Perched in the midst of a gaping chasm, one woman defends her home against the ultimate destruction. Willingly stranded in an absurd world of paranoia, she fights everything and everyone.

Dust is inspired by countless Australian stories of the personal impacts of open-cut coal mining. One man, Glenn Beutel, refused to leave his home in Acland even as an open-cut coal mine was built around him. Others in New South Wales' Hunter Valley region have told how industrial noise keeps them awake through the night, trains rattle 300 metres away from their house every 15 minutes and their water supply and land is contaminated by insidious black dust.

Taking these ideas and spinning them into a web of nightmare and intrigue, Dust is a timely comment on the devastation wreaked by mining and our inability to find a better solution. The individual is pitted against big business and all levels of government - the only question now is how long one person can fight others before insanity sets in and they turn upon themselves.

With a potent mix of dark humour, thick black dust and a touch of horror, Dust uses dance and video to interrogate the mess we ourselves have made and the neuroses that arise from lonely open protest. It's a challenging, satirical and passionate journey as one woman struggles desperately not to give in.


Emiline Forster completed a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009. During her time there she performed in works by Lina Limosani, Antony Hamilton, Sue Healey, Stephanie Lake, Phillip Adams and Rebecca Hilton.
Last year she choreographed her first independent full-length work, Exposure, which was performed at Ormond Hall, Melbourne. She has made several dance films, including Procrastination which won a Robin Anderson award and Dear God, Let Me Out of Here which recently screened at Reeldance as part of Out of The Hat.
In 2008 she was awarded a scholarship to travel to New York, spending a month at Movement Research and undertaking a workshop with the Stephen Petronio Company. She is currently choreographing a site specific work at Federation Square for Ausdance and the Australian Dance Awards, and was recently awarded an ArtStart grant which will see her tour the second development of Exposure, called Dust, to the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals.
Emiline Forster: Choreography, Performance, Video and Sound

Terry Hart (Music) is a Melbourne-based musician and composer. He fronts Melbourne band SIVA and has toured solo from Northern Queensland to South Australia and everywhere in between. A multi-instrumentalist, he recorded the band's classically influenced theatrical rock album himself, a mash up of Baroque, Rock and Pop. Terry is no stranger to dance, having collaborated with Emiline Forster to create and perform live soundtracks for her works Exposure and MVMT1.    Lighting Design Geoff Adams.

Date: September 29 & 30 and October 1 at 7.30 pm  - Wed/ Thu/Fri.
Cost: $17 full/ $13 concession
Venue: Dancehouse 150 Princes St Carlton North.
Fringe booking details are: 9600 9666 or

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.