creative development in Melbourne ' "Totally awesome..." !!!!

Steaming into 2011

Steamworks team is proud to be producing the Opening Event of the Place of Reflection Official Launch and Dedication Ceremony
to be held at Kings Park on April 15.
Team: Marisa Garreffa, Natalie Moir, Lynne Burford, Fiona Bruce, Mira Radmilovich lead by Director Sally Richardson

The Ghost Childwritten by Sonya Hartnett and adapted by Sally Richardson
We recently concluded a workshop development at Spare Parts Theatre
Project producers: Performing Lines WA - Fiona De Garis
Team: Nicola Bartlett, Michael Barlow, Katya Shetshov, Jacob Lehrer, Kazmir Saas, Marisa Garreffa, Richard Jeziorny, Mel Robinson, Sanjiva Margio, with writer/director Sally Richardson

Up coming developments:

The Lost Boys - April 2011

Nullarbor - May 2011 (melbourne)

The Danger Age at Deckchair Theatre


Deckchair Theatre, Victoria Hall, Fremantle

May 11 - 29

Check out Current Shows for more info....

USA Visit


Steamworks Artistic Director Sally Richardson has been selected to be the Australian representative dramaturg at the New Visions, New Voices Festival to be held at the John.F.Kennedy Center in Washington DC in May 2010.

This development initiative is funded by The Australia Council Theatre Board in a partnership with the John.F.Kennedy Center.

Live at Woodside 2010

Steamworks and Woodside present LIVE AT WOODSIDE 2010: LIVING ENERGY
April 16 at Woodside Plaza, Perth city from 4 - 8pm


Live@Woodside Springfest

Pssst.. little birdy told me that the Live@Woodside Spring program offers a chance for parents and kids to flutter into the city during the school holidays on October 5 for some FREE family fun.

From 11am to 2pm the young and the young at heart can take part in hands-on fun and entertaining performances at the Live@Woodside Spring Fest
Watch as a workspace becomes a play space, just for one day!

Visitors will discover plenty of fantastic free family entertainment as part of this mini spring festival of arts at Woodside Plaza and surrounds (the area bordered by St Georges Terrace, Hay Street and Milligan Street).

Families are encouraged to meet in the city and come along to relax with some lunchtime fun-time! Re-discover the child within with free performances, demonstrations and workshops with mum or dad during work hours.

Watch in amazement as circus and theatre come together with not one, but two fabulously fun circus based performances by the incredible Ayres Rock Surf Lifesaving Club presented by Pinstripe Circus.

The Ayers Rock Surf Lifesaving Club is uniquely Australian, paying tribute to that great aussie icon, the surf lifesaver. It celebrates Australians' love of sun, sand, and surf. Don't miss out on one of their free performances at 11.30 am or 1 pm.

There will also be live music by So Brazil Duo and Cathie Travers, fun arts activities are brought to you by REmida and crossarts, and there are lots of free giveaways for the kids. So get out of the office or grab your family and come along to experience Spring Fest as part of the Live@woodside spring program.

Live@woodside is brought to you by Steamworks Arts Productions and Woodside - An Australian company proudly supporting Western Australian creative arts.

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New site launches

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Stay tuned for upcoming shows and events.
The Promise - Sydney 2009

Helpmann Award

Steamworks congratulates Artistic Director Sally Richardson, writer and director of The Promise.

The production was commissioned by The Flying Frutfly Circus(NSW), and won Best Presentation for Children at the 2009 Australian Helpmann Awards.

View Excerpts from The Promise

Live @ Karratha

Steamworks celebrates the success of Live@karratha with partners Woodside. Held at the Walkington Theatre amphitheatre, local crowds enjoyed performances by: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Pinstripe Circus, and Alibodycoat Trio. Puppetry and circus workshops were booked out with the local council school holiday program and Karratha Youth Theatre. Great excitement occurred as the ticketing booth took on a new life with original art created by street artist company ololo!

Helpmann Award nomination

Steamworks congratulates Artistic Director Sally Richardson on the Helpmann Award nomination of The Promise for Best Presentation for Children. Sally wrote and directed this production for The Flying Fruitfly Circus, Sydney Festival 2009.

The She Captain

Steamworks is currently in creative development on a new dance/theatre project The She Captain. Produced with Performing Lines WA and with artists Chrissie Parrott, Paea Leach, Danielle Micich, Kingsley Reeve, Zoe Atkinson, Ashley de Prazer, Shona Erskine, Philip Mitchell, Jacob Lehrer and Shannon Bott. The She Captain is a contemporary gothic thriller that explores the darker side of the Australian landscape. This project is funded by The Australia Council Theatre Board.


Sunday July 5, from 4pm - Walkington Amphitheatre, Karratha

Woodside and Steamworks Arts Productions are proud to present the Live@Karratha community arts program which is bringing some amazing FREE arts performances to Karratha in the July school holidays.

The Live@Karratha program is a fun-filled family event with live performance, music and fun activities featuring a selection of acts from the Live@Woodside 2009 community arts program in Perth.

The Karratha community will have an opportunity to come along to the Walkington Amphitheatre on Sunday July 5 for an afternoon and evening of free fun.

People wanting to attend the event should RSVP to

With a focus on children and the young at heart, audiences will be entertained with live music, puppetry and circus performances providing a unique arts experience for the Karratha local community.

Steamworks with Live@Karratha partners Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and Pinstriped Circus are also excited to be undertaking workshops with the local community as part of our visit to the region.

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