10,000 small deaths



Presented by Dancehouse

10,000 small deaths is a cinematic solo work that explores the poetics of the imagination through embodied manifestations. As a dancer, choreographer and collaborator, Lay's work has focused on embodiment, presence and imagination in somatic practices since her graduation from VCA in 2008.

Drawing on influences from the philosophy of wabi sabi, Jim Jarmusch's film Dead Man, manga artist Takaya Miou, and more recently visual artist Wangechi Mutu, 10,000 small deaths creates a hypnotic space immersed in emotional landscapes and intimate territories, with the body acting as nexus for the intersection of choreography, live video, film and music. Incorporating an innovative use of live video developed by Martyn Coutts, 10,000 small deaths integrates multiple camera viewpoints for the performance, utilising this technology as a choreographic tool in its own right.

Choreographer & Performer:
Paula Lay
Video Artist & Dramaturge: Martyn Coutts
Composer & Sound Designer: Kelly Ryall
Filmmaker & Photographer: Mischa Baka
Lighting Designer & Operator: Amelia Lever-Davidson
Creative Consultant: Helen Herbertson


PAULA LAY is a dancer, collaborator and choreographer and has worked across film & live performance. She was awarded the Dr Phillip Law scholarship in 2009 to undertake an artist-in-residence with company Zikzira Physical Theatre (Brazil). She has worked with choreographer Fernanda Lippi (The Great Frost 2009), Brooke Stamp (Reverb 2009), Rennie McDougall (Supertone, Next Wave Festival 2012) and Carlee Mellow (Simmer 2010). Paula's commissioned works include a collaborative dance film for Next Wave 2010's 'Private Dances' (SALT 2010), an Artshouse CultureLAB solo grant, and a two-part solo work for WELL Theatre (One eye the moon, One eye the sun 2010). As an Australia Council Artstart recipient (2010) Paula has undertaken a mentorship with Ros Warby and worked with TRACKS dance at the Darwin Festival for the Allure of Paradise season (2010). She is currently completing a Masters in Fine Arts (Dance) under scholarship in 2013-14. Paula was nominated as 'Dancer to Watch' in Dance Australia's critic survey 2012. The work 10,000 small deaths was recently featured at the Underbelly Festival 2013 on Cockatoo Island, Sydney.


Dates: 20 - 22 March
Time: 7pm
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse - this event is wheelchair accessible
Cost: $25 F | $20 C | $15 DH Member
Bookings: click here 

Image credit: Mischa Baka

10,000 small deaths
is supported bu the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.