Dance Makers Collective

The Rivoli

Directed by Miranda Wheen

An immersive dance hall meets dance theatre performance, The Rivoli is a tribute to the iconic dance halls across Australia that were a celebration of social life before social media. A hit at Sydney Festival 2020, this joyous experience will bring small town halls to life and communities together.

'There’s a surfeit of inventive and jaw-dropping moments throughout the work and, to the ensemble’s considerable credit, they each flow seamlessly into one another and operate beyond the level of pure choreography."

Matt O’Niell, Australian Stage

Dance has a way of bringing people and communities together in a way nothing else can. To dance together. From the early 1930s to the late 1960s, the Rivoli Dance Palace in Parramatta was Western Sydney’s favourite dance hall. It was demolished in 1973 to make way for an office development. Now nothing remains of ‘The Riv’ except the stories of the people who danced there. The Rivoli began by imagining what such a venue would look like if it existed today. What kinds of communities would come together to reaffirm their shared identity through bodies and rhythm and music? 

The Rivoli features 8 dancers and invites you and your favourite dance partner to be swept into an immersive exploration of mid-century nightlife, desire and social connection. It is Dance Makers Collective's most ambitious work yet, The Rivoli, an ode to a bygone dance era.  This new work premiered at the Sydney Festival 2020. 


Dance Makers Collective is Western Sydney’s professional dance company. Established in 2012, the company comprises nine professional dance makers who have worked for major dance and theatre companies from around Australia, touring major productions internationally. Together, Dance Makers Collective create exciting contemporary dance works with “imagination, thoughtfulness and even a sense of humour” (Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald) and their most recent production DADS, touring in 2021, was shortlisted for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance at the Australian Dance Awards.


Dance Makers Collective are continuing to expose the secret pockets of dance happening across Sydney. The Rivoli was such a loss to our dance history. Just imagine 400 or so people every Friday and Saturday night coming together, across generations, to dance together. We need this back! That’s why we’re making this show.

Miranda Wheen


Dates to be confirmed


Director and Co-choreographer: Miranda Wheen
Producer: Carl Sciberras
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Brockman
Composer: Matt Cornell
Audio Content: Allison Chan, Ninah Kopel & Tim Roxburgh
Choreography and performances by: Members of Dance Makers Collective and guest artists – Richard Cilli, Luke Currie-Richardson, Matt Cornell, Emma Harrison, Anya McKee, Katina Olsen, Marnie Palomares, Melanie Palomares, Carl Sciberras, Miranda Wheen & Rosslyn Wythes
Featuring the voices and stories of: Jo Clancy (Wiradjuri), Kate Howarth (Wiradjuri), John & Josie Lee, Barry & Sandra McKernan, Bhenji Ra & Gwen Wilson

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