Sally Richardson

Perth, WA

“Sally has a very clear vision in her approach and a particular visual sensibility which comes across both in the imagery she uses and the way she uses her performers. Her melding of dance, theatre and the visual in her work makes her one of the most distinctive practitioners in Western Australia.”  Shelagh Magadza, Auckland Festival

I create socially and politically charged performances.

Through my company Steamworks Arts, I have created, presented & produced over 25 new Australian works in collaboration with artists working across theatre, contemporary dance, circus, new music, film & hybrids. My productions have garnered critical acclaim & toured regionally, nationally & internationally.

I’m committed to shaping an Australian performing arts culture that reflects and engages with our changing society and our region, while championing the voice & presence of women in performance.

Career Highlights include H20 (Perth Festival); The Drover’s Wives – (Black Swan/Perth Festival, Shanghai & Beijing International Dance Festivals; The Promise for Flying Fruitfly Circus (Sydney Festival); Standing Bird 1 and 2 (PLWA/PICA/Blue Room/Hong Kong) & Trigger Warning (PICA/PLWA).

As a 2015 Asialink Arts resident I exhibited a selection of short films in the International group show ‘False Start: Situational Exploratorium’ and collaborated with 10 Taiwanese artists on The Ghost Project. I was invited to participate in OzASia Connect & AsiaTOPIA Connect, was a delegate to ChinaSPAF & Wuzhen Theatre Festival in October ’17 & part of the Performing Asia Program at APAM ’18. Current projects in development include: #thatwomanjulia with STRUT National Choreographic Centre, Catch! for company MAXIMA and Gui Shu (belong) with Performing Lines WA.

I am currently undertaking an artist residency in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland and will be presenting Gui Shu at ADAM (Asia Discovers Asia Meeting) in Taipei in September & undertaking a vision residency working with Pilar Mata Dupont on Gui Shu at PICA in October.


Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, and the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.

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