Acclaimed performance Desirelines comes to Melbourne for first time

Acclaimed performance Desirelines comes to Melbourne for first time

26 and 27 July

Dance, live music and digital animation collide in Desirelines, the electric chamber ballet by Collusion. The original concept by Benjamin Greaves arrives at Hawthorn Arts Centre on 26 and 27 July, with stainless steel tracks set to transform the historic space for the first Melbourne performance of this award-nominated show.

The on-stage performers – three musicians and four dancers – use the tracks to navigate a digitally animated landscape. Striking a new balance between live music and dance, they are placed at the intersection between choice and obligation, with individual desires emerging from all seven performers.

The work is named after the concept of ‘desirelines’ – the improvised tracks created by people who defy the ways designed for them by others. Captivating visuals, including projected musical scores, enable the musicians to interact freely in the space as they perform the virtuosic score made up of original compositions by Susan Hawkins (Light From Below) and masterworks by Sculthorpe and Ibert.

“Projecting Susan’s score across the stage gives us a pathway to follow musically, while allowing us the freedom to find our own desirelines between the notes,” said Greaves.

Choreographer Gareth Belling said, “The choreography uses ballet’s structure as a starting point to explore the individual performers’ movement desirelines. It is muscular and musical, emotional and engaging: it beats with the blood of real human desires.”

Belling will bring the performance to life as a dancer, alongside Amelia Stokes, Michael Smith and Maughan Jamesen. The creative team also consists of Pete Foley, whose animation maps a concrete visual landscape that floats with Leigh Buchanan’s whimsical costumes.

Desirelines ignited critics and audiences at the 2015 Brisbane Festival and was a finalist in the 2016 Australian Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance. Hawthorn Arts Centre is pleased to bring this unique experience to Melbourne audiences for the first time.

Hawthorn Arts Centre presents an exciting and varied arts program and is home to performance, exhibition, workshop and events spaces. Visitors can enjoy refreshments at the Events Bar or explore Hawthorn and discover the area’s culinary delights.


Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 July, 7.30pm $40 Tickets / $34 Concession / $29 Under 16