The Dust Palace

Goblin Market

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THE DUST PALACE have thrilled and enchanted audiences across New Zealand with our exhilarating new take on circus-theatre. Now we're taking our latest show to Montreal. But we need your help to run off and join the circus.

GOBLIN MARKET is the next chapter in The Dust Palace story and is inspired by Christina Rossetti's iconic poem. Created by Eve Gordon and Mike Edward, the production pushes women to the centre of the frame: we explore sisterhood, sexuality, temptation, sacrifice and salvation. We test drive the production in Hamilton at the end of this month ahead of its world premiere at the Nelson Arts Festival in October. And we're already planning big things: in 2017 we'll present the show at festivals in Adelaide and Edinburgh. But our first big step onto the world stage? Montreal this November. 

We'll be showcasing GOBLIN MARKET as the only NZ company at the CINARS Biennale. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to make new contacts, build relationships with potential collaborators, presenters and international festivals and be inspired by groundbreaking new work.

Montreal is the circus capital of the world. It's home to Cirque de Soleil, École National de Cirque, Les 7 Doigts and the celebrated Tohu Pavilion. So we're planning a full immersion which we reckon is gonna be lifechanging for our company.

Living the dream doesn't come without a cost. We've had enormous support from Creative NZ in the show's development, but we still have a massive amount of cash to raise to fly the company across the world, suss out accommodation and pay for on-the-ground technical equipment. Your support, large or small, will make a world of difference to us.

Be a part of the circus whirlwind.  Help us show the rest of the world how it's done.





  • The Dust Palace is off to Montreal


    Hello there champions and cheerleaders,

    Here is The Dust Palace crew - just about to board the flight to Montreal. It's a 22 hour trek from Auckland - but once we hit the ground, we'll be proudly flying the Kiwi flag. 

    Thanks so much for your support, your contributions, your encouragement. 

    YOU ARE AMAZING. Each and every one of you. 

    The Dust Palace is off to Montreal
  • We did it!


    We are totally jumping for joy right now. We got across the finish line! 103% - a colossal result. 

    THANK YOU SO MUCH - to all 119 of you. Your generosity of spirit and financial support have enabled us to live the dream. You are glorious, each and every one of you.

    We will do you proud. And that's a promise.  

    We did it!
  • 36 hours and counting. 90% there. 10% to go!!!


    We're feeling pretty excited right now. We've got 36 hours to go and we are SO VERY CLOSE! But we know we're gonna get there. Riding on a jetplane is imminent!

    We are almost there thanks to the 103 extraordinary people who have stepped forward to back us - our wonderful donors. If you can, spread the word - every little bit of cheerleading helps. 

    THANK YOU for your extraordinary support. We think you're all brilliant. The Dust Palace simply would not exist without you. 

    36 hours and counting. 90% there. 10% to go!!!