MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2021

Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s street dance scene.

From conquering stages and comps around the world, home-grown talents are headed back to Brisbane.

With jaw-dropping performances, double-bill showings, artist talks and a community dance class, Mad Dance Festival  is smashing down the walls between “elite” and “street”.

From B-boys, poppers, lockers and hip-hop heavy-weights to Vogue, Krump and contemporary freestyle. This is street dance in a whole new realm. 

6 + 8 MAY | M.I.N.D.E.D.

Elements Collective bring their world class break and freestyle dancers to Mad Dance Festival in this genre-bending dance work.

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6 + 7 May | AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER

Mad Dance Festival presents a double-bill performance: ‘Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life’ by Amy Zhang + ‘Love Letters in (e)Motion’ by Anti Fischer

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7 + 8 MAY | PINK MATTER + GOLDEN COASTLINE

Mad Dance Festival presents a double-bill performance: ‘Betwixt’ by Pink Matter + ‘Peach Papaya’ by Golden Coastline.

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8 MAY | ARTIST TALK

Hear street dance leaders and emerging dancers talk about the challenges and successes of the dance community in Brisbane.

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8 MAY | SHAKE DOWN: FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS

Come shake off your work week in easy-to-follow choreography led by accomplished dancer, Sheru Bharadwaja!

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

WHEN WE SPEAK

WHEN WE SPEAK

Presented By Camerata in association with Metro Arts

By Camerata

Stunning music and visuals combine in this intimate recital performance.

When We Speak  re-casts our ideas of beauty, gesture and expression through 21st century music-making. Katherine Philp, Principal cellist of Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra performs a solo recital of stunning, recently-written music, where electroacoustic and amplified sound effortlessly melds with film and animation. 

Lisa Cheney’s, When We Speak comments on broader issues surrounding gender inequality. The atmospheric soundscape interweaves the composer’s own musical language, includes Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, as well as the live cellist’s expression and voice. 

 

 

DATES

3pm + 7pm, Sat 1 May

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 60 minutes. No interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

THE ARTISTS

Principal cellist Katherine Philp

Cellist Katherine Philp’s work ranges from the classics, to cutting edge contemporary art music, as well as improvisation, arranging and composing. She is particularly interested in projects that engage in respectful intercultural collaboration, and actively supports the generation of new works by women and non-binary composers. She regularly appears in ensembles and as a soloist at many Australian festivals including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Tyalgum Festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, and the Woodford Folk Festival. Katherine’s performances and arrangements have been broadcast live and recorded for ABC Classic FM and ABC Radio National. She is currently Principal cellist of Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and maintains a busy and eclectic freelance career.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

JUST ANNOUNCED:
MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2021

Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s street dance scene.

From conquering stages and comps around the world, home-grown talents are headed back to Brisbane.

From B-boys, poppers, lockers and hip-hop heavy-weights to Vogue, Krump and contemporary freestyle; this is street dance in a whole new realm. 

 

> See the full Mad Dance Festival 2021 program

 

JANUARY – JUNE 2021 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

WHEN WE SPEAK

1 MAY | MUSIC
Stunning music and visuals combine in this intimate recital performance by Katherine Philp, principal cellist of Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra .

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M.I.N.D.E.D.

6 + 8 MAY | DANCE
Elements Collective bring their world class break and freestyle dancers to Mad Dance Festival in this genre-bending dance work.

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ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

18 – 29 MAY | THEATRE
This is a story of family, mental health, love, strong women, supportive men and so much more in between.

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FERTILE GROUND

25 – 29 MAY | DANCE
With vivid choreography, Fertile Ground manipulates space, sound and a brutalist pile of concrete bricks in this ground-breaking participatory performance.

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OLD HAUNTS

5 – 26 JUN / EXHIBITION
ANTHEM ARI aims to provide a dedicated platform to celebrate the practices of First Nations, diasporic, and LGBTQI+ identifying artists of colour in Australia.

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WHITE WOMAN

9 – 12 JUN | DANCE
In this dance-based satire, the artist places herself as the object of interrogation to question complicity and the transformational potential of self-enquiry.

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APRIL GALLERY HOURS

10 Apr 10am – 10pm
11 Apr 10am – 8pm
12 – 16 Apr 10am – 4pm
17 Apr 10am – 10pm
18 Apr 10am – 5pm
19 – 23 Apr 10am – 4pm
24 Apr 10am – 4pm
26 Apr – 1 May 10am – 4pm
 

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY

Metro Arts acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbal peoples, as the custodians of the land we work on, recognising their connection to land, waters and community. We honour the story-telling and art-making at the heart of First Nation’s cultures,  and the enrichment it gives to the lives of all Australians.