to present fun, exhilarating circus theatre that is intimate, visually stunning and brave in its frankness about human nature.
Established by Eve Gordon and Mike Edward in 2009, The Dust Palace is New Zealand's pre-eminent circus theatre company.
To create tour-able circus theatre - taking our stories to the world
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.
CIRQUE THEATRE PROGRESSION
As our company and audience profile has grown, The Dust Palace has progressed toward creating integrated narrative based works. From our early cabaret-style performances, we have been introducing our audiences to a more sophisticated, genre-bending blend of circus and physical theatre - challenging and engaging broader audiences and providing mind-blowing entertainment!
Eve is the creator and company director of The Dust Palace.
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.
2018 - Human
This year saw our largest work to date with Cirque Vole selling 3000 tickets in Palmerston North, and an equally successful season of Human in Auckland.
The Property Council Awards mega-act was highly successful, and our All Women’s Cirque Show was accepted into the Brisbane Wonderland Festival in November.
And we’re selling 40% of the shares in the Dust Palace in order to move to a larger shared space for 2019.
Midnight - Our collaboration with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra - sold out weeks in advance and was met with accolades and the immediate offer for a second collaborative work!
The Goblin Market received incredible responses during it's Canadian tour in September/October and was chosen as one of the top ten shows of 2017 by the Vancouver Westender.
2016 - The Goblin Market
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.
2015 - Ithaca
Top of the Heap was our family-friendly show created in association with Auckland Live.
The year culminated in a large-cast cirque Sci-Fi version of Homer's Odyssey – Ithaca, 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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