And The Earth Will Swallow Them Whole

Rachel Arianne Ogle

And The Earth Will Swallow Them Whole Studio Underground $39
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From the darkness of the theatre, subterranean landscapes unfold and erupt. An ensemble of performers invites you upon an epic descent deep into the earth.

And The Earth Will Swallow Them Whole contemplates the power, fragility and impermanence of nature. Drawing on rituals around death, burial and honouring the body, the performance takes the form of an immersive rite – a voyage into realms beneath, or beyond, our own.

Journey into a world of enveloping design, tremulous movement and an exquisite new score for live piano and electronica. And The Earth Will Swallow Them Whole is a poetic and compelling new dance work of seismic proportions, created by a team of leading Australian performance artists.

Rachel Arianne Ogle
Luke Smiles and Gabriella Smart
Set & Costume Designer
Bruce McKinven
Lighting Designer
Bosco Shaw
Linton Aberle, Imanuel Dado, Harrison Elliott, Storm Helmore, Tyrone Robinson, Zee Zunnur
Bethany Reece
Rachel Arianne Ogle & Sam Fox
Production Manager
Mark Haslam
Costume Technician
Sheridan Savage

Rachel Arianne Ogle

Rachel is a Western Australian independent dance artist with an extensive career as a dancer, performer, choreographer, educator and arts worker. Her investments in dance as a contemporary art form are deep and multi-faceted, encompassing artistic roles in company and independent dance, international residencies and exchange projects, tertiary lecturing, and a dedication to long term projects within disability arts and remote communities.

Rachel’s work is distinguished by precise, physically demanding and acutely complex choreography. Her detailed approach to kinaesthetic movement and energy allows intricate, elastic dynamics to emerge and immersive experiences to manifest through the body for performer and audience. Her works seamlessly integrate choreography and design, creating synergetic collaborations with designers across visual, spatial and sonic planes.

Rachel has created work for Sydney Dance Company, Tasdance, Maya Dance Theatre (Singapore), Proximity Festival, Link Dance Company, WAAPA, Nat Cursio Company, STRUT Dance and STEPS Youth Dance Company. Her work has been presented in Australia, France, Netherlands, Singapore and Nigeria.

Rachel’s 2014 landmark work precipice was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Dance Work and shortlisted for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance in 2015. In 2020 Rachel received the WA Performing Arts Award for Best Choreographer for the 2019 return season of precipice.

Her performance and installation work i have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night (in collaboration with Benjamin Cisterne and Luke Smiles) was presented by Melbourne's The SUBSTATION in Dance Massive in March 2019, followed by a Perth season at PICA in June 2019.

Rachel has been the recipient of an Asialink Residency (2016), an Australia Council International Residency at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC) in New York (2017), and an Australia Council International Residency at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris (2018).

Her new work And The Earth Will Swallow Them Whole premieres at Perth Festival 2022.

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Time & Location

10 – 14 Feb

Studio Underground, 178 William Street, Northbridge / Yandilup


90mins including interval

  • A Reserve

    • Adult: $39
    • Concession: $37
    • Friend: $35
    • Student: $25
  • Preview Performance

    • Adult: $29

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The second act involves the audience standing and moving to view the performance. Limited seating will be available for patrons who require it.

Preview Performance: Thu 10 Feb

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Post show Q&A Sun 13 Feb

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Image Credit

  • Peter Cheng

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