The perception experiment


The perception experiment

A single grain of salt sits atop a dormant mass. A tentative shuffle begins a migration, gravity-beckoned and persistent. Micro-movements and moments occur over expanses of time, interrupted and intersected by bodies. The trickle becomes a torrent, becomes a cloud, becomes a pattern; capturing breath and heartbeat before sweeping away. 

In their first work made in Central Australia, Choreographers Frankie Snowdon and Madeleine Krenek invite you to explore time and space through an offering of live dance performance, sound and sculptural installation.  Through provocative sensorial immersion, The Perception Experiments strives to examine our experience of the physical world, blur its edges and offer an alternative view of how we might navigate through it.

Concept, choreography and performance: Frankie Snowdon and Madeleine Krenek

Collaborating performers: Tara Samaya and Kelly Beneforti

Lighting and space design: Jenny Hector

Sound Design: Darcy Davis

Photography, video and editing: Pippa Samaya

This work is now tour ready, for a full length video, technical specifications and costing, please contact us. 

This project was proudly supported by The Australia Council for the Arts, The Regional Arts Fund and The Northern Territory Government through Arts NT, as well as partnering organisations Araluen Arts Centre, Watch This Space and Red Hot Arts.



Frankie Snowdon


Frankie grew up in Alice Springs and is a VCA (Australia) alumnae (2008). Since graduating Frankie has collaborated and danced with Gideon Obarzanek’s Chunky Move, Brooke Stamp, Martin Del Amo, Adam Wheeler, Neil Armfield and Kate Champion for Opera Australia and Sara Black. Independently, Frankie has choreographed and performed in With the Lot (Lucy Guerin Inc.), Private Parking for Private Dances (Next Wave Festival/Nat Cursio Co.), Something Blew (2NDTOE), Celebration for Pieces for Small Spaces (Lucy Guerin Inc.), Scribble (Le Scratch), DanceFarm Game Show (Harvest Music Festival/Summersalt festival) Family (2NDTOE), The Lost Dance Project – Pilot (2NDTOE). As well as this she has choreographed and performed in a number of music videos for Independent Australian Artists and been named as a Dancer to Watch in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Dance Australia Critics Choice survey.

Frankie was the recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant in 2015 and spent 12 months participating in workshops, teaching, creating and performing work in Germany, France and the UK, and assisting in facilitating cross-disciplinary residency program conVERGE at Ponderosa in Germany. As an Independent dance maker Frankie has choreographed and performed in projects funded by The Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Arts NT, The City of Melbourne, The City of Port Phillip, the Besen Family Foundation and Regional Arts Australia. She has a large involvement in teaching and dance development throughout Victoria and the NT, most notably founding the Alice Can Dance performance education program in Alice Springs.

In 2016 Frankie worked with Opera Australia in Melbourne as the assistant choreographer to Kate Champion and dance captain for the remount of The Ring Cycle (Dec 2016), and most recently debuted her newest full-length work The Perception Experiment in Alice Springs, alongside long time collaborator Madeleine Krenek. Frankie is the Chair of the Board for Watch This Space ARI and is part of the 2017 Australia Council Future Leaders program.

Frankie believes fiercely in dance and all art as a vehicle for social and political commentary and change, as well as a platform for celebrating and empowering all people.   



Madeleine Krenek

Madeleine Krenek is a 2009 VCA alumna who is now based between Australia and New Zealand. She has worked in Australia with companies Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc. with Kyle Kremeskothen, Not Yet It’s Difficult – David Pledger, Opera Australia with Neil Armfield and Kate Champion, One Step At A Time Like This with Stephanie Lake, ROGUE Dance Collective and Supple Fox, and independent choreographers Jo Lloyd, Russell Dumas, Carlee Mellow, Shelley Lasica and Frankie Snowdon. Internationally Madeleine has worked for Lucky Plush Productions (USA) Michael Monataro (Canada), Julia Harvie, Julia McKerrow, Fleur de Thier and Megan Platt (New Zealand). She was nominated for a Greenroom Award for her work in the ensemble of Jo Lloyd’s Future Perfect she has been named Dancer to Watch in Dance Australia’s Critics Survey 2013 and has received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to continue developing her artistic practice overseas.

Madeleine is an artistic associate of 2NDTOE with whom she has performed and choreographed with consistently since 2007 including four major works, many short length works and also annual large-scale community projects around regional Australia. She has also received funding and commissions in Australia, New Zealand and the USA to create new full-length and short dance works. Madeleine maintains a rigorous teaching practice and has taught at many institutions throughout Melbourne and Central Australia, and has also guest tutored for Movement Art Practice in New Zealand, Visceral Dance Centre and The University of Chicago in the USA.


Other work

The lost dance project

In May 2018, Maddy and Frank will deliver a new season of work titled The Lost Dance Project (TLDP), a second development and premiere of a project originally conceived and developed with 2NDTOE - click here to see work by the collective - in Melbourne in 2014. The 2018 version will see there return of two long time collaborators Benjamin Hancock and James Andrews, as well as continuing to develop partnerships with Jennifer Hector and Darcy Davis, the design team behind The Perception Experiment.

Recent evidence suggests our diminishing willingness and/or ability to communicate through person-to-person conversation, and a growing tendency to shy away from interaction and emotion. The Lost Dance Project is an investigation and comment on the rise of a digital generation, the effects of social media on interpersonal relationships and ability to communicate, and the need to cultivate physical human interactions and connections despite both of these things. It is also an experiment in engagement with live art, which will include contemporary dance, the Internet, street art and pop-up performance. One of the main aims of the project is to encourage a broad cross-section of the community, to re-discover their connections to their surroundings, to art and to each other.

The project incorporates multiple processes and outcomes including a school holiday program engaging young people in the creation of a dance piece of their own and 4 large scale paste-up images which will be installed around the CBD of Alice Springs. In the lead up to the final season of the full length work - which will be created and performed by 8 professional artists from the NT and wider Australia – a treasure hunt ensues with those who interact with the art works by social media sharing or submitting to the hotline becoming part of a web of people who receive anonymous clues and invitations to different dance happenings up until they are led to the site of the final work at a disused location in the CBD.  

The work  will run from the 24 - 26 of May 2018 in Alice Springs/Mparntwe and is proudly supported by The Australia Council for the Arts and the Regional Arts Funds, as well as partnering organisations Watch This Space, Red Hot Arts and Araluen Arts Centre. 



alice can dance

First developed in 2012 by Maddy, Frankie and long time collaborator Adam Wheeler, Alice Can Dance is a large scale dance education program delivered across all public schools in Alice Springs and wider Central Australia. The program runs over a 7 week period, engaging with over 250 young people to co create a large scale contemporary dance and film work, performed at Araluen Arts Centre. This program the only one's of it's kind currently existing in Australia and is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government through the Department of Education. 


frankie snowdon

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 +61 417 855 887


madeleine krenek 

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+61 406 610 453


All images by Pip Samaya