Our mission is to present fun, exhilarating circus theatre that is intimate, visually stunning and brave in its frankness about human nature.
CIRQUE THEATRE PROGRESSION
The Dust Palace has progressed toward creating more integrated narrative based works as our company and audience profile has grown, which is at the core of what we do. From our early cabaret-style works we have been introducing our audiences to a more sophisticated, genre-bending blend of circus and physical theatre; challenging and engaging diverse audiences as well as providing mind-blowing entertainment!
Established by Eve Gordon and Mike Edward in 2009, The Dust Palace is New Zealand's pre-eminent circus theatre company. Our aim is to create tour-able circus theatre, taking our stories around the world; and to foster circus and physical performance and practitioners in Auckland and Aotearoa New Zealand.
No other professional company in NZ operates in this innovative, form-forward space. We value quality, audacity and humanity. We create work which connects communities, sharing skills and spreading delight.
CO-DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
Eve is the creator and company director of The Dust Palace – New Zealand's leading cirque-theatre company which devises and produces original theatre works. Eve graduated from UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts with a Bachelor of Acting in 2002 and has been working for the past 15 years as an actor, circus performer, producer, and director. After being introduced to physical theatre by Beth Kayes, aerial theatre has become Eve's vocation and main drive in life.
Our collaboration with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Midnight sold out the ASB Theatre in the Aotea Centre weeks in advance and was met with accolades and the immediate offer for a second collaborative work! The Goblin Market also received incredible houses and response during it's tour to Canada in September/October, being chosen as one of the top ten shows of 2017 in Vancouver by the Westender.
Took us to Montreal for the CINARS biennale with our new work The Goblin Market – inspired by the eponymous Christina Rosetti poem. The Dust Palace was the first NZ circus company ever to present at OFF–CINARS. This visit resulted in a Canadian tour booked for 2017.
We created family-friendly show Top of the Heap in association with Auckland Live; and the year culminated with a large-cast cirque Sci-Fi version of Homer's Odyssey – Ithaca, which played at Q.
Saw the development of Orpheus, in association with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and With a Stranger toured the South Island.
Three new shows were devised and produced. With a Stranger played at TAPAC; Same Same but Different was the first full scale circus show to play at Tempo Dance Festival and Knock Knock played to sold-out houses at The Herald Theatre. Love and Money also brought hundreds of new audience members to Downstage in Wellington.
This was a year of touring festivals. In February we developed surrealist circus cabaret Cirque Non Sequitur for SPLORE festival. Erupt Lake Taupo festival presented Venus is... in May. The Right Royal Cabaret Festival in Taranaki brought down Cirque Non Sequitur, which then travelled to Fuel Festival and was the first show to play in the round at Q Theatre's main-stage. Love and Money's Auckland season at TAPAC book-ended the year.
We were given the honour of opening Q Theatre's Loft space. We developed Venus is... for this.
Saw an independent tour of the eleven strong Burlesque as You Like It, culminating in a season with the International Comedy Festival and development of Love and Money.
We co-produced The Sexy Recession Cabaret, with Jennifer Ward- Lealand, Michael Hurst, and Tama Waipara. We also produced two sold out seasons of Burlesque as You Like It – Not a Family Show and physical theatre piece The Moon's Insane and other stories..
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