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“I wanna be a wild old woman. I wanna break the rules, create a new paradigm, find a way to heal the original old crone - Mother Earth.”

-Gabrielle Leah New


Join us in a world where age, experience and knowledge are power, beauty and trouble.

Reclaim the Crone is a bold and haunting new performance that uses contemporary Butoh Dance Theatre, Projection, Poetry and Song, to take you on a wild adventure to reclaim the archetype of the Wise Old Woman.

Witness the Crones as they journey and fight for recognition within the Patriarchal domain, invoking the Goddesses of old through song, ritual and powerful dance.

Inspire d by the wise words of local Crones, they will mourn the losses of climate devastation and get down to business cleaning up the metaphorical mess as they mend and weave a potential new World where humanity reconnects with the mysterious old crone- Mother Earth.

Created by Gabrielle Leah New and The Space Between Performance Collective.

Performed by: Gabrielle Leah New, Karen Berger, Helen Smith and the Patriarchy

Directed by: Gabrielle Leah New

Sound by: Norm Skipp

Lighting Design: Gina Gascoigne

Produced by: Carol Smith

"...a weird, wild, and wonderful evening. ...entertaining, visually stunning, with a message. You can't ask for more than that."

Morgan Rose, theatremaker/ playwright/dramaturg/Artistic Director of Rawcus 

'"An alluring visual treat wrapped in messages"

- Zya Kane: theatre maker/director/performer

"...full of visually stunning performances...a timely theme... ethereally beautiful, moving, surprising...hilarious"

- Gretel Taylor PhD, Performing Artist, Curator

"... a powerful, timely reminder to deeply question the systemic impacts of toxic patriarchal systems that pervade Western culture. "

-Deborah Hart: Chair Climarte, Art Activist, Author of Guarding Eden

"... unravels and examines the complex layering of the feminine archetype, a way that is both moving and powerful.

Emily McCulloch Childs, curator, writer and gallerist


In 2009 Gabrielle New founded The Space Between Performance Collective which invites collaborators to develop new Multi-dimensional performance works primarily aimed at pushing the boundaries of the live performance experience. The collective is interested in inhabiting the liminal, the border zone—not in terms of perpetuating divisions or dualities, but rather exploring how perceived dualities mesh and interweave.  In this way, we explore ‘the space between’ self and other, audience and performer, body and place/ environment, interior psyche and exterior action, sensory perception and movement, dance and sound, sculpture and performance, archetype and myth etc.


The group has had three major productions; CREATURE (2009-2011 Directed by Gabrielle Leah New) and Ten Worlds ( 2013 Directed by Helen Smith) and Thing with Feathers (2013 Gabrielle Leah New and Kathleen Doyle). After taking a hiatus for other projects The Space Between Performance Collective returned with Reclaim the Crone in 2023 which premiered at Drift Festival in April with a major grant from the Mornington Peninsula Performing Arts Fund and rave audience reviews.

Find out more about The Space Between Performance Collective at their website 

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