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National Gallery of Australia

Upcoming FEB 2024

National Gallery of Australia has commissioned A Sun Dance: an original choreographic performance work by Rochelle Haley for presentation in February 2024. 

At the core of the work is a relation between performer, sunlight and architecture. A Sun Dance is made in relation to the original architecture of the National Gallery building,

specifically shafts of sunlight streaming through architectural forms provides changing ‘sets’ for dance over the course of a day. 

A Sun Dance is a key case study for the Australian Research Council funded project, Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum. Specifically, the project will test and develop new principles of performance preservation with TATE Conservation.

Photo: Karlee Holland, site development at NGA with choreographers and dancers Angela Goh and Ivey Wawn 


From Impulse To Action, Bundanon Museum

29 Jan 2022 - 12 Jun 2022


Commissioned for the inaugural exhibition at the new Bundanon Art Museum, Dance on a Couch by an Open Window (after Boyd) 2021 is an installation, performance and participatory artwork.  Two performances took place on 29 Jan 2022 & 28 May 2022 with collaborating choreographers / performers Angela Goh and Ivey Wawn, and performer Trish Wood.

The large-scale installations use the sensory effects of colour to play with our perceptions of surface, composition and pictorial space. The soft sculptural ‘wearables’ are temporarily attached and draped within the installation, and audiences are invited to put them on and interact with a simple series of performative prompts. The costumes, made in collaboration with costume designer Leah Giblin, are also worn by dancers during staged performances throughout the exhibition. 

Rochelle Haley, Dance on a couch by an open window (after Boyd), 2021, acrylic paint, beech timber, canvas, calico, cotton drill, fabric dye, crayon, pastel, ink, charcoal, feather down, magnets, rope, and performance. Costume designer: Leah Giblin. Choreographers/Performers: Angela Goh and Ivey Wawn. Fabricator: Kazu Quill. Photo: Zan Wimberley

EVER SUN Laneways Performances

Wilmot St, Sydney CBD

25 Jan & 11 Mar 2021


EVER SUN laneways two live performances took place on 25 Jan & 11 Mar 2021, to accompany a new City of Sydney Laneways commissions in Sydney’s CBD, Wilmot Street. EVER SUN is a large scale suspended installation that opens this public space to a sensitive play of light that changes constantly throughout the day. It was commissioned by the City of Sydney for the City Art Laneways program 2021, and originally commissioned by Performance Space for Liveworks 2020. 

Photo: Jessica Maurer 

Choreographers/Performers: Angela Goh & Ivey Wawn 

Performers: Patricia Wood, David Huggins, Alice Weber
Costume designer: Leah Giblin 

Studio Assistants: Sophie Lane, Lisa Myeong Joo Keighery, Ra Bull & Monika Cvitanovic

The Invention of Depth

Flat Earth Society exhibition, Cement Fondu

12 October - 8 December 2019

Commissioned by Cement Fondu for the 'Flat Earth Society' group exhibition, 'The Invention of Depth' is presented alongside other interdisciplinary artists working at the intersection of abstraction and screen-based culture. From the flat plane of canvas to the flat-screens of daily life, their artworks reflect how technology has shifted the possibilities of painting and infused the way we experience and frame our realities.

Breaching the limits of conventional notions of painting to explore it’s temporal and spatial qualities, Rochelle Haley’s installation 'The Invention of Depth' encompasses the gallery floor and walls, traditional canvas, hand-painted beads and two live performances by Ivey Wawn at the exhibition launch and on November 16. Referencing a pivotal moment in European art history when the illusion of depth was constructed through the use of linear perspective, Haley’s work asks viewers to consider the concepts of depth as mythology and dimensionality as ‘conspiracy’. Working with dancers, Haley uses movement to consider how bodies, gestures and velocities might produce transitory and temporal ‘brushstrokes’ or marks made in space.


Photo credits: Jessica Maurer, Four Minutes to Midnight & Yaya STempler Stempler. Copyright and courtesy of the artist.

Marquetry Score

The John Fries Award finalist exhibition, UNSW Galleries

28 September - 3 November 2018


A newly commissioned work ‘Marquetry Score’ was exhibited as a finalist in the John Fries Award 2018. The work comprises a painting on board, wall mural, installation elements, a wearable soft sculpture and live performances (with Angela Goh) 28 Sep 2018 and 3 Nov 2018.

Curator and artist Consuelo Cavaniglia says "Through the expansion of painterly forms onto walls, floors, and as freestanding elements in the space, Rochelle's work engages with architecture and invites the consideration of movement within space".

This project has been assisted by Copyright Agency Ltd. & The John Fries Award


Photo credit: Silversalt Photography & Document Photography. Copyright and courtesy of the artist.


Hazelhurst Regional Gallery

23 - 24 September 2017


AFTERGLOW is an installation and performance work at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery which explores Haley's interest in movement patterns across both choreography and painting. The project involves a group of Physical Culture dancers from 6yrs to adults (Figtree Physie) and collaborators Brooke Stamp (choreographic facilitation) & Kate Scardifield (costumes). 


"The project uses colour, pattern, light, shape and dance to create an immersive, living 'painting' which audiences can visually and physically experience" curator Carrie Kibbler.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Photo credit: Document Photography. Copyright and courtesy of the artist.


Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
29 Apr 2016


'Spin' is a performance and installation work by Rochelle Haley staged at the Museum of Contemporary Art 'GOLDEN HOUR' ArtBar, curated by Kate Scardifield. Haley references dance notational drawings of Noa Eshkol to explore transitional spaces created by the moving body. The work is performed in front of Brook Andrew’s light and paint installation ‘Loop. A Model of how the world operates’ 2008. In the performance, fabric forms and gold beaded bling transform drawn lines into fleeting movement in golden light.


Photo credit: Document Photography. Copyright and courtesy of the artist. Performers: Ivey Wawn, Angela Goh and Patricia Wood. Also imaged: Brook Andrew’s ‘Loop. A Model of how the world operates’ 2008, copyright the artist.


Hazelhurst Regional Gallery

Saturday 12 December 2015 - Sunday 7 February 2016





Curated by Carrie Kibbler, Patternation is a group show at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery that explores repetition, rhythm, sequence, code and systems that assist us to navigate pathways and make sense of the world.  This exhibition considers conceptual nature of pattern and its affinity with art, science, language, music and movement. 

Photo credit: Document Photography. Performer: Ivey Wawn

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