I thrust my hand into the dark earth…

and curl my fingers into a loose fist… The rays of sun above me filter through the coverage of a heritage magnolia tree… I’ve spent hours, if not days, clearing the wilting red petals…

My neighbour attempted to convince me to cut the magnolia down to save all the extra work. I wasn’t about to cut down a fifty-year-old tree for the inconvenience of sweeping flowers.

It’s not about the food, it’s not about the politics, it’s not about the greater good; it’s about recovering a piece of irrationality, living beyond the efficiency at the core of our civilisation’s malaise.


Two short dance works

on connection, plants and modernity.

beautiful, visceral and electrifying

The Age for ‘The Oak’s Bride’, 2010

veers from playful to grotesque

The Age for ‘The Oak’s Bride’, 2010

Director: Ellen Rijs

Designer: Ione Rijs

Dancers: ImageLab Ensemble

Creative Support: Jeremy Neideck

Production Support: David Cuthbertson

Image by ImageLab



Dec 4 – 6



 Mon 6.30 | Tue 8.30 | Wed 6.30

Approx. 40 min


La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton


Tickets Info/

All tickets $15

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142