Image: Gregory Lorenzutti


Temperance Hall

We pose the unfamiliar question; who are our next generation of disability artists? And where to do their opportunities lie?


The SICK project is a cross-generational dance and performance that critiques acceptance and challenges expectations of artists with disability. SICK is a collaboration between award winning performer Ryan New, who is a company member of Rawcus and Australia’s foremost provocateur of choreography Phillip Adams. SICK speaks about the beauty and awkwardness of two completely unfamiliar and disparate bodies (Ryan 31 and Phillip 54) moving epically and graciously failing, together.

The artists associations with the word sick inspires and informs the development process, to which they carefully apply humour and dysfunction.

SICK starts with the artists seated at 70s Hammond organs, the retro pop tones and harmonics propel their bodies into a Wurlitzer choreography of spinning buckets and impressions of film director Orson Welles.


RYAN NEW (DANCER/COLLABORATOR) started theatre in 1994 in a dance theatre company “Isolation” and improved his career of the arts in 2000 for a primary school project called cineralla rock as a dancer. He then began doing certificate 1 in live theatre and events aka “Ignition Theatre” staring as Blackie in Double Trouble and the beast in Love Lost sailing in 2006. His work includes: techie/crowd control for Club Wild, ASM for Ignition (2007-2012), Weave (2007-now) a self production What’s the time Mr Wolf and currently a company member of both Rollercoaster theatre group and Rawcus.

PHILLIP ADAMS (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/ CHOREOGRAPHER) is the founder and Artistic Director of BalletLab and venue Temperance Hall in South Melbourne. Phillip Adams’ career in dance and performance spans over 25 years as a vital contributor to the richness of Australian performing arts, drawing on collaboration through hybrid mediums of music, design, fashion, architecture, cinema, visual arts and photography engaging with the unorthodox, queer and popular culture. Phillip’s process defines a model and a psychologically generative, collaborative environment that continually extends the parameters of dance and visual art-based practise to produce bold artistic choreography and artworks.