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A double-bill of contemporary dance presented by Yellow Wheel

Choreographed by Gideon Obarzanek
Performed by Yellow Wheel Company 2

Long before Gideon Obarzanek founded renowned contemporary dance company Chunky Move in 1995, he was learning traditional Israeli folk dance on kibbutz. The core choreography in Circle Dance began its life there, and has been extrapolated from the memory of a movement that Obarzanek has found himself returning to, and drawing inspiration from.

In 2015 he created Circle Dance in collaboration with the graduate students of the Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance. Recreated for Yellow Wheel, watch the dancers succumb to an unrelenting physical drive in this intense performance, the Israeli folk roots of which are occasionally revealed to only the most observant eye. We invite you to see Circle Dance in a studio setting before it's premiere at the Festival of Jewish Arts and Music.


Seven short works choreographed and performed by Yellow Wheel Company 1

Trip The Light is Yellow Wheel's annual choreographic season, where our company members are supported to create their own short works. Mentored by Josh and Kyall, the choreographers are encouraged to try out new ideas and take creative risks. Every year Trip The Light reveals something completely unique, and we invite you to share in the journey with us.

Choreographers: Abigail Benham-Bannon, Anne Louise Thorbecke, Eiren Chamley, Elly Tew, Maddi Cushion, Natalie Kwan & Phillipa Chapman.

Saturday August 31st, 7pm
Sunday September 1st, 2pm & 5pm

WXYZ Studios
130 Dryburgh Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051

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We're looking for Board Members!

Yellow Wheel is seeking experienced professionals who are interested in being a part of our inaugural Board.

Yellow Wheel, established in Melbourne in 2012, is an Australian dance company specialising in working with young people and emerging artists. The company offers a range of programs to connecting emerging dancers with professional artists, and provides rigourous contemporary dance training and professional development. Yellow Wheel presents  fresh, ambitious new dance works featuring the next generation of young movers, as well as supporting artists to create and present work.

We are seeking individuals who can assist with the governance of the company, and who are able to make an investment of their time in order to support the growth and development of Yellow Wheel. In particular we are interested in hearing from those with a background in law and/or finance, and those with previous Board experience.

For those who are interested and would like more information, please contact Yellow Wheel Artistic Director Joshua Lowe at

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Summer Intensive 19

Melanie Lane / Paea Leach / James Batchelor
Joshua Lowe / Lauren Langlois

January 14 - 18
12pm - 6pm Daily

Yellow Wheel presents its annual Summer Intensive, an immersive contemporary dance experience that connects young dancers with some of the country's most exciting artists. Five dance artists over five days will teach class and share their practice, challenging the way we move and create. Join us in the brand new WXYZ Studios for an inspiring week of dance and dance making.

$250 / Full Week
$60 / Day Passes

Places are strictly limited!

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Example Example Tickets On Sale!

Yellow Wheel presents Example Example, a new double-bill of contemporary dance works, choreographed by Yellow Wheel alumni Kyall Shanks and Arabella Frahn-Starkie.

In Reference to the PDF
Kyall's work is a summary and representation of his and Company 2’s time spent together this year. A short demonstration of the play and investigations in the studio, kept alive by the company members through the use of an infamous PDF while Kyall was overseas.

Close Copy
Close Copy by Arabella Frahn-Starkie combines dance and photographic practice. It is comparison and analysis in a dream state. It is multiple versions of a single memory. It is a genuine artefact that is both unchanging, and moving forward with the momentum of a body twisting and flailing.

Friday November 23rd / 7:00pm
Saturday November 24th / 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Temperance Hall
199 Napier Street, South Melbourne

This season has been supported by Lucy Guerin Inc, Transit Dance and Temperance Hall.

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2019 Auditions

We are seeking young movers aged 14+ to work with us in 2019!

Yellow Wheel is a Melbourne-based dance company that specialises in creating work with young people. In 2019 we are offering two programs, Company One and Company Two, which both include exciting contemporary dance performance and training opportunities. Auditions are taking place in December, and interested dancers are asked to register on the website before attending.

Yellow Wheel, alongside Lucy Guerin Inc, is in residence at the brand new WXYZ Studios in North Melbourne. Company members will be working in the thick of the industry, working with and sharing space with leading professionals, and performing in some of Melbourne’s most exciting festivals.

To find out details on what each program offers, and to register, click the button below.

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New Artistic and Associate Directors!

Yellow Wheel is very excited to announce its new Artistic Director, Joshua Lowe, and Associate Director, Kyall Shanks!

Yellow Wheel was founded in 2012 by Artistic Director Adam Wheeler. In August this year Adam relocated to Launceston to take up the position of Artistic Director of Tasdance. Throughout 2019 he will be supporting Yellow Wheel as Artistic Executive. 

Joshua and Kyall both have a long history with Yellow Wheel. Joshua has been the Company Manager since 2012 and choreographed for I Came Here To Dance Once (2014) and The Golden Age (2015). Kyall began a company member in 2013, then moving into the role of Artistic Associate in 2016. He co-choreographed Quark (2016) alongside Adam, and is choreographing for Company Two this year.

Joshua has also been the Artistic Director of Hobart’s youth dance company DRILL since 2007, and will continue in this role alongside Yellow Wheel. Working at the helm of both companies will allow new opportunities for connection and collaboration between Tasmania and Victoria.

As Melbourne’s pre-professional contemporary dance company, Yellow Wheel will continue to offer exceptional training and performance opportunities for young people and emerging artists. We are very excited to enter a new phase for the company and can’t wait to share news on our 2019 program with you all soon!

Image by Luke Byrne

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Paradise is Coming!

Phillip Adams BalletLab and Yellow Wheel invite you to experience Paradise!

Paradise is a re-proposal of previous work Pacific by PABL Artistic Director, Phillip Adams made for Brazilian Ballet Company, Companhia de Ballet da Cidade de Niterói in 2016. For Paradise, Adams has transferred this work onto the 20 young dancers of pre-professional dance company Yellow Wheel. Inspired by childhood memories growing up in Papua New Guinea, 60s and 70s television and the cultural and social influences of making the original work in Niteroi, Brazil, Paradise evokes a world of imagined ceremony, pageantry and procession all expressed through an original and vibrant choreography adapted for an Australian setting. The work pays homage to a variety of influences spanning a number of decades and across multiple continents creating a celebratory new dance work performed to classical music by Richard Strauss.  

Trip The Light 2018

Formerly known as SHOWROOM, Trip The Light is Yellow Wheel's celebrated dancer's choreographic season.

Each year selected dancers from the company take on the challenge of making their own works mentored by Adam. Fourteen new dance works will be presented in a multi-space experience at Transit Dance, Kensington.

Choreographers: Abigail Benham-Bannon, Anna Tolotchkov, Charlie Lloyd, Claudia Willimann, Eiren Chamley, Elly Tew, Emily Laurson, Hannah Friebel, Luke Romero, Maddi Cushion, Natalie Kwan, Rachel Mackie, Rachel Owens, Walter Wolffs

A Short Film by Pippa Samaya

In April 2018 Yellow Wheel and The National Youth Dance Company of Scotland collided for eight days to create and present NEO.

Dance film maker Pippa Samaya spent time with us in the studio and at the performance to create a beautiful snap shot of our time together. Pippa and Adam have been working together since 2014, catching memorable moments of youth dance practice.

Our thanks to Creative Victoria, Creative Scotland, Time To Shine, Auspicious Arts Projects, Lucy Guerin Inc & Transit Dance for their support!

Check out the video below!