Aphids Events Inc


Melbourne, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Lithuania


Strange strangers. Flyway invites you to join the flock.

Trust your instincts. Channel your vision and take a migratory walk through the city, between the sights and sounds of quiet bird spaces and spectacular scenes.

Flyway is a performative audiovisual tour that immerses audiences in the epic and enchanting journeys of migratory birds. Created responsively in each new location it explores our ecological connections, embedding field research of local birds, people and places into the urban fabric of the performance site.

To see footage of the 2015 tour to NOA Festival, Lithuania, see here.

Wearing headphones and binoculars audiences are enveloped in a sonic landscape and guided on a migratory walk through the city to encounter video artworks and a shifting, cinematic environment. Flyway merges foreground and background and points to our mediated experience of ‘nature’.

Flyway was originally created in partnership with Birdlife Australia and its volunteers. Artist Lz Dunn undertook a month-long field research trip along the coast between Melbourne and Maryborough (QLD) to meet with local birders, visit bird sites and collect field recordings.

Green Room Award Nomination for Outstanding Production
(Creative Agency for Audiences)
Winner Operadagen Rotterdam Award at Music Theatre Now, Sweden

Artist: Lz Dunn
Sound Artist: Lawrence English
Artistic Consultant: Lara Thoms
Philosopher/writer: Catherine Ryan
Costume Design: Alia Parker

2015 Tour

15-19 April
Noa Festival, Vilnius, Lithania
Aphids producer: Alison Halit
Photos here.
Video here.


Flyway Publication

A publication about Flyway was launched at the Wheeler Centre in April 2014. The second book in the Aphids Records series, the publication was created by Liz Dunn with Aphids' Supermassive design intern Rebecca McCauley.
Publication Design: Rebecca McCauley
Documentation: John Possemato, Taskeshi Kond, Liz Dunn
Proofreader: Phip Murray

Original Presentation:

2012 Next Wave Festival

Flyway 2014 European tour

18-24 May Operadagen Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Photos here.
5-12 June International Theatre Festival "Varna Summer", Bulgaria.
Photos here.

Thanks to

Golo Maurer, Birdlife Australia Shorebirds 2020, Jen Sutfin. Fiona Blandford, Graeme & Margaret Rowe, Bob Semmens, Robyn Kesby, Marg Hamon, Jodie Dunn, Colin Ashford, Susan Patrick, Valda Corrigan, Phil Craven, Rex Worrell, Hazel Watson, Phil Straw, Chris & Liz Herbert, Martin Smith, Hans Lutter, Heather Hardford, Jan Olley, David Milton, Eduardo Gallo, Rosie Davidson, David Milton, Roz Jessop, Clive Minton, Dorothy Pashniak, Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey, Annaliese Ciel Walker, Jane Barclay


Greg Barber MLC State Member of Parliament for Northern Metropolitan Region, Lok Lok Dumpling Bar, Nomads Backpackers, Biryani House, Flagstaff Convenience Store, Middy’s Data & Electrical, Places Victoria, Water Front City.

The Flyway European tour has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The tour is an Initiative of the IETM-Australia Council for the Arts Collaboration Project.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Aphids is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Flyway was commissioned and developed through Next Wave’s Kickstart program for Next Wave Festival 2012. Thanks to Music Theatre NOW, the triennial International Theatre Institute music theatre competition.

This project received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. In 2012, Liz Dunn was a JUMP recipient, Australia Council’s national mentoring program for young and emerging artists.

Flyway is partnered by Birdlife Australia.
Hero image: John Possemato.
Following images: Martynas Aleksa