How do we find the light within the dark? How do we cultivate beauty out of sorrow and begin to heal, for ourselves and one another?


Interdisciplinary and intercultural, Exhale is about indigeneity, accountability and trauma. It explores the relationships and boundaries forged between Indigenous cultures on foreign lands; negotiations between environmental and urban lifestyles; and the ability to heal through storytelling.

Exhale is the creation of Black Birds—the Sydney collective fast gaining kudos for energetic, uplifting performances that astutely dissect the female Black and Brown experience in Australia. Incorporating art forms including spoken word, movement, dance, song and story, Black Birds’ work is at once intimate and unexpected, challenging and empowering.

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Image: Emele Ugavule

Cast & Creatives

Created & Performed By Ayeesha Ash, Emele Ugavule
Lighting Designer Amber Silk
Choreographer Sela Vai
Stage Manager Madelaine Osborn

Performance Times

Season 9 – 13 April

Performance Times
Tuesday – Friday 7pm
Saturday 2pm & 7pm

Running Time
60 minutes



Add Special Extras onto your 2019 Subscription at discounted prices:

All $30
Five Pack $135


Single Tickets

All $35
Monday Rush $20

Single tickets on sale Monday 3 December 2018
Transaction fees of $4 for online bookings and $6 for phone bookings apply

Supported by

Development supported by Next Wave and the City of Melbourne through Arts House