Kage Physical Theatre

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Kage Physical Theatre is an Australian physical theatre/contemporary dance company founded in 1996 by Kate Denborough and Gerard van Dyck.[1] They perform at the intersection of dance, circus and theatre.[2] The name "Kage" is an abbreviation for "Kate+Gerard".

KAGE is a not-for-profit organisation which receives support from both the public and private sectors, including the Australia Council and Arts Victoria. In 2001 Denborough and Van Dyck completed a three-month residency at the Australia Council Studio at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.[1]

Festival performances and awards[edit]

They have performed at a number of festivals including the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne: performing Contamination in (1998) and No (Under)Standing Anytime in 2000; and at the 2000 Asia Pacific Next Wave Festival in Japan performing This Side Up[1] and the 2008 ASSITEJ Adelaide 16th World Congress and Performing Arts Festival for Young People performing Headlock.[3]

Nowhere Man developed for Kage earned Denborough the Australian Dance Award for outstanding achievement in independent dance.[4]

Headlock, (2006) won five Green Room Awards and the Australian Dance Award for best male performer for Byron Perry.

KAGE was delighted to be the inaugural Company in Residence at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2009 and in 2010 KAGE became a resident company at the Abbotsford Convent and welcomed Simone Collins to the team as General Manager. They are currently developing three new works, Forklift, Flesh and Bone and Team of Life and will tour Sundowner nationally in 2013.

KAGE and Alzheimer's Australia Vic were awarded recognition for Good Partnering Practice in the 2011 Arts & Health Foundation Award category at the 2011 ABAF Awards for their partnership developed during the creation of Sundowner.


  • Kage, (1997)
  • Contamination, (1998)
  • Asphyxiate, (1998)
  • No (Under)Standing Anytime, (2000) (funded through Australia Council Emerging Choreographers Initiative and the Australian Choreographic Centre)
  • This Side Up, (2000) commissioned by Chunky Move
  • 2 Without Spine, (2000), choreographed: Lucy Guerin with assistance from the Australia Council
  • The Collapsible Man, (2001)
  • Misfit, (2001)
  • Birthday, (2002), directed by John Bolton.
  • Underground, (2002)
  • Nowhere Man, (2003)
  • The day the world turned upside down, (2004)[6]
  • Headlock, (2006)[3][7]
  • Ink, (2006)
  • Appetite, (2008)[2]
  • Pink Lines, (2008)
  • Look Right Through Me, (2011)
  • Sundowner, (2011)
  • Sundowner touring in 2013


  1. ^ a b c d National Library of Australia (2008-09-17). "Australia Dancing — Kage Physical Theatre (1996 - )" (text). Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  2. ^ a b Australian Council for the Arts (2008-02-28). "9th Australian Performing Arts Market: Appetite KAGE". Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  3. ^ a b McDonald, Patrick (2008-04-21). "Headlock". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  4. ^ National Library of Australia (2008-09-17). "Australia Dancing — Denborough, Kate (1974 - )" (text). Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  5. ^ "works by Kage Physical Theatre". Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  6. ^ Crampton, Hilary (2004-04-06). "Kage Physical Theatre". The Age. ISSN 0312-6307. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  7. ^ McDonald, Patrick (2008-05-08). "Headlock". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 

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