Choreographer: Gareth Belling
Musical Concept and Direction: Benjamin Greaves
Devisers/Performers: Gareth Belling, Michael Smith, Benjamin Greaves

Turbine draws a line between power generation and power structures. It challenges identities and questions privilege. Collusion's new chamber ballet in development, Turbine is a work for male dancers and string quartet. It takes gay male identity as a starting point, exploring the link between fossil fuel generation, conservative ideology and the struggle for and against marriage equality. 

Having completed first stage development through the New Move Network at COCA Cairns, three members of the Turbine cast will present material that challenges hyper-masculinity, coal-a-phobia, identity and traditional marriage. 

This session will be facilitated by JANA PERKOVIC & TIM HARBOUR

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Venue: Dancehouse
Date/Time: FRIDAY JULY 28, 7.00pm
Duration: Approximately 45 minutes (with a facilitated post-showing discussion)
Bookings: FREE (bookings essential) BOOK NOW


Collusion collaborates, creates and performs. Award-winning chamber music musicians, in collaboration with a choreographer, composers and dancers, bringing together exceptionally strong performances underpinned with heart, beauty and warmth. Flexible in size and content, collaborating to make large shows, and bespoke intimate experiences as well, Collusion fits its performances to suit its audiences. In 2015 Collusion partnered with the Brisbane Festival and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts to present the spellbinding DESIRELINES. This Chamber Ballet for 3 musicians and 4 dancers by Australia's leading contemporary ballet Choreographer Gareth Belling; with concept design by Collusion's Benjamin Greaves was a finalist in the 2016 Australian Dance Awards. It returns in 2017 with a season at Hawthorne Arts Centre. In 2017 Collusion and its members look forward to dynamic live music and dance collaborations with Okareka Dance Company in February, CoCA Cairns and New Move Network in March, and a new season of Muscle Memory: Reflex in August.

Gareth Belling is Resident Choreographer of Collusion, having collaborated with this exciting group of chamber musicians on two evening-length, and many shorter ballets since 2005. He has also created works for Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, Queensland University of Technology and WAAPA. Along with Collusion, he was shortlisted for a 2016 Australian Dance Award for their chamber ballet DESIRELINES. Gareth has received fellowships and grants from the Australia Council, Arts Queensland, Australia-China Council, was mentored by Nils Christe (JUMP Mentorship) and selected for the Swiss International Coaching Project for Choreographers (SiWiC). He holds a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology. Gareth danced with Queensland Ballet from 2002 to 2012, and continues to perform as a freelance artist, most recently with Odyssey Dance Theatre, Singapore.

Benjamin Greaves is the Artistic Director and Co-producer of Collusion. Collusion is Queensland's own original fine art music and dance ensemble ( Under Ben's direction this group of award-winning chamber music musicians, in collaboration with composers and a choreographer and dancers, bring together exceptionally strong performances. As a student he was a scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music and was awarded the Westpac Scholarship upon graduation at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. International studies took place in Belgium and the Czech Republic. Independently he is a successful freelance musician having performed and recorded with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata, Circa, Southern Cross Soloists, Queensland Ballet, Opera Queensland, and has featured at several festivals Nation-wide. He has recorded 4 CDs and performed in recital for an ABC Classics Broadcast. 

Michael Smith is a freelance contemporary dance performer and choreographer. He graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Dance Performance - First Class. For his postgraduate studies, Michael was invited to showcase his collaborative project 'Planets' at the esteemed Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. 'Planets' went on to the Japanese Media Arts Festival where it received a Jury Selection award. Michael received an Australia Council 'ArtStart' grant, allowing him first-hand experience of the artistic practices of world renowned dance practitioners Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company), Noa Werthiem (Vertigo Dance Company), Anouk Van Dijk (Chunky Move), Shaun Parker (Shaun Parker & Company) and Raewyn Hill (Co3). As a freelance artist, Michael has worked with choreographers Matt Cornell, Lizzie and Zaimon Vilmanis, Liesel Zink, Gareth Belling, Louise Deleur (Lucid Dance Theatre), Paul Selwyn-Norton, Vanessa Mafe-Keane, Lisa Wilson, Courtney Scheu, Melissa Lanham (LissaJane Dance) and participated in Shaun Parker's trigger program for the development of his new work XY. Michael recently performed Ohad Naharin's 'DecaDance' with STRUT Dance for both the Move Me festival and the Australian Dance Awards. He is also a published author and has co-authored a research paper Perceiving the Interactive Body in Dance – Enhancing kinaesthetic empathy through art objects with Dr. Jenny Roche, published by Brunel's Body, Space, Technology Journal.



Tim Harbour joined the Australian Ballet as a dancer in 1995. He performed many soloist and principal roles, worked with Australian and international choreographers to create new work and toured all over the world. In 2007 he danced the role of Colas as a guest with the Royal Swedish Ballet in their production of Frederick Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardee. He retired that year as a Senior Artist. As a dancer Tim was nominated as Best Male dancer in both the Australian Dance Awards and Green Room Awards.As a choreographer Tim has created work internationally and within Australia for companies including the Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, The Dancers Company, Melbourne Ballet Company, New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute and Singapore Dance Theatre. Internationally, Tim's work has been performed in London's Sadler’s Wells Theatre, New York’s City Center and Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre. Tim’s first mainstage work for The Australian Ballet was Halcyon in 2010. This was followed by Sweedeedee in 2012 for their 50th Anniversary celebrations. In 2014, The Australian Ballet presented Tim’s Ostinato as part of the 'Fall For Dance’ Festival at City Center, New York. That year Tim was named a Resident Choreographer for the Australian Ballet. In 2015 Tim created Filigree and Shadow for the Australian Ballet. It received multiple Greenroom Awards nominations including for choreography, design, lighting and best ensemble. The Australian Ballet and Houston Ballet will both present it again in 2018. In 2016 Tim created Another Energy for Singapore Dance Theatre and in 2017 he made Squander and Glory for the Australian Ballet.

Jana Perković is the editor of Assemble Papers, sessional lecturer at VCA, and MPhil candidate in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Writing about theatre and dance since 2007 alongside her research in urbanism, she has created a body of critical work on the intersection of spatial theories and embodied performance practices. Jana wrote the blog Guerrilla Semiotics for 10 years, and has produced the podcast Audiostage since 2014.


Collusion is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The first stage development of 'Turbine’ was supported by the New Move Network, CoCA Cairns and Ausdance Queensland.

Collusion are also presenting their chamber ballet DESIRELINES at Hawthorn Arts Centre on 26 & 27 July. READ MORE