OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREET

OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREET

By Shane Anthony and Ensemble

Presented by Chopt Logic and Metro Arts

A voice for the voiceless – verbatim text blends with physical theatre in this ode to human resilience.

In 2019, the NSW Parliament reopened the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Gay and Transgender hate crimes between 1970 and 2010 to delve into the state’s history of violence and persecution against LGBTQI Australians.

In this landmark production, Shane Anthony and his ensemble draw on the words of the victims’ family members, witnesses, historians, police officers, journalists and researchers, to create a searing and unapologetic look at how cultural prejudice and bias have contributed to violence against gay and transgender people in Australia.

★★★★  “A powerful production that howls for justice for the victims of LGBTQIA hate crimes.” Time Out
 
★★★★ “Utterly riveting theatre… Heartfelt, cerebral, entertaining, shocking and, one would hope, a shifter of society’s tectonic plates” Stage Noise 

DATES

7:30pm, Thu 22 – Sat 31 July, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Thu 22 July $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains coarse language, adult themes and sexual references. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.

 

Images by Jasmin Simmons.

THE ARTISTS

Director / Co-Producer Shane Anthony
Co-Producer Alison Bennett – Co-Producer
Set And Costume Designer Veronique Benett
Composer Damien Lane
Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Production / Stage Manager & Lighting Designer Richard Whitehouse
Cast Timothy Walker, Cassie Hamilton, David Helman, Eddie Orton, Ross Walker, Andrew Fraser

Director / Co-Producer Shane Anthony
Shane Anthony is a multi-award nominated and winning director, dramaturg and movement coach, working throughout Australia and internationally. Select directing credits include Ulster American by David Ireland, Our Blood Runs in the Street by Chopt Logic and the ensemble, Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch (nominated for four Sydney Theatre Awards), The Whale for Redline Productions at The Old Fitz Theatre (nominated for eight Sydney Theatre Awards in 2016), Lighten Up by Nicholas Brown and Sam McCool at Griffin Theatre, Songs for the Fallen for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (winner of Best Musical), Sydney Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne and Brisbane International Arts Festival, Altar Boyz, Calendar Girls and Avenue Q for Fortune Theatre (New Zealand), My Name is Rachel Corrie for La Boite Theatre, 3 Winters by Tena Štivičić, Love and Information by Caryl Churchill for NIDA, Mrs Bang: A Series of Seductions for the 32nd Stage Song Festival (Poland), Often I Find That I Am Naked for Critical Stages (Australian National Tour), Motortown by Simon Stephens for 23rd Productions (nominated for four Matilda Awards). Movement direction includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime for The Court Theatre in Christchurch, Angels in American for The New Theatre, Small Mercies for La Boite Theatre, movement consultant on the feature film, Sleeping Beauty, and as show director for CIRCA on their European tour of CIRCA. He is a graduate of the Directing Program at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and Screenwriting for Feature Film at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. In 2007 he travelled to New York to continue training with Anne Bogart and the Saratoga International Theatre Institute. In 2012 he received a Mike Walsh Fellowship to study filmmaking in NYC and in 2015 was the recipient of an Anna Sosenko Fellowship to return to NYC with Songs for the Fallen.

Co-Producer Alison Bennett – Co-Producer
Alison is a performer and director with an interest in highly physical and visual performance making. As well as working as a freelance performer, she is the Artistic Director of Hurrah Hurrah, a company that creates collaborative theatre with a focus physical approaches to creation. With Hurrah Hurrah she has directed TRADE (Bakehouse Theatre Adelaide/The Old 505 Theatre Sydney) The Seagull (in collaboration with The Rock’s Pop Up Project) and Eugene Ionesco’s Frenzy for Two (9 month residency at Sydney’s Woolahra Council). Hurrah Hurrah’s newest creation, Roomba Nation previewed in Sydney in 2018. As an actor and performer, Alison has most recently been seen in Join the Dots (Sydney Festival/Sydney Opera House & Ota City Museum Japan) Zelos (Painted Gate Pictures), TROUPE (by Dream Time Films, commissioned by the Bestival Music Festival UK w), DIG (France) as well as This is Not Mills and Boon (Glorious Thing Theatre Co), Roadkill Confidential (Lies,Lies & Propaganda), Macondo’s Clothesline (NIDA Independent) & The Magic Hat (Drop Bear Theatre). She is also a performer with the Leftovers Collective and performs regularly at festivals and events.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Our Blood Runs in the Street was developed with the assistance of Metro Arts and NIDA Open Pilot Program with creative development residencies in 2019. The company acknowledge ACON, City of Sydney, Red Line Productions, Sydney Actors School and Star Casino for their generous support in the development of this production and thanks Pride Foundation Australia for their support of this tour.

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. 

OLD HAUNTS

OLD HAUNTS

Presented by Metro Arts

By Anthem ARI

Born out of a desire to extend tenderness,  elevation and appreciation to culturally diverse voices, ANTHEM ARI aims to provide a dedicated platform to celebrate the practices of First Nations, diasporic, and LGBTQI+ identifying artists of colour in Australia.

Co-founders Lucy Nguyên-Hunt, Reina Takeuchi, Rhanjell Villanueva, Ruaa Al-Rikabi and Keemon Williams will transform the gallery into a simulated museum space, exorcising the sordid histories of institutional race representation and intergenerational trauma embedded within the experiences of the artists.

View the digital catalogue here. 

DATES

Sat 5 – Sat 26 Jun, 2021

OPENING EVENT
4 – 6pm, Sat 5 Jun

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 5 Jun 4pm – 10pm (exhibition opening)
Sun 6 Jun Closed
Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 12 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 13 Jun Closed
Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 19 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 20 Jun Closed
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 26 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 27 Jun Closed

THE ARTISTS

Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt
Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt is an interdisciplinary Vietnamese and Samoan/Cook Islander Australian artist with an abiding passion for sharing lived experiences through her artistic practice. Namely, this manifests as dismantling preconceived notions of identity through the lens of a camera and her culturally hybrid and queer gaze. Working predominantly in photography and moving image and implicating the body as self as a material form, Nguyễn-Hunt investigates the structures in place with consistently others outliers to a socially constructed ‘standard’. Regarding her practice as a safe space for licking her own wounds, vulnerability, self-awareness and authentic representation is at the heart of her work. Nguyễn-Hunt works to prioritise representation and visibility, and voice lived experiences through the process of self-negotiation and preservation.

Reina Takeuchi
Reina Takeuchi is an Australian-Japanese artist-researcher, dance maker, curator and writer interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitating embodied experiences of contemporary art. She explores how sensorial experience can be enhanced through ritualistic performance, interactive installations and time based media. Her work utilises choreographic processes and the transitory qualities of sound and action to meditate on transculturation, displacement, diaspora and the ethereal experiences of her peripatetic upbringing across Japan, India, Thailand and Australia. These processes allow for a clarity of somatic contemplation for the artist and she, in turn, explores the potential for this sensitivity to be shared with the viewer.

Rhanjell Villaneuva
Rhanjell Villanueva is an emerging Meanjin-based (Brisbane) Filipino artist whose practice critically analyses the traditional Filipino culture against the language and values of western societies. In response to his upbringing, his practice traverses the multitude and intricacies of cultural identity by unraveling post-colonial patterns and cultural conflict. Working across an array of media including sculpture, moving image, and video installation, Villanueva materialises deep transcultural knowledge and narratives rooted from oppression and the feeling of displacement. The resulting works focus on decolonising the eye, demonstrating the subjectivity of ‘foreign in a domestic sense’ towards the metaphysics of Filipino Futurism. By sharing tales of the diaspora, he aims to engage with other persons of colour and urge them to consider what they could become, beyond what they are expected to be.

Ruaa Al-Rikabi
Ruaa Al-Rikabi is a Iraqi-Syrian Australian emerging contemporary artist whose practice investigates themes of intersectional identity, self-preservation and re-representation of desirability. Ruaa’s practice looks at the rich experience of intersectional identities and how this can be linked to experiences of displacement and difference, shown through an ongoing development of a living archive of her self-identity. Within her practise, Ruaa aims to create space for other marginalised communities by encouraging radical expression of self and multifaceted identities. Ruaa employs materials which she deems significant to her self-identity as surrogates to encapsulate her lived experiences, this includes hair, food and photographs. Through rejecting essentialist assumptions about intersectional BIPOC identity, Ruaa’s practice aims to engage in an act of decolonisation that empowers and liberates intersectional identities.

Keemon Williams
Keemon Williams is an Indigenous Meanjin-based (Brisbane) artist of Koa, Kuku Yalanji and Meriam Mer descent. He utilizes a diverse range of mediums and performative elements to highlight the relationships between location, personal and cultural histories, and the broader context of being “Australian.” Rendering speculative embodiments of culture through contemporary forms, his work investigates culture’s innate ability to adapt to oppressive systems and claim agency through new material processes. Keemon employs this ontology through interrogations of architecture, fashion, mass production and new media devices. By critically engaging with digital and consumerist realms, and their potential for “ethnoplastic” ventures, Keemon reconciles a sense of indigeneity within the everyday.

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. 

SUBTITLE IRAN

SUBTITLE IRAN

Presented by Metro Arts

By Katayoun Javan

Iranian Australian photographer and video artist Katayoun Javan draws on personal and public stories to present notions of family, home, memory, displacement and the Iranian Diaspora.

Subtitle Iran is a research-based photo series that explores the ways Western film and television has perceived Iran for the past several decades, mainly before and after the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

 

DATES

Sat 5 – Sat 26 Jun, 2021

OPENING EVENT
4 – 6pm, Sat 5 Jun

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 5 Jun 4pm – 10pm (exhibition opening)
Sun 6 Jun Closed
Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 12 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 13 Jun Closed
Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 19 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 20 Jun Closed
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 26 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 27 Jun Closed

THE ARTISTS

Katayoun Javan

Katayoun Javan is an Iranian Australian photographer and video artist. Through documentary photography, portraiture, and use of found photos and videos, she draws on personal and public stories in order to explore notions of family, home, memory, displacement, and the Iranian Diaspora. Most of her works are somehow related to Iran from a migrant point of view.  She completed a Master of Fine Art in research in 2013 and has taken residencies in Australia and exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia, Iran and internationally.

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. 

JULY – DECEMBER PROGRAM JUST ANNOUNCED

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

SUBTITLE IRAN

5 – 26 JUN / EXHIBITION
This research-based photo series that explores the ways Western film and television has perceived Iran, mainly before and after the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

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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.

read more

COLLISION

14 – 18 JUL | PERFORMANCE
This cross-pollination of contemporary circus and street dance, teams together two Brisbane powerhouses, Casus Circus and Mad Dance House.

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RESTRUNG FESTIVAL

14 – 16 OCT | MUSIC
Immerse yourself in this banquet of strings-driven music, dance, theatre and art that pushes the boundaries of music and art.

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AZADEH HAMZEII

4 – 18 DEC / EXHIBITION
Azadeh Hamzeii presents new work commissioned by Metro Arts in association with 4A: Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

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BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

9 – 18 DEC | PERFORMANCE
This festival-fav is back with a nostalgia-blaring homage to the humble leotard and its epic transformational possibilities.

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JUNE GALLERY HOURS

Sat 5 Jun 4pm – 10pm (exhibition opening)
Sun 6 Jun Closed
Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 12 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 13 Jun Closed
Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 19 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 20 Jun Closed
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 26 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 27 Jun Closed

 

 

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.

 

Metro Arts accepts the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and supports a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Australian Constitution. UluruStatement.org