Neon Aether

Work by Gabrielle Nankivell

★★★★ “Breathtaking contemporary dance” – bachtrack


Gabrielle Nankivell’s Neon Aether is a theatrical adventure into the infinite unknown. Inspired by science fiction and outer space, audiences will be transported into a vivid, ethereal world beyond the clouds.


Current Performances

26 March - 13 AprilRoslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay, SydneyNSW
2 - 4 MayCanberra Theatre CentreACT
8 - 11 MayArts Centre MelbourneVIC
16 MayWarragulVIC
18 May FrankstonVIC
22 MayBendigoVIC
25 MayMilduraVIC
27 JulyDarwinNT
31 JulyAlice SpringsNT
3 AugWhyallaSA
8 - 10 AugAdelaideSA
15 - 17 AugHobartTAS

Cast & Creatives

Choreography: Gabrielle Nankivell
Music: Commissioned composition by Luke Smiles, motion laboratories
Costume Design: Harriet Oxley
Lighting Design: Damien Cooper
Cast: Ariella Casu, Janessa Dufty, Dimitri Kleioris, Luke Hayward, Jesse Scales, Emily Seymour, Mia Thompson, Victor Zarallo

Media & Audience Reviews

★★★★ 1/2 “It’s a beautiful theatrical work that deserves to be seen by an international audience” – The Audrey Journal

“Flashy and cinematic… futuristic adventure” – The Plus Ones

“Powerful and hypnotic, at times almost dreamlike” – Dance Informa

“Inspiring, surprising and energising” – The Daily Telegraph

“One of the most impressive and joyful experiences of dance I have seen in a long, long time” – Audience Member

In Creation: Gabrielle Nankivell’s Neon Aether

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"A continual thread across humanity and human evolution is that we look to the air as our vehicle of desire to discover and explore the unknown – finding potential for what the future is. We look to the air and sky when we think about wonder. It’s a known unknown and I think that’s interesting." - Gabrielle Nankivell

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Cheat Sheet

Neon Aether started out as the air before me into which I stretched my fingers, searching for a way to articulate things I felt but could not describe.”

Gabrielle Nankivell is an Australian performer and director with formative ties to Europe. Gabrielle’s work has been widely presented across Australia, Europe and Asia. She previously choreographed Wildebeest for Sydney Dance Company, which was nominated for a 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Choreography.

WATCH: Gabrielle create Neon Aether in the studio.

Fun Fact: For one section of Neon Aether, Gabrielle asked the dancers to think of themselves as rotating planets around each other. This is reminiscent of an orrery – a clockwork model of the solar system.

“My work is strongly influenced by techniques normally aligned with cinema sound and Neon Aether presented a great opportunity for me to draw on these interests.”

Luke Smiles creates highly detailed soundtracks for theatre, dance and film. Working under his business name motion laboratories, Luke has composed and produced soundtracks for many Australian and international artists and companies.

Fun Fact: Luke found inspiration for the score of Neon Aether from radio airwaves and 1980s science fiction cinema.

The set and costumes for Neon Aether takes cues from science fiction films, deep sea exploration and human vs. machine. The boilersuit inspired costumes incorporate belts, cords, cables and harnesses and its colours represent the horizon and planets in the sky.