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Image: by Jasmin Bardel

In the haunting corridors beneath Abbotsford Convent, Forest Collective presents a new dance-opera and piano concerto

Stone. Sweat. Fear. From deep within – a low, strange moan.
This is a place of terror. Of sacrifice. Of reckoning.
This is the Labyrinth.

Through this immersive theatrical experience, you will descend into the labyrinth of Greek myth, witnessing first-hand the ordeal of Theseus, Ariadne and her half-brother, the Minotaur.

Evan J Lawson’s music and Daniel Szesiong Todd’s libretto confront themes of shame, isolation and redemption, while maverick Melbourne pianist Danaë Killian gives powerful voice to the work’s dramatically-embedded piano concerto. Ashley Dougan’s visceral, yet lyrical choreography brings a desperate humanity to this epic tale.

Enter the Labyrinth in 2024.

Creatives and Musicians

Evan J Lawson - composer
Daniel Szesiong Todd - Theseus and librettist
Ashley Dougan - choreographer and dancer
Jane Noonan - costume designer
Teresa Ingrilli - Ariadne
Soda - Daedalus
Danaë Killian - piano soloist
Jesse Matthews - dancer
Kim Tan - flutes
Helen Bower - violin
Charlotte Kube - program assistant
Jasmin Bardel - admin and visual artist

"Forest Collective make contemporary music sound, look, and feel exciting."
— CutCommon
"Forest Collective, a company that continues to stamp out its name as a leader in the arts with its dedication to opening people's minds about what contemporary music and performance can be."
— My Melbourne Arts
"Lawson’s innovative musical imaginations...are striking"
— Bridget Davies, The Age
"Lawson's music is bar to bar, beautiful"
— Alexander O’Sullivan, Partial Durations

Image 1 by Kate Baker
Image 2 by Daniel Rabin

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Presented by Midsumma Festival, Forest Collective and Abbotsford Convent as part of Convent Live


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Audio Described
Tactile tour Tactile Tour
Wheelchair Access
Vision Rating less than 50%

Dates & Times

WHEN 6 Feb, 8-10 Feb | Tue, Thu 7:30pm | Fri 7:30pm+9pm | Sat 2pm+7:30pm
AUDIO DESC Sat 10 Feb 2pm. See AUDIO DESCRIPTION under Venue Notes below.
TACTILE Sat 10 Feb 2:00pm | Tactile Tour from 1:15pm
INFO Long periods of standing


OPENING $40.00
PREVIEW $20.00
FULL $40.00
CONC $35.00
First Nations $25.00
EARLY BIRD 15% discount at checkout on full price tickets until 11pm 19 Dec 2023
3-SHOW 10% discount at checkout on full price tickets when purchasing 3+ eligible events
COMPANION FREE - please email [email protected] to arrange


Abbotsford Convent - The Store

1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

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Hurstbridge/Mernda line to Victoria Park


200, 207 to Clarke/Johnston St

Event notes


Ages 15+


For Abbotsford Convent Accessibility information, including Precinct and Access Maps, please go to Visit.


This session has audio description available through audio describer guides who will provide one-on-one tailored descriptions and sighted guiding throughout the performance. Guides will meet and greet patrons on arrival at the entrance gates located at 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford. Please let us know in the "Access Requirements" section at check-out if you require audio description. Alternatively you can call 03 9296 6600 to let us know or email [email protected]. For any queries regarding describer guide and/or tactile tour services, please contact Vitae Veritas on 0400 901 848 or email [email protected].


Long periods of standing, Mature themes


Premiere, New Work

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