NIGHT DANCERS

NIGHT DANCERS

BY ELISA JANE CARMICHAEL

As day turns to night the sunset sky lights up with pastel tones and golden rays, twinkles of light come to life and dance through the landscape. These twinkles once filled this environment which was full of swamps and rainforests, home to fireflies. The fireflies would hover over the waterways sometimes in swarms.The fireflies are gone now and the city is built over many of these waterways. The fireflies and fires were the first lights of the land.

Night Dancers pays respect to the First Peoples of the land and the Country Metro Arts Building is located on.

WHERE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts @ West Village

WHEN

14 October 2020 – 23 January 2021

Image by Louis Lim. 

PRICE

FREE

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. 

THE ARTIST

Elisa Jane Carmichael

Quandamooka woman Elisa Jane Carmichael is a multidisciplinary artist who honours her salt-water heritage by incorporating materials collected from Country, embracing traditional techniques, and expressing contemporary adaptations through painting, waving, and textiles. She comes from a family of artists and curators, and works closely with her female kin to revive, nurture and preserve cultural knowledge and practice. Elisa is a descendant of the Ngugi people, one of three clans who are the traditional custodians of Quandamooka, also known as Yoolooburrabee – people of the sand and sea. Quandamooka Country comprises the waters and lands of and around Moreton Bay, south-east Queensland, Australia. 


Elisa Jane Carmichael is represented by Onespace Gallery, Brisbane.
 

ASSEMBLY NOW

ASSEMBLY NOW

BY SALLY GOLDING

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Assembly Now is a newly commissioned participatory installation, set to inaugurate Metro Arts’ Main Gallery at West Village, and transform it into a light and sound reactive environment.

Developed as a collaboration between Sally Golding and electronic musician and creative technologist Spatial, Assembly Now uses the interface of the mirror to elaborate the psychology and technology of emergent algorithmic software, which functions  as a contemporary screen filtering our emotions.

Visitors will be immersed in a work that plays with perception, interactivity, and unexpected encounters, including the viewer’s own reflection captured and integrated within the artwork.

We live in an age of ubiquitous photography– selfie culture, and surveillance capitalism– facial recognition and eye tracking. Emotion analytics software used in neuro-marketing and image recognition is a blend of psychology and technology– capturing data on expression, to assume correlations in mood determined by machine learning.

Cultural references, including folklore and science fiction, provide a lens through which to view the impact of technical ingenuity such as dispersed screens and interactivity, which were first developed in early cinematic prototypes and are now manifested in networked culture. Emergent algorithmic software is the screen through which we filter our emotions and the narrative this creates is a mirror to understanding ourselves.

DATES

3 – 27 September 2020 
10am – 4pm Monday,
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday

10am – 9pm, 18 September 2020

WHERE

Gallery One, 
Metro Arts @ West Village 

KEY CREATIVES

Sally Golding – Artist
Spatial – Collaborating Artist

Image courtesy of the artist. 

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. 

THE ARTISTS

SALLY GOLDING

Sally Golding is an artist from Meanjin/Brisbane whose work considers participation and liveness in audiovisual art as a mechanism for shared experiences and dialogues within technological contexts. Golding’s participatory installations are audiovisual compositions which spatialise the viewer’s presence via reflection and image caption, questioning states of perception across new models of contemporary portraiture. Golding’s live audiovisual performances are edgy and intense– unravelling in the style of a ‘happening’ to incorporate aspects of the performance space. Performances and exhibitions have included: Tate Britain, Serralves Museum (PT), Digital Culture Centre (MX), Whitstable Biennale (UK), CAM2 (ES), Sound of Stockholm, Abandon Normal Devices (UK), San Francisco Cinematheque, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Institute of Modern Art (AU), Contemporary Art Tasmania, South London Gallery and Tromsø Center for Contemporary Art (NO). Golding received the Oram Award 2017 (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS for Music Foundation) for women innovating in sound and creative technologies, and was selected for the prestigious SHAPE Platform 2019 for innovative music and audiovisual art in Europe.

sallygolding.com

SPATIAL

Spatial (Matt Spendlove) is an electronic musician, audiovisual artist, creative technologist and curator from London whose work pushes the dynamics of sound system culture incorporating low frequency vibration, hacked code, and optisonic experiments. Spatial combines a preoccupation with emergent behaviour, rule based repetition and chaotic systems with an ability to shape dubbed out, cracked and reductive sonics into audible geometric form.

spatial.infrasonics.net

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

A CONNECTIVE REVEAL – COMMUNITY

A CONNECTIVE REVEAL – COMMUNITY

BY ROBERT ANDREW

Presented by Brisbane Festival, Brisbane City Council & Metro Arts

Delivered as part of Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program 2020.

A Connective Reveal – Community, is a new work by local artist Robert Andrew. In the work, Andrew explores the interconnections, links and the layering within local communities. This kinetic work comprises an intricate mass of liquid filled conduits that weave through Factory Lane above the heads of viewers. Pumping water, ochre, soil and minerals through at different intervals, the work will continuously change and evolve over the duration of the festival as the water moves back and forth, staining and settling at different points along its journey. A Connective Reveal – Community is a poetic representation of the exquisite complexities and details inherent in the building of community, knowledge and culture.

 
A descendant of the Yawuru people, Andrew’s work investigates the personal and family histories that have been denied or forgotten. Known for combining programmable machinery with earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil, Andrew’s practice mines historical, cultural and personal events that have been buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of western culture. Speaking to the past and yet articulating a contemporary relationship to his Country, Andrew uses technology to make visible the interconnective spiritual, cultural, physical and historical relationships with the land, waters, sky and all living things.

DATES

3 – 27 September 2020 
10am – 4pm Monday,
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday

WHERE

Metro Arts @ West Village 

KEY CREATIVES

Robert Andrew – Artist

Image courtesy of the artist. 

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. 

THE ARTIST

ROBERT ANDREW

Robert Andrew is an artist of mixed heritage, a descendent of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, as well as of European and Filipino descent. Robert uses practice-led research to investigate denied and forgotten personal and family histories, utilising open-sourced, programmable technologies and machinery to erode, expose substrates, build stories and create residue. These works manifest as visually scraped back and built up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and the ‘artefact’. Fusing the old and the new, Robert uses earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to build stories of relationship to land and culture and to mine historical, cultural, political and personal events that have been ignored, buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of our western culture. Robert holds a Doctorate in Visual Arts from Griffith University. Robert won the 40th Alice Prize in 2018 for his work White Wash Over The Burn (2017) and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

www.robotandrew.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Temporary Art Program  is an initiative of Brisbane City Council.
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

AVOIDABLE PERILS

AVOIDABLE PERILS

BY COUNTERPILOT

Presented by Brisbane Festival, West Village & Metro Arts

Bad things are happening and our heroes are at risk! Will you help save them? From techno-troublemakers Counterpilot comes Avoidable Perils, a new dubious social experiment developed in collaboration with optikal bloc. 

Appearing larger than life on the iconic Peter’s Ice Cream Factory, cartoon heroes are caught up in a series of precarious circumstances. A tank full of sharks, a deadly laser beam, a vat of acid – every few minutes, scenes of imminent peril unfold with dark whimsy. As the clock ticks down, our heroes face certain danger. But tragedy can be avoided!

With a simple text message, you can be part of the solution. But it will take a few of you. If witnesses can rally enough people to participate in time, the hero can be saved. The question is… can anyone be bothered?

A game for the masses, Avoidable Perils explores activism in the attention economy and the need for social cooperation towards a greater good. These ideas are particularly poignant during the COVID-19 pandemic, where individual choices have a significant impact on our collective wellbeing. In the face of this very real peril, we have to realise there is no lone saviour around the corner. We are all the heroes. And safety is a team sport.

Bring your smartphone to be a part of the greater good! 

DATES

4 – 19 September 2020
6:00pm – 9:00pm Tuesday – Saturday

WHERE

The Common, West Village
97 Boundary St, West End

WARNINGS

Contains references to cartoon violence. 
Suitable for all ages. 

KEY CREATIVES

Created by Counterpilot, with optikal bloc
Nathan Sibthorpe – Director
Craig Wilkinson – Video Designer
Mike Willmett – Sound Designer
Sean Dowling – Illustrations
Clinton Freeman – Software Designer
Jeremy Gordon – Programming Assistance

Devised by Nathan Sibthorpe, Craig Wilkinson, Sean Dowling, Christine Felmingham, Mike Willmett and Sarah Winter. 

Image by Sean Dowling.  

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. 

THE ARTISTS

COUNTERPILOT

Counterpilot is a transmedia performance collective based in Brisbane. With a core team of interdisciplinary artists, they produce interactive performance works that boldly experiment with the audience experience. Counterpilot seeks to transform the familiar, juxtaposing rich fictional worlds against a backdrop of the everyday.

Their work has been seen in festivals across Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast. TRUTHMACHINE (2019) received three awards at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe, and CRUNCH TIME (2018) was recognised with the Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work at the 2018 Matilda Awards.

Their work has been described as “obviously brilliant” (The Age on CRUNCH TIME), a “psychedelic emotional experience” (4ZZZ on SPECTATE), and “spectacularly clever on so many levels, in a way probably never seen before” (Blue Curtains Brisbane on SPECTATE). According to The Age, “it’s an enigmatic live art conspiracy which all the cool kids will want to join… no one else is making work quite like this” (Cameron Woodhead on TRUTHMACHINE, 2019).

www.counterpilot.com.au

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Commissioned by Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival and Metro Arts. Proudly projected by Epson and Visual Focus. 
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

BRAINBOW MAGIC & RAINBOW CIRCLES (HEALING CIRCLES)

BRAINBOW MAGIC & RAINBOW CIRCLES (HEALING CIRCLES)

BY HIROMI TANGO 

Presented by Brisbane Festival, West Village & Metro Arts

BRAINBOW MAGIC

Artist Hiromi Tango seeks to bring comfort and spark joy through the magic of fluorescence in her new art installation, Brainbow Magic.

This work continues Hiromi’s exploration into the therapeutic potential of light, colour and contour through art. All these elements can contribute to improved mental wellbeing, easing anxiety and feelings of isolation.

At a time when communities are processing the difficult emotions and experiences of the global pandemic, Hiromi’s sensory work is both healing and transformative – a rainbow after the storm.

 

RAINBOW CIRCLES (HEALING CIRCLES)

Hiromi’s outdoor masterpiece, Rainbow Circles (Healing Circles), beckons people into a transformative space of joy and wonder.

Brightly coloured luminescent rainbow arches dance and glow in the garden at West Village, calling us to explore what lies over the rainbow.

DATES

3 – 27 September 2020
10am – 4pm Monday
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday 

18 September 2020, 10am – 9pm

WHERE

Brainbow Magic: Window Gallery & Gallery Two, 
Metro Arts @ West Village 

Rainbow Circles (Healing Circles): The Common, West Village

KEY CREATIVES

Hiromi Tango – Artist

Image by Joe Ruckli

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. 

THE ARTISTS

HIROMI TANGO

Hiromi Tango is a Japanese-Australian artist whose work spans sculpture, drawings, photography, installation and performance. Hiromi is dedicated to generate healing conversations through arts engagement. Reacting to an age in which human relationships are being eclipsed by the globalisation and virtualisation of communication, the artist’s practice is often collaborative, performative and site-specific. Her immersive installations comprise vibrant sculptural accumulations of donated objects, materials and stories. They become mnemonic traces of feelings and interactions, and the ensuing catalysis of emotion and recognition forms the affective crux of her art. In this way, although Tango’s works are highly personal and autobiographical, they can also be read as universal tropes of collective experience.


Over recent years, her practice has become increasingly focused on exploring neuroscientific concepts through arts engagement, posing questions around neuroplasticity, empathy and epigenetics in her quest to effect healing and well-being through arts. Often using metaphors from nature to represent brain processes, her works develop through a combination of research, reflection and ritual. Whilst Tango’s practice is grounded in a fascination with scientific discovery, she remains steadfast in her role as an artist being one of constant questioning and blurring boundaries, the ability to ask ‘what if?’ without the scientific proof. Personal experiences – whether her own or those of community participants — drive her exploration of specific ideas and areas of research, such as dementia and aging, child development or traumatic emotional experiences. In this way, her work creates a bridge between scientific concepts and individual realities. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Thanks to Fabricator Remo Vallance G&V Studios. 

COWBOY

COWBOY

BY MICHAEL SMITH & THE FARM

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Yee-haw! Featuring a mesmerising original score composed by Ben Ely (Regurgitator), set in an imagined sweeping landscape of a classic old western, Cowboy is an interactive, solo contemporary dance work.

From surfing trains to taming horses to wandering the desert, this work unpacks your ability to have a complete, genuine, and meaningful experience as an imagined self.

Saddle up and enter the world of Cowboy for a poignantly funny yet sensitive ride.

DATES

7:30pm, 4 & 5 September 2020
2:00pm, 5 & 6 September 2020

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

General Admission $15 + booking fee

KEY CREATIVES

Michael Smith – Performer / Creator
Ben Ely – Music Composer 
Anna Whitaker – Sound Designer
Chloe Ogilvie – Lighting / Production
Gavin Webber – Mentor / Dramaturgy
Martyn Coutts – Dramaturgy
Liesel Zink – Dramaturgy
Produced by The Farm
Special Thanks to The Angry Mime and South Bank Corporation’s ‘Flowstate’. 

Image by Anne Moffett. 

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. 

THE ARTISTS

MICHAEL SMITH

Michael Smith is an Australian dancer and choreographer working within contemporary dance, dance-theatre, film and installation. Michael’s work often questions the traditional roles of audience and space – traversing active participation and audience as allies. He places the body within state driven processes as a basis for choreography, allowing these to form  imagined realities that draw parallels between fantasy and reality.

Michael’s work has been performed across platforms such as Dance Massive Site Responsive Showcase, Ars Electronica (Austria), TanzZiet (Berlin), AGITART Figueres Festival MOU (Spain), Japan Media Arts Festival, STRUT Dance WA SEED Residency, Metro Arts, Sunshine Coast Arts Prize and South Bank Corporations ‘Flowstate’. In support of Michael’s emerging choreographic practice, he is currently a recipient of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Fellowship (2019-2020), enabling opportunities across Europe and Israel.

Michael is currently an artist with The Farm, a dance-theatre company based on Yugambeh land / the Gold Coast. He has also worked for companies and organisations such as STRUT Dance (DecaDance, Ohad Naharin), QAGOMA (William Forsythe’s ‘Fact of Matter’, Nick Caves ‘HEARD’) and Opera Australia (King Roger). 

As a freelance performer and maker, Michael has worked with independent artists including Liesel Zink, Cass Mortimer-Eipper, Paul Selwyn Norton, Guy Shomroni and Yaniv Abraham, Matt Cornell (Dirty Feet), Lizzie and Zaimon Vilmanis (Prying Eye), Nerida Matthaei (Phluxus2), Gareth Belling (Collusion Music and Dance), Amalia Pica (IMA), Vanessa Mafe-Keane, Courtney Scheu and Liz Lea.

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours, First Class – Dance Performance in 2014 from Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

THE FARM

Based on the Gold Coast with roots in Berlin, The Farm have been described as the gateway drug to contemporary dance. Our company’s artistic nerve centre is led by Gavin Webber, Grayson Millwood, Kate Harman, Michael Smith and Chloe Ogilvie. 

Often characterised as cinematic, our work is based on universal subjects and themes that matter and we are driven by a desire to connect to anyone, from dance and theatre virgins to aficionados and professionals. Finally and perhaps most importantly, The Farm create contemporary performances that transcend expectations of what dance can be, and how and where it should be viewed.

Our collaborative processes have been running for over 15 years and seen across four continents. The Farm works out of Queensland but retains and builds on its national and international pedigree and touring record. Touring highlights include Venice Biennale, Tanzplattform (Germany), Barbican Theatre, Europe, Canada and Australia.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Cowboy was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

FUTURE ANCESTORS

FUTURE ANCESTORS

BY VOICES OF COLOUR, DIGI YOUTH ARTS & CONSCIOUS MIC

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Presented as part of Housewarming

Future Ancestors depicts the journeys of three spoken word artists.

Traversing the multitude of intricacies and intersectional complexities within Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pasifika and Indian communities, this moving spoken word piece forges a future of solidarity for all Indigenous people.

Ethan Enoch-Barlow, Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi and Naavikaran present this original short-form performance work, creating a space where all voices can be heard.

DATES

6pm, 6 September 2020

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

FREE Registration Required 

KEY CREATIVES

Ethan Enoch-Barlow – Performer / Creator
Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi – Performer / Creator
Naavikaran – Performer / Creator

Image by Darren Thomas (PhotoCo). 

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. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTISTS

ETHAN ENOCH-BARLOW

Ethan Enoch-Barlow is a Quandamooka performer from Logan with a passion for theatre, poetry and, music. He has performed at various poetry and open mic events with groups such as; Digi Youth Arts and Voices of Colour. Ethan is also a member of the hip hop trio barefoot boyz. Ethan is a part of the Mama’s boys collective under Claire Christian and will be featured in the upcoming 2020 world premiere of “Brother’s Book Club” at La Boite Theatre. 

MELEIKA GESA-FATAFEHI

Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi is pretty hilarious and laughs too much, so much that her Black/Indigenous and Pasifika ancestors are probably tired of her. Lucky she alternates burdening the two sides of her ancestry, who are from Mer (Murray) Island, from the Zagareb and Dauareb tribes, and Fahefa, Tonga. Meleika is also a literature and film critic, or something along those lines. She loves talking about all things nerdy, as well as decolonising spaces online and in real life. She is a storyteller that takes many forms; from a rapper, artist and the most prominent, a poet. She is also the recipient of the prestigious fellowship The Next Chapter, run by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and will be finishing her manuscript along the way. If she’s upset any of her ancestors whilst making this bio, she’s sorry.

NAAVIKARAN

Naavikaran is a transgender non-binary youth worker, LGBTIQ+ artivist and a body-movement facilitator from India, based in Brisbane. Their areas of work include addressing systemic oppression against marginalized communities, especially those who are homeless and curating inclusive spaces for people to explore self-expression. Naavikaran has been recently named as one of 30 Under 30 LGBTIQ+ Leaders in Australia by Out For Australia in recognition of their work and contribution to the community.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

HOUSEWARMING

HOUSEWARMING

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

We’ve moved into our new home at West Village, and to celebrate we’re having a housewarming lead by artists! 

 

The Artists Speak

6pm – 7.30pm
Free Registration Required for The Artists Speak.
The first artists to present at Metro’s new home speak. Featuring special spoken word performance Future Ancestors, and an artist panel  where visual artists Robert Andrew, Dale Harding, and Elizabeth Willing will discuss their original commissions and current exhibitions at Metro Arts. 

Future Ancestors depicts the journeys of three spoken word artists. Traversing the multitude of intricacies and intersectional complexities within Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pasifika and Indian communities, this moving spoken word piece forges a future of solidarity for all Indigenous people. Ethan Enoch-Barlow, Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi and Naavikaran present this original short-form performance work, creating a space where all voices can be heard.

 

HOUSEWARMING WANDER

7.30pm – 9pm
No Registration Required for Housewarming Wander.
The house is open so you can wander around our new spaces, see the exhibitions and commissions, take a tour of the back-of-house areas and grab a drink at our new bar. 

DATES

The Artists Speak: 6pm – 7:30pm, 6 September 2020
Housewarming Wander: 7:30pm – 9pm, 6 September 2020

WHERE

Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

The Artist Speak FREE Registration

KEY CREATIVES

Facilitator
Angela Goddard – Director of Griffith University Art Museum

Future Ancestors
Ethan Enoch-Barlow – Performer 
Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi – Performer
Naavikaran – Performer

Artist Panel
Robert Andrew – Panelist
Dale Harding – Panelist
Elizabeth Willing – Panelist

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. 

THE ARTISTS

ROBERT ANDREW

Robert Andrew is an artist of mixed heritage, a descendent of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, as well as of European and Filipino descent. Robert uses practice-led research to investigate denied and forgotten personal and family histories, utilising open-sourced, programmable technologies and machinery to erode, expose substrates, build stories and create residue. These works manifest as visually scraped back and built up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and the ‘artefact’. Fusing the old and the new, Robert uses earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to build stories of relationship to land and culture and to mine historical, cultural, political and personal events that have been ignored, buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of our western culture. Robert holds a Doctorate in Visual Arts from Griffith University. Robert won the 40th Alice Prize in 2018 for his work White Wash Over The Burn (2017) and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

www.robotandrew.com

ELIZABETH WILLING

Elizabeth Willing is a Brisbane based visual artist whose works are performative and often participatory explorations of food as art material. Primarily working in sculpture, installation, and performance, Elizabeth’s work additionally takes the form of concept dinners, collaborative performances that use the dining table as stage for interactive designs and experiences. 

Elizabeth has undertaken professional development mentorships in New York with Janine Antoni (2011), with the Experimental Food Society in London (2012) and then with Thomas Rentmeister in Berlin (2014). In 2019 she completed a Masters of Fine Art (research) at Queensland University of Technology.

In 2014 Elizabeth was the recipient of the Australia Council Kunstlerhaus Bethanien one-year residency. Furthermore Elizabeth has undertaken residencies at Helsinki International Art Program HIAP (2015), New England Regional art Museum Armidale (2018), and The Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide (2019)

Exhibitions and concept meals have been held in Australia and overseas at Tolarno Galleries Melbourne, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Trapholt Museum of Art and Design Denmark, Tinguely Museum Basel, and Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane.

DALE HARDING

Dale Harding (b.1982, Moranbah, Australia) works in a wide variety of media to explore the visual and social languages of his communities as cultural continuum. A descendant of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, he draws upon and maintains the spiritual and philosophical sensibilities of his cultural inheritance within the framework of contemporary art Internationally.

Harding’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2019); Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2019); Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015). Some recent group exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo (2020); PAC Milano, Milan (2019); Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France (2019); Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE (2019); Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane (2019); Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); Liverpool Biennial (2018); TarraWarra Biennial (2018). 

His work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Tate Modern, London; Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane; Queensland Art Gallery ǀ Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Whales, Sydney;  and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

In July 2019 Harding was awarded a Doctorate of Visual Arts from Griffith University. Born in 1982 in Moranbah, Australia, Harding lives and works in Brisbane. 

ETHAN ENOCH-BARLOW

Ethan Enoch-Barlow is a Quandamooka performer from Logan with a passion for theatre, poetry and, music. He has performed at various poetry and open mic events with groups such as; Digi Youth Arts and Voices of Colour. Ethan is also a member of the hip hop trio barefoot boyz. Ethan is a part of the Mama’s boys collective under Claire Christian and will be featured in the upcoming 2020 world premiere of “Brother’s Book Club” at La Boite Theatre. 

MELEIKA GESA-FATAFEHI

Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi is pretty hilarious and laughs too much, so much that her Black/Indigenous and Pasifika ancestors are probably tired of her. Lucky she alternates burdening the two sides of her ancestry, who are from Mer (Murray) Island, from the Zagareb and Dauareb tribes, and Fahefa, Tonga. Meleika is also a literature and film critic, or something along those lines. She loves talking about all things nerdy, as well as decolonising spaces online and in real life. She is a storyteller that takes many forms; from a rapper, artist and the most prominent, a poet. She is also the recipient of the prestigious fellowship The Next Chapter, run by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and will be finishing her manuscript along the way. If she’s upset any of her ancestors whilst making this bio, she’s sorry.

NAAVIKARAN

Naavikaran is a transgender non-binary youth worker, LGBTIQ+ artivist and a body-movement facilitator from India, based in Brisbane. Their areas of work include addressing systemic oppression against marginalized communities, especially those who are homeless and curating inclusive spaces for people to explore self-expression. Naavikaran has been recently named as one of 30 Under 30 LGBTIQ+ Leaders in Australia by Out For Australia in recognition of their work and contribution to the community.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

THE TYPE

THE TYPE

BY PINK MATTER

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Uplifting and empowering, The Type showcases a powerful cast from your favourite pro girl gang, Pink Matter. Bringing together five badass women dancers from different cultural backgrounds and of all shapes and sizes, The Type calls up each woman’s individual journey and takes aim at the cut-throat nature of the commercial dance industry.

With fusion and conceptual free form choreography set to a massive Hip-Hop, R&B and House music soundtrack, The Type’s one-of-a-kind cast are unapologetically bringing Street Dance into the realm of new skool Australian theatre. Audiences will be caught between mesmerising contemporary movement and high-octane pop-culture hits; wanting to jump out of their seats and dance.

Catch heavy-hitters Wanida, Amy, Floss, Kimmy and Monika as they take inspiration from their own experiences around representation and body image, and blend it with the power and strength of fusion movement.

Challenging the standards of beauty and success that shape Australian entertainment today, The Type is fearless and hopeful with big girl-power energy.

DATES

7:30pm, 10 – 12 September 2020
2:00pm, 12 & 13 September 2020

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

General Admission $15 + booking fee

KEY CREATIVES

Wanida Serce – Performer / Creator / Creative Director
Amy Zhang – Performer
Monika Stojevski – Performer
Floss Moloney – Performer
Kimberley Smit – Performer
Christine Felmingham – Lighting Designer

Image by Ben Garcia.  

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. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTISTS

WANIDA SERCE

Wanida is a creative director, choreographer and performance artist. In 2017 she founded Pink Matter, a company aimed at creating opportunities, highlighting powerful women in the community and creating conversation around the intersectionality of diversity in Australian media.

Some of the projects Wanida has been involved with are: Performing in the ‘Commonwealth Games’ and the ‘Special Olympics’ as well as featuring in campaigns for Vice, Absolut Vodka, Fox Sports & Universal Store.

Wanida is a proud woman of colour that is successfully working in multiple fields of street/commercial dance. Often judging events, teaching workshops and producing work, She’s highly active in the dance community with 3 sold out independent productions under her belt. She continues to strive to inspire, mentor and be a pillar of representation.

AMY ZHANG

Amy Zhang is a performer and movement director driven by the idea that dance is a universally understood language. She has turned the heads of iconic brands like Nike, Cartier and Calvin Klein and recently developed an AI dance app in collaboration with Google.

Credits aside, Amy loves dance for its holistic benefits. Through her work with Groove Therapy, an organisation aimed at making the benefits of dance accessible to all walks of life, she has co-written and facilitated programs for at-risk youth, dementia sufferers, refugee girls and the everyday person. Through this work Amy has partnered with organisations like Headspace and Participate Australia.

KIMBERLEY SMIT

Kimberley is a professional dancer, choreographer and performer with a passion for the urban and commercial dance world. With credits such as TYGA, Samantha Jade, Timomatic, DJ Tigerlily, Brisbane Silver Bullets, Channel 9 and Brisbane Broncos Cheerleaders, she has developed a plethora of National and International industry knowledge.

Alongside this, Kimberley truly believes there is power behind expressing art through choreography. Throughout her career she has built award-winning routines for various companies and studios around Australia. She has also choreographed a variety of professional shows used for prestigious corporate events. Kimberley has a genuine passion for creating and providing the audience with something they won’t forget.

FLOSS MOLONEY

Floss Moloney is a Brisbane dancer who has trained for 22 years. Floss has toured the world by training under Parris Goebel as a member of ‘ReQuest Dance Crew’ and ‘The Royal Family’. As a member of ‘The Royal Family’, she had the opportunity to win two world Hip Hop championships. Floss was also lucky enough to be selected to teach and perform at Hip Hop International Russia. Floss is a recognised face within the Brisbane dance community and has been selected as a cast member of many iconic shows known nationally. These include Shade 1.0, Shade 2.0 and Pink Matter. Performing allows Floss to strive for greatness, and have confidence in all facets of life.

MONIKA STOJEVSKI

From a young age Monika has had a strong desire to express herself through dance and performing, Known for her versatility and the ability to fuse and adapt to various genres of dance. Monika’s stage performance work includes theatre productions like the grant winning show ‘One Way’- A contemporary x street fusion show by Elements Collective and ‘Shade’ – A visual art & street dance production by Wanida Serce.

Through Monika’s time with dance collective Pink Matter, she has been able to compete in Australia’s Got Talent, ongoingly perform at Eat Street Northshore and feature in music videos and perform in stage shows for many Australian artists.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

HOW TO SPELL LOVE

HOW TO SPELL LOVE

BY ANISA NANDAULA

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Navigating the intersections of life – relationships, cultural identity, gender, politics and place, award winning poet Anisa Nandaula joins forces with Pru Wilson (dance) and Benjamin Shannon (drums/percussion) to present How To Spell Love

Recognised for its critical social and political commentary, Anisa Nandaula’s body of work journeys into powerful new territory with this production. Exploring the experience of a young woman of colour growing up in Brisbane, How to Spell Love weaves itself through words, physical movement, percussive rhythm and a distinctive electronic soundtrack to unpack the complex dynamics that underpin the everyday moments. 

Produced by Writers Republic and directed by Margi Brown Ash, the depth of this work translates through captivating spoken word prose, supported by contemporary dance and physical movement choreographed by Nerida Matthaei and the visual design of Freddy Komp. 

“(How to Spell Love) is delivered with a complex intensity that cannot help but evoke an entire suite of emotions. In Nandaula’s renditions, there’s simultaneously roaring anger and dark resignation; triumph and terror, love and sadness.” – Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

DATES

7:30pm, 17 – 19 September 2020
2:00pm, 19 & 20 September 2020

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

General Admission $15 + booking fee

KEY CREATIVES

Anisa Nandaula – Writer / Performer
Benjamin Shannon – Percussionist / Composer
Pru Wilson – Dancer
Freddy Komp – Visual Designer
Nerida Matthaei – Choreographer
Margi Brown Ash – Director
Toni Wills – Producer / Dramaturg
Alasdair Cannon – Musical Producer
Tim Loydell – Producer 

Image by Cynthia Lee.  

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. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTIST

ANISA NANDAULA

Anisa is a nationally recognised spoken word poet, playwright, educator and published author. She is the 2016 Queensland Poetry slam champion and runner up for the Australian poetry slam championships. In 2017 she published her first book Melanin Garden and won the XYZ Innovation in Spoken Word Prize. She has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Splendour in the Grass, Queensland Poetry festival, Women of the World festival and toured the country sharing stories of love and courage. Anisa is also the co-founder of the arts collective Voices of Colour which creates spaces for migrant, refugee and first nations artists to share their work.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

How to Spell Love is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through ACF BOOST.
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

DIRTY LAUNDRY

DIRTY LAUNDRY

BY THE GOOD ROOM

Dirty Laundry is a large-scale cotton-based installation of anonymous sexual confessions, fantasies and desires hoisted and hung for public witness. Inspired by enforced social distancing (on the streets and in the sheets), this cheeky work is a record of the way 2020 has altered our romantic relationships and changed the way we quench desire in a positive celebration of sex, intimacy and holding out for love in lockdown.

Dirty Laundry is drawn from a slate of submissions submitted to a bespoke website over a specially-created digital event called the Dirty Weekend. The installation will be studded with readings from the full hamper basket and is designed to be enjoyed across a 20 minute visit.

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

DATES & TIMES

21 October – 1 November 2020

Mon         Closed
Tue-Thu  10am-4pm
Fri           10am-6.30pm + 9pm-10pm*
Sat          
10am-10pm
Sun         12pm-7pm

* Fri 30 October
Please note, the exhibition will be closed to general public from 6.30-9pm, with exclusive access to Dirty Laundry Up Late ticket holders from 7.45-9pm.

PRICE

FREE

Image credit: Image by Morgan Roberts

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. 

THE ARTISTS

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans is an award-winning writer, director, producer – and QUT graduate – who has worked across Australia in theatre, festivals, print and television. Together, with Amy Ingram, he founded The Good Room; a performance collective who draw on the experiences of ordinary people to create extraordinary theatre experiences. As well as teaching for QUT Acting, he has worked as the Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, a five day event as part of the emerging and experimental arts mecca This Is Not Art in Newcastle, as the Performance Producer at Metro Arts, as a senior writer for Frankie magazine and as a digital content producer for Southern Star Endemol, Network Nine, Ten and SBS.

Amy Ingram

Amy is a performer and Maker. In 2008 she co founded The Good Room with Daniel Evans. She has performed with Queensland Theatre ( Fat Pig, Seeding Bed, Trollop, The Seagull, The Odd Couple) , La Boite ( Cosi, The Tragedy of King Richard The third, Blackrock) , Elbow Room ( We Get It : MTC and Brisbane Powerhouse) and in Low Level Panic at The Old Fitz directed by Justine Martin. In 2021 Amy will be on tour with Magic Mike Live Australia.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

OUTER SPACE

OUTER SPACE

Metro Arts is partnering with Outer Space for the Hope Studio space in August. For this partnership, Rose Manning and Olivia Lacey, will each be provided with a free studio space for four weeks, culminating in a public showing of their work-in-progress on the 28th of August, 2020 from 4-6pm.

Olivia Lacey employs processes of transcription and translation to explore the ambiguities, slippages or humour that can arise in interpersonal interactions. Working across moving image, installation and text, she combines referents appropriated from pop music lyrics in order to examine the romantic dialogue as an intersubjective space of exchange. Her current practice is focused on the amateur performative spaces of karaoke and fan-made content. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017. Recent exhibitions include Now That You’re Here (Boxcopy, 2019) and Love Me, Love Me (Metro Arts, 2019).

Rose Manning is a visual artist practicing in Brisbane. Working in a text-based practice, she navigates her emotions as a queer woman inhabiting public and private spaces. Text pieces, which she refers to as ‘Love letters’, are written in a struggle to express vulnerability. She also explores simultaneous feelings of connection and disconnection to surrounding people and frequented spaces in Rose’s life. By painting, sewing and stitching these confessions of emotions, she seeks to be able to comfortably present an emotion and create a connection with the world that she has found herself in. 

WHERE

66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

WHEN

August 2020

Work in progress showing: 4 – 6pm, 28 August 2020

Please do not attend this event if you are unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected at this event and is the individuals responsibility. Thank you for your understanding.

THE ARTIST

Outer Space

Outer Space is a not-for-profit Contemporary Arts organisation. They collaborate with artists and arts workers to develop, make, and present critically engaged creative practice in a supportive professional environment. Their exhibitions, events, and programs welcome those involved in, and curious about the arts. Outer Space is committed to fostering a sustainable creative community in Brisbane that engages local, regional, national and global contexts.  

Artist website: www.outerspaceari.org

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

DARK MATTER(S)

DARK MATTER(S)

BY REBECCA ROSS

Dark Matter(s) brings together a constellation of works that originate from deep thought, deep storage and deep space. The project began as a search for dark matter — both metaphorically and literally — within personal archives, boxes of materials, and folders packed away in Ross’s studio. For some time, Ross has been collecting and cutting out images of planets, stars, black holes, galaxies and nebulas. Now, more than ever, this search parallels her attempts to find meaning when everything else in life is shadowy. The act of bringing these materials to light signifies new beginnings and employs collage, assemblage, and editing techniques to create new relationships and unearth new meanings. The Hope Street residency will act as a microcosmos where Ross’s visual experiments will be installed to establish dynamic spatial narratives in the gallery space.

PUBLIC EVENTS

 
Bringing to Light

Bringing to Light is an invitation to participate in a one-on-one show and tell session with artist Rebecca Ross. You are invited to bring something to the studio that you would like to share; something with a dark past, something mysterious, something from your archive, retrieved from the kerbside or purchased at a secondhand store. It may be a memory, an object, a song, a poem, a photograph, an artwork, or a star in the night sky. The process of sharing will unfold in a conversation that reveals a previously unshared story and history. The act of Bringing to Light will be documented and archived. Allow 30-60 minutes for your visit. To participate please fill in this form. Thank you for sharing.

 
Dark Rooms

Rebecca will host a viewing of the outcomes of her residency with an open studio and exhibition of new work, 3-6pm from 24 – 26 July.

Please do not attend this event if you are unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected at this event and is the individuals responsibility. Thank you for your understanding.

WHERE

66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

WHEN

July 2020

THE ARTIST

Rebecca Ross

Rebecca Ross lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast where she works as an artist, academic and director of The Walls Art Space. Ross’s work is concerned with mapping the junctures of site, situation and sensation. Since completing a Master of Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology (2005) she has undertaken major art projects for Festival 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Bleach Festival, and participated in international artist in residence programs in Malta, Italy and New Zealand. Ross has exhibited at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. U.S.A. (2012), been awarded the Rome Studio at the British School at Rome by the Australia Council for the Arts (2013) and supported by the City of Gold Coast to undertake a mentorship and travel to Los Angeles and Miami, U.S.A. (2014). Ross has been actively involved in the contemporary art scene in South East Queensland since the millennium and her contribution to the Gold Coast arts ecology has been recognised with an International Women’s Day Leadership
Award (2020).

Artist website: https://www.rebeccaross.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Dark Matter(s) is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. 

With thanks to Julius Zammit-Ross, Chris Bennie, Aaron Chapman, Kyle Weise, Joran Azcune, Metro Arts, Stable Art Space and Byron School of Art. 

stART Grant Program

stART Grant Program

The stART Grant Program was established by Arts Queensland to support Queensland independent creative practitioners including artists, artist collaborators, producers, designers, technicians, freelance and other arts workers impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Successful applicants will receive $3000 to support ideation, preparation, planning and collaboration activities focussed on future creative opportunities during COVID recovery phase

Arts Queensland has engaged Delivery Partners across the state to deliver the stART Grant Program. Funding will be distributed through the Delivery Partners. Metro Arts is the delivery partner for the Brisbane Region. Download the Delivery Partner Map or visit Arts Queensland for information on the other delivery partners.

Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
Important information for applicants. 

Applications are now closed. See the list of recipients below.

 

 stART Grant Program Recepients

Metro Arts has announced 39 industry recipients of the Queensland Government’s stART Grant, who have each been awarded $3,000 to support their creative practice.

Congratulations to the following recipients: 

  • Mindy Gill | Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Erica Rose Jeffrey | Moggill, Brisbane City
  • Michelle Vine | South Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Kailum Graves | Greenslopes, Brisbane City
  • Mark Bahnisch | South Brisbane, Brisbane City: The Gabba Ward
  • Nathon McMillan | Lytton, Brisbane City
  • Matthew Wengert | Clayfield, Brisbane City
  • Finley Kube / Central Ward, Brisbane City
  • Helen O’Loan | Maiwar, Walter Taylor
  • Laura Coutts | Clayfield, Brisbane City – Hamilton
  • Ruby Newport | Stafford, Brisbane City – Enoggera
  • Kenji Uranishi | Nudgee, Brisbane City – Northgate Ward
  • Yvette Walker | Paddington, Brisbane City
  • Kirstie Page | Cooper, The Gap
  • Andi Spark | Bulimba, Brisbane City – Morningside
  • Paula Dunlop | Cooper, Brisbane City
  • Mirandi Riwoe | Coorparoo, Brisbane City
  • Jesse Irwin | The Gabba, Brisbane City
  • Larissa Deak |Miller, Tennyson
  • Mandana Mapar | South Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Michael Mandalios | McConnel, Brisbane City
  • Bridget Boyle | Malwar,Brisbane City
  • Thomas Larkin | McConnel, Brisbane City
  • Christopher Bassi | Paddington, Brisbane City
  • Helen Cassidy | Cooper, Brisbane City
  • Kevin Spink | Moggill, Brisbane City
  • Torin Francis | Cooper, Brisbane City
  • Catarina Hebbard | Greenslopes, South Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Chris Howlett | McConnel and Bulimba, Brisbane City – Morningside
  • Claire Marshall | Central Ward, Brisbane City
  • Cheryl Moggs | Southern Downs Regional, Sandgate
  • Claire Christian | Mount Ommaney, Tennyson
  • Vanessa Loh | Malwar, Brisbane City
  • Sebastian Moody | McConnel, Central
  • Anisa Nandaula | South Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Jessica White | The Gabba, Brisbane City
  • David Nixon | Malwar, Brisbane City
  • Tammy Tresillian | South Brisbane, Brisbane City
  • Tim Jackman | South Brisbane, Brisbane City

ART STARTERS

ART STARTERS

“My career started at Metro. My first full time job, my first professional directing job, the first play I ever wrote, the first company I ever ran. All roads lead back to Metro. Metro gave me a start 30 years ago and I want to give back. I invite you to become an Art Starter and join me in helping to support the start of new work and new art careers here in Brisbane.”

Wesley Enoch, Metro Arts Patron
Artistic Director, Sydney Festival

Metro Arts is in the art starting business. After all ‘art starts here’.

For an annual tax deductible donation of $500 you can join our donor group, ART STARTERS, and help fund our annual Creative Development Program

The program gives artists space, time and support to develop creative ideas and test them with industry professionals and peers. Creative development can advance to local, national and international stages.

 

2019 Creative Development Program

 

As one of our Art Starters you’ll experience and learn about the creative process first-hand at special behind the scenes previews and get-togethers.

Join us by giving now or download the Art Starters Gift Form and return to us.

For further information please contact: 
Genevieve Trace, Partnerships Officer 
genevieve@metroarts.com.au | (07) 3002 7100

See the list of current Art Starters here.

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at our next Art Starters get-together.

SOMETHING BIG

SOMETHING BIG

BY MARK DU POTIERS

SOMETHING BIG will synthesise the themes of Mark du Potiers’ practice, revolving around cultural identity, mental health, and queerness, within the context of COVID-19. du Potiers will use the space afforded by the Hope St. studio and gallery to experiment with sculpture, performance, costume and installation, with an emphasis on colour and symbolism, connection, and joy. Here something ‘BIG’ relates directly to the manipulation of space and scale within the physical space of the residency, and also to the expansion of this studio work through online channels. Building on this, the project will also document dialogues with other local artists – particularly creatives who face prejudice, to explore ways that art has broadened their worlds, helping them to find SOMETHING BIGger as makers and audiences. Through experimentation and dialogue, SOMETHING BIG will use solitary making as a platform to explore art as a window, mirror, and portal to worlds outside of our own, seeking to develop connection in isolation.

WHERE

66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

WHEN

May – June 2020

THE ARTIST

Mark du Potiers

Mark du Potiers negotiates cultural identity and anxiety through interdisciplinary sculpture. Born, raised, and based in Meanjin / Brisbane, he is an Australian who happens to have both Hongkonger and Chinese heritage, and draws upon experiences and mental health challenges of living as a person of colour. In this context, du Potiers’ practice examines power, privilege, and representation, without being bound to a specific material or method. His work references queerness and its additional complexities when navigated through a multicultural lens, with more recent outcomes incorporating textiles and installation – delving into manipulation of space and scale.

In addition to participating in residencies, exhibitions, and art prizes as an artist, du Potiers is a founding member of XYZ Artist-Run-Initiative – a recipient of National Association for the Visual Arts’ ‘New Space’ mentorship program.

Artist website: https://blisteredhand.wordpress.com/

GHOST STORY

GHOST STORY

GHOST STORY

By Kristen Maloney

Ghost Story is a new contemporary performance that blends theatre and augmented reality via a smartphone application and immerses the audience in a terrifying world both physically and digitally. The story centres on two sisters who reunite after a family tragedy and is set in a house on the outskirts of greater Brisbane, where the bush meets the city. When the lights are on, the audience can see an entity, a ghostly apparition through the screen of their smartphone. However, in the darkness, it feels like the entity becomes real and stalks the space, so the audience is unnerved and begins to question their perception of a world where they are both digitally and physically immersed. Ghost Story utilises Australian Gothic, classic horror tropes, game system designs, sibling grief and the psychology behind our innate fear of the darkness.

KEY CREATIVES

Kristen Maloney – Producer / Director / Co-Writer
Mark Rowley – Programmer
Hannah Belanszky – Co-Writer / Performer 
Felix Palmerson – Choreographer / Performer
Candice Hill – Performer
Robin Wilmore – Graphic Designer
Justin Harrison – Sound Designer / Videographer

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West Village

THE ARTISTS

Kristen Maloney

Kristen Maloney is an independent director, writer and producer based in Brisbane. She has a demonstrated history of working in Brisbane, regional Queensland and interstate to create contemporary theatre that engages current principles and processes of community-centric and participatory theatre as well as responsiveness to innovative digital technologies. Kristen’s credits include directing and producing ‘Player 2’ that was nominated for FRINGE WORLD 2017 Theatre Award; and co-directing and producing ‘Boys Taste Better with Nutella’ that was awarded FRINGE WORLD 2019 Weekly Award for Best Theatre, nominated for People’s Choice Award at Melbourne Fringe 2019 and awarded Adelaide Fringe 2020 Weekly Award for Best Emerging Artist. Kristen is the Artistic Director and founder of Backyard Theatre Collective, as well as the 2015 Artistic Director of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) student theatre company Vena Cava Productions. Kristen is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

https://www.kristenmaloney.com.au/

Mark Rowley

Holding a unique perspective on games development, Mark Rowley is able to oversee the development of technology from conception to final product, making the most from any hardware platform whilst engineering for re-usability and extensibility. A solid electronics engineering background allows Mark to critically assess new hardware and understand how to take advantage of it. Experience in many fields across the whole spectrum of games development and a talent for keeping the big picture in mind, Mark provides the perfect background for taking existing engines and refactoring them for new hardware or to create new cross platform engines to power AAA games whilst reaching targets and keeping the technology sustainable for subsequent projects. Mark’s experience includes Director & Programmer at The Eccentric Ape (Brisbane, Australia); Chief Technology Officer at Halfbrick (Brisbane, Australia); Technical Director at SEGA Europe Limited (United Kingdom); Co-Founder & Programmer at Bitbaboon Limited (United Kingdom); Technical Director at SEGA Studios Australia (Brisbane, Australia); and Technical Lead at Ubisoft (Montreal, Canada).

Hannah Belanszky

Hannah Belanszky is a playwright and trained actor based in Brisbane. Her debut play, ‘Broken Fence’, was a finalist of the 2018-19 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award and was further commissioned by Queensland Theatre in 2019. Hannah was the Young Playwright-In-Residence at Playlab in 2017 and is part of Playlab’s 2019 Sparks program for First Nations writers in partnership with QPAC and Mooghalin Arts. She was also selected for Playlab’s Emerging Female Playwright Commission. Hannah wrote and directed, ‘The Wives of Wolfgang’, which premiered at Brisbane Powerhouse’s 2017 Wonderland program and recently award Adelaide Fringe 2020 Award for Best Cabaret. She also performed in ‘Harrow’ (ABC Studios), ‘Julius Caesar’ (4MBS) and play readings at La Boite Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre. Hannah is highly regarded as a playwright whose work focuses on themes of equality and empowering women or connecting to her Indigenous heritage.

Felix Palmerson

Felix Palmerson is a Brisbane-based contemporary dance performer, maker and teacher. After growing up and completing her early dance training in Melbourne with Yellow Wheel Contemporary Youth Company and West Pointe Ballet Academy, Felix went on to graduate a scholarship and university medal recipient from Queensland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) in 2017.  Felix has performed and choreographed for international festivals including ELEKTRA (Montreal); Ars Electronica (Austria) and Beijing Dance Festival (China), as well as many Australian events: Big Red Bash (Birsdville); Woodford Folk Festival; Festival 2018 (Commonwealth Games); Anywhere Theatre Festival; Out of The Box; Valley Fiesta; Mad Dance House’ ‘HYPE Night’ and 2High Festival. Most recently, Felix has been working as a freelance dance artist for Steph Hutchison; Angela Chaplin; Common People Dance Project (Neridah Waters); Phluxus2 Dance Collective and The CrackUp Sisters. In addition to performance, Felix works as the artist liaison and volunteer coordinator for Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane; is involved in dance photography; academic tutoring and research assistance at QUT; dance teaching; and visitor services at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Robin Wilmore

Robin Wilmore is an aspiring illustrator and character designer currently studying both Animation and Business at the Queensland University of Technology, with a major in Marketing. As an LGBT+ artist, Robin’s work often focuses on creating visible, positive representation for underrepresented groups, especially transgender and nonbinary youths. They have a background in graphic design and have recently expanded their skillset into animation through their education.

COUNTERPILOT

COUNTERPILOT

ABOUT COUNTERPILOT

Counterpilot is a collective of interdisciplinary artists directed by Nathan Sibthorpe and including Christine Felmingham (technical designer), Clinton Freeman (software designer), Mike Willmett (sound designer) and Sarah Winter (production designer).

Together, they create interactive performance works, activating audiences with new technology, rich design, and transmedia storytelling. Counterpilot seeks to transform the familiar, juxtaposing rich fictional worlds against a backdrop of the everyday. 

Their works boldly experiment with new applications of technology, including 3D printing and digital media. With interactive tools like geo-locative audio, SMS distribution networks, RFID voting systems and biometric sensors, Counterpilot seeks to put the audience at the centre of every performance experience – whether it be for physical journeys, experiential narrative, or heightened gameplay. 

TRUTHMACHINE by Counterpilot

Would you take a lie detector test with a stranger?

TRUTHMACHINE is the multi-award winning new social experiment from techno-trouble makers, Counterpilot.

Using real biometric sensors and live voting systems, TRUTHMACHINE seeks out truth in a world of fake news and alternative facts. The polygraph machine used to be regarded as a legal instrument, but today we think we can cheat. Let’s see if your heart rate can lie as effectively as our leaders can.

Blurring the line between cutting edge technology and live performance, TRUTHMACHINE is an intimate, playful and intriguing theatre experience for adventurous audiences.

REVIEWS

“Genius…The technology is state of the art”  – Broadway World

“a truly atmospheric experience”  – This is Radelaide

“Definitely a unique experience”  – Scenestr

“an enigmatic live art conspiracy…no one else is making work quite like this”  – The Age

AWARDS

Best Film, Digital & Interactive Work – Adelaide Fringe 2019
Hong Kong Tour Ready Award – Let’s Be Together Arts Festival
SA Tour Ready Award – Melbourne Fringe
Adelaide Fringe Innovation Grant – Adelaide Fringe 2019

KEY CREATIVES

Nathan Sibthorpe – Director
Mike Willmett – Sound Design
Clinton Freeman – Software Design
Christine Felmingham – Technical Design
John Felmingham – Technical Design
Sarah Winter – Production Design
Paige Poulier – Performance
Toby Martin – Additional Collaborator
Sean Dowling – Additional Collaborator

UPCOMING SEASONS

Let’s Be Together Arts Festival | Hong Kong | August 2020

+ more to be announced soon!

PAST SEASONS

Sydney Festival | Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW | 11 – 24 January 2020

Melbourne Fringe | Trades Hall, Melbourne, VIC | 22 – 29 September 2019

Brisbane Festival | Theatre Republic, Brisbane, QLD | 10 – 21 September 2019

Horizon Festival | The Events Centre, Caloundra, QLD | 26 – 27 August 2019

Adelaide Fringe | RCC Fringe, Adelaide, SA |19 February – 3 March 2019

CRUNCH TIME by Counterpilot

Crunch Time is a performative dinner party designed to model the processes of democracy. Seated around a projector-mapped dining table, participant diners use interactive tools to vote for every ingredient used in an elaborate meal.  

Viewed via live-feed video from a nearby kitchen, a guest chef prepares real food in response to demand. But we’re not using master chefs here – instead, each performance will nominate individuals from public positions of leadership. Politicians, artistic directors and CEOs will take their turn to cook up requests from the dining room with dangerously unpredictable results.

Lately, politics has been leaving a bad taste in our mouths. The popular vote can be hard to swallow, but at the end of the day – we’ve all got to eat…

Co-commissioned by Metro Arts & Next Wave Festival.

KEY CREATIVES

Nathan Sibthorpe – Director
Christine Felmingham – Technical Design
Mike Willmett – Sound Design
Clinton Freeman – Software Design
Sean Dowling – Graphic Design
Craig Wilkinson – Animations
Jeremy Gordon – AV Programming
John Felmingham – Construction & Contraptions
Lauren Jackson – Voice Performance
Cam Clark – Project Collaborator
Toby Martin – Project Collaborator
Benjamin Knapton – Dramaturgy

PAST SEASONS

Norman Price Theatre, TAFE QLD | Metro Arts | Brisbane, QLD | 5 – 15 December 2018

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre | Next Wave Festival | Melbourne, VIC | 3 – 12 May 2018

ADRIFT by Counterpilot

IN DEVELOPMENT

A new transmedia work by Counterpilot, ADRIFT explores themes of loneliness, isolation, and our relationship with nature in the face of a potential mass extinction event.

Set in an ambiguous global flood, strangers find themselves isolated and adrift. They are guided by immersive audio design to find each other in the darkness. Together, they collaborate to uncover a series of true stories, co-creating detailed worlds by manipulating objects and filling in blanks in each others’ narratives.

ADRIFT explores our real feelings of loneliness in the context of disconnected communities and the threat of irreparable climate change.

We feel alone in a world that crumbles beneath us.

Our relationship with nature is just as fraught as our relationships with each other.

KEY CREATIVES

Nathan Sibthorpe – Director
Christine Felmingham – Technical Designer
Mike Willmett – Sound Designer
Clinton Freeman – Software Designer
Sarah Winter – Production Designer

UPCOMING DEVELOPMENTS

Creative Development | Metro Arts | Brisbane, QLD | November 2020

Creative Development | Bundanon Trust | Ilaroo, NSW | November 2020

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Counterpilot are produced by Metro Arts.

Crunch Time was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Crunch Time was proudly supported by Brisbane City Council. The Creative Sparks Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane. Crunch Time was supported by Lynn Rainbow Reid AM and John B Reid AO. Crunch Time was co-commissioned by Next Wave and Metro Arts.

Truthmachine was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science. Truthmachine was supported by the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund via the Adelaide Fringe Innovation Grant.

Adrift is developed with the support of Metro Arts and Bundanon Trust.

BLAK CURATORIAL EXCHANGE

BLAK CURATORIAL EXCHANGE

BY BLAKLASH PROJECTS

Metro Arts has partnered with Blaklash to deliver a six-week professional development program for six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who are interested in developing their curatorial skills. Led by Blaklash, this program aims to strengthen the sector by enhancing knowledge, support networks, and developing practical skills through an exhibition outcome.
 
The program will include presentations from industry experts and guided visits to a range of art institutions. It will be an opportunity to have critical discussions regarding First Nations voices and perspectives and how they are represented in gallery spaces. The curatorial exchange will culminate in a one-week exhibition at Metro Arts, Gallery One at West Village in November.
 
Blaklash Creative is led by Troy Casey (Kamiliroi) and Amanda Hayman (Wakka Wakka/Kalkadoon) an agency known for their curatorial skills in creating positive experiences that connect people to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture. 

PATTERN & PLACE EXHIBITION

The curatorial exchange will culminate in a one-week exhibition at Metro Arts, Gallery One at West Village from 7 – 14 November.

Pattern & Place is an exhibition of contemporary works explores lines and journeys and journey lines, movement, rhythm, routines and visceral impressions of place. Experience the relationship between significant locations, repetition of action and the formation of tradition.

WHERE

Gallery One 
Metro Arts | West Village

WHEN

Pattern & Place Exhibition
7 – 14 November 2020

PRICE

FREE

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. 

THE ARTIST

Blaklash Projects

Blaklash Projects is a 100% Aboriginal owned business specialising in the curation of exhibitions, cultural events and bespoke creative projects that showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices. Troy Casey (Kamilaroi) and Amanda Hayman (Wakka Wakka / Kalkadoon) have extensive experience working in partnership with community to develop community-celebrated programs and projects.

https://www.blaklash.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Blak Curatorial Exchange is supported by Creative Alliance, City of Gold Coast and Digi Youth Arts.

ELISE GREIG

ELISE GREIG

ABOUT ELISE GREIG

Elise has been recognized by the Matilda Awards on three occasions for her outstanding contribution to Queensland Theatre. She is an acting graduate from USQ and an Honours and Masters graduate from QUT, where she was awarded the University Medal. Elise also trained with Shakespeare & Company in Boston, USA, and has received three Goldie Awards for her voice over work.  During 2017 Elise received a CentreScreen Award for her performance in the short film, Good Girls, which was screened at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival and New Filmmakers Festival in New York.

As an actor, Elise’s theatre credits include Swallow (Metro LCL); Spectate (Metro); Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls (La Boite/QBFM); The Spirit of The Land (La Boite); Secret Bridesmaids’ Business (La Boite/QPAC); The Mayne Inheritance (La Boite); The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay (La Boite); Explosions (QTC); Summer Rain (QTC); Modd Madame Butterfly (QTC); Sweet Phoebe, TwoClark In Sarajevo (La Boite); Alive at Williamstown PierJerusalemOleannaThe Big Picture, The Maids (Green); The Vagina Monologues (Green at Gardens Theatre) and Hopelessly Devoted (Glen Street, Sydney). Elise is currently the voice of Mrs. Kangaroo in Peppa Pig.

As a playwright, Elise was supported by Arts Queensland and The Australia Council to develop her first play, The Romany Project, as part of Metro’s Year of Independents. This was followed by Elise’s first full-length play, Crèche and Burn, which was a box office and critical success as part of La Boite’s 2005 mainhouse season and received a 10-week national tour. Her next play, The Sweet Science of Bruising, was shortlisted for the 2010 Playwriting Australia Festival. This was followed by Hopelessly Devoted (Glen Street, Sydney), Flood (Short+Sweet) and All Aboard!, co-written for Bleach*2016.  Her current play, Magpie, has been developed through Playlab’s Lab Rats and Beta Testing.

Magpie by Elise Greig

A Metro Arts, Playlab and EG Production

Mordecai, a novelist dealing with a bad review, returns to her family’s Brisbane home for the first time in decades following the death of her father. The home conjures echoes from her distant past: the muggy summers, the smell of rotting mangoes, and the perpetual arguments between her Romani mother and father.

When she discovers her old journal – an innocent tapestry of ideas, drawings, and imaginings – Mordecai is drawn back to 1961 and a long-abandoned investigation into her parent’s unhappiness. Pushed along by her childhood friend Splinter, Mordecai sets out to uncover the long dormant secrets that cursed her family and led to her leaving home at fifteen.

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

KEY CREATIVES

Ian Lawson – Director and Dramaturg
Elise Greig – Playwright
Josh McIntosh – Designer
David Walters – LX Designer
Guy Webster – Sound Designer
Barb Lowing – Performer
Kathryn Marquet – Performer
Julian Curtis – Performer
Michael Mandalios – Performer
Luisa Prosser – Voiceover Artist

PAST SEASONS

Brisbane Powerhouse | Brisbane, QLD
29 May – 8 June 2019

REVIEWS

“Magpie Masterclass – As many great works do, it has much to say about many things, including the power and generational legacy of long – dormant secrets. Indeed, the depth of its themes and craftedness of its script and will surely ensure its longevity.”  – Meredith Walker, Blue Curtains Brisbane (2019)

“The productions’ complimentary design and cast performances pair with Greig’s writing perfectly to highlight the complex and unique mind of a fascinating writer” – Rhumer Diball, Downstage Discernments (2019)

“The depth of talent drawn to this production reflects the calibre of new work entering the Australian theatrical canon.” – Debra Bela, Stage Whispers (2019)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Magpie was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Magpie was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science. Magpie was supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH Lab. Developed by Playlab.

TABLE TWELVE

TABLE TWELVE

BY ALISTAIR BALDWIN AND MADELEINE LITTLE

AJ and Bea’s wedding is finally here! They’ve bonded over their shared love of camembert, The Sopranos, and their disabled siblings Chris and Sami. Both families would love to see Chris and Sami get together, and think they’d make an ‘inspirational’ couple. But Chris and Sami resent the assumption that they are perfect for each other just because they’re both disabled… which is exactly why they have to keep their wedding night rendezvous a secret, even if it means denying something real just to prove a point.

KEY CREATIVES

Alistair Baldwin – Playwright 
Madeleine Little – Playwright

DATES

October 2020

LOCATION

Metro Arts @ West Village

THE ARTISTS

Alistair Baldwin

Alistair Baldwin is a writer and comedian based in Naarm / Melbourne.

He has written for ABC’s The Weekly (seasons 4 and 5), Hard Quiz (season 4 and 5) and Get Krack!n (season 2) – the latter of which he also stars in as Matthew, the Kates’ personal assistant. In 2020 he received Film Victoria funding to develop a diverse TV comedy called Caperble. He has provided script development services to a number of Screenwest and Film Victoria funded projects.

In 2019 his play Lame was performed at Southbank Theatre as part of Melbourne Theatre Company’s First Stage initiative. He was also selected to participate in the Besen Family Writers’ Development Workshop, run by Malthouse Theatre and led by Declan Green. He was selected for MTC’s Cybec Electric play readings, premiering an excerpt of his new play Celebrity Skin in 2020.

https://alistairbaldwin.com/

Madeleine Little

Madeleine Little is a performer and theatre maker based in Brisbane. Since 2015, she has been a member of the Indelabilityarts Ensemble, co-devising Love Me; (2017) and co-devising and performing in Look Mum… No Hands! [The Legless Bar Years] (2016-2018). Madeleine performed in Restless Dance Theatre’s Helpmann-nominated work Intimate Space on the Gold Coast (2018) at bleach* Festival in association with Festival 2018. Her original work, Hold, was presented in April 2019 as part of her Master of Arts (Creative Arts) research at USQ testing the implementation of accessible theatre practice conventions in a new work.

 She worked as a Research Associate for The Last Avant Garde – Disability and the Performing Arts in Australia: Beyond the Social Model research project (UniMelb, UniSyd, AAV, ARC lastavantgarde.com.au). Madeleine was also awarded the inaugural Stella Young Award from Arts Access Victoria (2018) and the inaugural National Leadership Award from Arts Access Australia (2019).

https://madeleinelittle.com/

DAVID MEGARRITY

DAVID MEGARRITY

ABOUT DAVID MEGARRITY

David Megarrity is a writer, composer, musician and performer creating at the intersection of music, performance and projected image.

Recipient of a Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship in 1998, his performance inventions include Backseat Drivers (Queensland Theatre’s first overseas tour), Ukulele Mekulele (La Boite), Show (QT), The Empty City and Bear with Me.

His works have played at the Sydney Opera House, around Australia and abroad. Publications include plays for young people such as Gate 38 and anthology Destinations (Playlab). He’s been finalist in the George Landen Dann Award (2000), Inscriptions Edward Albee Scholarship (2012), and Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award (2016).

Picture book The Empty City (Hachette) was selected by the Children’s Book Council of Australia as a Picture Book of the Year ‘Notable Book’ (2008). His stage adaptation was a finalist in the 2012/3 Queensland Theatre’s Queensland Premier’s Drama Award (QPDA) and premiered at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2013.  David won the QPDA in 2018 for his play The Holidays.

Having played in many bands and composed songs and soundtracks for stage, screen and radio, David has released 13 albums of original music in various audio incarnations. Recent music-driven performances include faux folk duo Warmwaters, “the surprise hit of the Queensland Cabaret Festival” (Brisbane Times 2014), and Tyrone and Lesley (Twice finalist in the Queensland Music Awards) whose 2017 album Optimism was dubbed Ukulele Record of the Year by Ukulelehunt. David’s short film collaborations won a number of awards and nominations, including Official Selection Cannes International Film Festival 2000.

Full-time artist and part-time Senior Lecturer in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology, he received the 2008 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (Innovative and Creative Practice) and completed his PhD in 2015, an exploration of composed Theatre.

ABOUT TYRONE AND LESLEY

Celebrating over 20 years together, Tyrone and Lesley are a songwriting and performance duo (made up of David Megarrity and Samuel Vincent) who pair the high and low in a wild and binary orbit in the dark and sparkling space around the ukulele. Having one foot on the theatre stage and the other on the music stage is a striking stance which rewards audiences little and large from the Sydney Opera House to out the back of a fruit shop in West End. Playing festivals around the nation and overseas, they’ve released 5 albums. The latest, Optimism, was dubbed Ukulele Recording of the Year.

Tyrone & Lesley in a Spot
by David Megarrity & Nathan Sibthorpe

The inimitable Tyrone and Lesley celebrate 20 years of brilliance by entwining their beautiful, funny music with moving images of skies, suns and moons, clarity and clouds, flickering bulbs and high windows.

A ukulele-led dance of screen and song where there are no wallflowers, Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot will transport you all the way to exactly where you are. It’s funny ha ha, funny weird and a little bit funny valentine. It’s Tyrone. It’s Lesley. It’s their high spots in bright lights.

Charming, poetic, and unique – you will never see anything like this.

REVIEWS

“One of the funniest, most entertaining live performances I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.”  – Broadway World

“a unique piece of theatre. …the two were just pure magic together… it would be a sin to miss it.”  – thecreativeissue

“wonderfully crafted… defies genre boundaries …Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot will leave you with a smile and a song in your heart”   Backstreet Brisbane

KEY CREATIVES

David Megarrity – Creator/writer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Creator/Projections

Songs by David Megarrity and Samuel Vincent with Kellee Green.
Performed by Tyrone and Lesley. 

PAST SEASONS

Brisbane Festival | Theatre Republic, Brisbane, QLD | 17 – 21 September 2019

Queensland Cabaret Festival | Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD | 12 June 2016

Bear with Me
by David Megarrity 

When was the last time you took your bear to the theatre? Now is the time!
 
Sometimes being a teddy bear is no picnic, so being cherished makes the rougher moments bearable.
 
An intimate concert especially for younger bears, their children (and their grown-ups) Bear With Me is playful, ukulele-ful and made for joining in. This warm, fuzzy, participatory show explores the joys and turmoil of everyday life through music and performance.
 
See you there, and bring your bear!

REVIEWS

“In the disquiet of our times it is heartening to know that such a deceptively simple, comforting performance has the ability to engage and engross.”  seesawmag

“This show carries a charm that has you humming the tunes all the way home” Stage Whispers

“A unique and adorable production”  – theupsidenews

KEY CREATIVES

David Megarrity – Creator/writer/performer
Samuel Vincent – Composer/arranger/performer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Video Design

Performed by Tyrone and Lesley. 

PAST SEASONS

Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things | State Theatre Centre, Perth, WA | 7 – 11 October 2019

Windmill Theatre and Adelaide Festival Centre | Adelaide, SA | 7 – 19 July 2015

Melbourne Recital Centre | Melbourne, VIC | 16 January 2014

Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things | State Theatre Centre, Perth, WA | 5 – 11 October 2013

Out of the Box Festival | QPAC, Brisbane, QLD | June 2012

Sox
by David Megarrity 

IN DEVELOPMENT

Three strangers in a laundromat, all using dryers, tumble together musically.

This new project from David Megarrity, Samuel Vincent and Nathan Sibthorpe (Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot) introduces multi-instrumentalist Matt Hsu and live mixer James See to a spin cycle of loops and maximum minimalism.

Sox will turn itself inside out,  moving from the presentational to the participatory, meaning it looks like a show that we’re doing for kids and their carers, but it turns out we’re all doing the show together.

KEY CREATIVES

David Megarrity – Creator/writer/performer
Samuel Vincent – Composer/arranger/performer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Video Design
Matt Hsu – Multi-instrumentalist
James See – Live mixer

PREVIOUS DEVELOPMENTS

Creative Development | Metro Arts | Brisbane, QLD | October – November 2019

FERTILE GROUND

FERTILE GROUND

BY ASHLEIGH MUSK AND MICHAEL SMITH

Flipping Dante’s Divine Comedy on it’s head and transporting the audience to a place of shifting landscapes, we arrive in a moment of limbo where audience and performers navigate their way through a micro cityscape of cement bricks, reimagining and re-crafting their reality in a call for collective action. This limbo, this state of purgatory, is a series of images, scenes and tasks that unpack themes of human impact, our compulsive need to leave a footprint on nature and our persistence to conquer, outlive and survive in the face of crisis.​

Drawn together by their passion for using dance/movement as a vehicle for empowerment, shared reflection and change, Fertile Ground marks the first of Ashleigh and Michael’s collaborative choreographic practice.

KEY CREATIVES

Ashleigh Musk – Choreographer / Performer
Michael Smith – Choreographer / Performer
Anna Whitaker – Sound Composition and Design
Liesel Zink – Dramaturge
Daniele Constance – Creative Collaborator 
Kate Usher – Producer

DATES

November 2020

LOCATION

Metro Arts @ West Village

THE ARTISTS

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is a Brisbane-based dance artist whose practice encompasses contemporary dance, dance-theatre, film, performance art and installation. His work often questions the traditional roles of audience and space – traversing active participation and audience as allies. Michael uses imagined realities, memory spaces, and explorations in fantasy as a means to access the duplicate beings that reside in us. Michael’s work has been performed across platforms such as Dance Massive Site Responsive Showcase, Ars Electronica (Austria), TanzZiet (Berlin), AGITART Figueres Festival MOU (Spain), Japan Media Arts Festival, STRUT Dance WA SEED Residency, Metro Arts, Sunshine Coast Arts Prize and South Bank Corporations ‘Flowstate’. In support of Michael’s emerging choreographic practice, he is currently a recipient of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Fellowship (2019-2020).

Michael is currently an artist with The Farm, a dance-theatre company under the artistic direction of Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood. He has worked for companies and organisations such as STRUT Dance and Opera Australia. As a freelance performer, Michael has worked with independent choreographers including Liesel Zink, Cass Mortimer-Eipper, Paul Selwyn Norton, Jack Ziesing and Robert Crispe, Yilin Kong, Guy Shomroni and Yaniv Abraham, Matt Cornell (Dirty Feet), Lizzie and Zaimon Vilmanis (Prying Eye), Nerida Matthaei (Phluxus2), Gareth Belling (Collusion Music and Dance), Amalia Pica (IMA), Vanessa Mafe-Keane, Courtney Scheu and Liz Lea.

www.michaelsmithprojects.com

Ashleigh Musk

Ashleigh is a Brisbane-based dance artist, creator, producer and facilitator, who uses dance and movement as a vehicle for empowerment, celebration, shared reflection and change.

After graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) in 2012, Ashleigh moved overseas and while working as a practicing artist, choreographer and producer throughout the UK and Spain she also completed two postgraduate diplomas in contemporary dance and cultural event management and production.

Ashleigh has worked with companies and choreographers including Liesel Zink, Guts Dance (AUS), Companyia AGITART | Roger Fernandez Cifuentes, Grace Euna Kim (BCN), Denada Dance Theatre (Spain/UK), Jamaal Burkmaar Dance for the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase, James Wilton Dance, Ben Wright and Frauke Requardt (UK).

In 2013, Ashleigh co-founded AGITART (Spain), a project consisting of the annual Figueres es Mou dance festival, audience engagement projects, a touring dance company, theatre programming and collaborations with international partners.

Ashleigh is currently a selected artist on the Place2Play program, creating a site-responsive work premiering in Caloundra in 2020. She is also Program Manager with Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance, co-choreographer for the ​Alice Can Dance project (Alice Springs) and performing in ​The Perception Experiment (Dance Massive, Darwin Festival and 2020 national regional tour) with Guts Dance.   

Liesel Zink

Liesel Zink is an award-winning Queensland based choreographer interested in the body in shifting environmental and political landscapes. Seeking to engage new and diverse audiences in meaningful arts experiences she creates large-scale dance and sound work in public space and uses her process as an opportunity for artistic, cultural and intergenerational exchange.

In 2019, Liesel choreographed a new site-specific work We and the Uncertain in Ukraine at Mystetski Arsenal and undertook a La Boite /MDH residency for development of a new public space dance/science project Awesome: a state of wonder and fear. In 2018 Liesel premiered new dance and science collaboration Inter at Flowstate, and joined Force Majeure as a lead artist in development of their site-specific work FLOCK, commissioned for the Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival. She’s also been commissioned to create works for Australian dance companies including Tasdance, EDC and LINK Dance Company.            

Anna Whitaker

Anna Whitaker is a Brisbane based sound designer, composer and audio engineer with a palate for experimental, acousmatic works and surround sound composition. She graduated from Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Technology, and since has designed and composed for productions including Festival 2018, Bleach* Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, tasdance, Brisbane Festival, MELT Festival, and The Farm. Her vast background in classical music and technology-based sound art result in musical concoctions from the traditional and contemporary worlds. Anna’s unique voice is also evident in her installation works which have exhibited at Bleach* Festival, HOTA, Flowstate and MetroArts. She has an extensive knowledge of sound and audio, working as an audio engineer at Queensland Performing Arts Centre since 2016 and landing roles as Local Keyboard Programmer for Beautiful: The Carol King Musical and Book of Mormon.    

Daniele Constance

Daniele Constance is a participatory artist, art therapist and producer, with a strong focus on socially engaged art making practices. She creates artistic works that draw from direct experience and storytelling, using verbatim, documentary, contemporary and embodied performance practices.

Daniele is Director of ​Aha Ensemble,​ a contemporary performance collective dedicated to creating engaging, inclusive and curious performance works; while providing professional development opportunities for artists with disability in South East Queensland. In 2019, the collective premiered a new dance theatre work ‘Explain Normal’ in collaboration with Phluxus2 Dance Collective; presented with ​Metro Arts,​ with support and funding from Brisbane City Council, City of Gold Coast and Arts Queensland.

Kate Usher

Kate Usher is a Brisbane-based Producer and Arts Manager and is currently the Festival Director for Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance. Kate graduated from QUT in 2008 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance), a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration in 2009 and a Masters in Creative Production and Arts Management in 2011.

Kate’s previous engagements have included Ausdance Queensland as Executive Director, Research and Project Officer at Positive Solutions, Associate Producer at Metro Arts working across all art forms in contemporary performance, Producer at World Science Festival Brisbane, and her formative years were spent with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in the Arts Programming team. During her time with QPAC Kate worked on numerous projects such as: in-theatre performance, commercial projects, large scale events and bespoke festivals. As a freelance producer, Kate has worked for Woodford Folk Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, Brisbane City Council and Artslink.  Kate is a keen advocate for Independent Dance and was a member of the Ausdance Queensland management committee 2010 – 2016.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project was supported through an Ausdance QLD and Australiasian Dance Collective Four Walls Residency.

COLD GHOST

COLD GHOST

BY SANDRO COLARELLI

How did it come to this…Dad, standing in a police station on the border of NSW and QLD, reporting his 89 year old brother as a missing person?

When he’d left his home in the mountains of Chieti, Abbruzzo all those years ago he never imagined that the devastation his village suffered during WW11 would follow him all the way to a glittering new life on the glorious Cold Ghost.  Strange after all, that the “paradise” he found could turn into l’inferno before you could blink your eyes three times…

Cold Ghost is an expedition through time, where familial tapestries reveal patterns upon patterns. Can the tightly-woven fabric of our blood-land connections be unstiched to free us from the ransom of our own identities?

KEY CREATIVES

Sandro Colarelli – Creator 

DATES

October 2020

LOCATION

Metro Arts @ West Village

THE ARTISTS

Sandro Colarelli

Sandro is an award winning Australian actor, singer and contemporary performance maker. He has received a Matilda Award for his roles in The Odyssey for Zen Zen Zo/QPAC and The Venetian Twins for Queensland Theatre Company for which he also received a Helpmann Award Nomination. 

Sandro has been a performer and co-creator of a number of works including The Lady of the House of Love (Brisbane Festival/Queensland Music Festival & Metro Arts), Tom Waits for No Man, Vive Jacques Brel, A-Z of Cabaret (Brisbane Cabaret Festival/ Queensland Arts Council/ ArTour/ NORPA) and Xcess Baggage (Belvoir St/La Boite).

Other Opera, Musical Theatre and Cabaret performances include: Twelfth Night, The Venetian Twins (Queensland Theatre Company), Sound of a Finished Kiss (Now Look Here/Electric Moon), Red Cap (La Boite/Queensland Music Festival), DragQueensLand (Queensland Music Festival), The Adventures of Figaro (Opera Queensland), Cabaret (ZenZen Zo/QPAC), Boadecia – the Rock Opera (Queensland Folk Federation), Floodland (Electric Moon), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (Electric Moon/Melbourne Cabaret Festival/Queensland Cabaret Festival/MELT Festival – Brisbane Powerhouse), Transformer (Queensland Cabaret Festival – QPAC/Wonderland – Brisbane Powerhouse), The Warm Room, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Electric Moon/Brisbane Powerhouse), Blacklight Series (Electric Moon),The Seven Seas (The Good Ship/Brisbane Powerhouse) and 1975 (Canto Coro).

Other Theatre performance include: Hotelling (Bleach Festival*), The Alchemist (Bell Shakespeare Company/Queensland Theatre Company), Seeding Bed, A Christmas Carol, The Venetian Twins, Shopping And F***ing, Summer Rain, Oz Shorts, MODD 2000 – The Dream (Queensland Theatre Company), Eight, Shoot-Get Treasure-Repeat (Queensland Theatre Company – Seeding Bed), Dr Akar’s Women (Griffin), The Narcissist (Sydney Theatre Company/La Boite/Merrigong Theatre Company); Emma Celebrazione!, Milk And Honey, Freedom Ride, Scattered Lives (La Boite), A Beautiful Life (Matrix/La Boite/Brisbane Festival/ Performing Lines National Tour), The Odyssey (ZenZenZo/QPAC), Vikram and the Vampire (ZenZenZo), 1347 and King and the Corpse (Matrix/Brisbane Festival), My Love Has a Black Speed Stripe (Fractal), Till Death Do Us Part (Brisbane Festival/Brides of Frank), Cribbie, Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar (4MBS), Mercy Thieves (Jo&Co/Dennehy Productions), Scattered Lives (TheCoalface) as well as many other independent productions. He has also been part of the performance ensembles for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards and The Works (Queensland Theatre Company) and the National Play Festival (Playwrighting Australia).

Sandro’s film and television credits include: Space Chicken in Space, The End, Family Law, Hoges, Secrets and Lies, DevsDating, The Keys, Welcome to the Lucky Country, The Strip, Mortified, Black Fury, Gettin’ Squared, Cybergirl, Inspector Gadget II, Hobson’s Choice, Solutions at Hand, Big Date, Superb Satans, Gino and Time Trax.

Sandro’s directing credits include As You Like It (4mbs Classics Festival), Mind Games (Edinburgh Fringe/Metro Arts/Butterfly Club), The Kid, X-Stacey and Visions (QUT) and Postcards (USQ).