"This is a stunning work, which carries Abbott's obsession with repetition and physical presence further into an uncompromisingly austere aesthetic. Maximum makes no concessions at all." Alison Croggon ABC Arts

With a focus on the nature of human physiology in all its varying forms, MAXIMUM is a work of extremes and contrasts; big and small; heavy and light; hard and soft – a dancer and a bodybuilder pushing themselves to the limits of physicality.

MAXIMUM is a work that tests the boundaries of the human body under extremes of physical endurance and exhaustion. Two highly trained performers sweat it out on stage, pushing themselves beyond the limits of exhaustion to reveal the full potential of their own physique. Each action is repeated, intensified, energised to a palpable state. The disparate looks of each figure repeat the same actions to a throbbing soundtrack to untangle the subtle truths about the nature of exertion. The effect is a visceral upon both performers, different in bodily form but united through the effort of movement.

Choreographer & Performer:
Natalie Abbott
Performer: Donny Henderson-Smith
Sound Designer & Performer: Daniel Arnott
Lighting Designer: Matthew Adey
Dramaturge: Matthew Day


NATALIE ABBOTT creates sensorial performance experiences. She is committed to the idea that EVERYTHING IS CHOREOGRAPHY, including light, sound movement and design and she utilises this vision when devising work. Her works include Ultimate Pressure, Next Wave Festival (NWF) 2010; Circles For Squares, Lucy Guerin's Pieces for Small Spaces 2011; LEVITY, Blindside Gallery 2012; PHYSICAL FRACTALS, NWF 2012, Dance Massive 2013; DEEP FLEX, Tiny Stadiums, Sydney 2013; SWEAT – Melbourne NOW at the NGV 2014; MAXIMUM, Arts House, Melbourne, Next Wave 2014, Festival d'Avignon OFF, France 2014, Performance Space Score, Sydney 2014.   

Natalie is a collaborator for the DEEP SOULFUL SWEATS (fantasy light yoga project) at Chunky Move, with guest appearances at FOLA, Dark MOFO and Next Wave Festival opening party, 2014. She recently spoke alongside Stelarc on a panel ART and the BODY at the Wheeler Centre for Ideas for the Festival of Live Art in Melbourne. In 2014, Natalie was the recipient of a DanceWEB Scholarship during the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. She has also been a JUMP mentee under the guidance of Martin Del Amo with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts. Natalie is currently developing two new works, DESTINY, a solo taking inspiration from sci-fi and her past to create new futures; and LIMITLESS, a group work experimenting with failure and fear, using these elements as tools for creativity.


Dates: 14 - 17 March
Time: 8.30pm
Where: Upstairs Studio, Dancehouse - this event is not wheelchair accessible
Cost: $25 F | $20 C | $15 DH Members
Bookings: click here

Image credit: Gregory Lorenzutti

is supported by the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts and funding advisory body; Next Wave; the City of Melbourne through Arts House; Lucy Guerin Inc and PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.