Theatre Works & Na Djinang Circus present

Common Dissonance

by Harley Mann

17 - 27 November 2021

In a 21st Century world where it is common to believe in both star signs and psychology, in Chinese medicine and pharmaceuticals, and in religion and science – how can we navigate the complex dialogues that consume contemporary culture?

For thousands of years in Australia, understanding of the world came from dreamtime stories, song lines, and oral histories all of which are still relevant to many Australians. Our environment is riddled with the hypocrisies of a culturally diverse past lingering in the wake of a globalized present.

COMMON DISSONANCE seeks balance, community, exchange, unity and diversity, featuring two contemporary circus performers with shared and distinctly individual experiences. Isabelle Champagne-Chittick (Social Staples) is a white Australian raised in regional NSW, and Harley Mann (Casus, CIRCA) is an indigenous Australian raised in Sydney. The two performers live and work in Melbourne, where this show was created.

Na Djinang Circus is known for being a First Nations led company imbued with traditional and contemporary styles of performance with shapes, images, and styles of indigenous performance, rituals, and iconography.

This contemporary circus work aims not only to explore the harmony and conflict of contemporary Australian reasoning, but to find a COMMON DISSONANCE.


Theatre Works




15+ Haze Machine, Loud Noises, Open Flame, Potentially Triggering for People Sensitive to Colonial Trauma


Wednesday 17 November 2021, 7:30pm Preview Night
Thursday 18 November 2021, 7:30pm Opening Night
Friday 19 November 2021, 7:30pm
Saturday 20 November 2021, 7:30pm
Tuesday 23 November 2021, 7:30pm
Wednesday 24 November 2021, 7:30pm
Thursday 25 November 2021, 7:30pm
Friday 26 November 2021, 7:30pm
Saturday 27 November 2021, 7:30pm

Directed by
Produced by

"Common Dissonance is a beautiful, insightful, and meaningful dance/circus show and I have to say it is one of the few truly cohesively conceived and produced works I have seen in a while now."

"The way in which the two performers are totally integrated and find new and unusual ways to create a sense of physical and psychological equilibrium is visually astonishing and creates truly arresting imagery." STAGE WHISPERS

"Social Staples is a thought-provoking and physically powerful expression of contemporary Australian politics." FESTMAG ON "SOCIAL STAPLES"

"Circus, comedy and social commentary come together in an unpredictable melange presented by Melbourne company Na Djinang." ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ THE ADVERTISER ON "SOCIAL STAPLES"