A Unique Sensory Experience

Join an exclusive after-dark walking tour through the Australian National Botanic Gardens with illuminated live dance, music and spoken word. Experience a unique sensory work created by award-winning dance company, Australian Dance Party and collaborating artists. This intimate open-air experience explores the volatility of the natural world in the age of the Anthropocene.

An embodied study of symbiotic relationships: parasitism, mutualism and commensalism, provokes a crucial reflection on human-ecological relationships. The work re-positions the human as a part of nature, and the response-ability we hold in shaping our ecological future.

  • Concept & Direction: Alison Plevey
  • Dance & Choreography: Olivia Fyfe, Ryan Stone, Levi Szabo, Alison Plevey, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM & Somebody’s Aunt
  • Tour Guide: Liz Lea
  • Music: Alex Voorhoeve & Andy McMillan
  • Poetry & Words: Melinda Smith & Ryan Stone
  • Costume design: Aislinn King

Supported by: artsACT, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Enlighten, QL2 Dance, Molonglo, Maxim Accountants, All Insure, Lorna Sim Photography, and Screencraft Media.

Please note: This show is only suitable for children over 10 years of age.

Hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens

Please note this show is only suitable for children over 10 years of age.


How long is the walk?
The performance experience involves a walking journey of approximately 900m through the Gardens, including inclines, varied surfaces and steps. It’s an adventure!

Is Symbiosis accessible?
The Symbiosis performance includes varied terrain, stairs and can be slippery in some parts. It is not accessible for wheelchairs. The pathways will be lit for safety and wayfinding in low light and darkness.

There will be an audio-described and Auslan interpreted sessions (Sunday 7 March at 5.30pm).

Please contact the organiser at secretary@australiandance.party for details and to communicate your needs.

An accessible online film will be available to view for a limited time. Tickets will be available at australiandance.party. To register your interest in attending this screening please email secretary@australiandance.party.

Will seating be available?
Lightweight aluminium stools will be available to carry with you so that you can sit intermittently at different times during the experience.

What should I wear?
Covered and comfortable walking shoes are recommended, as well as long sleeves, long pants and warm layers. There are some mozzies about!

When should I arrive?
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled ticket time and meet outside the Visitor Centre. gates will be locked at show time, so please don’t be late!

Where do I park?
The Botanic Gardens has ample free parking after 5pm at the entry to the site. Of course we encourage you to move to zero emissions and ride, scoot, skate or car pool instead. Disability parking is available close to the Visitor Centre.

Is there a bar?
Yes join the artists for a drink at the Rock Garden Bar at the end of your performance experience.

What happens if it rains?
We don’t mind a sprinkle, in which case we will continue in a rain dance to be remembered. Cancelled performances due to heavy rain forecast, will be rescheduled as is possible and your ticket transferred. Refunded tickets will be offered if postponement is not possible for you or the organiser.

If I have purchased a ticket but cannot attend, can I get a refund?
Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds to the performance if you are not able to attend or change your mind. If you have been told to isolate or have any COVID-19 symptoms, you must not attend. Please contact us in such an instance.

What covid-safety measures are in place?
You will be asked to sign in for contact tracing purposes. The performance is in the open air and involves smaller groups of audience (30). Hand sanitiser will be available at the beginning and end of the performance. Audience members are asked to maintain physical distancing wherever possible.

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Australian National Botanic Gardens