Shiver Photo: Ashley de Prazer

Shiver is searching, like most of us, to try and understand the fragility of life.

The Australian



Life often unfolds in unexpected directions.

Four strangers find themselves trapped in an unknown place with no exit.

Together they dance tango, search for answers and recall moments when life ran out of control. From the exuberance of young love to the grief of loss, their only hope of moving on is to reconcile the past.

Featuring Danielle Micich’s emotive dance theatre and Kingsley Reeve’s filmic soundscape,  Shiver explores the vulnerability of being human and the stories that connect us.

Director Danielle Micich
Performers Jacqui Claus, Lewis Kilpatrick, Billie Cook and Gerard Van Dyck
Sound Design Kingsley Reeve
Lighting Design Joseph Mercurio
Dramaturg Humphrey Bower
Costume Design Seonaidh Murphy
Dramaturg Humphrey Bower
Tour Production Manager Jason Thelwell
Tour Stage Manager Armando Licul
Tour Support Barbara Gdowski and Lin Kilpatrick
Audience Engagement Strategy Annette Carmichael
Regional Contemporary Dance Facilitator, Ausdance WA
Tour Publicists Muse Bureau
Produced and Toured by Performing Lines WA



Danielle Micich Director
Danielle is an independent choreographer, director and performer. She performed with Buzz Dance Theatre for five years, toured internationally with SQUINT and was a recipient of an Australia Council Young and Emerging grant. Danielle was the Artistic Director of STEPS for four years and choreographed the Curriculum Council TEE Set Solo. In 2011 she performed in WISH with Humphrey Bower (Nominated for Outstanding Female Performer 2011), choreographed Plan B for Buzz Dance Theatre and Into The Shimmer Heat for Nova Ensemble. Recently, she choreographed Barking Gecko’s Driving Into Walls and was the Associate Director for FOOD (2012) a co-production between Force Majeure and Belvoir Street Theatre.

Kingsley Reeve Sound Designer
Kingsley graduated from WAAPA in 1995 with a Diploma in Sound and from the Theatre course in 1998 as an actor. Now based in Sydney he works regularly with Sydney Theatre Company (STC) and teaches Sound Design at NIDA. In Perth he has designed sound and music for Black Swan (2002 – 2008) and for Perth Theatre Company since 2003. In 2005 he was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Theatre Sound Design on Black Swan’sZastrozzi, the Master of Discipline. Recent designs include Barking Gecko’s The Red Tree, Sydney Theatre Company’s Ruby Moon, Deckchair’s The Modern International Dead and Yirra Yaakin’sWaltzing the Wilarra. He has designed sound and music for Danielle Micich since 2006.

Gerard Van Dyck Performer
Gerard’s training and performance experience includes contemporary dance, slapstick, puppetry, motion capture, flying and acting. After graduating at the VCA he co-founded KAGE with Kate Denborough and has performed in all of KAGE’s award winning works. Gerard won several awards and clocked up 50+ performances of his solo The Collapsible Man. He has worked with BalletLab, Polyglot Puppet Theatre, Nat Cursio, Eleventh Hour Theatre, Legs on the Wall, desoxy Theatre and Sandra Parker. He chairs the dance panel of the Green Room Award Association, teaches at the VCA and is a regular guest on Triple R’s Smart Arts Program.

Billie Cook Performer
Billie is a performing artist, director, and community dance practitioner. She has created several dance films with photo media artist Sam Oster and was an artist in residence with Forestry SA 2011. Her short films have featured at the SALA festival 2008, Riddoch Art Gallery and Choreolab Digital at the Mercury Cinema 2012. Billie was Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre, and Carclew Youth Arts where she worked with artists with and without a disability, and young indigenous women. Billie has toured Europe, New York, South Africa and the deserts of WA with Buzz Dance Theatre and Fieldworks Performance Group. She is on the peer assessment panel for Arts SA, small companies and organisations and is a resident artist with seven other artist at Headquarters studio, Adelaide.

Jacqui Claus Performer
Upon graduating from WAAPA in 2005 Jacqui began performing in the UK for Neville Campbell and Densemble Contemporary Dance Company. Since her return to Perth in 2008 she has worked with Buzz Dance Theatre, Strut Dance and as mentor to Link Dance Company. Jacqui has also worked with a range of independent choreographers such as Danielle Micich, Brooke Leeder, Alice Lee Holland and Chrissie Parrott. In 2009 Jacqui performed Chrissie Parrott’s for the Strut short cuts season earning her the title of Most Outstanding Dancer and Dancer to Watch in the Dance Australia Critics Choice Survey. In 2010 Jacqui was the winner of the Western Australian Dance Award for Emerging Artist.

Lewis Kilpatrick Performer
Lewis has been a regular company member of STEPS Youth Dance Company since 2005. He performed in Boys can Dance, Kissxx, Dash, No Space, Moonwebs and Scorched Thongs andPhoenix. In 2006 Lewis was invited to take part in a special STEPS educational project, which involved showcasing contemporary dance to disadvantaged primary schools in Perth northern suburbs. He was also the subject of a short documentary film focusing on boys and dance. In 2011 he performed an original solo at His Majesty’s Theatre for the Year 12 Perspectives. Lewis is currently studying Architecture at the University of Western Australia.

Joseph Mercurio Lighting Designer
Joseph has collaborated with some of Australia’s leading choreographers including; Stephan Page, The Australian Ballet, Sue Healey, Phillip Adams, Natalie Weir, Antonio Vargas, Fieldworks and Anna Smith. Joe was Lighting designer (Props) for Closing Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Since returning to Perth in 2004 Joseph has designed for Black Swan State Theatre Company, Deckchair Theatre Company, both Opening and Closing public events of the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival and for the West Australian Ballet. Recently he has lit works for Tasdance, Buzz Dance Theatre and Night Train Productions.

Humphrey Bower Dramaturg
Humphrey is an actor, writer, director and dramaturg working across theatre, dance, opera and puppetry. In the 1980s he was a founding member of the Melbourne ensemble Whistling in the Theatre; in 2001 he co-founded Perth independent theatre company Last Seen Imagining, and started Night Train Productions in 2007. Over the last 20 years he has worked with the MTC, Playbox/Malthouse, State Theatre Company of SA, Black Swan, Yirra Yaakin, PTC, WASO, Deckchair, Spare Parts, Thin Ice, Steamworks, Anthill, TheatreWorks and ABC Radio National. He has previously collaborated with Danielle Micich on Orpheus and Eurydice and Wish.

Seonaidh Murphy Costume Designer
Seonaidh is a Perth based designer. She completed a BA (Art) specialising in sculpture and textiles at Curtin University and an Advanced Diploma in Fashion and Textile Design at Central Institute of Technology in 2010. As a graduate she was awarded the Banshu Hyogo Scholarship and travelled to Japan in early 2011 to develop textiles with the internationally renowned Banshu fabric manufacturers. Upon returning to Perth she produced a collection as part of the 2011 Perth Fashion Festival using the textiles developed in Japan. She has worked with local designers such as Garth Cook, Chrissie Catling (S2) and Kristy Lawrence (Flannel) and also designed and produced for events such as Hit the Roof and Aperitif. She plans to launch her label in early 2012.

This regional tour is assisted by the State government through the Department of Culture and the Arts in partnership with CircuitWest. It is supported by Managing and Producing Services for theatre and dance artists in WA (Maps for Artists), a joint initiative of the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts. This project has been assisted by STRUT Co-Production funding through the Future Moves initiative.


Picking favourite parts is challenging — there were so many… There was no shortage of laughter in this work.  (Read full review)  The West Australian

Shiver is searching, like most of us, to try and understand the fragility of life… Micich has found an instinctive style… Her dancers, never wasting a movement, were outstanding, stylish and athletic. (Read full review) The Australian

The four dancers Micich selected are all excellent. They are dynamic, interesting to watch and appear almost as if in rehearsal (in a good way) – they are so relaxed, and often smile or even exchange a short laugh with each other. Gerard Van Dyck, Leanne Mason, Jacqui Claus and Lewis Kilpatrick make this dance work highly accessible, and interact with each other in a way that doesn’t seem choreographed at all. (Read full review) Arts Hub


SHIVER – WA Tour 2012
26 September  – 13 October

Port Hedland: 26 September
Geraldton: 29 September
Merredin: 2 October
Esperance: 5 October
Margaret River: 9 October
Bunbury: 11 October
Mandurah: 12-13 October

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