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2020 PROGRAM

Amongst all the challenging pandemic news, Metro Arts remains committed to independent artists and great new work. We are excited to announce some of our plans for this year to keep our artists working, creativity flowing, and community members connected. 

Our performance program and exhibition artists are busy working behind-the-scenes, for delivery in our new home at West Village, however we won’t be announcing these works until later this year. 

We are also working on some exciting new opportunities for artists to assist during this time. Stay tuned for more details soon! 

BRUTAL UTOPIAS

18 – 28 MAY | THEATRE
The lofty political ideals of three architects are put to the test as their projects intersect with some of the greatest challenges that the world has ever faced.

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WHERE WE MEET

31 MAY – 4 JUN | PERFORMANCE
Razor-sharp beats combine with otherworldly vocal soundscapes in a live performance about the universal longing for connection.

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ASSEMBLY NOW

3 – 27 SEPT | Be immersed in a work that transforms space into a light and sound-reactive environment.

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COWBOY

4 – 6 SEPT | Saddle up for an interactive dance work set in an imagined sweeping landscape of a classic old western.

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FUTURE ANCESTORS

6 SEPT | Presented as part of Housewarming, Future Ancestors depicts the journeys of three spoken word artists.

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HOUSEWARMING

6 SEPT | The boxes are unpacked, the address is new, we’re all settled in and we want to welcome you!

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THE TYPE

10 – 13 SEPT | Through street dance and hip-hop music, your favourite pro girl gang bring big girl-power energy to the stage.

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HOW TO SPELL LOVE

17 – 20 SEPT | Blending evocative poetry, dance and a powerful live percussive score, in a passionate and triumphant act of personal storytelling.

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CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

DISTURBO

MAR – MAY | CIRCUS
Poignant, confronting, and visually striking, DISTURBO is an unashamedly queer evocation of connectedness that questions what risks we are willing to take for intimacy.

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ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

On the Shoulders of Giants explores the transition and adaptation of culture, toxic masculinity and intergenerational trauma of First Nations men navigating their way through everyday life.

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COLD GHOST

Familial tapestries reveal patterns upon patterns in this fascinating expedition through time.

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DANCE LEADS TO CHAOS

APR – NOV | DANCE
An exploration of what it means and could mean to have dance restricted, limited, or taken away from our lives.

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BATSHIT

BATSHIT pits the rational, sane truth against fanciful, hormone-inflicted and embellished tales in Shelton’s second collaboration with iconic UK director and provocateur Ursula Martinez.

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DEMOLITION

DEMOLITION is an unapologetic and sweaty reclamation of space in-development by the creative minds behind smash hits Hot Brown Honey and APOCALIPSTICK.

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TRIPTYCH & POSTSCRIPT

A mash-up of 1950s radio dramas, epic poetry and opera, Triptych and Postscript uses words, sounds, songs and electronica to paint a portrait of Western colonialism in the Asia-Pacific.

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GHOST STORY

Theatre and augmented reality blend via a smartphone application and immerses the audience in a terrifying world both physically and digitally.

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EXHIBITIONS

DEVILS IVY

7 MAY – 4 JUN | EXHIBITION
Devil’s Ivy interrogates plants as material in domestic and urban environments.

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#FLOWERS_v3

11 JUN – 2 JUL | EXHIBITION
This exhibition is part of an ongoing project that considers the implications of art existing as commodity.

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RITUAL CENG BENG

11 JUN – 2 JUL | EXHIBITION
A site-specific installation questioning identity, migration, society, superstition, familial narratives and solidarity.

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Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program

OTHER OFFERING

1 – 2 NOV | Other Offering, presents a series of sculptural and floral interventions at the Toowong Cemetery over two days.

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BECOMING

Experience the space between personal memory and shared understanding through combining photography and architecture.

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GIANTS AMONG US

A sound and video installation that transforms inaccessible surfaces into urban playgrounds, illuminating public spaces with epic images of our smallest citizens.

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Artists in Residence

SOPHIE TAYLOR

10 – 30 JAN | ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Dear Diary is an exploration into journal keeping using visual art as the medium of expression.

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LINNEA TENGROTH

28 MAR – 10 APR | ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Black Girl Rising is an original dark comedy piece interrogating black lives and mental health.

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JORDAN WILKINSON

22 AUG – 5 SEPT | ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Behind Closed Doors contemplates experimental moving image and sound from an artist-led adventure to the agricultural backdrop of Scenic Rim.

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Produced Artists

BRISBARET

28 JUN | PERFORMANCE
Musical comedians Sophie & Thien bring their popular variety show to Metro Arts, for a one-night-only theatrical spectacular!

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COUNTERPILOT

A collective of interdisciplinary artists directed by Nathan Sibthorpe. Their works Crunch Time and Truthmachine are available for touring, and they are also currently developing a new work.

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ELISE GREIG

Spanning from young love to aging cynicism, Magpie by Elise Greig is a coming-of-age story that will thrill and delight like lemonade ice-blocks and a swim on a hot day.

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DAVID MEGARRITY

David Megarrity is a writer, composer, musician and performer creating at the intersection of music, performance and projected image. His works Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot and Bear with Me are available for touring, and he is also currently developing a new work, Sox.

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LISA WILSON PROJECTS

Bunker by Lisa Wilson and Nathan Sibthorpe is a new intermedial dance work, combining dance with original music, text, rich visual design, interactive messaging, and dynamic video projection to explore the physical threat of virtual alarm. 

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