Dancing with Smoke


Ashley Dyer recently presented Life Support, a hit performance at Dancehouse as part of the Dance Massive festival that wonderfully explored and revealed the beauty of the motion of smoke. Using a range of smoke-making techniques, this workshop will playfully and safely share some of Ashley's inventions, ideas and strategies with young people aged 7 to 12.

Participants will dance and play games with the smoke. They will make smoke ring cannons and fill bubbles with smoke. They will create and perform dances with smoke.  Most of all, they will have fun!

ASHLEY DYER is a performance maker, producer and workshop facilitator originally from Adelaide.  Technically he is not a dancer, a singer, an actor, a visual artist or a writer, but his work often borrows from these traditions.  He works very slowly.  His practice consists largely of asking questions and solving personal riddles in order to discover better questions and new riddles. His work is heavily influenced by the artists, groups and performances that emerged from Sydney's Performance Space between 1985 and 2005.  Some of these artists and their work he knows personally and others he knows through hearsay, mythology and oral tradition.  Some of his most notable public work has involved working with materials, falling objects and smoke, presenting, choreographing and composing them in relation to a dancer's and the audience's bodies.  Both And then something fell on my head... (Next Wave Festival 2010) and Life Support (Dance Massive 2013) received significant peer and industry acclaim.

- "Drop dead brilliant!" John Bailey, Sunday Age Arts/Culture
- "Wonderful to watch" Virginia Baxter, Realtime Magazine Online

Ashley has made work for, and performed in works with, a diverse range of contexts both nationally and internationally.  He was employed as an Associate Producer at Next Wave Festival 2012, and founded and program-managed Erskineville's Tiny Stadiums Festival in its first two years.  He was most recently awarded a two-year Creative Australia Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Age Range: 7 to 12

 years old
Capacity: 10

Cost: $25

Dates: Saturday 6 July
Time: 10am to 12pm

Bookings essential: Contact OR go to our booking website

Please note: Non-toxic theatre smoke is used in employed in this workshop. Participation is not advised for children with asthma or breathing difficulties.

Supported by the City of Yarra