Installations | Physical theatre | Aerial acrobatics | Music | Artivism

I create interdisciplinary work with a focus on layered narratives and sense of place. Using mixed aerial and ground acrobatic performance; site specific responses to public spaces; and improvisation, I loves to explore issues of mobility, belonging and ownership. Below are some pic/descriptions of some of my past performances. With Lisa Petheram and a loosely organised bunch of Canberra-based artists we are the Distaffik Collective. With Cher Albrecht, I am the co-founder of a Canberra women’s acrobatics, aerial dance and physical theatre troupe, SolcoAcro.

Dr Pockets with Ruth O’Brien

Dr Pockets: The roving Doctors Pockets, together with The Oracle, debuted in 2018 by  inviting the public at the “Autumn Revel” (Gorman House Arts Centre, Canberra) to play in the Common Wealth Games: the ultimate game of give and take. No medals, only pocket-sized opportunities designed to uplift, challenge and connect. Underlying questions of the project asked: Can we collectively nurture our common spaces – our internal and external landscapes? Here and now, and then and there? The Doctors have also traveled around regional NSW. 


I play acoustic bass with GWEN, a collaboration that turns the poems of Australian poet Gwen Harwood into songs.


Treeology (Poetree)

Installations on trees in Canberra’s city centre (Civic) encouraging play and civic engagement in public space


Artivism campaign against advertising


Inhabit Haig Park with us, engaging with its capacity to prompt fear and loathing as well as love and peace. Drawing on memories of its 90 year history as a windbreak and now underused public land,

we ask: what it would mean to reclaim this space? V1.0 performed at the 2017 YAH festival, with Eva Culek (as Colonel Haig), Jacqui Malins (poetry), Shu-ling Chua (story), Solco Acro (aerial acrobatics), Hannah de Feyter (music), Jack (sculpture) and Lisa Petheram and a tribe of nymphs.

Wiggle Room

‘a stunner’, ‘mesmerising’ ‘hilarious’ ‘eat your heart out, Martha’: a full-length dance/aerial show exploring gendered constructions of space. 4-night sell-out season. Performed together with dancer Alison Plevey and experimental vocalist Ruth O’Brien as part of the Ralph Indi program at the Gorman House Arts Centre


Deb/Taygan trapeze
photo by Sarah Walker

Crepuscular animals are those that come out at twilight, to forage and to explore, avoiding both nocturnal predators and the heat of the day. Who are these critters that operate in this liminal space, the borderland between sun and moon? How have they adapted to the urban landscape? SolcoAcro and friends will emerge from the lengthening shadows, crawling and climbing up into the night. A suburban soundscape created by jazz vocalist Ruth O’Brien accompanies their acrobatic prowling, as the edges between silence and noise; human and animal; light and dark begin to blur. Performed with 9 women, created collaboratively with influences from contact improv, aerial dance, natural movement, Feldenkrais and adagio.

More plastic than fish 

Deb on hoop

In a world not too far in the future, what will our nets catch? Solco Acro, Commissioned for Art Not Apart 2016 (Duo hoop/aerial net). Photo by Emi.

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Cirque Fernando: collaboration with the Nishi Art Collective for Aerial Life Drawing, Art Not Apart 2016 (silks/lyra/paper/charcoal) photo by @fallintotheriver

F*ck Art Let’s Party

poi light

Night club style aerial dance, to the discordant sound of electronic music and drunk yobbos. No explanation necessary, no repeat performance likely? LED foot poi trapeze.

Sealskin, Soulskin:

In 2013 we received a performance development grant from the ACT government to develop a piece exploring ecological concepts through human movements, resulting in ‘Sealskin, Soulskin’, performed for the first time in December 2014.

In the tree, part of the tree

Aerial dancers explore belonging, mobility and sense of place in a Gallan Oak (Quercus lusitanica) on Elouera sreet, Braddon. Elouera, meaning ‘pleasant place’ in the langauage of the Tharawal people of the Illawarra basin, is a name transported from its original setting, much like the Galician tree that now adorns its public verges.  Who belongs where and why, and who decides? 2015 You Are Here festival in Canberra, featuring SolcoAcro with Evyn Shuley

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