Equations Of A Falling Body

Laura Boynes

Distant forces beyond our control intervene in everyday lives in Laura Boynes’ world premiere of Equations of a Falling Body.

Our contemporary world is wildly unpredictable. The ‘elsewhere’ of distant forces – climate, cosmos, politics, memory – continually intervene in our everyday lives. It’s mostly beyond our control – encountered as idle distractions, radical interruptions or insistent voices inside that re-shape and cypher our thoughts and desires. Equations of a Falling Body sets those forces in motion, using real time choreography to create conundrums between James O’Hara, Ella-Rose Trew and Timothy Green, three of Perth’s most virtuosic physical performers. Comic, bleak and profound by turns, what emerges is our capacity for resilience through striking and impromptu cinematic sequences to leave you both reflective and hopeful.

Crafted and live-conducted by Laura Boynes, one of WA’s finest choreographic talents, Equations of a Falling Body is a mesmerising, immediate and relevant performance attuned to our post-digital age.

The live in-ear feed gives me the ability to sculpt the work live, allowing for immediacy, manipulation and ultimately control of the performers. This immediacy captures a quality that is often found in the rehearsal room and then lost when performances commence.

Laura Boynes

An explosive mix of dance and physical theatre that will live long in the memory….innovative, visually stunning and memorable.”

Seesaw Magazine

It’s rare to see something as daring and risky as this, especially in a Festival setting, and I applaud everyone involved – but especially Boynes, for having the courage and vision to expose and embrace the unknown, in all its nakedness and terror.”



Choreographer & Director
Laura Boynes

Anthony Coxeter

Mentor & Outside Eye
Lucy Guerin

Ella-Rose Trew
James O’Hara
Timothy Green

Lighting Designer
Matt Marshall

Lighting Realiser
Peter Young

Set & Costume Designer
Bruce McKinven

Sound Design & Composition
Tristen Parr
Felicity Groom

Movement Consultant
Adelina Larsson

Mentor & Outside Eye
Lucy Guerin

Lighting Realiser
Peter Young

Production Manager
Mark Haslam

Stage Manager
Riley Billyeald

Produced by
Performing Lines WA

Information for Presenters

A Perth Festival Commission. Performing Lines WA is interested to discuss future presentation and touring opportunities for 2024 and beyond.

Jen Leys Producer
Jeremy Smith Senior Producer

Presentation History

Perth Festival
Perth, WA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Produced by Performing Lines WA, the creative development of Equations of a Falling Body has been supported by the STRUT Dance SEED Residency in 2020; the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body; and the WA Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The world-premiere of the work was commissioned and presented by Perth Festival in 2023.


Hero image by Emma Fishwick.

Photos by Edify Media and Shotweiler Photography

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