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16 – 19 Nov

Subliminal Drift is an ambitious new work from award-winning choreographer Laura Boynes, commissioned by STRUT Dance with Tura and the Fremantle Biennale.

Gesturing to the long histories of human movements and mass protest, Subliminal Drift is an experiential and participatory performance set on the water’s edge. The work unfolds in overtures of arrival and departure, negotiation and choice, intimacy, and distance.

Guided by some of WA’s most dynamic performers and transported by a new WA sound score, audiences will be invited to journey on land or by sea towards the setting sun.

Commissioned by STRUT Dance in association with Tura, presented by Fremantle Biennale and supported by The Humich Family.

Director/Choreographer: Laura Boynes
Performers: Sam Fox, Zendra Giraudo, Matthew Morris, Izzy Leclezio, Ebony Cunliffe and Ella-Rose Trew
Composer: Callum O’Reilly

Date and Time

Bathers Beach (near Fleet Street), Fremantle
The audience viewing location can be found here.
Thurs 16, Fri 17, Sat 18 Nov
Sun 19 Nov


$35 + bf

Audio-Described Performance
Sun 19 Nov, 4pm (book here)

  • Laura Boynes

    Laura Boynes is an award-winning independent dance artist based in Boorloo/Perth, working nationally and internationally as a performer, choreographer, educator and movement director. Laura’s practice is centred onpresenting social, cultural and political happenings as they intersect with individual experience. Her practice utilisesthe body as metaphor and as a meeting point for investigating ideas of human resilience, social responsibility,adaptability and ecological change. She uses performance as a tool to inspire critical thought and reflection on thecontemporary world. She has choreographed multiple short and full-length works and co-directed large commissionsfor dance companies such as LINK Dance Company, CO;3 Youth Ensemble, Buzz Dance Theatre (Created with CadiMcCarthy, Winner Australian Dance Award 2014) and the WA Academy of Performing Arts. Her theatre credits includechoreography and movement direction for Black Swan State Theatre Company, Lost and Found Opera, RenegadeProductions, Steam Work Arts, Yirra Yaakin and Variegated Productions. Her solo work Wonder Woman created withAdelina Larsson and Julie-Anne Long (2019) was nominated for four PAWA Awards and won the Australian Dance Award for Independent Dance in 2020. She recently premiered her new work Equations of a Falling Body in the Perth Festival 2023.

  • with Callum O’Reilly

    Callum O’Reilly (b. 1996) is a composer and multi-media artist currently based in Boorloo/Perth. His diverse body of work draws inspiration from Western music traditions, spirituality, nature, technology, and modern music genres like hyperpop and hip-hop, resulting in uniquely modern sonic worlds. He has collaborated with various ensembles, including The Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, and Mix’t Trio.

    Operating under the pseudonym Erka Blasa, Callum independently releases bubbly and visceral synth-pop music, a project he originally co-founded with long-time collaborator Klearhos Murphy. In addition to his musical endeavors, Callum actively explores experimental films and photography, advocating for the fusion of visual art with musical works. He has been recognised with multiple awards, including the Apras Amcos and Willoughby Symphony Young Composer award, and two Royal Overseas League prizes for the best composition.

    Some of Callum’s upcoming projects include a collaborative multi-media performance centred around the kelp life cycle, guided by the research of Perth-based molecular biologist Antoine Minne. This performance is set to be developed and premiered in Fujiyoshida, Japan, this December.

  • & collaborators

    Sam Fox is an artist living in Boorloo upon Whadjuk Nyoongar Country. He works across contemporary performance,literary fiction and various forms of collaborative cultural projects.For a decade, Sam led company Hydra Poesis, creating work for local, national and international platforms. Key Hydra works include: Personal Political Physical Challenge (Malthouse 2012); PROMPTER co-written with Patrick Pittman (Artshouse 2013); and Didactic Tools co-convened with Kynan Tan (Fremantle Arts Centre 2015-16). Hydra Poesis currently exists in a deep cryogenically induced sleep. Additional to artistic roles, Sam’s approach to collaboration encompasses organising and facilitation within community, educational and activist contexts. Recent roles include: co-facilitator of the 2023 Perth Festival Lab and its Critical Club; co-producer of Rachel Arianne Ogle’s And The Earth Will Swallow Them Whole; mentor and collaborator with artist Patrick Carter on his Yedi / Songs project and Kaya Boodja with collaborator Kelton Pell; and artistic director of the Experience Collider project with DADAA and Circus WA (State Theatre Centre 2019). Sam’s Ph.D. project investigates collectivism and cultures of resistance. It takes the form of a novel, THE LINE FOR UTOPIA, and a series of exegetical essays exploring an exquisite corps (as opposed to corpse) and the movement of movements.


    Zendra Giraudo (they/she) is a queer, neurodivergent creative of colour, and emerging movement-based performerand maker, currently situated in Boorloo/Perth. They recently graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and an Honours in Performance Making. Zendra aspires to make felt, imagined worlds in their work throughimprovisational, collaborative, and decolonial practice. In 2022, they performed in Emma Fishwick’s first developmentof “From Here, Together”, and Sam Coren’s “SS Bodach” in SITU-8. Most recently, Zendra performed theirdance/theatre solo, “WHITESNAKE 300” for Summer Nights 2023 in collaboration with Joe Paradise Lui, Eliza Smith, Emma Fishwick, and Andrew Sutherland.


    Matthew Morris is a mature performing artist, home grown in Australia having trained at WAAPA back in the late 80’s and since then he has travelled and worked internationally for over 35 years with companies and directors on both small and large scale projects. His preferred practice is devised theatre or collaborative creation and his body of work has so far included dance, physical theatre, puppetry, film, site specific/immersive experience and digital arts. A bit of choreography, modelling, advertising and voice overs to spice things up. Having recently relocated back to Australia, Matthew continues to connect and engage with dynamic performance communities globally, developing creative relationships in the dance, theatre and film industries.


    Ella-Rose Trew has spent over a decade as a dancer, educator and dance-maker based in Perth, Western Australia. A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and LINK Dance Company, Ella-Rose went on to work with Buzz Dance Theatre, STEPS Youth Dance Company and was a founding member and inaugural Associate Artist of Co3 Australia. Ella-Rose has worked alongside Emma Fishwick, developing and performing in microLandscapes (Next Wave Festival, 2016) Dance, Quiet Riot (2018) and Slow Burn, Together (2021). In 2019 Ella-Rose choreographed The Colour of Distance with students at WAAPA and continues to lecture within the dance department. She has worked extensively across the Perth independent dance sector, with Sue Peacock, Laura Boynes, Isabella Stone, Aimee Smith, Jo Pollitt, Paea Leach, Rachel Arianne Ogle and Rhiannon Newton. Ella-Rose was awarded the Best Female Performer (Dance)2018 at the Performing Arts WA Awards.

  • Izzy Leclezio

    Izzy Leclezio (they/them) is an emerging contemporary dance artist, community dance teacher and writer from Mauritius and Boorloo, currently living and practising on Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar. They began dance training in ballet at the Graduate College of Dance and were a member of Co3 Youth before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2018. In 2020, Izzy was a member of LINK Dance Company. Writing a First Class Honours thesis, Izzy researched how community arts engagement empowers women in regional WA. In 2022, Izzy performed in works by choreographers Natalie Allen (In Crimson) and Thomas Mullane (SITU-8), and co-founded Flying Bicycle Collective, creating a new children’s theatre work (Dreams of a Lonely Planet) that abstractly tells a story through contemporary dance and shadow puppetry. In 2023, they performed in Enneagon Movement’s Ignorance was Bliss. Izzy currently teaches in highschools as part of Co3 Contemporary Dance’s education engagement program, and writes for Dance Australia magazine.


  • Ebony Cunliffe

    Ebony Cunliffe is a contemporary and classically trained dancer based in Perth, Western Australia. In 2022, Ebony graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Currently she is working with LINK Dance Company completing her Bachelor of Performing Arts (Honours). During her training at WAAPA, Ebony has performed works by Laura Boynes, Michael Whaites, Leanne Stojmenov, Kim McCarthy, Andries Weidmann. In 2023, she has performed works by Emma Fishwick, Anouk van Dijk and Raewyn Hill and Laura Boynes.

  • Bathers Beach (near Fleet Street), Fremantle
  • Information

    Event Information:
    This event is located outdoors and exposed to the elements, so prepare according to the weather. We recommend bringing warm clothing and any food & water you might need.
    This event involves a walking component of approximately 500m along a flat footpath.


    This performance is subject to lockouts and latecomers will not be admitted. Please arrive early.


    The nearest accessible toilets can be located at Esplanade Park Public Toilets and Arthur Head Public Toilets. The nearest ACROD parking can be located at Marine Terrace Car Park and Little High Street Parking.


    Food & Drink:
    This event is held in a precinct with several nearby restaurants and hospitality offerings. Bathers Beach House, Cicerellos and Little Creatures are all close by. If you’re up for a small walk, we recommend Vin Populi, Strange Company, Bread in Common and Republic of Fremantle.

  • Getting There

    Round House Car Park
    Marine Terrace Car Park 2
    45 Mews Rd Parking
    Esplanade Car Park


    Public Transport:
    The event location is a 10-minute walk from the Fremantle Train Station, which is the final destination for the Fremantle Train Line, as well as several bus routes.

  • Access

    This event invites audiences to walk with the performers along a flat footpath for approximately 500m before stopping at a viewing location. The viewing locations include the beach area (soft sand), and a limestone footpath which is wheelchair accessible (with some uneven terrain). 

    Accessible portable toilets will be located behind the J Shed. The nearest ACROD parking spaces can be found in South Mole Lighthouse Car Park or Arthur Head Reserve Car Park.

  • Image credit

    Photos: Duncan Wright.