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Content Warning: Parental Guidance is recommended.
Arachne contains images that some viewers may find unsettling.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following program contains images and voices of deceased persons.


Arachne (2002)
Director: Matthew Bergan and Narelle Benjamin
Choreographer: Narelle Benjamin and Brett Daffy
Composer: Huey Benjamin
Performers: Narelle Benjamin, Brett Daffy, Russell Page
Sound designer: Huey Benjamin

The spider teaches you to maintain a balance between the past and future, physical and spiritual, male and female. The spider is the guardian of the ancient languages and alphabets.

Arachne is a short dance film that depicts and idyllic love affair interrupted in a disturbing way.

Arachne is part of the Reeldance Retrospective curated by Erin Brannigan.  It is intended to be viewed in the context of a compilation of 12 dance films, across genres on screen including physical theatre, Indigenous dance forms, Hip Hop and yoga.

The Reel Dance Retrospective can be viewed at Hutong Gardens.



Erin Brannigan is Associate Professor in Theatre and Performance at the University of New South Wales. She is of Irish and Danish political exile, convict, and settler descent. Her publications include Moving Across Disciplines: Dance in the Twenty-First Century (Sydney: Currency House, 2010), Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011) and Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers, co-edited with Virginia Baxter (Kent Town: Wakefield Press, 2014). She has published various chapters and articles in film, performance and dance journals and anthologies. Her current research project is Precarious Movements: Dance and the Museum with AGNSW, Tate UK, NGV, MUMA and artist Shelley Lasica and monographs associated with this project are Choreography, Visual Art and Experimental Composition 1950s -1970s (London: Routledge, 2022) and The Persistence of Dance: Choreography and Contemporary Art 1990s-2020s (NYP).

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Scarborough St

Scarborough StSouthport CBD QLD 4215

Friday 21 Jun6:30PM – 9:30PM
Saturday 22 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Sunday 23 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Friday 28 Jun6:30PM – 9:30PM
Saturday 29 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Sunday 30 Jun5PM – 8:30PM
Friday 05 Jul5PM – 9:30PM
Saturday 06 Jul5PM – 9:30PM
Sunday 07 Jul5PM – 8:30PM
All times are QLD AEST

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