PLACE MAKERS WA (delivered)


STRUT Dance and Fremantle Biennale embark on a new partnership in 2021, celebrating dance, movement and the bilya (river). Through STRUT’s PLACE MAKERS WA program, two artists have been invited to create new works for the Fremantle Biennale, embracing contemporary dance, place and changing landscapes.

PLACE MAKERS WA offers an innovative development and presentation pathway for WA independent dance and physical theatre artists into CROSSING 21, with a key focus on place making activations, site-specificity and creating work for environments, non-theatrical venues and in nature.

Brooke Leeder is a PLACE MAKERS WA recipient and will premiere her new work A Blessed Curse as part of the Fremantle Biennale - CROSSING 21.

Brooke Leeder and Dancers, Maitland Schnaars, and Azariah Felton unite, in collaboration with Ian Wilkes and Humphrey Bower to tell the story of WA Chief Engineer, C Y O'Connor's work on the Goldfields Pipeline that carries water 330km from Perth to Kalgoorlie; a project that ended with O'Connor taking his own life due to an indigenous curse placed upon him. A curse that drove him mad, and ultimately to his death.

Performances: Nov 11, 12, 13

Click here to go to the Fremantle Biennale website for further info and ticket purchases for A Blessed Curse.


May Greenberg and Zee Zunnur are PLACE MAKERS WA recipients and will present their new work Uncountable as part of the Fremantle Biennale - CROSSING 21.

Choreographers and dancers May Greenberg and Zee Zunnur unite with composer Felicity Groom, and dramaturg Geordie Crawley for their new work Uncountable, which explores the excesses and weight of consumerism through movement. Visitors are invited to journey with the dancers and asked to share in their burdens, in a dynamic new work which questions wealth, stability and remembers the weightlessness of water.

Performances: Nov 18, 19, 20

This is a free event.
Click here to go to the Fremantle Biennale website for further info for Uncountable.



THE FREMANTLE BIENNALE is a biennial festival of site-responsive contemporary art.

Fremantle Biennale’s largely free program presents artworks from Australia and the world, in a festival that reveals and celebrates the cultural, social and historical distinctiveness of the Fremantle (Walyalup) region.

Held every two years in the Nyoongar season of Kambarang (November), the Fremantle Biennale takes place on the unceded lands and waters of the Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation. We acknowledge the Whadjuk people as the traditional owners of the greater Fremantle (Walyalup) area. We acknowledge elders past, present and emerging, and respect the living culture and heritage of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In the words of Fremantle Biennale’s Artistic Director Tom Muller, CROSSING 21 invites audiences to navigate through a series of floating islands, speculative worlds and sovereign microcosms. In a time of health, social, economic and environmental crises CROSSING 21 looks to art as survival, to artists as visionary leaders, and the sites of wider Fremantle as spaces of shared ritual, sanctuary, arrival and imaginable futures”.

The sites for CROSSING 21 will trace the shores of the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) from Walyalup (Fremantle) to Dyoondalup (Point Walter) and through to the Derbarl Nara (Coogee Beach), with a focus of activity between the two iconic Fremantle bridges. This is a place of alchemy where histories intersect and collide, where the bilya (river) meets the wardan (sea) in a place of confluence.