Australian National Botanic Gardens

5 –14 March; performance times vary — Various locations throughout the Gardens

Experience a unique sensory work of  illuminated live dance, music and spoken word created by award winning dance company  Australian Dance Party and collaborating artists on this exclusive after dark walking tour through the Gardens.

This intimate open-air experience explores the volatility of the natural world in the age of the Anthropocene. It is an embodied study of symbiotic relationships: parasitism, mutualism and commensalism, provokes a crucial reflection on human-ecological relationships. The work re-positions the human as a part of nature, and the response–ability we hold in shaping our ecological future.

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Concept & Direction: Alison Plevey Dance & Choreography: Olivia Fyfe, Ryan Stone, Levi Szabo, Alison Plevey, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM & Somebody’s Aunt Guide: Liz Lea Music: Alex Voorhoeve & Andy McMillan Poetry & Words: Melinda Smith & Ryan Stone Costume design: Aislinn King


Performances: Fri 5 Mar 6pm & 8:15pm; Sat 6 Mar 6pm* & 8:15pm; Sun 7 Mar 5:30pm** & 7:45pm; Fri 12 Mar 6pm & 8:15pm; Sat 13 Mar 6pm* & 8:15pm Sun 14 Mar 7:45pm

*Post show Q & A; **Audio Description + Auslan interpreted 


Supported by artsACT, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Enlighten Festival, QL2 Dance, Molonglo, Maxim Accountants, All Insure, Lorna Sim Photography and Screencraft Media.


Lorna Sim

How long is the walk?

The performance experience involves a walking journey of approximately 900m through the Gardens, including inclines, varied surfaces and steps. It’s an adventure!

Is Symbiosis accessible?

The Symbiosis performance includes varied terrain, stairs and can be slippery in some parts. It is not accessible for wheelchairs. The pathways will be lit for safety and wayfinding in low light and darkness.
There will be an audio-described and Auslan interpreted sessions (Sunday 7 March at 5.30pm).
Please contact the organiser at for details and to communicate your needs.
An accessible online film will be available to view for a limited time. Tickets will be available at To register your interest in attending this screening please email

Will seating be available?

Lightweight aluminium stools will be available to carry with you so that you can sit intermittently at different times during the experience.

What should I wear?

Covered and comfortable walking shoes are recommended, as well as long sleeves, long pants and warm layers. There are some mozzies about!

When should I arrive?

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled ticket time and meet outside the Visitor Centre. gates will be locked at show time, so please don’t be late!

Where do I park?

The Gardens has ample free parking after 5pm at the entry to the site. Of course we encourage you to move to zero emissions and ride, scoot, skate or car pool instead. Disability parking is available close to the Visitor Centre.

Is there a bar?

Yes join the artists for a drink at the Rock Garden Bar at the end of your performance experience.

What happens if it rains?

We don’t mind a sprinkle, in which case we will continue in a rain dance to be remembered. Cancelled performances due to heavy rain forecast, will be rescheduled as is possible and your ticket transferred. Refunded tickets will be offered if postponement is not possible for you or the organiser.

If I have purchased a ticket but cannot attend, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds to the performance if you are not able to attend or change your mind. If you have been told to isolate or have any COVID-19 symptoms, you must not attend. Please contact us in such an instance.

What covid-safety measures are in place?

You will be asked to sign in for contact tracing purposes. The performance is in the open air and involves smaller groups of audience (30). Hand sanitiser will be available at the beginning and end of the performance. Audience members are asked to maintain physical distancing wherever possible.

Further information and additional FAQs


5 –14 March; performance times vary


Various locations throughout the Gardens


Adult $45.95; Concession $34.75; Youth 10–16 years $29.15; Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 youth) $125.45