the smiling ceremonial quality of the rebellion is so disarming and so cleverly worked in with our own understandings of theatre etiquette that the audience victims are left laughing rather than humiliated.

– Carl Nilsson-Polias, RealTime

Sweat is a darkly humorous performance which takes its audience into the world of those who do the dirty work.

Combining popular movement forms to create a unique audience experience, dance, parkour, Bboying, acrobatics, martial arts and football merge in a choreographic score that shifts through and around the audience. Performing live, Japanese “Noisician” Hirofumi Uchino drives the action with a taut and dynamic electronic noise-scape.

Sweat explores the power dynamics between those who serve and those who are served. It focuses on workers within the service industry and the intimate role they play in our lives whilst remaining totally anonymous, raising questions of power, class and race within our contemporary society.

Branch nebula’s sweat wittily and forcefully disorients our sense of what it means to be an audience.

-Keith Gallasch, RealTime

Marnie Palomares
Ali Kadhim
Erwin Fenis
Ahilan Ratnamohan
Claudia Escobar

Lee Wilson

Mirabelle Wouters

composer/live sound
Hirofumi Uchino

John Baylis


Tour Dates

Bay 20 at Carriageworks, Performance Space
19- 30 October 2010

Dance Massive festival, Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall
18- 19 March 2011

In Transit festival, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin
15- 17 July 2011

Sweat was developed through the Translab Cross Cultural Residency Program supported by Performance Space, Create NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts.