On View: Quintet


"Breathtakingly beautiful and articulate." New Zealand Theatre Review

Presented by Dancehouse and Sue Healey/Performing Lines

On View: Quintet evokes the reverential space of a portrait gallery, a place where the moving body is analysed and the nature of portraiture is dissected and queried. The installation portion of the work features five dance artists: Martin del Amo; Shona Erskine; Benjamin Hancock; Raghav Handa; and Nalina Wait, with live performances by the featured artists around their projected selves during evening shows.

Healey's work celebrates the unique nature of each artist and their individual ability to shape and transform their own notion of identity via a precise and meticulous focus on movement and the body. Acting as an ever-evolving archive of the history of movement in Australian art, On View: Quintet is a celebration of the beauty, determination, fragility and provocation that exists within the diverse thinking, moving body.

Sue Healey
Choreographer: Sue Healey, in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Martin del Amo, Shona Erskine, Benjamin Hancock, Raghav Handa, Nalina Wait
Director of Photography: Judd Overton
Music: Darrin Verhagen, Justin Ashworth
Lighting Designer: Karen Norris
Producer: Pippa Bailey - MAPS NSW, Performing Lines

Trailer shot and edited by Jacob Edmonds


A choreographer, filmmaker and installation artist, SUE HEALEY is based in Sydney and creates work for Australian and international companies, and as an independent artist. Sue was awarded the Creative Fellowship (Established Artist) from the Australia Council 2013/14 and was recently made an Honorary Fellow of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. A founding member of Nanette Hassall's Danceworks, Sue performed and choreographed with the company from 1983-88. She became Artistic Director of Vis-à-Vis Dance Canberra (1993-96) and Sue Healey Company (1996-present), and has toured throughout USA, United Kingdom and Australasia. 

Her award-winning films have screened in over 30 countries and have been broadcast by Australian and European television networks. Virtuosi (her debut feature-length documentary) has screened in New York, Montreal, Amsterdam, Prague, Portugal, London, American Dance Festival and many other international festivals in 2013/14. Virtuosi won an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film 2013 and a Silver ACS Award for cinematography (feature film). Healey creates choreography and film for a diverse range of companies and contexts. Projects for 2013/14 include: film/visual design for White Cloud for singer Tim Finn; film for Red Shoes, Expressions Dance Company Brisbane; Second Skin, a work for 24 artists with and without disabilities; Double Entendre a commission from The Australia Ensemble, Sydney; Luminocity a large scale site specific for the Faculty of the Built Environment UNSW; The Golds, a new documentary about a company of dancers aged 55-90 years in Canberra. On View will be presented by the Performance Space at Carriageworks, Sydney in July 2015. Sue is produced by MAPS NSW – Performing Lines. Sue's work was awarded Winner Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film/New Media for the 2014 Australian Dance Awards.


Dates: 20 - 22 March
Time: 8pm + Sat & Sun, 5pm
Video Installation open from 12pm - 4pm Sat & Sun (FREE)
Where: Upstairs Studio, Dancehouse - this event is not wheelchair accessible
Cost: $25 F | $20 C | $15 DH Members
Bookings: click here

There will be a FREE film screening of Sue Healey's work Virtuosi and The Golds. Learn more here

Date: 14 March
Time: 6pm
Where: Loop, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne
Bookings: Recommended! click here

Image credit: Sue Healey

On View: Quintet
is supported by the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; the Government of Western Australia's Department of Culture and the Arts; Performing Lines; the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; and CVP Events, Film and Television.