UPSTREAM (B-Sides) will be an opportunity to examine both the successful gems as well as the awkward material that did not see it through to the final version of Upstream, Sarah Elsworth's first evening length work, to premier at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

UPSTREAM rejoices in cycles of progression and regression through the divergent pathways of life, as a starting point for devising. The rehearsal process was a weekly collaborative practice combining Sarah's interest's in dance and theatre, integrating these disciplines through improvisational methodologies as a portal for the discovery of ideas.

The original sound score, composed along the way with performer, Caleb Wright, samples sounds and conversations created by the performers during the process and is inspired by Sarah's interest in sonification and sound art.

Upstream (B-Sides) is a time to re-ignite the straggly unformed ideas still lingering, post the performance of a new work.


Choreography: Sarah Elsworth
Composer: Caleb Wright
Performers: Lydia Conolly-Hiatt, Sarah Elsworth and Caleb Wright.

Venue: Sylvia Staehli Theatre (wheelchair accessible)
Duration: Approximately 30 minutes (with a facilitated post-showing discussion)
Bookings: FREE (bookings essential)



SARAH ELSWORTH is a New Zealand born contemporary dance artist recently relocated to Melbourne. She trained at Unitec, graduating with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts in 2012.

Sarah has a strong affiliation with Movement Art Practice, Christchurch and was one of the invited choreographic artists for their 2015 Research Series project.She also performed in their first iteration of Dance LAB Residency and Open Performance, 2014 for choreographer Madeleine Krenek.

As a dancer, Sarah has collaborated with a range of choreographers, performing in Fleur De Their's The Red String Duet, 2012and Antipodes Creature 2013. Jessie McCall's, National Fringe Festival tour of The Way We Fall,2013 and at Tempo Dance Festival, 2014. She also performed in Natalie Maria's, Apt Y Idos, 2014 and How To Make Friends and Still Appear Normal, which was awarded Best Dance work at the New Zealand Fringe Festival (Wellington) 2013.

Sarah was the recipient of the Eileen May Norris Scholarship 2014, enabling her to attend workshops in 2015 at Impulstanz(Vienna) as well as exploring various models for housing and developing an arts practice by spending time at PAF (France) andPonderosa (Berlin). 

ALISON CROGGON is a fantasy novelist, poet and critic who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She writes in many genres, including criticism, theatre and prose. She is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor. She has until very recently published reviews and critical texts on her blog, Theatre Notes, and more recently on her Tumblr. More information on Alison Croggon can be found on her website.

This work is partially supported by Maribyrnong City Council and will be performed as part of their curated Fringe Out West program.


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