Set beneath the powerful limbs of a grand willow tree beside a lake, mesmerizing dancer Janette Hoe, with her trademark Butoh-inspired, improvised movement responds to object, element and voice.

Challenging our collective perceptions of the Chinese in the Victorian Goldfields region, UNDER A WILLOW – a long way from China reveals the story of a contemporary Chinese elder and the surprising soundtrack to her life; where Butoh meets ABBA and Mozart.

Having established quite a reputation for surprising, entrancing work in unusual places, Rebecca H Russell and Ken Evans yet again ignite a unique location, the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens with UNDER A WILLOW – a long way from China.

Where Butoh collides with ABBA and Mozart serenades a dance with a willow tree…


Director and Concept:  Rebecca H Russell
Performer: Janette Hoe
Designer: Ken Evans

BYO picnic blanket or chair.
Audiences are welcome to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy prior to the performance.