Wed 8th Feb – Sun 12th Feb

Welcome to Perth Moves, a free dance space for everyone. Experience some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s finest dance artists performing 10 Duets on a Theme of Rescue. This stunning series of intimate duets created by legendary choreographer Crystal Pite can be seen twice a night (for free!). Or take to the dance floor yourself in contemporary dance classes, late-night salsa or even a dance battle. There is sure to be something for all levels and interests. Let your body, mind and soul be moved at Perth Moves.

Perth Festival program
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Crystal Pite's 10 Duets on a Theme of Rescue

Crystal Pite’s seminal work is an astonishingly beautiful meditation on the human condition.
“…Pite offers a lens to her audiences through which to see themselves and their everyday stories. [Ten Duets] explores states of mind and being that humans experience, as both the rescued and the rescuer. These are human stories. This is part of the human condition…
Jermaine Spivey – Assistant to Crystal Pite

STRUT presents this poignant and breath-taking work with an exceptional cast of some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s finest independent dance artists.

Choreography: Crystal Pite | Repetiteur: Cindy Welik-Salgado | Lighting Design: Jim French | Lighting realised by: Peter Young | Costume design: Linda Chow | Costumes made by: Nicole Marrington | Composer: Cliff Martinez, Solaris Soundtrack | Performed by: Georgia Van Gils, Holly Finch, Hope Keogh, Jayden Wall, Luther Wilson, Mitch Aldridge, Oli Mathieson, Rhiana Katz, Scott Galbraith, Zachary Wilson | Image: Chris Randle


Perth Moves is presented by STRUT Dance as part of Perth Festival and has been assisted by the State of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; the City of Perth; the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts and funding advisory body; Creative Partnerships Australia; and STRUT Dance’s Donor Circle.


Morning Meditation

Start the day with a moment of contemplation led by movement and sound artists. 

Mature Moves

A creative, low-impact dance class for mature movers, led by our friends Momentum Dance. 

Contemporary dance classes

These classes are a taster to contemporary dance expanding physical ability and freedom of movement. If you like it, sign up to STRUT’s weekly classes here:


Led by local legend Mubanga, this class focuses on Afrohouse expressions and vocabulary style from Angola.

Breakin’ Basics

Learn the History of Hiphop culture and basic movements of the dance style Breakin’ with Pepito aka Carlos Estigarribia. Have fun while learning new skills and exploring music, rhythm and movement. 

Intro to Latin Social Dance

Direct from New York, visiting artist Cindy Welik-Salgado will lead you through some sensuous hips and exciting footwork. No partner necessary and no previous dance experience required. 

House Dance

“10 Duets on a Theme of Rescue” cast member Jayden Wall will teach groove and vocabulary, offering insight into house culture.

All Styles Dance Battle 

Experience the excitement of dancers sharing their moves in an all styles dance battle or sign up to strut your stuff for the crowd. Hosted by Geordie Crawley and judged by local dance greats Mubanga, Bobby Russell and Edward Maradona.


Utilise your weekend to stretch out your mind, body and soul and follow it with a deserving brunch nearby.

Artist Talk

Hear local and visiting Perth Festival dance artists talk all things dance. 

10 Duets Warm-up on Stage

Witness the cast of 10 Duets on a Theme of Rescue in their daily ritual of warming up for performance. 


A moment for festival artists and audiences to mingle, connect, and boogie under the stars with a bar to keep things cool through the night. 


To register, click the sessions that you want to attend.

No booking required for “10 Duets on a Theme of Rescue”.

Dance sessions and venue subject to capacity.


08:00 – 08:30 Morning Meditation | Joshua Pether

09:00 – 10:30 Mature Moves with Momentum | Storm Helmore

16:30 – 17:30 Afro-Fusion | Mubanga

18:30 – 18:45 10 Duets on a Theme of Rescue | Crystal Pite

20:30 – 21:30 DJ Rok Riley

21:30 – 22:30 House Dance | Jayden Wall

22:30 – 23:30 DJ Peter McAvan


08:00 – 08:30 Morning Meditation | Tao Issaro & Isha Sharvani

09:00 – 10:30 Mature Moves with Momentum | Liz Cornish (seated class)

16:30 – 17:30 Contemporary | Cindy Welik-Salgado

18:30 – 18:45 & 20:45 – 21:00 10 Duets on a Theme of Rescue | Crystal Pite

21:30 – 22:30 Intro to Latin Social Dance | Cindy Welik-Salgado

22:30 – 00:00 Social Dance Party – Salsa, Bachata, Merengue | DJ Meg Scheffers

FRIDAY 10th Feb

08:00 – 08:30 Morning Meditation | Molly Tipping

09:00 – 10:30 Mature Moves with Momentum | Daryl Brandwood

15:00 – 16:00 Artist Talk – Studio Underground Bar TBC

16:30 – 17:30 Breakin’ Basics | Pepito

18:30 – 18:45 & 20:45 – 21:00 10 Duets on a Theme of Rescue | Crystal Pite

21:30 – 23:00 All Styles Dance Battle | Hosted by Geordie Crawley

23:00 – 00:00 DJ Lucky Pete


08:00 – 09:00 Yin Yoga | Shona Erskine

09:15 – 10:30 Contemporary | Robert Alejandro Tinning

17:00 18:30 Soul Alphabet DJ’s

18:30 – 18:45 & 20:45 – 21:00 10 Duets on a Theme of Rescue | Crystal Pite

20:00 – 01:00  Soul Alphabet DJ’s

SUNDAY 12th Feb

09:15 – 10:15 Yoga | Aimee Sadler

16:30 – 17:30 10 Duets Warm-up on Stage | Cindy Welik-Salgado

19:15 – 19:30 10 Duets on a Theme of Rescue | Crystal Pite

19:30 – 21:00 DJ Alex Coles

Perth Moves

Photography: Tristan McKenzie

Digital design: Timothy Green

Dancers featured in photography: Daisy Sanders, Mani Mae Gomes, Shuling Wong, Tyrone Earl Lraé Robinson

Production Manager: Tracey Shaw

Stage Manager: George Ashwell

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