The Company

“world class theatre – sumptuously imagined, visually stunning and profoundly moving” The Age July 2011

Rawcus is a critically acclaimed ensemble of performers with and without disability who create distinct performance work and deliver exceptional arts experiences. Collaborating with a core creative team led by Artistic Director Kate Sulan, Rawcus devises new work that expresses the imaginative world of the Ensemble. Drawing on dance, theatre and visual art disciplines, the work is crafted with a precision that supports the performers but allows space for their inherent sense of anarchy. Rawcus’ performance aesthetic is characterised by a marriage of intense physicality and arresting visual imagery. Rawcus’ work is sculptural, unexpected, beautiful, funny and tender.
Rawcus’ work has won numerous awards and has featured as part of Dance Massive, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Next Wave and Melbourne Fringe. Rawcus has worked collaboratively with diverse Australian arts companies including Restless Dance Company, Born in a Taxi, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chambermade Opera.

Rawcus’ public program makes quality art works of meaning in and with the community enlivening people, places and perceptions


“a sense of adventurousness, a command of presence, and a frisson of unpredictability, a willingness to embrace risk and crucially, the critical rigor to make that risk pay off in aesthetic terms.”The Age

“the pleasure is in the spontaneous expression, diverse physical virtuosity, unpredictable leaps and turns and alternative communication skills”