Australian breakdancing champion, Demi Sorono, shines on stage in A Touch of Grace: Shadow Warrior. Demi takes audiences on an incredible journey from her childhood in a hut in the jungles of the Philippines, to Australia and overnight celebrity on the TV show ‘So you think you can dance’.

Masterfully transitioning between multiple characters, including her mother, herself as a little girl and the mercurial, enigmatic ‘Mac D’, Demi tells an unforgettable story of love, adversity and immigration.

Demi's story is vital at a time of international and national debate around immigration and same sex marriage. Told with grace, heart-breaking honesty and humour, the show will delight and inspire.

Featuring the fresh tunes of MC Julez, original songs by Demi and Zane Beck, high-impact animation by Sebastian Fowler, and mind-blowing choreography by Demi and Gerard Veltre, this show is a feast for the eyes, ears and heart.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
C, D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party

This performance contains adult content. The show also deals with themes of domestic violence.

Phunktional Limited is a not-for-profit arts organisation dedicated to connecting communities. Our mission is to make entertaining art that creatively explores issues about conflict and social justice while promoting wellbeing and sustainability.

Through projects and performances Phunktional provides opportunities for diverse communities, including Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD); Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Intersex (GLBTI); and youth at risk to use the arts as a vehicle for their creative expression and to confront social issues of concern.

Since Phunktional was founded in 2009 it has delivered performances & community cultural development projects nationwide and participated in Australian and international arts festivals. More than 300,000 people have seen and been involved in its work over the last five years.

Founder and Artistic Director Gerard Veltre has worked as a director, choreographer and artist in Australia and overseas for over 15 years. Gerard’s skill in working with diverse artists and young people around Australia (including remote Indigenous communities and young people from prisons) fosters an inclusive culture of artistic participation and expression.

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Unique Selling Point

'A Touch of Grace: Shadow Warrior' is a high energy, uplifting, big-hearted, one-woman show combining hip-hop dance and original songs with personal storytelling.

Demi Sorono is one of Australia's best female breakdancers. Hip-hop is a predominantly male sub-culture, and having Demi, a renowned performer, headline such a production is refreshing, empowering and demonstrates the strength & resilience of women.

The storytelling uses humour and projects Demi’s enormous personal charisma directly to the audience. Audience feedback from our Melbourne Fringe Festival season was very positive, with many comments about Demi’s warmth, her connection with the audience and her amazing hip hop skills. ​

Marketing Materials

Marketing collateral available:

  1. Technical Specifications overview - we are able to present in a variety of venues
  2. Marketing package - short & long synopsis available, artist biographies, etc.
  3. Images (production stills/performance stills, etc.)
  4. Promotional video available (46 seconds)
  5. Full length video of performance available (for venues only)
  6. Published reviews of the performance
  7. Community Engagement options

Community Engagement

Phunktional Limited is an expert at enhancing community engagement and is happy to demonstrate how community engagement can assist our presenting partners.

Community Engagement options for ‘A Touch of Grace’ include:

  • Hip-hop dance master classes
  • Hip-hop dance workshops
  • Post-show Q&A sessions
  • Female only performances (if suitable for certain communities)
  • Other follow up performances (educational theatre)
  • Other follow up workshops for youth at risk

These community engagement options have numerous benefits for the community, including:

  • Opportunity to celebrate multi-cultural diversity, LGBTI equality and female empowerment
  • Increased arts opportunities for local emerging artists and performers
  • Opportunity for young people to see an inspiring female role-model
  • Opportunity for young people to engage with some of the best dancers in Australia
  • Increased well-being of local artists by broadening their dance experience and professional networks
  • Empowerment of young people
  • Opportunity for young people to engage in the arts
  • Opportunity to learn about safe-partying, bullying, sexual consent and other social issues in a safe and entertaining way
  • Opportunity to learn about respectful relationships
  • Opportunity for at-risk youth to engage in the arts
  • Opportunity for young people and the community to learn new skills