The Dust Palace is New Zealand’s leading circus theatre company.
Established by Eve Gordon and Mike Edward in 2009, we aim to:
Create tour-able circus theatre – taking our stories to the world.
Foster development of circus and physical performers and performances in Auckland and Aotearoa New Zealand.
Our values are: QUALITY, AUDACITY and HUMANITY.
We connect COMMUNITIES, share skills, challenge, engage and delight audiences through narrative works in genre bending blends of CIRCUS and physical THEATRE.
No other professional company in NZ operates in this innovative, form-forward space.
Cirque Vole was our largest work to day - selling 3000 tickets in Palmerston North. Human had a similarly successful season in Auckland. The Property Council Awards mega-act was highly successful, and our All Women’s Cirque Show was accepted...read more
Midnight - Our collaboration with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra - sold out weeks in advance and was met with accolades and the immediate offer for a second collaborative work! The Goblin Market received incredible responses...read more
Took us to Montreal for the CINARS biennale with our new work The Goblin Market – inspired by the eponymous Christina Rosetti poem.The Dust Palace was the first NZ circus company ever to present at OFF–CINARS. This visit resulted in a Canadian tour booked...read more
Top of the Heap was our family-friendly show created in association with Auckland Live. The year culminated in a large-cast cirque Sci-Fi version of Homer's Odyssey – Ithaca, played at Q.read more
Saw the development of Orpheus, in association with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and With a Stranger toured the South Island.read more
Three new shows were devised and produced. With a Stranger played at TAPAC; Same Same but Different was the first full scale circus show to play at Tempo Dance Festival and Knock Knock played to sold-out houses at The Herald Theatre. Love and Money also brought...read more
This was a year of touring festivals. In February we developed surrealist circus cabaret Cirque Non Sequitur for SPLORE festival. Erupt Lake Taupo festival presented Venus is... in May. The Right Royal Cabaret Festival in Taranaki brought down Cirque Non...read more
We were given the honour of opening Q Theatre's Loft space. We developed Venus is... for this.read more
Saw an independent tour of the eleven strong Burlesque as You Like It, culminating in a season with the International Comedy Festival and development of Love and Money.read more
We co-produced The Sexy Recession Cabaret, with Jennifer Ward- Lealand, Michael Hurst, and Tama Waipara. We also produced two sold out seasons of Burlesque as You Like It – Not a Family Show and physical theatre piece The Moon's Insane and other...read more
The creator and co-director of The Dust Palace, Eve graduated from UNITEC’s School of Performing and Screen Arts with a Bachelor of Acting in 2002.
Eve has been working for the past 15 years as an actor, circus performer, producer, and director.
After being introduced to physical theatre by Beth Kayes, aerial theatre has become Eve’s vocation and main drive in life.
Mike graduated from UNITEC’s Performing Arts School in 2001.
His stage highlights include “A Midsummer Nights Dream” and “Merchant of Venice” at the Pop up Globe, “The Country Wife” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Court Theatre, “Chicago” and “Cabaret” with ATC and “Macbeth” with Silo Theatre.
Television highlights include “Spartacus”, “Ash vs Evil Dead”, “Roman Empire”, “Shortland St”, “Filthy Rich” and “Power Rangers”.
Co-owner and part-time performer, Mike manages the school and writes and directs the majority of their works.
Throughout his career, Mike has always performed his own stunts. With a black belt in Shaolin Kempo, he can teach falls, flips and sword work. He was fight captain and stunt co-ordinator for the recent Auckland Season of Pop up Globe.