Bodied Assemblies is a live investigation of the contemporary ways in which bodies are able to come together. What emerges, through a rigorous and intricately structured series of collective actions, is a distinct vision of our bodies' remarkable capacity for difference and unity.

Vibrating with the risk, vulnerability and tenuousness of live action, three dancers travel through a succession of negotiations in order to come together. From the differences between their individual bodies, grows new and unexpected choreographies of solidarity. All the while, the temporary assembly rotates, like the hand of a clock, through a single revolution - ending only to begin again.

Using repetition to capture and solidify "live-ness" – be it a danced movement or a mundane action – Rhiannon Newton's new work masterfully exposes the possibility our collective bodies hold. 

Choreography: Rhiannon Newton in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Bhenji Ra, Ivey Wawn and Julian Wong
Composition: Bree van Reyk
Percussion: Leah Scholes
Lighting Design: Bosco Shaw
Producer: Jenifer Leys


Rhiannon Newton is a Sydney based dancer and choreographer. Her practice concentrates on the relationship between the live-ness of dance and processes of repetition, problematising how a dancing spirit meets economies of production and authorship.

Her works have been presented at the Judson Church (USA), Dancehouse, Nagib On Stage (SL), Brisbane Festival, Metro Arts, Strut Dance and the PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. She has developed her practice in artist residencies throughout Australia, Europe and the USA, including Critical Path, Bundanon Trust, FORM Dance Projects, Movement Research (USA) and Tanzhaus Zurich (CH), among others. She has been a part of international forums such as the Australian Eastern European Choreographic Exchange (2013), the Avignon Festival Seminar and the Swiss Australian Reciprocal Residency Program (2016).

Rhiannon works as performer in rigorous, experimental and community-focused projects. Recently she has worked with Rosalind Crisp, Martin Del Amo for the Sydney Festival, Mette Edvardsen (NOR/BE) for the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Agatha Goethe-Snape and Brooke Stamp for the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Paea Leach for the Kier Choreographic Award and Adelle Mills for Primavera (Museum of Contemporary Arts).


Dates: 14-17 March
Times: 7pm
Duration: 60 mins
Where: Upstairs Studio, Dancehouse - no wheelchair access
Cost: $25 F | $20 C | $15 DH Members & Yarra residents
Bookings: click here

Image credit: Cleo Mees

Bodied Assemblies
is supported by the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW; Ausdance NSW; Critical Path; the University of New South Wales; Inner West Council; ReadyMade Works Inc; and  DirtyFeet.


DANCE MASSIVE is an initiative of Arts House, Malthouse and Dancehouse in conjunction with Ausdance Victoria. Dance Massive is supported by Creative Victoria and the Australian Government's Ministry for the Arts. The delegate program of Dance Massive is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.The Dancehouse Dance Massive program is supported by the City of Yarra and its public program, by Victoria College of the Arts.