Tyrel Dulvarie in Forgery from Australasian Dance Collective

Tyrel Dulvarie ADC forgery
Tyrel Dulvarie photographed by David Kelly.

Artificial Intelligence meets dance when Australasian Dance Collective (ADC) premieres a bold new concept during the Brisbane Festival. In Alisdair Macindoe’s Forgery, a computer feeds instructions to six ADC dancers live on stage. Among the dancers, winner of Best Male Dancer at the Australian Dance Awards, Queensland’s own Tyrel Dulvarie.


It’s quite normal for a premiere audience to not know what will happen when the curtain rises. However, until now, the dancers generally knew exactly what would happen during every second of performance time. But not with Forgery.

Instead, a complex series of algorithms and cutting-edge technology dictate each performance. Dancers receive instructions from a computer program that also controls the lighting, costumes and music.

Award-winning dancer, sound designer, choreographer and creative coder, Alisdair Macindoe, developed Forgery while in lockdown in Melbourne.

“Standing in front of hundreds of people who are expecting a performance, with no idea about what you are going to do is probably one of the hardest things a performer can do.

“The ADC dancers are exceptional artists, who literally are able to create new works on the spot. I am baffled by the flexibility of their minds, their ability to intuit a collective intention and their skills as trained movement experts.”

Tyrel Dulvarie

Originally from Cairns, Tyrel Dulvarie trained at Brisbane’s renowned Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA).

Since then, Tyrel toured with Hugh Jackman’s Broadway to Oz before joining the Bangarra Dance Theatre. With Bangarra he toured nationally and internationally, dancing in the United States, France, Denmark, Germany, India, Japan and Canada.

ADC Artistic Director, Amy Hollingsworth, said she first noticed Tyrel during his time at ACPA.

“He is mesmerizing to watch – he possesses a commanding technique and moves with such sensitivity and grace. His performances capture people’s hearts and minds and stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre.

“I’ve long been a fan of his, from when I first saw him at ACPA, and have followed his career closely. We all couldn’t be happier that he’s joined us at ADC.”

Tyrel said the concept of every performance as a unique never-to-be repeated one-off was both challenging and exciting.

“It’s going to be very challenging not knowing what each show will be like. But I can also let go of the pressures I would normally put on myself about what I should do. It’s a really different feeling as a performer and I think audiences will love the experience too, knowing that there will never be another performance like the one they’re part of.”

Book now for Forgery at the Brisbane Festival.
Every performance is a world premiere!

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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