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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Are you a creator of contemporary and experimental theatre, dance or hybrid work? Does your work require support to reach the next stage of its development?

The inSPACE Development Program could be the platform you need. Adelaide Festival Centre provides a unique opportunity for artists to access our venue support. Each artist or group chosen for the annual inSPACE Development Program is provided with 1-2 weeks in rehearsal (including a provision for equipment hire). Work-in-progress showings are presented to an invited audience at the end of each inSPACE development. On top of this support, funds may be available to be contributed to artist wages.

Expressions of interest for the 2020 program close on Friday 24 May 2019 and successful applicants will be notified by 7 June.

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2019 inSPACE program

Dates and venues of 2019 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

 Showing complete




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

Showing complete

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


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 GIRL 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 GIRL (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

Past programs

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