about us



KAGE is the creative partnership of Kate Denborough and Gerard Van Dyck. Meeting whilst completing a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992, the two formed an immediate and unique affiliation. Kate and Gerard's visionary partnership has sparked for seventeen years and since their performance debut in 1997, KAGE has propelled dance-theatre into fresh territory, claiming international awards, recognition and new audiences along the way.

KAGE makes exceptional dance theatre. Visually stunning, arresting, provocative, humorous and humane; KAGE uses honesty and imagination to continually explore and redefine what dance can be.

KAGE strives to create work that's felt as often as it's explained. Technically rigorous and visually striking dance theatre becomes a platform for work about the subtlety of experience; about the millions of gigantic-yet-tiny, deeply felt, funny and ultimately connected moments that make up our lives – success, failure, awkwardness, panic, tears and reckless joy. The work of KAGE is to render these, and other human things, physical.

More than dance. Not quite theatre. Not circus, or poems, or dreams; but like these... KAGE strikes out for new ground; innovating and reconceiving dance theatre to draw humour, humanity and pathos from the physicality of human bodies.

KAGE was delighted to be the inaugural Company in Residence at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2009.

In 2010 KAGE became a resident company at the Abbotsford Convent and welcomed Simone Schinkel to the team as KAGE's General Manager and Producer.

KAGE proudly celebrated their 15 year anniversary in 2012 and were delighted to be joined by Lisa Gorman (fashion designer) and Eddie Perfect (actor, comedian, musician) as KAGE Ambassadors.

In 2013 KAGE presented almost 100 performances in 35 different locations including remote and regional Australia as well as Helsinki, Finland and Kate Denborough was recognised in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence Awards.

In 2014 KAGE premiered two new works FORKLIFT and TEAM OF LIFE and collaborated with over 30 different artists. 

2015 marks KAGE's biggest year two date with the premiere of PICNIC, a collaboration with Jo Stromgren Kompani in Norway, FORKLIFT making its European premiere in Finland and a strong year with our emerging artist program including the presentation of PACES. 

Read some KAGE media reviews here and here.