Fertile Ground is a site-responsive, contemporary dance work which interrogates the multiplicities of ‘paradise’ through the research and deconstruction of architecture, literature, religion and philosophy. Through looking at current environmental and humanitarian crises, Fertile Ground seeks to create space to face the reality we currently inhabit, and to reimagine potential futures we could occupy.  

Flipping Dante’s Divine Comedy on it’s head and transporting the audience to a place of shifting landscapes, we arrive in a moment of limbo where audience and performers navigate their way through a micro cityscape of cement bricks, reimagining and re-crafting their reality in a call for collective action. This limbo, this state of purgatory, is a series of images, scenes and tasks that unpack themes of human impact, our compulsive need to leave a footprint on nature and our persistence to conquer, outlive and survive in the face of crisis.


September / December 2019

Four Walls Residency Ausdance QLD in collaboration with Australian Dance Collective (Brisbane)

June 2020

A.R.T Dancenorth (Townsville)

November / December 2020

Creative Development Metro Arts (Brisbane)

June 2021

Moving Forward Residency Lucy Guerin Inc (Melbourne)


Choreography and Performance: Michael Smith and Ashleigh Musk

Sound Composition and Design: Anna Whitaker
Dramaturge: Liesel Zink
Creative Collaborator - Access and Inclusion Consultant: Daniele Constance


Photography and Videography: Ivan Trigo Miras, Jade Ellis Photography, Zaimon Vilmanis and Amber Haines