Slow Burn, Together

Emma Fishwick

In a golden world of coconuts and grapefruits, piles of books and high heels, a clothing rack and a gramophone, Perth-based choreographer Emma Fishwick draws you into mesmerising vignettes filled with unexpected delights. Infused with a wry sense of humour, Slow Burn, Together is an antidote to the uncertainty of our times. A place of respite, and slowing down; of building human connection and demystifying high art.

Through a series of living pictures that collectively form a visual epic, Slow Burn, Together contemplates a female perspective of a world where we can be gentle, journey inward and pay attention to the experience of sitting longer with our thoughts, our ideas and time itself. There isn’t a singularity to each moment on stage, rather a slow experience, a collection of encounters that create an ongoing conversation between you and the work.

Drawing from the masters of the Baroque and Pre-Raphaelite eras, Emma Fishwick plays with the tension of time and creates space for self-reflection and observation. Slow Burn, Together contemplates a female perspective as an ensemble of 15 women subvert their historic objectification to reveal the labour behind the façade. Let yourself be drawn into this series of moving pictures that collectively form a visual epic and offer a timely meditation on the world around us.

Slow Burn, Together performs a delicate magic act that manipulates time” - The Conversation 

A feast for the eye (…), this is a performance to dwell on and savour – exquisite” Seesaw Mag 


Emma Fishwick 

Main Performers
Ella-Rose Trew
Francesca Fenton

Women Ensemble
Frances Barbe
Laura Boynes
Liz Cornish
Julie Doyle
Nannette Hassall
Ella Hetherington
Rachel Arianne Ogle
Sue Peacock
Aimee Smith
Marie-Muriel Toulcanon
Min Zhu

Emily Coles
Ellie Matzer

Set and Costume Design
Bruce McKinven

Design Associate
Amalia Lambert

Sound Design
Tristen Parr

Lighting Design
Chris Donnelly

Renée Newman

Production Manager
Mark Halsam

Stage Manager
Chelsea Knight

Produced by
Performing Lines WA

Information for Presenters

After a successful premiere season at Perth Festival 2021, we are now seeking interest from national and international presenters. This uniquely visual contemporary performance has a tourable format, travelling with just the choreographer, duet and production management to then work with a locally cast ensemble. We would love to discuss this model further with presenters interested to showcase a roll-call of local performers alongside several of WA’s most exciting contemporary dance talent.

Duration: 80 mins

Notes: Contains partial nudity and smoke effects. Full length archival video available upon request.

Jen Leys Producer
Jeremy Smith Senior Producer

Presentation History

Perth Festival
Perth, WA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Slow Burn, Together was supported by STRUT Dance SEED Residency 2019 and the WA Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

The world­ premiere of the work was co-commissioned and presented by Perth Festival.

Hero image by Emma Fishwick, Production images by Christophe Canato.

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.