Performing Lines WA

Slow Burn, Together

Emma Fishwick

Slow Burn, Together Thu 18 - Sun 21 Feb Studio Underground Thu 18 - Sun 21 Feb Studio Underground $25 - $29
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Thu 18 - Sun 21 Feb at Studio Underground, from $25 - $29

A Perth Festival Commission

In a golden world of coconuts and grapefruits, piles of books and high heels, a clothing rack and a gramophone, Perth-based choreographer Emma Fishwick draws you into mesmerising vignettes filled with unexpected delights. Infused with a wry sense of humour, Slow Burn, Together is an antidote to the uncertainty of our times. A place of respite, and slowing down; of building human connection and demystifying high art.

Through a series of living pictures that collectively form a visual epic, Slow Burn, Together contemplates a female perspective of a world where we can be gentle, journey inward and pay attention to the experience of sitting longer with our thoughts, our ideas and time itself. There isn’t a singularity to each moment on stage, rather a slow experience, a collection of encounters that create an ongoing conversation between you and the work.

Drawing from the masters of the Baroque and Pre-Raphaelite eras, Emma Fishwick plays with the tension of time and creates space for self-reflection and observation. Slow Burn, Together contemplates a female perspective as an ensemble of 15 women subvert their historic objectification to reveal the labour behind the façade. Let yourself be drawn into this series of moving pictures that collectively form a visual epic and offer a timely meditation on the world around us.

Emma Fishwick
Ella-Rose Trew, with an ensemble cast of 15 female performers
Francesca Fenton
Set & Costume Designer
Bruce McKinven
Sound Designer
Tristen Parr
Lighting Designer
Chris Donnelly
Renée Newman
Design Associate
Amalia Lambert
Stage Manager
Rhianne Coffey
Production Manager
Mark Haslam
Produced by
Performing Lines WA



Emma Fishwick – Choreographer
Emma Fishwick is a Perth-based choreographer who questions whether dance can achieve the often-complex connections between the human and non-human, challenging her understandings of the form through incorporating multiple mediums/practices. Some of these mediums are movement, drawn and photographic image, film, scenography and scholarship. This perspective on making has leant itself to a practice intimately entwined with research, process, sustainability and adaptability. Her recent choreographic works include Dance, Quiet Riot (2018) and microLandscapes (2016).

Emma has worked extensively across Australia and abroad, is a member of the STRUT Dance Board, lectures in Dance History at WAAPA and is a mentor for artists with a disability via disability support provider, My Place. Emma is a graduate of the Honours (Dance) program, LINK in 2010 and Master of Arts (Choreography) in 2019, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Ella-Rose Trew – Main Performer
Ella-Rose Trew has spent over a decade as a dancer, educator and dance-maker based in Perth, Western Australia. A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and LINK Dance Company, Ella-Rose went on to work with Buzz Dance Theatre, STEPS Youth Dance Company and was a founding member and inaugural Associate Artist of Co3 Australia. Long-time friends and collaborators, Ella-Rose has worked alongside Emma Fishwick, developing and performing in microLandscapes (Next Wave Festival, 2016) and Dance, Quiet Riot (2018). In 2019 Ella-Rose choreographed The Colour of Distance with students at WAAPA and continues to lecture within the dance department. She has worked extensively across the Perth independent dance sector, with Sue Peacock, Laura Boynes, Isabella Stone, Aimee Smith, Jo Pollitt, Paea Leach, Rachel Ogle and Rhiannon Newton. Ella-Rose was awarded the Best Female Performer (Dance) 2018 at the Performing Arts WA Awards.

Francesca Frenton – Understudy
Frankie Frenton was born and raised in the small rural town of Grenfell in Central-West NSW and began her formal contemporary training at QL2 in Canberra, under the directorship of Ruth Osborne. In 2017 she completed Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year where she performed repertoire from Rafael Bonachela’s 2 in D Minor as a part of the PPY17 Revealed graduation season at Carriageworks. In 2019, Frankie studied a semester abroad at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan. She graduated from WAAPA in 2020 where she had the opportunity to perform in Raewyn Hill’s work A Moving Portrait choreographed for WAAPA’s graduating class.

Bruce McKinven – Set & Costume Designer
Bruce McKinven is Festival Designer for Perth Festival, Senior Production Designer for Dark Mofo Festival in Hobart, and Site Designer for Adelaide Festival’s Adelaide Writers’ Week. Bruce has a 30-year career designing for dance, theatre, festivals and events across Australia, working with some of the nation’s leading practitioners. In dance Bruce has designed productions for Strut Dance, WA Ballet, Link, Expressions Dance Company, Force Majeure, Australian Dance Theatre, Dance North, Tasdance, Queensland Ballet and Singapore Dance Theatre, most recently designing Sunset (Maxine Doyle and Strut Dance – Perth Festival 2019) and costumes for Wonder Woman (Laura Boynes).

Amalia Lambert – Design Associate
Amalia Lambert is an emerging Australian set and costume designer. In 2019 Amalia graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Design. On completion of the course, Amalia proudly received The David Hough Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design. Since graduating, Amalia has designed the set and costumes for the West Australian Ballet’s production of The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Awesome Arts festival 2020. Amalia has also designed the costumes for Strut & Fret's brand-new alt-circus production BoomBoom in the House of Casa BlahBlah (2019) at The Rechabite. Amalia is a passionate and dedicated young creative, who becomes immensely invested in all of her projects.

Tristen Parr – Sound Design
Tristen Parr is a classically trained acoustic and electric cellist with a focus on contemporary performance practices and sound design for dance and installation. A seasoned touring musician, Tristen is a founding member of electro-acoustic ensemble Decibel, silent film band Viola Dana and art makers Praxis. His commissions include Louisville Ballet, Yirra Yaakin, LINK Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, Steamworks Arts, Queensland Ballet, Barking Gecko, Australian Maritime Museum and Geelong and Latrobe Regional Art Galleries. Tristen has won numerous WA Music Industry awards and is a Helpmann Award nominee for Best Music Direction. His recent works include Gui Shu (Steamworks Arts), re-writing The Score (Latrobe regional Gallery) and Body Rights (WAYTCo).

Chris Donnelly – Lighting Design
Chris Donnelly has been working professionally in the Australian theatre and dance sector since 2008. While he currently works as a freelance designer, he has worked for numerous companies including Bangarra Dance Theatre, Perth Festival, The West Australian Ballet, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Steps Dance, Perth Theatre Company, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, ERTH, Strut Dance, Deckchair Theatre, Co:3 Australia, Performing Lines and many more. Chris’ shows have won awards in several countries including Australia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Most recent works include Wonder Woman (Laura Boynes), Gui Shu (Steamworks Arts) and BANG! BANG! (The Blue Room Theatre & Scott Elstermann & Shona Erskine).

Renée Newman – Dramaturg
Renée Newman is a performance maker and lecturer/researcher/research supervisor for WAAPA at ECU including course coordinator of the Bachelor of Performing Arts. Her creative research extends into making for traditional theatre to co-authorship devising techniques, site specific performance and audio performance. She has published around pedagogies of creative research including practice-led research and creative/artistic responses to social and ecological engagement with an interest in the notion of slow-making. She has published with Educational Philosophy Theory, Sustainability, Platform and Performance Research and has chapters in the 2019 Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics and the 2019 Routledge publication The Meeting of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Academy: Challenges for Creative Practice Researchers in Higher Education.

Rhianne Coffey – Stage Manager 
With over a decade of experience, predominantly working as a freelance event, stage and production manager, Rhianne Coffey has experienced the diversity the arts and entertainment industry has to offer, working across a vast array of subsets including musicals, theatre, concerts, symphony orchestras, ballet, as well as festivals and touring experience both nationally and internationally. Rhianne is eager to continue to work in an industry she is passionate about, bringing amazing productions to the stage that inspires the community and cultivates the curiosity of people from all around.

Mark Haslam – Production Manager
Mark Haslam has worked with many leading Australian and international contemporary arts companies across performance, dance, music and visual arts practice and has toured work across four continents. He has built major projects with Sydney Theatre Company, Marrugeku, ERTH Visual and Physical, Societas Raffaello Sanzio, Stalker Theatre, The Farm, Legs on the Wall, Company B Belvoir and was the Production Manager for the original season of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical. He has also created unique festival performances with artists such as Wesley Enoch, Nigel Jamieson and Shaun Gladwell. Aside from his production management, he is a director and educator exploring performance-based practice in virtual and urban environments.


Performing Lines WA
Performing Lines WA produces transformative contemporary performance by Western Australia’s most audacious independent artists. As the West Australian office of national organization, Performing Lines, we curate a portfolio of works that are propelled by pressing questions and new ways of seeing the world.

Our purpose is to champion risk and to ensure the breadth and plurality of Western Australia’s identity, culture and creative potential is represented, celebrated and enjoyed. We support independent artists to create, present and tour innovative & relevant contemporary Australian performance locally, nationally and internationally.

Time & Location

Thu 18 - Sun 21 Feb

Thu – Sat 6.30pm | Sun 5pm

Studio Underground, 174 - 176 William Street, Perth / Yandilup



    • Adult: $29
    • Concession: $27
    • Friend: $26
    • Student: $25

Eligible for package discount

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Latecomers not admitted
Contains partial nudity and smoke effects



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Thank you


  • Emma Fishwick


  • Supported by STRUT Dance SEED Residency 2019 and the WA Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
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