Dancenorth RED

29 Mar - 1 Apr 2023
Playhouse, QPAC
50 minutes
(no interval, subject to change without notice)
$49 - $59 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

A pulsating work from one of Australia’s leading dance companies

Tens of thousands of years ago, a genetic mutation gave rise to the physical manifestation of red hair in humans. Now, like many, they are endangered. 

The audience enter QPAC’s Playhouse to find a transparent inflatable containing two dance performers with red hair. Audience members are taken to their seats on stage.

Eventually the air inside the inflatable is gradually removed, ultimately vacuum packing the two performers, preserving them with nothing but one another.

Opening to critical acclaim at Brisbane Festival in 2021, RED illuminates the preciousness of life and the intrinsic value of nature through the exquisite, immersive performance by ensemble members Marlo Benjamin (Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer – 2020 Australian Dance Awards) and Michael Smith (2020-21 Matilda award winner). Performing at QPAC for the first time, Dancenorth is one of Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies having presented work in over 45 International Arts Festivals and venues around Australia and the world.

Epic and intimate, RED illuminates the universal challenge of our survival. 

Time is running out.  

Presented by QPAC

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., commissioned by RISING, Brisbane Festival, Darwin Festival, and Ten Days on the Island.


Special Events

Post-Show Q&A

  • Wed 29 Mar 2023, 7:30 PM

Free Post-Show Q&A with Amber Haines and Kyle Page
For a deeper dive on the creation of this work, join us after the show on Wednesday, 29 March for a special Q&A with Dancenorth Australia’s Artistic Director and Co-CEO, Kyle Page and its Associate Artistic Director, Amber Haines. The talk will explore the inspiration underpinning this urgent piece of dance and give the audience the opportunity to ask any burning questions.

  • Duration: 30 mins
  • Ticket price: Free for ticket holders for Wednesday 29 March
  • Accessibility: Auslan Interpreted

Cast and Creatives

  • Concept, Direction and Choreography Amber Haines and Kyle Page
  • Composition and Sound Design Alisdair Macindoe
  • Featuring Music by Ellen Arkbro
  • Vocals by Sara Black
  • Lighting Design Niklas Pajanti
  • Costume Design Harriet Oxley
  • Inflatable Set Design Consultant David Cross
  • Dramaturgy Gideon Obarzanek
  • Performers Marlo Benjamin and Nelson Earl

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