Dark Matter



Dark Matter is a stunning multisensory dance installation exploring human displacement, adaptation and how our identities and experiences are shaped by our environment. Five dancers inhabit a constantly shifting world of digital projection mapping, a pulsating live score and over 1000kg of rice.

Don’t miss this amazing new production created by Alexander Boynes, Laura Boynes and Tristen Parr as PRAXIS, produced by Performing Lines WA. PRAXIS is a multidisciplinary collective that use expanded spatial practice to explore links between visual art, contemporary dance & sound.


Laura Boynes
Video/Installation Artist Alexander Boynes
Cellist/Composer Tristen Parr


Projection Mapping Roly Skender
Lighting Design Chris Donnelly
Costume Design Imogene Spencer
Performers Imanuel Dado, Harrison Elliot, Storm Helmore, Isabella Stone & Ella-Rose Trew


2016 | MoveMe Festival, Perth


Laura Boynes – Choreographer
Laura Boynes is a dancer, choreographer and dance film-maker. Born in Canberra, she graduated with Honours from WAAPA, LINK Dance Company in 2007. Laura has worked with numerous national and international dance artists including Ros Warby, Chrissie Parrott, Joanne Leighton, Clare Dyson, Claudia Alessi, Brian Lucas, Aimee Smith, Kate Weare, Bianca Martin, Sam Fox, Sally Richardson and Sue Peacock. From 2009-2013 Laura worked for Buzz Dance Theatre, performing eight full-length works and spending considerable time teaching in remote communities. In 2013 Laura was Artistic Associate for Buzz Dance Theatre, choreographing and co-directing Look the Other Way with Cadi McCarthy, which won an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth and Community Dance. Laura’s films have been shown in Reeldance, Electrofringe, (Australia) Cinedans (Amsterdam) and two of her films remain permanently in the Reeldance Moving Image Collection. She has choreographed her own short works and co-directed large commissions for LINK Dance Company, Buzz Dance Theatre and the WA Academy of Performing Arts.

Alexander Boynes – Visual Artist/Installation Artist
Alexander Boynes is a Canberra based artist, curator, and Program Manager at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. His primary training was as a silversmith, and his practice has evolved to include painting, photography, print media, light-based work, and video installation. Boynes’ work is concerned with the ongoing strength and significance of the figure in our visual culture, reflecting how we see ourselves and our perceptions of this country’s shared past. It explores human adaptation, the boundaries set by our environment, and the ephemeral nature of existence. His work reveals immediate glimpses into the present-day human condition and imagination, and attempts to address contemporary culture, its fears, challenges and the hope for a positive future for Australia.

Tristen Parr – Cellist, Sound Designer/Composer
Tristen Parr is a classically trained and versatile acoustic and electric cellist specializing in New Music performance and Sound Design for Theatre and Dance. He has toured extensively throughout Australia, North America and Europe and has recorded for Germany’s SWR and ABC. Tristen is a founding member of Decibel New Music ensemble, Silent film band Viola Dana, improvisation trio The Eldritch Trio, bands Schvendes and Fall Electric and noise duo HzHzHz.  Tristen collaborates regularly, including performing, composing, designing sound and arranging for the award-winning productions City of Shadows and Life in Miniature. He has won numerous W.A Music Industry awards and in 2013 was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Music Direction for his work on Barking Gecko/PIAF production of Duck Death and the Tulip.

Roly Skender – Projection mapping and Interface development
Best known in Australia as an audiovisual artist, Roly Skender is simultaneously a musician, composer, designer, visual artist, producer and software developer. From his audiovisual work as Rawbone in the early 2000s to commercial video and visual design for theatre and the arts, he continues to pursue a multi-disciplinary approach. He’s currently breaking new ground in music and creative software development with collaborative projects such as Vongplay, the world’s first audiovisual multi-track webcam recorder and Songo, a popular chord-finding app for musicians.

Chris Donnelly –Lighting designer
Since 2005 Chris has worked in a range of roles starting as an actor, moving into technical theatre and lighting design. He was Technical Director and company lighting designer for SpoonTree Productions, touring extensively nationally and internationally including the 2009 Helpmann Award nominated Letters End (Best Regional Touring Production), and tours through UK, US, Austria, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Korea. More recently Chris has worked on multi Blue Room award winner Those Who Fall in Love Like Anchors Dropped Upon the Ocean Floor (theMOXYcollective and Jo Morris), Technical Director for Strut Dance’s Move Me Improvisation Festival, Production and Stage manager for Performing Line’s The Ghost’s Child, PIAF shows La Marea, and 3G (Trois Generations) as the Lighting Translator he was also production electrician for Black Swan State Theatre Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Storm Helmore – Dancer/Performer IIs a Perth based contemporary dance artist who found her way to the contemporary dance world a little later than many dancers – via a Bachelor of Science and years of work in commercial styles of dance in Brisbane. Trained at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, she completed her studies in 2011 and has had ongoing work with many choreographers, including Sue Peacock, Rachel Ogle, Rhiannon Newton, Isabella Stone, Aimee Smith and Laura Boynes. Storm’s performance credits include Aimee Smith’s Borderline, Rachel Ogle’s Precipice, Sue Peacock’s Reflect, Shaun Parker’s Trolleys and also choreographed in various works for Short Cuts and In Short, presented by Unkempt and Strut Dance to support independent dance.

Isabella Stone – Dancer/Performer Trained and completed her BA in Dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2009, continuing her studies with LINK Dance Company during 2010.  She has performed ion Sue Peacock’s Lost and Found at the ACTFestival Bilbao, Spain (2012), Didier Theron’s Harakiri, at the Move Me Festival and in August 2013, travelled to Finland for a six week creative development at the Oulu Dance Centre – JoJo, finishing with a performance of Lost and Found as part of the OuDance Festival 2013.

In November 2012, Isabella completed her first residency to develop, mouseprint, as a recipient of STRUT’s SEED Residency Program. Mouseprint will premiere April this year funded by the Australia Council of the Arts and DCA.Isabella was the recipient of the 2014 West Australian Dance Award for Emerging Artist.

Harrison ElliottDancer/Performer Was a member of STEPS Youth Dance Company for 8 years; participating in performances such as Check 1,2 (2005), Dash (2007), Phoenix (2010/2011) and Try Hard (2012). He has also choreographed his own work with STEPS, performed in the season of Compact Dance (2011), and toured internationally with the company for the Dance and the Child International Conference held in Taiwan (2012). In 2014 Harrison worked extensively with Buzz Dance Theatre Company, then performing in Perth International Arts Festival with Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s Driving Into Walls (2012) and OneFiveZeroSeven (2014) and most recently the English National Opera’s Madama Butterfly (2015).  Harrison is based in Perth and works as an independent artist.

Ella-Rose Trew – Dancer/Performer Graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) in 2009. She was awarded the Hawaiian Award for most outstanding graduate. In 2010 Ella-Rose was a member of Link Dance Company. She has toured to Bilbao, Spain and Oulu, Finland performing Sue Peacock’s “Lost and Found”. Whilst in Finland she undertook a six week residency with collaborator Isabella Stone, developing a shared improvisation practice.  She has performed and worked with Buzz Dance Theatre and independent artists Jo Pollitt, Paea Leach, Aimee Smith, Shona Erskine, Rhiannon Newton, Cadi McCarthy, Emma Fishwick, Isabella Stone and Laura Boynes. She is a recipient of a 2015 Young People and the Arts Fellowship through the Department of Culture and the Arts, a peer assessor for DCA and a teacher for Strut Dance, WAAPA, Link and the Youth Ensemble of Contemporary Dance Company of Western Australia.

Imanuel Dado – Dancer/Performer  Started his dance training at the age of 15 as a Breakdancer in group Style Impressions Krew Darwin N.T. and trained extensively in Martial Arts such as Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jujitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and Wing Chun. He was youth leader with TRACKS Dance Company in 2005-2008 leading him to study at WAAPA.  Since graduating in 2011 Imanuel has worked with Australian and International Artist such as Matthew Morris, Shaun Parker, Rachael Ogle, Didier Theron and Jean Claude Gallota, Lewis Major and Ahilan Ratnamohan Imanuel now splits his time between Australia, London and Belgium.




Producer contact:

Rachael Whitworth
+61 8 9200 6232


MoveMe Festival

Posted: March 24th, 2016

Dark Matter now in development

Posted: March 13th, 2015