The Dust Palace 2019

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10 year anniversary season

Ten years ago, our first two shows were part of the 2009 Auckland Fringe.

“The Moon’s Insane and other stories…” was a half-improvised investigation of story telling, myths and the legends that have brought our culture to be. 

“Burlesque As You Like It – Not a Family Show” was a satirical look at the revival of burlesque as a form of entertainment.

At the time Eve could do some basic circus… and the rest of us were just mates (like Geof Gilson) that were happy to appear nude. We sold out two consecutive seasons at the Basement Theatre.

What we learned: Work with friends, circus makes for cool theatre and If you want to sell tickets, take your clothes off…

10 years later, I look at our season and I’m proud to say… 


“… fearless in both physicality and content…”

Jacob Tamaiparea, Theatreview

Feburary 22

Splore Festival

Tapapakanga Regional Park


The devil dances alone. Wringing what life there is out of his twisted heart he calls his broken angel to play. 


Breathtakingly beautiful. Heart-stoppingly romantic. Stirringly erotic

Jo Ledingham

Tauranga – Baycourt Theatre

March 14-16


Wellington – Hannah Playhouse

March 27-30


Auckland – Herald Theatre

April 3-13


A contemporary circus retelling of Christina Rossetti’s poem “The Goblin Market” tells the story of two sisters, their temptation, sacrifice and eventual salvation.


“…consummate artistry…”
Raewyn Whyte, NZ Herald

“A performance you need to see.”
Alex Blackwood, Noted

Southland Events Centre Festival of Southland Invercargill 3 May

We are broken, wild, brilliant, Human.

Cirque cabaret that kisses the human condition, whips away your inhibitions and runs with them barefoot through the rain. Proposing stunning circus and candid cabaret, Human is a visceral trip through the nuances of the human experience. A celebration of our strength, weirdness, mortality and masks. It erases expectations and accepts each person for who they are.

An eclectic cast of the sassy, the sultry and the severe, takes you through a night of pain and champagne. Remembering that diamonds came from the dirt so why don’t we play there and laugh while we’re at it.

Dust Palace Company
Feat. Shane Cortese, Flavio Villani
& Kevin ‘CARAWEI’ Gao
Direction Mike Edward


The APO & the Dust Palace
presented by BAYLEYS

ASB Theatre
Aotea Centre
11 – 12 October


DAWN sequels the 2017 APO &
Dust Palace collaboration Midnight


Midnight as a show is exquisite in its skill, grace and daring. A true “ballet in the sky” I heard someone say.. No comparisons with other music/circus shows are needed…

James Wenley. Theatre Scenes

Conductor David Kay
Direction Mike Edward
Dust Palace Company

In an enchanted realm, a young warrior searches for her father before the darkness consumes him.
Fighting back the shadows, she is pushed to the limits of her bravery, and in the darkest hour, we all fear the morning might not arrive…

While our hero searches in the darkness, encountering magical creatures and a dazzling display of cirque artistry the orchestra sets the scene. From the subtle drama of Handel’s beautiful Sarabande, to Respighi’s quirky portrait of ‘The Nightingale’ and meeting the new day with the most famous sunrise ever set to music, Grieg’s shimmering ‘Morning Mood’ from Peer Gynt.

Dripping with autonomy, The WonderWombs is an all-female circus party that is renovating circus and winking at your surprise. Eating binaries for breakfast and unfastening the buckles at gender’s waistline, these performers don’t need to hit the glass ceiling; they can lift it!

The Dust Palace brings its signature hustle of risk, splendour, story, comedy and desire to this extraordinary performance experience.

Dazzling talent with true, and utterly genuine meaning… The WonderWombs is a slippery and devilish performance./em>”

Auran Abraham, The Creative Issue


Kokomai Creative Festival
23 October*

Theatre Royal
Nelson Arts Festival
25 – 26 October*

Q Theatre
17 – 21 December*


[The Wonderwombs] is a sparkling, juicy, feminist manifesto that laughs and mocks and brawls and riots all the way to the finish line.” /em>”

Nadia Jade. Nothing Ever Happened in Brisbane

Direction Jess Holey Bates and Eve Gordon

Jess Holey Bates, Hannah Tasker-Poland, Rochelle Mangan, Eve Gordon, Ariel Cronin, Beth St John,
Jaine Mieka


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