presented by Perth Festival and The Farm in association with Co3 Contemporary Dance


What do you do when the world is ending? Party like its 1999!

3–6 March, 2022

CITY BEACH, Entrance opposite Jubilee Park

Across the broad expanse of the iconic City Beach, The Ninth Wave is an apocalyptic narrative performed with wild and fearless abandon.

Sitting on the edge of the sand you face out to the sea and the vast performance space of the beach, littered with half-buried cars and other detritus. You watch on as a party bubbling over with champagne-drinking fools wilfully ignores the warning signs of the end of the world. With dancers from The Farm and Co3 performing together, The Ninth Wave unfolds like a scene from Inception, with startling and beautiful images taking us ever deeper into the eye of the storm. Entwined with an original score composed by Regurgitator’s Ben Ely this dance on a smoking volcano is the party to end all parties.

The Farm is a collective of dance and theatre artists who enjoy collaboration as a way to make performance. Their mission: to demystify contemporary dance. Grand in physical scale and apocalyptic in theme, this latest work takes the ideas behind their 2016 Helpmann Award nominated The Last Blast to their fullest and most ominous end.


Thursday 3 March, 8pm (Post-show Q&A)

Friday 4 March, 8pm

Saturday 5 March, 8pm

Sunday 6 March, 8pm


From $29






Please BYO beach chair or blanket to sit on.


Grayson Millwood & Gavin Webber
Kate Harman, Grayson Millwood, Mitchell Aldridge, Sam Coren, Scott Galbraith, May Greenberg, Mitchell Harvey, Alex Kay, Georgia Van Gils
Co3 Youth Ensemble
Ella Amato, Kayley Amato, Skye Amato, Chance Culverhouse, Sienna Dilazzaro, Monty Hoddinott, Darcy Gifford, Imogen Thompson, Sayaka Vincent
Co3 Artistic Associate
Alice Kell
Original Music
Ben Ely
Sound Designer
Luke Smiles
Associate Sound Designer
Anna Whitaker
Lighting Designer
Mark Howett
Production Manager & Lighting Associate
Chloe Ogilvie
Costume Designer
Tyler Hill
Youth Ensemble Carers
Matthew Morris
Jennifer Bagg
Originally Created & Performed by
Charles Ball, Essie Horn, Michael Smith, Gabriel Comeford, Hsin Ju Ely, Kate Harman, Gabrielle Nankivel, Craig Barry, Grayson Millwood and The Farm’s Greenhouse youth ensemble
Original Costume Designer
Vilma Mattila
The Ninth Wave_cr_Jess Wyld (4)
Photos: Jessica Wild
ORIGINALLY CREATED BY: Grayson Millwood, Gavin Webber, Charles Ball, Essie Horn, Michael Smith, Gabriel Comeford, Hsin Ju, Kate Harman, Gabrielle Nankivel, Craig Barry, Mark Howett, Luke Smiles, Ben Ely.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The Farm would like to acknowledge the people of the Yugambeh language groups who are the traditional custodians of the land, and waterways in which this work was created on.