Concept, Choreography & Performance by Ashleigh Musk in profound and ongoing collaboration with:

Frankie Snowdon, Madeleine Krenek, Jenni Large
collaborating performers

Anna Whitaker
sound design

Jen Hector
lighting & spatial design

Pierce Eldridge
dramaturgy & concept development

Elliat Rich

costume design

Lizzie Verstappen
costume manufacturer

Alongside Toni Lord (choreographic intern), Léuli Eshrāghi (initial dramaturgy & concept development), Ivan Trigo Miras (photography & videography), Georgia Rudd (understudy), Erica McCalman (producing support), Luci Young, Alyse Canton (secondments)

Traversing fractured earth.

Escaping a surface world littered with crises, we burrow into soil and stone to seek shelter.

Experience a contemporary dance performance that entangles natural symphonies with industrialised extraction, as four dancers dig closer to the polyrhythms of the core.

SUB cracks through our resistance to hope, a soft defiance in the enduring relationship of bodies and materials. In this place that both attracts and scares us – this wet, restless and difficult place – we engage with the terror and volatility of the living natural world.



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The Unconformity festival
Queenstown, lutruwita (TAS)

Araluen Arts Centre Mparntwe (Alice Springs, NT)


Research residency
The Unconformity Festival, Queenstown
Tasdance, Launceston
lutruwita (Tasmania)

Creative Development
GUTS Studio / Araluen Arts Centre
Mparntwe, NT

The Makers Program
Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance
HOTA, Home of the Arts, QLD

Bath St Residency
Red Hot Arts Central Australia
Mparntwe, NT

SUB is created in partnership with Tasdance and supported by the Northern Territory Government through Arts NT, the Australian Government through RISE and Creative Australia, Darwin Festival through the Spotlight Creative Development Fund and the Araluen Arts Centre. The development of SUB has been supported through residencies with Red Hot Arts Central Australia, The Makers Program at Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance (QLD) and The Unconformity (TAS).

Produced by GUTS Dance / Central Australia

Living, working and making on the sovereign lands of the Arrernte people of Mparntwe/Alice Springs. I pay respects to all First Nations peoples and elders throughout time. I recognise and honour their unique connection to place, community and movement. Always was, always will be.