Tuesday 20 December 2016
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Make inclusion the new normal. It’s possible.

Help us provide quality, inclusive learning experiences in the performing arts for everyone.

Disability led performance company provides equal opportunity for people with and without disability in the performing arts.

20% of the Australian population identify with having a disability, which in total, equals the combined population of Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania & the Australian Capitol Territory.

Despite this huge number, people with a disability are still excluded from a lot of mainstream opportunities. Murmuration is making ‘inclusion’ the new norm in the performing arts sector and you too can be part of making this possible.

With creativity and diversity at the heart of their practice, Murmuration is Sydney’s first professional integrated performance company. Their development programs are split into two main streams; ‘Making’ and ‘Learning’. Their ‘Making’ stream supports professional arts practice, through the research and development of integrated contemporary theatre, while their ‘Learning’ stream is open to all people to participate in the performing arts through workshops, events and outreach.

“We strongly believe that everyone deserves access to the undeniable benefits of participating in the performing arts”. Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, Artistic Director.

Despite recent funding cuts in the arts sector, Murmuration is rising above and paving the way for a new kind of normal in the performing arts, without wanting inclusion to be considered extraordinary or exceptional.

Their creative learning program aims to give everyone, from babies to seniors (no matter what their ability, background or perspectives) access to quality experiences in the performing arts.

As both an artist led and disability led company, Murmuration is committed to providing performing arts experiences that connect community members with professional artists. Their work aims to inspire creativity, expand cultural understanding, and foster a lifelong passion for continued learning and engagement in the arts.

“We take a lateral approach to all our activities and events, by providing an equitable, safe and creative environment that supports the needs of the community with a welcoming and non-judgmental approach”. Dan Daw, Artistic Associate.

With conversations around equality becoming more prominent in society, the inclusion of people with a disability is still often overlooked, which is why Murmuration has taken on such a proactive stance.

The performing arts is the perfect vehicle to breakdown stereotypes and influence change. Murmuration’s’ learning stream is one step towards achieving this, and the company needs your support.

As forerunners in this field, Winston Churchill Fellow Sarah-Vyne Vassallo and BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow, Dan Daw are the driving force behind Murmuration. The dynamic pair are passionate about redefining the perception of what people with a disability are capable of achieving.

Our Learning stream workshops include:


A fun and creative movement class, combining a series of activities that aim to improve physical and mental well-being of parents/caregivers and their children from newborn to 6 years old. The class is made up of creative play activities, sensory exercises, movement and improvisation tasks. Their aim is to provide an opportunity for children and their parents and caregivers to enjoy each other’s company and connect in a structured, creative and inclusive environment.


Whether you are new to dance and theatre or a professional artist, their weekly workshops are a great way to explore arts practice. Led by industry professionals, participants will develop skills in devised dance and theatre methods, activate new forms of artistic expression, work in a diverse creative environment and have a whole lot of fun doing so. The weekly workshops are open to the community to explore improvised movement, develop dance skills, activate individual creativity and learn theatre exercises. Interested participants will take part in an end of year sharing. Participants of Murmuration community workshops will: Collaborate with professional dancers Explore improvised movement Develop new dance skills Learn theatre-based exercises The workshops are designed to: Inspire artistic expression Promote individual creativity Build confidence and independence Learn professional devising methods All their Teaching Artists are experienced and qualified to deliver high quality dance and theatre workshops, for a variety of ages and for people with and without disability.

About Project Creator

Sarah-Vyne is a director, choreographer and teacher and has worked professionally in the performing arts spanning two decades.

Sarah-Vyne has worked across commercial and contemporary dance, theatre, television, film and arts development. She is a 2013 Winston Churchill Fellow, and throughout her career has worked with Sydney Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Sydney Opera House, MCA, DirtyFeet, Bankstown Arts Centre, Sidetrack Theatre, Disney, ABC, Screentime and Channel 7. Alongside being the artistic driving force of Murmuration she is currently the Program Director for Catalyst Dance and Board Member of Critical Path. Sarah-Vyne is an Australian, Sydney based artist who identifies with invisible disabilities.

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