There are normal ways to eat, walk, sit, speak and die.

There are also not normals, not normal ways for everything.

Not normal ways to love, to dance, to start a conversation, to cry. There are not normal ways to live.

As we all continually evolve our idea of normal, we ask what makes us part of a society and who is included? OK let’s say it – there is no such thing as normal.

Explain Normal unpacks the concept of “normal” as both survival mechanism and death making, as myth, as someone else’s truth, as a potent provocation for perspectives on society and difference, and how we value otherness.

Explain Normal is a new dance theatre work directed by participatory artist Daniele Constance. It is a new and exciting artistic collaboration between the Aha Ensemble who identify with disability and artists from Phluxus2 Dance Collective. Explain Normal explores how these artists define perceptions of normalcy, through the lens of their diverse experiences.

View the digital program HERE


Daniele Constance – Director
Nerida Matthaei – Choreographer
Allycia Staples – Performing Artist
Megan Louise West – Performing Artist
Rebecca Dostal – Performing Artist
Ruby Donohoe – Assisting Director & Performing Artist
Mitchell Runcie – Performing Artist
Kayah Guenther – Performing Artist
Tara Heard – Performing Artist
Charles Ball – Performing Artist
Nadia Milford – Performing Artist 
Joseph Burgess – Sound Design & AV Design
Keith Clarke – Lighting Design

Image by Jorge Serra.


17 October – 24 October + 26 October 2019, 7pm
25 October 2019, 2pm

Artist Talk: 24 October, post-show
Auslan Interpreted Performance:
26 October, 7pm


General Admission: $32 + booking fee
Concession: $25 + booking fee
Preview Ticket: $25 + booking fee

NOTE: Tickets for patrons in a wheelchair and Companion Card holders are not available online. Please call Metro Arts on 07 3002 7100 Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm to enquire or make your booking. Please be aware there are only three wheelchair spaces available in the theatre.


Daniele Constance


Daniele Constance is a participatory artist, art therapist and producer, with a strong focus on socially engaged art making practices. She creates artistic works that draw from direct experience and storytelling, using verbatim, documentary,  contemporary and embodied performance practices. Current and past independent works include: People Of Interest (Festival of Live Art, Footscray Community Arts Centre); Public Displays of Therapy (La Boite HWY, Melbourne Fringe Festival: Testing Grounds); Daughters of the Floating Brothel (Griffith University Research Project, Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre); The Untold (State Library of Queensland, Micah Projects); bold words from a nobody (C U R R E N T, R I S I N G), and Hear, Here site specific radio (People Artist Place, Enoggera Reservoir).



The Creative Sparks Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.