“A highly probable, high-impact threat: something we ought to see coming, like a two-ton rhinoceros aiming its horn in our direction and preparing to charge” – Michele Wucker

From climate change, to mass extinction events, to the effects of our widening wealth gap, Grey Rhinos are all around us, threatening carnage.

Created by Charmene Yap and Cass Mortimer Eipper, Grey Rhino uses an audacious and frenetic dance vocabulary to explore our species’ response, or conspicuous non-response, to the challenges we face. This epic ensemble work confronts the magnitude of our collective inaction; asking why do we ignore imminent threats even when we know the consequences will be dire?

Grey Rhino features an exhilarating mix of dance, music, and spoken word. With slick, editorial costuming and an ominous, looming set, Grey Rhino balances the banal human rituals of the everyday with an urgent and esoteric sense of danger.


Co-Creators and Choreographers
Cass Mortimer Eipper & Charmene Yap

Allie Graham, Anika Boet, Callum Mooney, Kate Arber, Mason Kelly, Samantha Hines, Zachary Lopez.

Originally developed and rehearsed with dancers
Billy Keohavong, Jana Castillo, Richard Cilli

Production and Costume Designer
Aleisa Jelbart

Set and Lighting Designer
Damien Cooper

Composer & Sound Designer
Alyx Dennison

Martin Del Amo

Production Manager
Cliffie Rosenberg


Stage Manager
Leia Loisa

Produced by Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

Grey Rhino is available for presentation in Australia and internationally. Please get in touch for more information and to start a conversation.

Vanessa Wright Senior Producer
Thom Smyth Producer

Presentation History

Carriageworks, Sydney Festival
Sydney, NSW

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Grey Rhino is produced by Performing Lines. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the NSW Government through Create NSW, Rella Music,and Sydney Dance Company.

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.