Workshop with Kenneth Spiteri

Dramaturgy in the Creation of Physical/Image Theatre and New Dance Work

Canberra Theatre Courtyard Studio
Sunday 2 September 2018, 10am – 4pm (including one hour break)
$95 per person

A Mirramu Creative Arts Centre workshop presented by Ken Spiteri

To register please email  A confirmation email will be sent to you with details of how to pay.

Led by actor, theatre maker and dance dramaturgy Kenneth Spiteri, this workshop is for choreographers, dancers, actors and theatre makers who are interested in exploring different facets of ‘dramaturgy’ in the creation of new physical theatre and dance work.

The work will move between improvisation and discussion around the possibilities for creating meaning and ways in which a dramaturg can help facilitate the process of clarification in the creation of new works.

This work is particularly appropriate for theatre makers interested in developing their own work and who may have material that they would like to explore in a critical yet safe environment.

Spiteri says: Biographies create psychologies and the capacity to understand behaviour. Contemporary dramaturgy is founded in this understanding of storytelling. Theatre did not always function this way. It has shamanic roots, and a history of hosting the Gods. In our current performance cultures, biography is dominant and the Gods are silent. This work seeks to challenge this convention by moving the function of performance from one of biography and narrative to one of vehicle and archetype. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a piece of text, song and/or choreographic phrase to explore as material in improvisations.

About Kenneth Spiteri

Kenneth has been working as an actor, dance dramaturg and theatre maker for 25 years.   Born in Australia, grew up in Canberra, studied theatre with institutions in Paris (Pantheatre and L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq) and in Germany (WIW Academy).

He has lived in Berlin for the most part of the past 10 years where he has worked with legendary theatre director Peter Zadek and the internationally acclaimed company Familie Flöz.  Most recently he has been in Malta working with the national theatre company Teatru Malta as a dramaturg/movement director as well as for Teatru Manoel as an actor in the lead role of the mainstage production of The Crucible.


out of silence – Marcel Marceau by Jan Dalman

out-of-silence-ISBN-978-0-6482570-0-4-Cover-LAn invitation from Andreas Dalman and Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM
to the launch of out of silence – Marcel Marceau by Jan Dalman
Published by Dalman Productions
Book Launch and conversation

Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery
Saturday 18 August
2pm to 3.30pm

followed by sales and signings in The Curatoreum Bookshop

Special guest presenter Shane Breynard, Director, Canberra Museum and Gallery.

In the final years of his life, Jan Dalman carefully selected what he felt were the most potent, evocative and expressive photographs he’d taken of Marceau from the wings during performances in Adelaide and Melbourne. His great wish was to have a book published to honour Marcel, who had passed away before him in 2007. out of silence – Marcel Marceau by Jan Dalman is the realisation of this dream.

For more information please visit

Book launch

tempestsOn 21 April Mirramu was host to the launch of Barbie Robinson’s poetry book: That looks on tempests – thoughts on the nature of love (published 2018, For Pity Sake Publishing Sydney).

A happy crowd assembled for drinks and chat in the grounds with wonderful catering by Bernadette Johnson.

The launch contained a number of performance elements including three beautiful dances by Mandy Tutalo and a rendition of one of Barbie’s poems by composer/musician Gabriela Cabral. It was a delightful event drawing on the magic of place and enabled by a team of wonderful helpers.

The book is available in Canberra at Harry Hartog’s Booksellers, Woden and online at

Dancecology visits Mirramu

taiwan-april-2018.jpgAfter Easter we were very happy to welcome back to Mirramu members of Dancecology from Taiwan to undertake ongoing work for the Contours dance film project begun in 2016.

Mirramu Dance Company’s part of this project was supported by ACT Government funding and Dancecology was supported by arts funding from Taipei.


Wellington Festival

Wellington Festival, New Zealand, 14 – 17 March

By contrast with Ireland, Wellington turned on uncharacteristically balmy weather, and festival audiences very much enjoyed the four performances and a meet-the-artists forum in the beautiful old St James Theatre.

After Wellington, the Teac Damsa company moved on with performances in Luxemburg, Seoul and soon in Cologne, Germany and Longford in Ireland. Elizabeth is taking a short break from touring to work on home based projects at Mirramu.

Irish tour of Loch na hEala


Touring with Teac Damsa’s Loch na hEala continued with six weeks in Dublin and regional Ireland. Yet another accolade came in the form of best contemporary dance choreographer (British Dance Awards 2018). Audiences responses continued to be very positive with standing ovations everywhere.

The weather was less kind with freezing conditions and snow as the Beast from the East met a storm front from the south west causing cancellations of two performances in Mullingar and confining the cast to barracks for two days.

The famous Abbey Theatre that is steeped in history and full of theatrical spirits, was a place of deep inspiration for our two-week season there.

Adelaide Walk of Fame

In January 43 degree heat in Adelaide Elizabeth was inducted into the Adelaide Festival Centre Walk of Fame. There was an excellent morning ceremony attended by many of those represented in the Walk and an evening Gala concert with a great variety of entertainment. Great job Adelaide Festival Centre.

2018 new year greetings

Sadlers Wells photoNew year greetings  and heartfelt thanks for your continuing interest in our work.

Drawing breath and catching you up on our news – we know many of our Mirramu community have kept up with us but here is a little bit of light reading to bring you up to speed with our main comings and goings from late 2015 to the present.

2017 – a whirlwind of activity

2017 was a busy year at Mirramu and elsewhere.

Perth WA -February, working on the second stage of Dust on the Shortbread.

Mirramu Creative Arts Centre Bungendore NSW– March, working with Sue Healey from Sydney and Dancecology from Taiwan on Lineage/Contours, a dance film project supported by artsACT. Also performing and presenting at Liz Lea’s BOLD festival, March, in a variety of Canberra venues including Belconnen Arts Centre, National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery of Australia as well as QL2 at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres (Gorman House).

Contours filming session, March 2017

Contours filming session on Weereewa. Photograph: Barbie Robinson

 Loch na hEala in 2017 continued its success and a demanding world touring schedule

  • Brighton Festival, UK, May
  • Clomel, Ireland, July
  • Stuttgart, Germany, July – Colours Festival
  • Sydney Opera House, NSW Australia, September
  • Moscow, Russia, November – Theatre of the Nations
  • Sadlers Wells, December, London return performance
Stuttgart performance July 2017

Stuttgart performance. Photo courtesy Michael Keegan-Dolan

At Mirramu Creative Arts Centre – in association with Force Majeur and Griffith Regional Gallery/Theatre – a five-day dance workshop for young Aboriginal women from Griffith.

Adelaide, South Australia, September – the launch of the Australian Dance Theatre book, FIFTY and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Dance Excentrix/Arts Excentrix. Book launch photographs: Barbie Robinson


Critical Path Residencies – supported by funding from Regional Arts NSW, in partnership with Critical Path Sydney, Mirramu welcomed choreographer/dancers Katina Olsen in September and I Chin Lin (Taiwan) and Lisa Maris McDonell (NSW) in November.


Taiwan – Elizabeth was joined by Mirramu Dance Company co-founder, Vivienne Rogis, for the Tsai Jui Yueh Festival in Taipei in November. They performed a duet entitled Spiral Passage.

Tsai Jui Yueh Festival 2017

Photo supplied by Elizabeth Cameron Dalman


2016 – new directions and exciting projects

2016 was a year of transition and progression for Elizabeth and  Mirramu with many and varied opportunities to share with other artists. 

In Perth WA – working with Serena Chalker and Quindell Orton from Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre in Perth on their new project – Dust on the Short Bread. Elizabeth worked with actor George Shevtsov on this production. This is a site-alternative performance set in a house in North Perth. exploring the lives of an older couple; the tension between maintaining independence and vitality and the effects of dementia in the ageing process. This work explores a generational connection to the comforts of home.

In Sydney –  working with Sue Healey on her film En Route. This was a great experience traveling to Sydney for a shoot on the railway lines at Carriage Works and then up to Cooma for filming on some very old regional railway stations. The film is now complete and recently was showing on a new panorama screen at the Wynyard train Station in Sydney. Congratulations to Sue for her great work, her camera-man, Judd Overton, and the rest of the team. Photos supplied by Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman.

Auckland, New Zealand – attending the un-Disciplining Dance Symposium in Auckland, New Zealand. Elizabeth presented a paper entitled Embodiment of the Land.

In Ireland  – and the beginning of an amazing new adventure. Elizabeth was accepted into Michael Keegan Dolan’s dance theatre company, Teac Damsa, to perform in his new version of Swan Lake – Loch na hEala. It was an exciting adventure to travel to Ireland and to work with Michael and his team of performers, musicians, designers, technicians and management. They are a wonderful group of people coming from many different parts of the globe – Ireland, England, France, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, Korea, Belgium and Australia.  After 6 – 8 weeks of preparation the troupe moved to Tallaght near Dublin for two performances.

Aarhuis.theatreFrom there the tour went to:

  • Dublin proper for nine performances as a part of the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival
  • Aarhus in Denmark for two performances in a gorgeous old style theatre (pictured).
  • Sadlers Wells Theatre in London. This for Elizabeth was the highlight in a wonderful theatre where nearly 800 people came each night.

The production received excellent reviews everywhere. It was listed by Judith Mackrell from the Guardian in London as one of the 10 best productions in Great Britain for 2016. Loch na hEala/Swan Lake was awarded  best production and best costume design for 2016 in  the Irish Times Theatre Awards.

Cadenet, France  –  attending a special Mobius Kiryuho workshop in Cadenet, France. This was a celebration of the work of Master Kajo Tsuboi in France during the past 30 years.

Finishing 2015 – a year of celebration

Already lots has been said about 2015 – it was a year of celebration with the 50th anniversary of Australian Dance Theatre and Mirramu’s suite of performances and events in Canberra and Adelaide. Fortuity and L showcased Elizabeth’s signature works and saw collaborations with Dancecology from Taiwan and Australian Dance Theatre.

We were fortunate to be supported by Arts NSW and artsACT for our local projects and went all out with personal; funding for the very important Adelaide season at the Festival Theatre Centre. Photographs: Barbie Robinson

TAIWAN  –  TNUA and Tsai Jui Yueh Festival

Elizabeth worked as guest lecturer at the Taipei National University of the Arts for four months from September 2015.

She also participated again in the Tsai Jui Yueh International Dance Festival mounting three sections of Tango Lament from Mirramu Dance Company’s repertoire.  Vivienne Rogis and Hans Ahwang-Ware joined Elizabeth for the festival and together they danced a new version of Tree Spirit. Hans also performed a Torres Strait Island dance.

Elizabeth joined Dancecology for several events and was one of the teachers for their three-day Dance in the Environment workshop. Grace and Elizabeth spoke to members of the Taipei Wilderness Society about their intention through site-specific and nature inspired works to bring people’s awareness to environmental issues.