Brisbane Festival presents

Rules Of The Game

14 - 17 Sep
Brisbane Powerhouse - Powerhouse Theatre
Jonah Bokaer x Daniel Arsham | Original score by Pharrell Williams (USA)
Australian Premiere Exclusive to Brisbane

Jonah Bokaer is one of the leading innovators of American contemporary dance, and Rules Of The Game is his groundbreaking partnership with visual artist Daniel Arsham and multi-GRAMMY® Award-winner Pharrell Williams.

This Australian exclusive is fresh from its premiere in Dallas in May and ahead of its New York premiere in November.

Rules Of The Game, based loosely on Pirandello, is a multidisciplinary work for eight dancers – some of the most gifted of their generation – featuring dance, video and sculpture.

This is dance as visual art.

Bokaer is the youngest dancer to ever join Merce Cunningham’s company and is Robert Wilson’s regular choreographic collaborator. His crisp, elegant aesthetic is a sculptural accompaniment to Arsham’s offbeat, architectural environments and Williams’ first-ever orchestral score for theatre or dance.

Rules Of The Game is performed with two earlier works: RECESS (2010), Bokaer’s signature solo, and Why Patterns (2011), a series of choreographed games featuring 5,000 ping pong balls.


Read The Australian's review here

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Rules Of The Game was commissioned by Dallas Symphony Orchestra and SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival, with additional co-commissioning support by BAM Next Wave Festival 2016, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at University of Illinois, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and with major presentation support from the Brisbane Festival, Australian premiere, and La Biennale de la Danse de Lyon
Photos by Sharen Braford. Top image by James Law.
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Thu 15 Sep 7pm

Fri 16 Sep 7pm

Sat 17 Sep 2pm

Sat 17 Sep 7pm



Adult $50

Concession $46


RECESS  20 minutes

Why Patterns 30 minutes

Rules Of The Game 30 minutes

Duration : 114 minutes
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Brisbane Powerhouse - Powerhouse Theatre

119 Lamington Street
QLD 4005

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