A Phoenix rises from the ashes to awaken the new La Mama and dance in the night sky – a visually stunning, new aerial work by Niow / Melinda Hetzel & Co.  

A site-specific, aerial work celebrating rebirth, Phoenix creates an unexpected moment of the sublime within the urban landscape. The stunning visuals created in this performance, evoke a transformative feeling of connectedness, wonder and joy. 

Choreographed for the architecture of La Mama’s buildings, new and old, Phoenix seeks to honour the history of the site and the land on which the piece is performed. Rising from the ashes, the phoenix reflects our shared loss, our resilience, and our hope for the future. 

Phoenix has been created especially for the reopening of La Mama by Niow and Melinda Hetzel & Co. 

LOCATION: Courtyard, Rehearsal Hub and Box Office

Performer / Designer – Niow 

Director – Melinda Hetzel 

Composer / Musician – Steph O’Hara 

Senior Rigger – Tiny Good (Showtech Australia)

Rigger – Margot Storm (Showtech Australia)

Crane Operator – Brad Kinnane (Associated Mobile Cranes)

Dogman – Lloyd Woolman (Associated Mobile Cranes)

Stage Manager – Rose Pidd

Risk consultant – Emily O’Brien 

Videographer – Jeff Wortman

Content warning: Contains smoke effects. 

Specific accessibility information for this event:

Visual Rating: 75%
The event is fully subtitled or has minimal dialogue, some background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have close to the full experience of the event.

Aural Rating: 50%
Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.

Please note the above ticket link will give you access to the whole evening of events from 5 pm – 11 pm.