About The Work

We are here to witness our failing paradise.

Suspended in time, vulnerable bodies navigate a forest of cement, imprinting brick to body. In this manufactured oasis, we observe the fragility of the human body beating alongside our persistence to conquer, outlive and survive in the face of crisis.

Landscapes shift, micro cityscapes rise and crumble, as audience and performers move through avalanches of decay, gritty transformations that reveal spaces for hope and action.

Care and burden. Weight and weightlessness. How do we care for what we have inherited?

With vivid choreography, Fertile Ground manipulates space, sound and a brutalist pile of concrete bricks in this ground-breaking participatory performance.

Creative Team

Ashleigh Musk | Michael Smith
Choreography and Performance

Anna Whitaker
Sound Design

Jenni Large
Touring Performer

Liesel Zink

Daniele Constance
Access and Inclusion Consultant

Lauren Watson and Rachael Missingham
Access and Inclusion Consultants

Jessica Palfrey
Costume Design

Chloe Ogilvie
Lighting Design

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and sea on which we create, perform, live, and work. We pay our respects to all First Nations peoples and their elders past, present and future. We recognise and honour their unique connection to place, community and movement. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Ashleigh Musk | Michael Smith. 2020.