inSPACE Developments

Experience new Australian performances being developed by some of the country’s most innovative performing artists.

Adelaide Festival Centre’s inSPACE program is a cutting-edge, grassroots, innovative program that supports some of Australia’s most talented, independent artists. See hot new talent across all art forms including theatre, dance, visual arts and music. Be part of the artistic conversation: sharing, contributing and discovering how art is created behind the scenes. This creative blurring of the line between artist and audience reinforces Adelaide Festival Centre’s foundation philosophy that art belongs to everyone.

We provide a unique opportunity for contemporary and experimental theatre, dance and hybrid performance artists to access venues and services. Each artist/group chosen for the annual inSPACE program is provided with 1–4 weeks in rehearsal (including a provision for equipment hire). Two work-in-progress showings are presented to an invited audience at the end of each inSPACE development. On top of this support, funds will be available to be attributed to artist wages.

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2018 inSPACE program

Dates and venues of 2018 developments are still being finalised with artists. Current event information below.

Move Along

Move Along is a multimedia walking tour that explores themes of love, dispossession, and, visibility. Video and sound guide you on a unique urban adventure dotted with performances, culminating in interwoven site specific narratives.

Creative Producer Jennifer Greer Holmes
Collaborators Heath Britton, Ferry, Belinda Gehlert, Josephine Were, Alexis West, Jaru West




Damaged Goods

Damaged Goods is a solo research project that explores the frailty and unpredictability of being human.Through metaphor and imagery the work will delve into the experience of living and surviving in a world that sometimes throws everything at you, and at other times leaves you completely alone. 

Creative Director Tobiah Booth- Remmers
Director/ Dramaturg Steve Mayhew
Designer Meg Wilson
Musician Dan Thorpe
Documentation Tim Standing
Performers/ Collaborators Joshua Hoare, Roz Hervey, Jo Stone, Thomas Bradley, Katherine Gurr, Jordan Cowan and Tyson Olson.

Showing Friday 14 December 2018


The brainchild of artist Kaspar Schmidt Mumm, IMMI is a mishmash of poetry, music, photography, videography, animation, graphic design, visual art and performance, developed in collaboration with some of Adelaide’s best creative talent.

Poetry Dom Symes
Music Adrian Schmidt Mumm, Ben Sargent, Declan Casley-Smith, Dillon Mueller, Damon Satanik
Photography Emmaline Zanelli, Sia Duff
Videography Jerome Williams, Michael Masonite, Corduroy
Curators Joanna Kitto, Rayleen Forester (Fineprint Magazine)
Virtual Set Design Claire Marwick Smith
Animator Liam Bosecke
Graphic Design James Brown IV

Digging a Hole to China

A woman digs many holes in her desire to build a tunnel. On the other side, someone is digging too. This new cross-cultural theatre work by Ellen Steele examines Australia and China’s ever evolving relationship.

Performer/Deviser Ellen Steele
Technology Creative/Dramaturg Dan Koerner
Writer/Researcher Cher Tan
Design Consultant Meg Wilson
Artistic Collaborator Daisy Brown






s/words attempts to understand the rights and responsibilities of free speech in a polarised world through distilling the works of Milton, Payne and Mill into an approachable, hilarious contemporary dance piece, incorporating text, music, movement and light.

Director/Choreographer Lewis Major




The World is Looking For You

Together, one woman and an audience go searching in the snow. The World is Looking for You is inspired by a real event where a ‘missing woman’ unwittingly joined a search party and set out to find herself.

Director Daisy Brown
Writer Finegan Kruckemeyer
Performer Sarah Brokensha
Composer Mario Spate
Designer Wendy Todd

Showing Thursday 15 November 2018

The Mill’s Choreographic Futures inSPACE Development Residency
The Long Line

The Long Line is the working title for the investigation of the connection between mark making and dance movement. Since undertaking The Mill’s Choreographic Futures workshop in 2017 with Ame Henderson/Canada, Tanya is invested in this process of working with different materials to leave a mark without holding an implement like chalk/pencil/charcoal, on various surfaces that aren't the floor/paper/plastic.

Artist: Tanya Voges
Image credit: Lorna Sims

Showing Friday 23 November

Of Boys and Men

What does it mean to be a dancer? What does it mean to be a man? Of Boys and Men is a deeply personal exploration of manhood and identity performed by five young male dancers with a disability.

Co-creators/Dancers Joshua Campton, Kayah Guenther, Lorcan Hopper, Max McCauley and Zakariah Ghomi
Co-creator/Director Paul Gazzola
Costume design Gaelle Mellis

This project has been supported by Arts South Australia through the Richard Llewellyn Deaf and Disability Arts Program, The Australia Council for the Arts and OSCA


Queer music duo Winter Witches fuses elements of neoclassical with slow-wave electronica in emotive live art-meets-music performances. Their new work Masc is a moving, live song cycle questioning the insidious nature of a binary, gendered world.

Made and performed by Winter Witches (Jason Sweeney & Em König)
In collaboration with Kerrin Rowlands

Nil by Mouth

Thrilling, gruelling and hilarious, Nil By Mouth is a durational theatre piece that is part scripted, part improvised, and part reenactment of the forces that shaped the tension and tragedy of Sydney’s 2014 Lindt Café siege.

A Theatre Republic production
Playwright Duncan Graham
Director Corey McMahon
Actors Matt Crook, Eugenia Fragos, Rory Walker
Lighting and AV Designer Chris Petridis

Aphrodite and the Invisible Consumer Gods

Featuring audience interaction, humour and dance. This work follows the Goddess Aphrodite as she travels to the 21st century. What she finds is a media saturated society that sexualizes and objectifies women and fuels unrealistic expectations.

Writer, Deviser, Performer Sam Donvito
Deviser, Performer Ellen Graham


Still Point of a Turning World

Still Point of a Turning World is an immersive, participatory, performance installation and it’s yours to explore. Wander around or find a place to sit and experience small scenes, poetic games, stories and meetings between audience and performers.

Collaborators Sarah John, Emma Beech, Marga Socias, Tim Overton, Michelle 'Maddog' Delaney, Janice Vitovsky


In the Dark

In The Dark is a sensorial, experiential theatre piece set almost entirely in the dark. In The Dark will take you on a journey into darkness.

Director Tim Overton
Writer Phillip Kavanagh
Composer/Musician Rachel Bruerville
Designer Geoff Cobham
Technical Specialist Aaron Herczeg
Performers Rebecca Mayo, Elizabeth Hay, James Smith, Nathan O’Keefe

Showing Friday 7 December


Past programs

Please click the links below for each year's respective program