A Belloo creative (AUS), good company arts (NZ) and idiot savant theatre company (Japan) COLLABORATION



by katherine lyall-watson

directed by caroline dunphy & Koh-Toh-shi

A contemporary, cross-cultural physical theatre work that explores what happens in the aftermath of dramatic upheaval as the seas rise, sands shift and homes become uninhabitable.

A celebration of the beauty of impermanence.

A physical response to elemental forces in the natural world and built environments played out in public space.


Drawing from Japanese classic literature, natural disasters, mass migration and Indigenous connections to sand and stories of sand mining in Australia, the collaborating artists have devised an original, contemporary performance piece. 

HOUSE IN THE DUNES is co-directed by Belloo Creative & NORPA Associate Artist Caroline Dunphy & Idiot Savant's Artistic Director Koh-Toh-Shi with performance writing by Belloo's Katherine Lyall-Watson. 


Directors | Caroline Dunphy & Koh-Toh-Shi
Writer | Katherine Lyall-Watson
Trans-media creator & digital, visual & sound design | Daniel Belton
Cultural Choreographic Advisor & Performer | Kirk Page
Architect & Installation Design | Jon Shankey
Dramaturg | Kathryn Kelly & Sandra Gattenhof
Producer | Danielle Shankey
Performers & Co-Devisors | Nao Akao, Yasuhiro Kondo, Chikako Arai, Madoka Kagawa, Yamato Miyazawa, Nerida Matthei & Zachary Boulton


Through cultural & artistic understanding, Belloo Creative (Australia), Idiot Savant Theatre Company (Japan), Daniel Belton (New Zealand) & NORPA (Australia) are building a substantial collaborative partnership to create a new performance aesthetic & poetic Australian/Japanese work. 

The Belloo Creative Co-Production draws heavily on Caroline Dunphy’s 20 years of Suzuki practice & her long-standing artistic relationships in the Japanese performing arts sector. Playwright Katherine Lyall-Watson (Belloo) brings poetic performance writing to the piece and Kirk Page (NORPA) brings choreographic skill and Aboriginal connection to place. 

Collaborating company Idiot Savant Theatre Company have 15 years' practice as a working ensemble, devising their own contemporary movement style and methodology of body expression. Performers and dancers from diverse training backgrounds (classical & contemporary dance, martial arts, sports) perform in the work.

New Zealand Arts Laureate Daniel Belton is an accomplished trans-media creator and brings digital, visual and sound design to the project. 

SUPPOrters & acknowledgements

The creative development of SAND was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, Arts Queensland, Flowstate, QUT, NORPA and Brisbane City Council.

SAND explores the weathered fragments of our past, embedded in landscape and built environments.
— Belloo Creative
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