• Life Support

    Ashley Dyer

    Image: John Possemato

  • Life Support

    Ashley Dyer

    Image: John Possemato

  • Life Support

    Ashley Dyer

    Image: John Possemato

Life Support

Ashley Dyer

Presented by Dancehouse with the support of the Keir Foundation

As a broad body of work that treats smoke as a material in an analogous way, Life Support is a live performance concerned with mortality and what persists and disappears. This gentle and confronting performance contrasts the presence of a dancing body with the subtly frightening and wonder filled potential of the motion of gases. As the shared environment becomes enveloped by smoke, the audience becomes more aware of the air they are breathing, evoking a space for reflection about how people care for themselves, each other and the planet.

In the light of a world’s inability to act meaningfully against climate change and the recent introduction of the carbon tax, Life Support is a critical reflection on what people are and aren’t doing as individuals as we wait for our the planet to crumble.


Lead Artist: Ashley Dyer
Collaborating Artist/Lighting and Projections Designer: Travis Hodgson
Collaborating Artist/Designer: Matthew Kneale
Collaborating Artist/Dancer: Tony Osborne
Collaborating Artist/Performer Sound and Objects: Sam Pettigrew
Collaborating Artist/Designer: Clare Britton
Collaborating Artist/Production Support: Bek Berger
Collaborating Artist/Financial Controller/Performer: John Possemato
Writer/Publication/Performer: Sime Knezevic


Life Support was developed through the Dancehouse housemate program with the support of the Besen foundation and supported by the Australian Government through the Australia council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, Arts Victoria and the City of Yarra