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by Theatre of Thunder

Theatre of Thunder is a sonic-body performance ensemble fusing immersive sound, Butoh-based movement, body-sculpture costumery and atmostpheric installation.

Their performance will draw you into what can feel like a real-life dream – evocative, compelling, primordial, enveloping and strangely comforting.

The ensemble speak of ‘poetic structure’ and ‘epic rapture’ where bodies, sound and space conjure swirling sounds and smoke-bubble lighting clouds. Here, bodies emerge and merge like the first moments of life, of dreams, of creation, of feeling.

Created especially for HOTA, the performance features a delirious palpitating body, ruptured costumes and devastating sonic atmospheres.

Sometimes dark and thunderous, other times angelic and radiant, addictive and unforgettable.

What is Butoh?

Butoh is a style of dance that was created in Japan in the 50s. Like most dance styles, there are many different interpretations and definitions. Performers exhibit incredible control over their bodies, and play with pace and distance between audience and performer. Butoh performances are often highly surreal and dream-like. Rather than narrative-based scenes, create memorable and evocative images.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts as part of UNDERGROUND


‘Theatre of Thunder is a force of expression that is both something that can be defined and can’t be defined at the same time. As some form of Schrödinger’s cat of immersive Butoh and responsive sonically-shuddered movement which is perhaps anti-dance in it’s nature. I have witnessed their performances many times and each time is a completely different narrative of both form, movement, sound and costume design. The collaboration between artists Megan Janet White (Butoh) and Luke Jaaniste (Sonic Art) is one of the most exciting creative partnerships between mediums that I have seen.’ Lincoln Savage Vast Yonder, Creative Director

Curate Your Own Festival

Your first UNDERGROUND ticket is $20 and all additional events that evening are $10 each when booked in the same transaction.

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Eat & Drink


In between moments of dis/comfort, inspiration, and great art, take a seat at the UNDERGROUND Pop-Up Bar, located in HOTA Central. Here you can put your feet up and enjoy a glass or two of your favourite tipple or craft beer, while catching up with friends, swapping favourite moments, mingling with artists, and unpacking big ideas our artists present you with throughout the evening.

For another option to delight your senses – book in and enjoy dinner at Palette Restaurant or treat yourself to cocktails and flirt with rooftop views at The Exhibitionist Bar, open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Keeping You Safe

To keep everyone safe while at HOTA we have a COVID Safe plan and are using the new Check In Queensland app. Please make sure you keep up to date with Queensland Government guidelines at

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