Joey Ruigrok van der Werven is one of the unsung heroes of Australian contemporary performance.
RealTime Magazine issue 51

Towards a new Australian theatre genre

Joey Ruigrok van der Werven


A rare opportunity to hear one of the unsung heroes of Australian contemporary performance (RealTime) speak about creating large-scale spectacle and image-based performance events in Australia.

Joey Ruigrok van der Werven creates performances and invents environments. His worlds perform and transform, conveying story through images and sensory experiences.

Here in Perth we have met this style of theatre at major festivals and events through companies and artists like Royal de Luxe, La Fura dels Baus, Visa Vis, Romeo Castellucci, Theatre du Soleil, and Robert Lepage.

Marking the end of his Australia Council Theatre Board Fellowship, investigating European and Australian spectacle and performance making, Joey Ruigrok is touring nationally, presenting a series of lectures and workshops which attempt to shed new light on Australia’s impasse with creating wild and epic theatre.


2011 | The Bakery, Northbridge, Perth WA


Prior to moving to Australia in 1996 Joey worked as a key creator with Amsterdam based Dogtroep, one of Europe’s renowned large scale site-specific theatre companies. Now based in Sydney Joey directs, designs and builds for Stalker, Marrugeku, Legs on the Wall, Gravity Feed, Urban Theatre Projects, Performance Space and for many one-off projects like Firewater in Sydney Harbour and DreamMasons in Hobart, as well as his own design driven Volta.



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