Behind The Red Door

What really happened?

Another Dance Company in association with Mad Dance House and the Anywhere Theatre Festival present ‘Behind the Red Door’

Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop Dancers come together to tell the history of 43 Adelaide Street–a heritage listed building with a decadent, colourful and mysterious past.

Citizens continue to promenade the streets past the Moon’s building as they have for over a century and, while they know it or not the Moon’s Building has bared witness to industrial production, theosophical discussion, spiritual enlightenment, charity, the business of death, of information of entertainment and of pleasure. What do these walls know? What characters still lurk in the building from all the tenancies over the past century?

Come and bare witness to these past characters from behind the red door being retold through dance.

Be entertained, perhaps spooked and totally treated!


Recommended for ages 15+

7 reviews

  1. History and Dance Culminate in an Intriguing Production


    Just what does lie behind the red door above Burnett Lane? Who hides in the walls? Who’s lurking in the very fibre of the former newspaper office and brothel?

    Another Dance Co answer these questions in a beautiful site-specific dance presentation “Behind the Red Door”.

    The production was conceived, researched and choreographed by the dancers themselves and retells the incredible history of the heritage listed building. Opening behind the building itself, outside (they do have a wet weather contingency so don’t worry about the threat of rain) with the dancers utilising the air conditioning ducts and balcony to begin the story.

    Our narrator (Gulseren Masa) guides us through the rest of the poignant production as we move from room to room, discovering in each a new ghost from the building’s past.

    We first encounter a solo performance from flirtatious Sindy (Jess Briskie), a lady of the night. Sindy and her co-workers invite us inside for Hey Big Spender before sending us on our way to meet the homeless man who once slept in the red doorway. Josh Harris’ emotive performance tells a tale of loss, and hope.

    Directed into the next room the audience encounter a young woman who, in 1903, worked in the building’s tea processing plant. Reina Takeuchi’s choreography incorporates the tea itself lending a unique and somewhat emotional element to her performance. By contrast, Abbie Fewings and Chris Braithwaite present a far more traditional, poignant and expressive duet in what was, at one time, a funeral parlour.

    Culminating in the newspaper office, Elizabeth (Kate Woods), one of the few women working in the industry during the 1920’s, vividly presents the tedium and lack of respect men gave their female counterparts.

    Full marks to the ensemble who, when the sound system cut out unexpectedly, continued dancing as if nothing was amiss.

    Behind the Red Door is a fantastic story beautifully presented by Another Dance Co. The history of the building is incredible and both dance and history lovers will appreciate this show. Individual performances were exceptional and the fact that they researched the history and characters themselves lend further kudos to the production.

  2. Great Artistry!

    These students showed exceptional skills in choreography, music, lighting, theatre and displayed a great story through the history of the building..

  3. Absolutely incredibly amazing!

    That was absolutely amazing!!
    I’ve never been to a show that has incorporated the history of the building through dancing. You could tell the cast were very passionate about their dances and the connection that they created with eachother truly reached the audience.
    Awesome!! 💃

  4. amazing, entrancing adventure back in time

    Amazing to experience the fascinating history of such an amazing building through beautiful, creative dance. Loved the atmosphere and attention to detail. I was taken on an emotional rollercoaster with each dance. Loved it!!

  5. An emotive historical adventure.

    I loved how the performances started outside as we, the audience, stood on a gangway which led to the back alley and then we had to wonder what really was behind the Red Door. The atmosphere was set and we were then delivered from room to room by a storyteller where we witnessed the experiences of those whom had once dwelt in the building, brought to life by each performer. It was great to see some of the heritage of this building depicted through dancers who have immersed themselves in someone else’s life. I believe that for some of these artists it was their first time of choreographing their own performances, and the fact that they researched the building, did their own music and lighting certainly has showcased their talents and dedication. Well done to all involved. An awesome and emotive experience!

  6. Behind the red door- Sunday night

    Wow what a great show,
    Such an interesting way to display history of a building and the stories it tells.
    Through the different styles of dance, the dancers were able to bring the characters to life. Great performances from all yet however one lady was correcting the narrator on the minor details which didn’t seem necessary and ruined the setting of the scene.

  7. History can be danced

    Behind The Red Door 43 Adelaide Street Brisbane 9:30pm 20 May 2017

    Although the studio was familiar to me as a dance student, the history of the building is not, two of my favourite things dance and history what a great way to end the festival.!!!

    The dancers are all undertaking studies in some form of dance with each dancers representing someone who used to inhabit the building.

    Only one gentleman amongst the ladies (although I was told there was originally 2 but the other gentleman injured himself opening night) so at the last minute a substitue was found therefore the homeless gentleman who lived in the building became a homeless woman.

    We moved from outside the bulding watching the dancers move their bodies through door ways, over rooftops and drain pipes. We were gift a touch to highlight their moves with no shining in their eyes of course.

    Unfortunatly the narrator at times was a little quiet the only way I knew she had finished speaking was the crowd began moving into the studios.

    Chairs were available in every studio, I personally prefer the floor to see everything in a lot more detail.

    Every performance was emotional just stunning to watch some routines were solo others were in a group.

    I was little disappointed in the performance of the gentleman who played the boss in a newspaper office. He obviously had a background in gymnastics and looking to make the change to dance.

    This was great I am so inspired by these dancers work I hope to see more of their work in the future, who knows maybe they will be in one of my classes.

    To everyone your dedication has not gone unoticed, I admire you all
    Thank you for making my last performance of the festival a night to remember

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Behind The Red Door @ Mad Dance House


Mad Dance House
43 Adelaide Street, Brisbane 4000

43 Adelaide Street
Brisbane City QLD 4000
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Alleyways, Streets & Rooftops
Cultural, Art & Community
Industrial (Warehouses/Carparks)



Duration/Opening Times

45 mins