KAGE was established in 1997 by Victorian College of the Arts Dance graduates Kate Denborough and Gerard Van Dyck. Kate and Gerard formed a creative partnership based on a shared desire to create original works that progress the form of dance. This took place by collaborating with extraordinary artists and communities to find original ways to present dance in new contexts. KAGE explored the development of arresting visual languages, the parallel creation of choreography and music and the dramatic potential of dance and extreme physicality with irreverence and humour.
KAGE were in residence at Bundanon in 2017 working on ‘Caught in the Middle’. Heath Bergersen was the last Aboriginal baby to be adopted by a white family (with Norwegian heritage) in Western Australia in 1976. He was taught to be proud of his Aboriginality, enabling him to bridge the gap between his blood heritage and his white upbringing. Using his story as inspiration, Caught in the Middle will reflect on the impact of colonisation on the Sámi people in Northern Norway and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Through choreography and music, the work will celebrate stories of heroes and warriors from both cultures. Directed by Kate Denborough and made in collaboration with the cast, this show will feature KAGE’s signature style of vibrant storytelling and distinctive aesthetic.