From the award-winning company that brought you The Arrival and Paper Sky comes the highly anticipated new work by Red Leap Theatre; Dust Pilgrim – A Tale of Freedom. Embracing their innovative visual style this highly physical performance will capture the imagination and hearts of audiences.

An intimate yet epic tale of one woman’s fight for freedom in a world where dreams and premonitions are as real as the wind. Panuelo is trapped in a life built on dust and shifting sands, held tight in the fist of her tyrannical mother. On uncovering the restless bones of a secret long buried, Panuelo makes a daring bid for freedom and runs out into the vast desert, encountering a world of tricksters, prophets, boundaries and borders. But things are never as they seem. Panuelo must stop running and face up to her mother to truly set herself free.

Venue Format
Theatre, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
Touring Party

We use fine dust which is suspended on a pulley system. Audience 13+

Red Leap enjoys crossing the forms of physical theatre, imagery and storytelling. As devisors we strongly believe in playful discovery, the power of the imagination, and building a strong ensemble of performers. Dubbed by critics as ‘Restlessly Creative… Endlessly Inventive’, the company is best known for their production The Arrival commissioned by the 2009 Auckland Arts Festival. Based on Shaun Tan’s graphic novel, The Arrival has toured throughout the Asia-Pacific region. In 2010 The Arrival was awarded six Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards including Best Production, Most Original Production and Best Director for Julie Nolan. Other works include a second award winning production Paper Sky, commissioned by the 2011 Auckland Arts Festival and acknowledged with two Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in 2012. In 2014 SEA premiered at the Maidment Theatre, Auckland. Red Leap’s latest work Dust Pilgrim premiered at Q Loft June 2015 and toured nationally in 2016.

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Unique Selling Point

Dust Pilgrim? is devised? physical theatre that effortlessly melds, merges and flows like visual liquid from image to image while it takes audiences on an imaginative and epic journey. ? Using the metaphor of constantly shifting sands it effortlessly links movement, mime and ephemeral suggestion to illustrate a young woman’s fight for freedom.

“I am in a euphoric trance of beauty, light and theatrical magic. I love Red Leap; their work is inspirational, odd, moving, challenging and full of inventive curiosity. I could watch this for hours." Holly Shanahan, Theatreview.

Marketing Materials

Education Resource. Marketing Collateral including cinemagraphs for digital marketing. Promotional footage. Press Release. Full show. Images. Print material templates. Reviews

Community Engagement

Our work appeals to a broad audience and is very popular with secondary schools. We offer a range of audience engagement opportunities, including post show forums and workshops. We have an Education Resource that covers NCEA requirements.