Producer: Australian Dance Theatre
Writer: Daniel Riley
Directed By: Daniel Riley

Part-rave and part-ritual: a smoking ceremony for our nation.

Synopsis

A choreographic course correction for a nation searching for a new direction.

Set on a shared ground where politics and identity are not our totality, Marrow is a muscular dance work that sees Australian Dance Theatre’s incredible ensemble tangle with layers of smoke and light to disassemble our dominant cultural narratives and reveal the truth of our past.

Created by Daniel Riley in collaboration with ADT’s Company Artists, senior Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri Elder Uncle Moogy Sumner AM, composer James Howard (SAVAGE), Matthew Adey (THE HUM) and Ailsa Patterson (Tracker), Marrow sees the company delve deeper into the falsehoods and alienation at the core of our shared history.

Bracingly honest, Marrow is a clear-eyed and powerful work that sifts through the smoky forms of our national conscience to imagine a new future that acknowledges the push of our present moment.

Short Reviews

★★★★ "Marrow speaks to the core and comes from the soul... The use of handheld smoke machines is genius. It allows the cast to control the way the smoke dances and rises across the stage, almost as if another dancer becomes present."
Glam Adelaide
★★★★ “A really skilful work that takes us back to the Dreamtime itself – to the core, the marrow, of the world’s oldest civilisation.”
The Advertiser
“The performance was unrelentingly and unapologetically political… I simply do not have the words to convey the intense power and integrity of this performance to a reader and must, therefore, urge you to see it for yourself.”
Broadway World

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Technical Information

Touring Party: 12
Bump-in Time: 8 hrs
Bump-out Time: 8 hrs
Interval: No

Lighting

Standard rigging plus minimal additional lighting requirements available at all venues, with assistance offered by Australian Dance Theatre where needed.

Audio

Minimal audio requirements, with a desk required for the performance (as available at all venues).

Staging

Minimal staging requirements, with everything able to tour with the company or to be easily sourced by touring venues with assistance of Australian Dance Theatre.

Transport Notes

Marrow has been created with sustainability in mind. This is a zero-freight work, with all staging requirements able to travel with the company by plane in excess baggage.

Audience & Marketing Notes

As the oldest continuing contemporary dance company in the country, Australian Dance Theatre’s work has a strong and diverse audience with a broad audience base across the country.

Under Wiradjuri Artistic Director, Daniel Riley, Australian Dance Theatre’s work has been reinvigorated, with Marrow presenting a clear-eyed and fierce critique of post-referendum Australia that will appeal to young, politically engaged and diverse audiences with a love of cutting-edge dance.

Selling Points

  • Contemporary First Nations work - an opportunity to diversify audiences and bring First Nations communities into the theatre
  • Part-rave and part-ritual: the modern collides with the ancient in thrilling new work that
  • Study guide available: direct marketing to schools encouraged for all presenters. All study resources are prepared by educators and linked to the Australian Curriculum

Community Engagement

  • Education Workshops (supported by a full study guide)
  • Artist Masterclasses for professional artists

Content Warning

Depictions of violence

Details

Contact

Eira

Swaine

0418820765

Audience

Venue Format

Black Box or Proscenium Arch

Duration

60 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)

14/04/2025

27/07/2025

Budget & Fees

What are these? Find out more.

In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2025/2026. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $20k

Weekly Sell Off: $20k+

Per Performance: $10-15k

Royalties: TBC (per performance)%
Apra Obligations: N/A

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