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In Perpetuity

Ivey Wawn

Presented in Season 1 2020

World Premiere
Co-commissioned and presented by Arts House and Next Wave

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Update 20 March 2020:

Due to current circumstances, Arts House’s presentation of In Perpetuity has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted directly to arrange a refund.

For further information or enquiries, please contact Arts House on 03 9326 3720.

Read a statement by Arts House’s Artistic Director Emily Sexton here.


We are the living dead. For most of our lives our meaning is stripped down to the profitability of our bodies. Just as a dressage horse is rewarded for its performance, we are rewarded with a wage. How can we strive to be anything more, when the value of our existence is reduced to its labour potential?

Choreographer Ivey Wawn asks us to find magic in the spaces between us. A gathering, an embrace, a song: In Perpetuity diagnoses the dire condition in which we find ourselves today before embarking on a radical plan of action.

Alternately mournful, sensual and violent, In Perpetuity uses dance, music, scent and language to question our relationships to capital, to ourselves and to each other. It is not an escape, but an exploration of where and how we might maintain something like magic in the face of the abstracting forces that will us toward this state of living death.

Choreography: Ivey Wawn in collaboration with the performers
Collaborators / Performers: Ellen Davies, Daniel Jenatsch, Megan Payne, Taree Sansbury, Ivey Wawn
Writers: Lizzie Thomson, Riki Scanlan, Ivey Wawn
Scent: Rohan Willard
Costume: Verity Mackey
Dramaturg: Lizzie Thomson
Lighting: Cliffie Rosenberg

Supported by – the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts and funding and advisory body, Next Wave, Chunky Move, Performance Space, Critical Path, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Lucy Guerin Inc. and the City of Melbourne through Arts House
Image by – Mark Mailler and Ivey Wawn