19-27 February 2021

Tuesday 23 February at 7pm (AWST)

Studio Underground
State Theatre Centre of WA

A World Premiere Perth Festival Commission
Supported by Wesfarmers Arts

A compassionate and empowering new dance work devised and directed by Artistic Director, Raewyn Hill, exploring humanity and the tension between grace and truth.

Archives of Humanity is a living and emotive meditation on human existence. A reflection on where we suddenly and unexpectedly find ourselves today.

The work begins with an immersive and tactile journey through a remarkable set – a flock of birds, created by and carrying the stories of our WA community in isolation. Released, the birds united, soar as a collective symbol of endurance and hope. These sweeping narratives, of memories, desires and aspirations lead you into the performance.

A stunning score opens the performance, marking the next migration, echoing the movements of an ensemble of dancers in a gradual and persistent climbing arc of cyclical patterns. Some of the art world’s most striking scenes are reimagined in humanity’s tumultuous bid to transcend. To rise, to fall, but to always try to rise again – together.


60 min (latecomers not admitted)

Doors Open

30min prior to show

Post Show Q&A

Sat 6 Feb, (20mins)


Audio described performance Wed 24 Feb 7pm

Tactile tour available before the show on Wed 24 Feb 7pm

Age Suitability


Production Note

Contains haze, strobe lighting and loud music.

Season Tickets

$49.00 Adult
$47.00 Concession * (Full-time University students, pensioners, unemployed)
$25.00 Student 12-18yrs (High school students)

* If purchasing Concession or Student priced tickets you will be required to present proof of concessionage at the Box Office in order to collect your tickets. Failure to comply will result in a re-issue of the tickets at the standard Adult price.


Tuesday 23 February at 7pm (AWST)

Music Acknowledgement
Audio samples of Vivaldi’s Gloria are used with the generous permission of the University of North Texas. The recording is performed by The Collegium Singers & Baroque Orchestra, Richard Sparks, conductor. Cello performed by acclaimed cellist Helen Mountfort, who has worked with Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, Midnight Oil, and is a founding member of My Friend the Chocolate Cake.  

For the official program click HERE.


Rehearsal Trailer



Design, Devised & Directed


Artistic Associate

Naoko Yoshimoto

Sculptural Artist

Co3 Company

Bird Makers

Mark Haslam

Production Manager + Lighting Designer

Bruce McKinven

Design Associate

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Archives of Humanity is a cathartic celebration of resilience. It brims with an unheard melancholy and exuberance that reaches for, and embraces, the ecstatic, the divine and the holy. An absolute must-see."


★ ★ ★ ★ ★  
“An all-encompassing, explosive, emotional experience that mines the pain and glory of human existence.” 


★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2
“Composer Eden Mulholland, working in collaboration with choreographer Raewyn Hill, has created an incredible, almost operatic aural experience by combining reverberating electronic beats and echoing choral vocals.”  


★ ★ ★ ★ 
“Archives of Humanity is unpredictable and intriguing, reminding us that after a fall there is always an opportunity to transcend.” 

The West Australian  

“Archives is riveting to watch and delivers a brilliant if physically punishing finish. The intergenerational cast — ages range from teens to 50s — encapsulates the rich archive of experience that resides in the bodies of us all ...CO3 has probably been given its signature masterpiece with this show!” 

The Australian  

"The entire performance is extraordinarily artistic, with the final moment of the piece serving as art in its finest form...visually striking, but undeniably moving...This work is emotive, powerful and original; a creation Raewyn Hill and Co3 can be very proud of."

Dance Australia

“Restless, relentless and intensely rewarding.” 

Seesaw Magazine