SAND is a contemporary, physical work focusing on the elemental forces of nature and mass migration of people.

A house is buried by sand. Someone uncovers it and finds, inside, the body of a woman. She reanimates and we come to understand her journey to this place and the ineluctable creep of the ocean and the sands as they reclaim what we thought we owned.

THEMES: Mass migration | Displaced populations | Climate change | Belonging

SAND is a rigorous intercultural collaboration that brings diverse partners together to work on a regional artistic project that provides a range of opportunities for artistic exploration and research, community engagement, intercultural practice and innovative content creation.

Through cultural and artistic understanding, Belloo Creative (Qld), Idiot Savant (Japan), NORPA (NSW) and Daniel Belton (NZ) are building a substantial relationship in order to create a new performance aesthetic and poetic Australian/Japanese work.

We are looking for presenters, venues and communities to join the creative process as the international artist consortium from Australia, New Zealand and Japan collaborate to develop this bold new work in preparation for a 2020 tour.

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

Belloo and NORPA was working with the international artist consortium to develop a Collaborative/Devised Theatre/Physical Theatre/Installation ready for tour from 2020.

Belloo Creative is an all-female, award-winning independent theatre company that produces original contemporary cross-cultural works. Founded in 2013, Belloo explores new ways of firing the imagination and connecting stories with the human body.

Belloo is four women with decades of experience: Caroline Dunphy (co-artistic director and performer); Katherine Lyall-Watson (co-artistic director and writer); Kathryn Kelly (dramaturg); and Danielle Shankey (general manager and producer).

Belloo is committed to developing partnerships to present works nationally and internationally. The company has co-produced work with NORPA, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse and Critical Stages and toured to Queensland, New South Wales and Canberra.

We value cross-cultural collaboration, risk-taking and rigorous process. We seek out partnerships, growing them into powerful relationships.

Our newest work Rovers will premiere at NORPA in 2018. Rovers is a contemporary comedy-drama celebrating the grit and daring of Australian women.

Other works in repertoire SAND is a new dance theatre work co-produced by Belloo, NORPA and Idiot Savant (Japan), which will premiere in 2019. This contemporary cross-cultural work explores how bodies relate with one another in the resistance and shifting nature of sand.

HANAKO premiered at Brisbane Festival in 2016 and is currently part of Critical Stages’ slate for 2019 touring.

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Unique Selling Point

Belloo is collaborating with NORPA, Idiot Savant Theatre Company (Japan) and Daniel Belton (NZ) to develop a new bilingual, intercultural performance, SAND, in Japan and Australia.

SAND is a physical theatre piece inspired by the classic Japanese novel Woman in the Dunes. Text and physical language use narrative motifs like character, desire and entrapment to explore themes of climate change, natural disaster (2011 tsunami), cultural relationships to landscape (Aboriginal/Beach Gothic) and cultural encounter.

SAND is a result of Australia Council support for Belloo to attend TPAM in 2017 & 2018, where Belloo forged a deep connection to Japanese physical theatre company Idiot Savant.

Marketing Materials

Through cultural and artistic understanding, Belloo, Idiot Savant, Good Company Arts and NORPA are building a substantial relationship to create a new performance aesthetic & poetic Australian/Japanese work.

SAND will be the first time these 4 companies from Japan, NSW, Qld and New Zealand work together. The collaborators seek to explore the deep artistic connections between these cultures to create large-scale and technologically sophisticated cultural content.

Belloo Creative is an all-female independent theatre company creating intercultural work for festivals and theatre. Their new work Rovers premieres at NORPA in August 2018 before playing at Brisbane Festival.

Community Engagement

Belloo is seeking QLD presenters and venues who wish to partner and/ present this project through artist residencies and/ creative development processes and/ presenting productions hosted within their communities.

  1. Multi-generational community workshops to investigate the cultural & creative significance of sand & sand play. Development and exploration of a ‘sand pod’ installation.

  2. In-studio architectural & outdoor investigations, concept & text experimentation, development of physical vocabulary, co-directorial vision building, design development & digital exploration of script & physical language findings. Potential public showing / community engagement opportunities.

  3. Physical performers work choreographically with the sand pod installation, exploring cross-cultural responses to collaborative process. Digital ideas and experimentation are interlaced with scenic, textual & choreographic play. Public showing and/ installation available.

  4. Public space activation and community engagement process exploring cultural responses to Sand and story gathering.

  5. First Australian's Perspective (Kirk Page / Choreographer): NORPA Associate Artist Kirk Page has lineage connecting to the Mulandjali clan in South East Queensland and Badu Island in the Torres Strait Islands and will bring his deep knowledge of culture to the Sand project.