Check out The West’s TODAY cover shot by David Collins for my new work Accidental Monsters of Meaning at the WA Museum – Perth, featuring performers Rhiannon Newton, Bianca Martin, Deb Roberston, Natalie Holmwood, Aisling Donovan, Sound by Ben Taaffe, Set by Ainsley Maxwell Canning, Costumes by Esther Gauntlett and Jaxon Reibel. STARTS MARCH 25TH


Accidental Monsters of Meaning

25 March – 3 April 2011

WA Museum


Photo: David Collins

Performers: Rhiannon Newton & Aisling Donovan

In March the WA Museum will transform its temporary exhibition space into a living environment of dancing bodies. Accidental Monsters of Meaning is a live-art installation examining the monsters of our time and where they are leading us.

In a room filled with display cases five dancers twist and turn through imagery of consumer culture, are remote controlled by the audience, travel through an arctic wonderland and converse only in advertising slogans. Choreographer Aimee Smith invites you to navigate through this space and ask the question, what will take for our species to survive?

25 March – 3 April 2011

Weekdays: 10 – 2pm Weekends: 12 – 4pm

Western Australia Museum – Perth

Perth Cultural Centre, James Street

Concept / Choreography: Aimee Smith

Performers: Deb Robertson, Rhiannon Newton, Bianca Martin, Aisling Donovan, Natalie Holmwood & Isabella Stone

Sound design: Ben Taaffe

Costume design: Esther Gauntlett & Jaxon Reidel
Set construction: Ainsley Canning

The Arctic Circle Project

I’m excitedly awaiting my next big adventure….a voyage to the Arctic Circle.

The Arctic Circle Project is an artist and scientist-led expedition to the High Arctic, from October 7 – October 24 2010.  18 international artists/ scientists have been selected for this 18 day voyage described as ‘an incubator for thought and experimentation for artists and innovators who seek out and foster areas of collaboration to engage in the central issues of our time’.  Check out for more information on this superb initiative.

Super, super excited by this experience and how it intersects with my work and passions.

Breakings..premiering at PICA, Perth April 2010

A sharp, confronting and reflective look at today’s mediated world.

Amongst a pile of out-of-tune television sets, walls converge and a body is caught between hope and fear. Breakings questions our relationship with the media and how it influences our perception of the world.Hailed by the West Australian as ‘one of Perth’s most promising emerging choreographers’, Aimee Smith is known for her cutting edge political work.

Breakings is an intense intersection between body, sound, screen, and movement.

After the performance join Aimee and guests from the fields of media, performance and cultural theory, as they unpack her work.

Choreographer/ Performer Aimee Smith Sound Ben Taaffe Audio Visual Jerrem Lynch Designer Fiona Bruce Lighting & production manager Mike Nanning

Presented by STRUT Dance in association with PICA
Co-produced by Performing Lines WA & STRUT Dance


8pm Thu 8 Apr
8pm Fri 9 Apr
8pm Sat 10 Apr
6pm Sun 11 Apr

Artist Talk
Post-performance forum with special guests after each show (Free)

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Performance Space

Duration 60min + forum

Standard $27
Art Addicts $22
Strut Members $22
Concession $20

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Accidental Monsters of Meaning, the latest project of Aimee’s, examines the twists and turns of consumer culture – a world where consumption is destruction, where the consumer becomes the consumed, and where survival is not a given. Set in the ambiguous and sterile space of a museum – zoo – viewing gallery – shopping mall world, the human being becomes a product of our times, the consumer becomes the product for consumption, and we are forced to face the realities of survival and extinction.
Accidental Monsters of Meaning is a performance installation, made in collaboration with sound designer Ben Taaffe, performers Deb Robertson, Michelle Anderson, Rhiannon Newton, and with set construction by Ainsley Canning. The work runs from Friday 31st July through to Sunday 2nd August at Spectrum Project Space, with performances at 8pm and, for something a little bit different, a late night show at 10pm on the Saturday.

Come experience the oddity of viewing your own species behind glass doors.

Friday 31st July         8pm
Saturday 1st August  8pm / 10pm
Sunday 2nd  August  8pm
Entry $10 / $5 conc.

Spectrum Project Space
221 Beaufort St. Northbridge WA

Entry $10 / $5 conc.