Delve into the chemical concoction of contemporary dance and immersive set design in Motus Collective’s Trifle. Decadence and excess pave the way for a contemporary and personal look at love's chemical response: beginnings and endings.

Trifle by Motus Collective

inSPACE Development

Trifle is an innovative cross-artform experiment that leads audiences through the performers’ personal experiences and stories of love and connection. It is bold, exuberant and unapologetic in its visual design, costuming and presentation. Trifle is a contemporary dance work that invites the audience to reflect on their own experiences of love through following the performers' narrative journey. Excess and exaggeration stand as a visual metaphor for love and neural connections in the human brain: the complex and changing chemical connections that continuously occur.

When we begin to fall in love, our brain is overwhelmed with a concoction of powerful chemicals, an intense and often ballistic response, like being hit with a cupid's arrow. Our heart races, our palms are sweaty, cheeks are flushed, yet we are not in panic, we are in love. Trifle examines and dives deeper into these stages of love and chemical response: beginnings and endings.

Creative Team

Zoe Gay - Co-Director
Felicity Boyd 
- Co-Director
Alana Stenning - Choreographer/Director
Meg Wilson - Designer

Creative Team Bios

Motus Collective - Zoe Gay & Felicity Boyd

In 2019, Zoe Gay and Felicity Boyd co-founded Motus Collective, a collective aimed at exploring inter-disciplinary connections and creations. The collective began by running improvisation classes weekly, then continued to conduct residencies at ADT, The Mill and performed in the VitalStatistix Adhocracy Program. Motus Collective have collaborated with Tom Borgas and Amber Cronin in HyperObject, performed in Arthur Art Bar’s SA LA LA LAND, worked with Fine Print Magazine in their live response to If the future is to be worth anything, performed Hiromi Tango’s Brain Flower, and more recently collaborated with eDuard Helmbold in Elegy of The Pale Lion for Adhocracy 2021. Motus Collective are current Share House residents at Carclew where they produced Open House, a platform for emerging artists to create and perform, and premiered White Rhino in the Adelaide Fringe, performing to sold out audiences and winning the ‘Best Emerging Artist’ award.

Alana Stenning - Choreographer/Director

Alana Stenning is a graduate of the Adelaide College of the Arts and previously trained at QL2 Youth Dance Company. Since graduating in 2017, Alana has moved back to Canberra to work for the Australian Dance Party. Most notably, she co-choreographed the Canberra Critics Circle award winning Lake March in 2020 with Artistic Director, Alison Plevey. In 2019 she performed in From the Vault, also a Canberra Critics Circle Award winner and a shortlisted nominee for an Australian Dance Award. As an independent choreographer she has created the works V, Great Woman Wolf Woman Bone Woman and in collaboration with Ryan Stone, Mulch. Alana also continues her relationship with QL2 as a professional performer, teacher and choreographer.

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14 Jul 2022

Duration 50mins (plus Q&A)


Thu, 14 Jul 2022, 6:00PM


Drama Centre Rehearsal Room, Adelaide Festival Centre


Ages 15 and up


Sexual references, adult themes

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