There is a constant mumble of texture that follows me everywhere. Sometimes I have to strain to hear it.

Is it possible to detach language from its literal meaning? Does tone of voice alone have the capacity to inspire certain emotions? How can movement be influenced by sound, and sound be influenced by movement?

Siobhan McKenna, in collaboration with recently graduated dance artists from the Victorian College of the Arts, presents an experimental dance work that proposes new ways of imagining the role of sound and language in relation to the moving body. Utterance responds to current physical and sociocultural environments to produce a live performance, which can appeal to a broad audience.

A jumble of text, sound and movement, this work plays in a world of its own.

Choreographer: Siobhan McKenna
Performers: Arabella Frahn-Starkie, Hillary Goldsmith, Emma Riches and Rhys Ryan
Producer: Emma Riches


Date: 14-17 September
Times: 9:00pm
Where: Upstairs Studio, Dancehouse 
This event is not wheelchair accessible
Cost: $25 F | $20 C | $15 DH Members




14 - 17 September:
$39 ($13 each)


Siobhan McKenna is Originally from the south coast of NSW and graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016. Siobhan performed in Jo Lloyd's work 'It's This' in Melbourne Fringe 2014, Lucy Guerin's work 'The Dark Chorus' as a chorus member in Melbourne Festival 2016, and Isabelle Beauvard's 'Bottom Line’ in Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016. Siobhan was chosen to choreograph a work for VCA’s season of 'DanceON’ that premiered in June 2016. She was then awarded the Choreographic Award upon graduating for showing outstanding potential in choreography and her work is now being remounted and toured to Hong Kong and Singapore with the VCA. This year Siobhan received a NSW Regional Arts Scholarship to support a choreographic project and personal development program.

Emma Riches completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) the VCA during which time she worked with Rebecca Hilton, Prue Lang, Phillip Adams, Helen Herbertson and Lina Limosani. She has worked closely with Victoria Hunt (Tangi Wai…the cry of water), Jo Lloyd (It’s This), Nebahat Erpolat (Emptying the Bucket), Caitlin Dear (Qualia), and has performed for Shian Law, Lucy Guerin Inc and Amber McCartney. Emma’s choreographic work has been presented at the Singapore M1 CONTACT Festival, the VCA DanceON Season, Melbourne Fringe and Yellow Wheel’s graduate program. In 2016, Emma was a member of the Compass Professional Development Program through which she received mentorship from Freya Waterson.

Rhys Ryan is a third year dance student at the Victorian College of the Arts where he has performed in original works by Kate Denborough, Phoebe Robinson, Benjamin Hancock and Sarah Aiken. Rhys has also appeared in local festival programming for Public Movement (Israel), Hiromi Tango (Japan) and Caitlin Dear. Rhys currently writes on dance for Limelight Magazine.

Hillary Goldsmith graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance). She has performed in works by Rebecca Jensen in the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Dance Massive and Emma Riches and Siobhan McKenna in Melbourne Fringe Festival. Hillary has presented her own work in the Gertrude Street Projection Festival and exhibitions at the Substation.

Arabella Frahn-Starkie recently graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts. Prior to training at the VCA she danced with Yellow Wheel youth Dance Company. In July 2016, alongside artist Emma Collard, she exhibited the first public presentation of a cross-disciplinary collaborative project at Kings Artist-Run Initiative. Arabella performed in Sandra Parker's Small Details, and Rebecca Jensen's Deep Sea Dances, two dance works presented as part of the 2017 Dance Massive Festival. Most recently in May 2017, Arabella worked with artists Katie Lee and Emma Collard to activate sculptural objects during a two-week long roaming performance at the Abbotsford Convent.


Siobhan McKenna would like to acknowledge Create NSW for supporting this project. The NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship enabled the first development of 'Utterance’ in Eden, NSW.