A Perth Festival Co-commission and World Premiere

In association with Tura New Music

Wander through a world where WA stories collide with classical myth in a visceral dance-theatre performance.

Leave your comfort zone and enter a mysterious world where you wander with the spirits of Perth’s colourful past. Discover forgotten secrets in the dusty shadows of one of our city’s most intriguing and significant heritage sites – Sunset down by the iconic Swan River.

From the renowned UK director-choreographer Maxine Doyle (co-director of Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man, Sleep No More) comes a visceral dance-theatre performance that is epic in reach but intimate in experience. Inspired by the riverside precinct’s rich and unique history and the bushland that surrounds it, a stunning team of Australian creatives, including the indomitable Racheal Dease, transform the former Sunset Old Men’s Home into a waiting room between worlds, where classical myth collides with WA stories and local heroes can waltz with gods.


Sunset Heritage Precinct
80 Birdwood Parade Dalkeith WA 6009

8pm, 7 – 17 Feb 2019
$25-$65 (+BF) Tickets from Perth Festival


Maxine Doyle
Maxine Doyle is an independent choreographer and director.  Since 2002 she has been associate director and choreographer for Punchdrunk, with whom she co-directed the multi-award winning Sleep No More (London, Boston, New York, Shanghai), The Drowned Man, The House Where Winter Lives and The Duchess of Malfi (an operatic collaboration with English National Opera and Thorsten Rasch). She was Artistic Director of First Person Dance Company from 1996 –2003 touring works such as Deja Deux, In the Face of a Stranger, Plastic Chill and It’s Only a Gameshow. In 2006 she was a Place Prize semi-finalist with Forest.

Her work for theatre includes productions with National Theatre, Young Vic and The Globe amongst many others. She is a regular principle artist at Springboard Danse Montreal and also teaches workshops internationally including the b12 festival in Berlin. Mari, her first feature film collaboration with writer director Georgia Paris and dancer Bobbi-Jene Smith premiered in October 2018 as part of the London Film Festival.

Rachael Dease
Graduating with honours from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in composition, Dease’s artistic practice encompasses the realms of art music, pop culture, theatre and science. Dease won the inaugural Martin Sims Award for Best Performance and Music Award at Fringe World for her contemporary song cycle “City of Shadows”, which also won the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Music Award and received critical acclaim at New York Fringe Festival. Her song cycle for small ensemble and planetary sounds “From a Small Distant World” premiered at The Art Gallery of Western Australian in 2015. Composition and sound design for theatre productions include Antigone (Black Swan/Matthew Lutton), 8Gigbytes of Hardcore Pornography (PTC/Griffin), Helpmann Award- nominated It’s Dark Outside (PTC) and New Owner (The Last Great Hunt). Installations include Epic Narratives and Black Mass (PICA 2015). Dease has been a Besen Fellow at Malthouse Theatre (2013), resident artist at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2015) and Lumen Studios – Atina, Italy (2016). Dease was recently awarded the 2017 DCA Performing Arts Fellowship.


Rachael Aquilina Violin
Brian Kruger Violin
Kathy Potter Viola
Tristen Parr Cello


Artistic Director Maxine Doyle
Associate Director Conor Doyle (The Lost Girl cabaret)
Assistant Director & Choreographer Paul Zivkovich

Choreography Maxine Doyle & Conor Doyle in collaboration with the company
Composer & Sound Designer Rachael Dease
Design Installation & Costume Designer Bruce McKinven
Lighting Designer Matt Adey


Production Partners
Perth Festival

The development and creation of Rachael Dease’s new score and sound design for Sunset has been made possible through the Australia Council for The Arts.

STRUT Dance, the National Choreographic Centre based in Perth WA, is a member-based organisation whose key objective is to facilitate the development of independent Australian choreography, with a mission to make Perth a beacon of aspiration, excellence and opportunity for dance artists across the nation. STRUT’s program delivers internationally benchmarked training, development and performance opportunities for Australian independent dance artists, with a focus on building the WA dance profile through local, national and international programs.

Tura New Music
Tura New Music’s annual program is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, in association with Lotterywest and The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.

Image by Simon Pynt.