Presented by Metro Arts

By Ashleigh Musk and Michael Smith

We are here to witness our failing paradise.

Suspended in time, vulnerable bodies navigate a forest of cement. Landscapes shift, rise and crumble, as audience and performers move through avalanches of decay. Gritty transformations reveal spaces for hope and action.

With vivid choreography, Fertile Ground manipulates space, sound and a brutalist pile of concrete bricks in this ground-breaking participatory performance.


Fertile Ground  is a participatory performance which takes place in a construction site. We strongly advise Patrons wear closed-in flat shoes (no heels or thongs), and short skirts or dresses are not recommended. 


The Tactile Experiences give an opportunity for participants to experience key textural elements present in the performance of Fertile Ground through a series of actions which explore weight, touch and vibrations. If attending one of the Tactile Experiences, we strongly recommend also purchasing tickets to see Fertile Ground

We recommend arriving no later than 15 minutes prior to the start time of the performance or tactile experience, as latecomers CANNOT be admitted under any circumstance. 


Tue 25 – Sat 29 May, 2021

7:30pm, 25 – 28 May 2021
1pm + 7:30pm, 29 May 2021

Tactile Experiences: 
6:30pm, 27 May 2021
12:00pm, 29 May 2021

AUSLAN Interpreted sessions:
Performances and Tactile Experiences on Thu 27 + Sat 29 May will be AUSLAN Interpreted. 


Secret location in West Village
Meet at Metro Arts’ Box Office


General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $25 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $25 + booking fee
Preview Tue 25 May $25 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased


65 mins 


Recommended for ages 15+. Performance includes loud noises and dust.

Image by Pierce Eldridge


Choreographer / Performer Ashleigh Musk
Choreographer / Performer Michael Smith
Sound Composition and Design Anna Whitaker
Dramaturge Liesel Zink
Access Consultant Daniele Constance
Access Collaborators Rachael Missingham, Lauren Watson
Auslan Interpreter Adele Greedy-Vogel
Lighting Design Chloe Ogilvie
Costume Design Jessica Palfrey


Fertile Ground  has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Fertile Ground  was developed with Dancenorth in 2020, supported by LGI through a studio residency at WXYZ studios, HOTA, Home of the Art and through an Ausdance QLD and Australiasian Dance Collective Four Walls Residency and an Ausdance QLD Public Space and Participation Residency.


We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information.