Muscles flex and memories resurface in this dynamic evening of chamber ballets by Gareth Belling and Collusion Music and Dance Ensemble.

This is an evening of heartfelt and virtuosic works performed by Collusion's formidable string quartet, alongside two of Queensland's most talented ballet dancers. Experience the heightened synchronicity of dance and live music in these lyrical, muscular and intimate chamber ballets.

Muscle Memory creates a varied evening of the best Australian chamber ballets set to inspiring live music by Australian composers Elena Katz-Chernin and Paul Stanhope, with international masterworks by Petēris Vasks, and Vivaldi.

Muscle Memory also presents the opportunity for local ballet students to dance alongside Collusion in selected moments from 'Contact Point' and 'Before', providing a lasting legacy for your community.

Expect a feast for the eyes and ears, where "exciting is an understatement" (Cut Common).

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
A, B, C, D
Touring Party

Performances may include local dance students performing in Muscle Memory. All Collusion cast and crew comply with Working with Children guidelines. Show may contain haze. A sprung wooden floor is essential. Collusion can provide its own Tarkett dance floor.

Collusion is an Australian fine art music and dance ensemble. Collusion’s cultural practice is underpinned by a respect for traditional art forms whilst contributing new perspectives through which to experience and enjoy fine art. Whilst this intersection of new and old sensibilities informs Collusion’s original compositions and choreography, the energy of the ensemble itself imparts heart, beauty, warmth and colour.

Collusion’s values balance excellence and inclusivity across its creative, commercial, educational and community-based projects. Collusion creates a magical world of imagination, engagement and immersion whether performing at cultural arts venues, for private events or in other community arts settings. Their diverse body of works offers programming suitable to audiences of all ages and cultural persuasions.

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Unique Selling Point

What you'll experience:

  • Muscular, lyrical contemporary ballet
  • Virtuosic, heartfelt chamber music
  • Enticing melodies, and emotive twists and turns
  • Australian and international string quartet masterworks
  • Chamber ballet at its finest
  • Local ballet students dancing alongside professional artists.

Marketing Materials

Collusion will provide:

  • High-res poster and publicity images
  • Marketing copy and media releases
  • Interviews with key creatives and cast members
  • Edited video highlights of the show

Education Pack will be available to Presenters in early-2018

Community Engagement

Collusion offers the chance for up to six local ballet students to perform in selected duets from the Muscle Memory program.

Dancers will be selected through a locally based audition, and rehearsed by Collusion's Resident Choreographer Gareth Belling in short group sections from his ballets, 'Contact Point' and 'Before'. This will leave a lasting legacy in your community for dance students and their families.

Collusion can also provide workshops aligned with Muscle Memory's music and dance content, to enhance your school or community group's learning experience.

Collusion musicians are leading professional string tutors in South-East Queensland. From beginner to advanced, Collusion offers Workshops and Masterclasses string students, school string ensembles and community orchestras.

Collusion offers Workshops and Masterclasses in ballet, contemporary dance, and choreographic elements of Muscle Memory with Gareth Belling and Collusion dancers, for your school or dance studio.