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MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

Image Credit: Nadiah NfuZion (featured artist) Janna Imperial (Photographer)
Video Credit: Sharin Yofitasari

Mad Dance Festival is back!

After the success of the 2021 festival, Metro Arts and Mad Dance House are joining forces once again to present the second iteration of the Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s diverse street dance scene.

The festival is an opportunity to showcase the world-class street dance artists right here in Brisbane and across Australia. B-boys, B-girls, poppers and lockers, and hip-hop heavy-weights are taking over Metro Arts for an unmissable 2-week line-up of performances, creative developments, battles, workshops, artist talks and activations.

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

8 – 18 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s street dance scene.

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BETWIXT

8 – 11 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Inspirational, energetic and thought provoking, Betwixt by Pink Matter highlights the stories of five top street dancers.

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MAD DANCE FESTIVAL BATTLES

11 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Get ready to show off your epic dance skills as some of the best street dance talents go head-to-head in an afternoon of freeform dance.

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DISTINCT

10 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Walk like a beauty queen, krump like a pro: street dance and storytelling merge in this unique one-woman show.

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THIRTEEN YEARS

11 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Young women bravely share their stories of the journey through the schooling system, revealing unspoken truths.

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DAILY DANCE AT DUSK

13 – 17 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Let loose and groove! For one week only Bring A Plate Inclusive Dance Company will hold daily classes at dusk to help you shake off the day, and lift your mood.

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RHYTHMOLOGY

15 – 17 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
A wildly entertaining night of brown showmanship putting urbanised cultures and their creatives at the forefront.

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THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL

17 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
An exploration of the different personalities within all of us and how we use them to survive, thrive, and have some fun.

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ALEXANDER VOGUE NIGHT

18 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Meanjin’s trailblazing House of Alexander brings ballroom and voguing to Brisbane, celebrating all bodies and gender identities.

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THE SAD CLOWN

18 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
When you wear a different mask for everyone you meet, life is a performance that never ends.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

DEVILS IVY

DEVILS IVY

DEVIL’S IVY

Curated by Sarah Thomson

Presented by Metro Arts

Devil’s Ivy interrogates plants as material in domestic and urban environments.

Within the social context of the pandemic, which created an increased collective focus on the home and garden as an expression of identity, this exhibition looks at our desire to feel kinship with the natural world.

Artists in the exhibition address how plants are owned, displayed, cultivated, and related to by contemporary culture. They examine our personal relationships with plants and how these pursuits serve aesthetic and symbolic functions beyond their ecological value. This includes the use of plants as artistic material, their objectification and commercialisation, their use as an experiential encounter with ‘nature’, and their cultivation as a form of cultural resilience.

 

Please note: Unfortunately due to water damage from the recent weather event, Gallery One is closed. Gallery Two will be open until May 27, and we encourage you to see some of this great exhibition before it closes.

Please note: Unfortunately due to water damage from the recent weather event, Gallery One is closed.

Gallery Two will be open until May 27, and we encourage you to see some of this great exhibition before it closes. 

DATES

Sat 7 May – Fri 27 May

Opening event: Saturday 7 May, 4-6pm

VENUE

Gallery One, Gallery Two, and Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

Featured artists: Jordan Azcune, Christopher Bassi, Merinda Davies, Jo Grant, Sophie Penkethman-Young, and Kai Wasikowski.

Image Credit: Installation view, Woolworths Orchid, Sophie Penkethman-Young, 2019. Airspace Projects Sydney. Photo by Zan Wimberley. 

THE ARTISTS

Jordan Azcune is a contemporary artist who explores spiritual representations in patterns of abstraction. Azcune uses beeswax and pigment to create multi-layered and non-rectangular works that draw from specific interests in Sogetsu Ikebana and Christian Imagery. In the studio, Azcune continues to investigate the process of casting beeswax and the transformation of the material in reaction to temperature and liquids. These signature works of his practice have been exhibited across Australia in exhibitions and prizes. He has completed residencies in Miami (USA), Gold Coast (AUS) and has recently been awarded the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship to conduct research across India. Azcune is represented by N.Smith Gallery, Sydney

Christopher Bassi is an artist of Meriam, Yupungathi and British descent. Working with archetypal models of representational painting, his work engages with the medium as sociological and historical text and as a means to address issues surrounding cultural identity, alternative genealogies, and colonial legacies in Australia and the South Pacific. Through critical re-imagining, his paintings become a space for a type of speculative storytelling that considers questions of history and place and the entangling of personal and collective experience. Bassi graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He has participated in numerous exhibitions across Queensland, Australia, and was recently a finalist in the Churchie Emerging Art Prize 2021, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. His work is held in a number of institutional collections in Australia including: The Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Moreton Bay Regional Galleries, and Griffith University Art Museum.

Merinda Davies is an artist using performance, installation, sound and conversation to ask how we might reorient ourselves towards deeper care and intimacy. Her work is inspired by the environment, human and more-than-human social and ecological structures and the possibilities available to us in future imaginings. She grew up in Bundjalung Country, Northern NSW, and is currently living and creating on the land of the Yugambeh language group, in SE QLD. Merinda has most recently exhibited at galleries and festivals; The Walls Artspace, Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, HOTA Underground Festival, Outer Space and Placemakers* GC. She is currently working on
living, growing project ‘Conversations with the Forest’ with the City of Gold Coast and Situate Art in Festivals.

Jo Grant completed a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at RMIT in 1993 and holds a Master of Visual Art from Griffith University, Queensland (2004). Her practice as an artist began with photography and her work has been exhibited widely in galleries and institutions across Australia. Her photographic work is represented in collections such as State Library Victoria, Griffith University and Art Bank. She is represented by M.33 in Melbourne and in 2012 published a photographic monograph titled, All Prize Winners Paraded. In the last few years she has transitioned to other mediums, working project to project, juggling an artistic practice and her role at Regional Arts Victoria as the Manager of the South West region. Jo lives on the Victorian coast in the small town of Port Fairy. 

Sophie Penkethman-Young is an artist and digital producer living on unceded Gadigal Land. Sophie is interested in if experiences can be translated digitally, how humanness could be described and uploaded to the cloud? Sophie currently works as a Producer in Digital Programming for the Sydney Opera House. She has Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University, with Honours from the University of Sydney. She recently completed a Master of Art Curating at the University of Sydney focusing on digital museum culture and internet-based practice. Sophie held the 2019-2020 board position of Digital Manager of Runway Journal. Sophie is a curator and digital producer on Collective: Trace, Ghost and Frenzy where she collaborated with fourteen artists to create time specific digital exhibitions for PAcT, Firstdraft, Art Month and Outerspace ARI. Sophie has had solo exhibitions at Airspace Projects (2019), Sydney, Seventh Gallery (2019), Melbourne and Verge Gallery (2021), Sydney.

Kai Wasikowski is an Australian multi-disciplinary artist. As a child of photographers/environmentalists, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of growing up with a reverence for the natural environment, while living adjacent to ecological degradation and rapid technological development. With Australian settler and Polish heritage, Wasikowski uses image-making to better understand his own positionality in relation to the impacts of colonialism and late-capitalism, and the inseparability of environmental justice from their ongoing effects. Wasikowski’s projects have engaged with western traditions of landscape/nature photography, with a particular interest in the instrumentality of the camera—how it and various optical technologies prescribe ways of seeing whilst simultaneously constructing an unseen. Employing visual devices of trompe-l’oei, various imaging technologies and 3D techniques, Wasikowski is interested in revealing the camera, his hand, and the spectators own presence in the act of viewing.

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 7 May  4pm-7pm
Sunday and Monday  CLOSED
Tue 10 May  8:30am – 5pm
Wed 11 May  8:30am – 5pm
Thu 12 May  8:30am – 5pm
Fri 13 May  8:30am – 5pm
Sat 14 May  9am – 5pm 
Sunday and Monday  CLOSED
Tue 17 May  8:30am – 5pm
Wed 18  8:30am – 9pm  
Thu 19 May  8:30am – 9pm 
Fri 20 May  8:30am – 9pm 
Sat 21 May 9am – 9pm
Sunday and Monday  CLOSED
Tue 24 May  8:30am – 5pm 
Wed 25 May  8:30am – 9pm 
Thu 26 May  8:30am – 9pm  
Fri 27 May  8:30am – 9pm 
 

 

VISITING US

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

BRUTAL UTOPIAS

BRUTAL UTOPIAS

BRUTAL UTOPIAS

by Stephen Carleton

A Playlab Theatre production, presented in partnership with Metro Arts

I’m not abandoning my principles; I’m coming here to apply them.

1971. The height of the Cold War. The Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia is opening up to Western tourism after breaking away from the Soviet Bloc. Branislav and Valentina Radovic have been compelled to design a hotel complex for the government after forging a reputation for designing ultra-modern concrete structures, triggering their lofty utopian political and architectural ideals.

Present-day. New York City. A talented Australian Geo-Engineer, Natalia Hoskings, has been asked to join the team designing New York’s ‘Big U’ – the sea wall mitigation project that will cradle Manhattan’s financial district from rising sea levels. But building a sea wall around the world’s iconic home of big business, is forcing her to ask herself; is she really saving New York, or just working for the bad guys?

Brutal Utopias examines the intersection between lofty ideals and realpolitik, and the search for perfection in a world that is tilting imminently toward chaos.

DATES

Wed 18 May – Sat 28 May

TIMES

18 – 19 May 7:30pm Previews
20 – 28 May 7:30pm

DURATION

90 minutes, no interval

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $45 + booking fee
Concession $39 + booking fee
Groups 6+  $39 per ticket + booking fee
Preview $39 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

For School Group Bookings, please contact info@metroarts.com.au or CLICK HERE

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for 15+. Contains low-level coarse language, references to war and conflict, and some adult themes.

CREATIVES 

Stephen Carleton

Stephen Carleton is one of Australia’s leading and award-winning playwrights. Based in Brisbane, where he teaches drama and playwriting at the University of Queensland, he also maintains close ties to his hometown, Darwin, and to Cairns and Far North Queensland, where he was born. Stephen’s work is frequently anchored in northern landscape, imagery and politics, and is often lauded for the black humour that runs throughout. He is co-artistic director of Knock-em-Down Theatre with Mary Anne Butler and Gail Evans.

Stephen is one of only three playwrights nationally to win both major theatre industry awards for new writing: the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award in 2004/5 (Sydney Theatre Company) and the Griffin Award for Best New Australian Play in 2015 (Griffin Theatre Company).

He was Chair of the National Playwrights Committee for the Australian Writers’ Guild in 2015/16 (with Mary Anne Butler), and his company Knock-em-Down Theatre has received a Sidney Myer capacity building grant to promote his work in the US.

His major plays include: Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset (2006), The Narcissist (2007), Bastard Territory (2014), all published by Playlab Theatre, The Turquoise Elephant (2016), New Babylon (2021), and the musical with Paul Hodge, Joh for PM (2017).

His plays have been produced by companies including Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre Company, JUTE Theatre Company, Brown’s Mart in Darwin, La Mama, and the Brisbane Powerhouse.

KEY CREATIVES

Playwright Stephen Carleton

Dramaturg Saffron Benner

Director Matt Scholten

Designer Bill Haycock

Sound Designer Guy Webster

 

CAST

Kate Wilson

Ashlee Lollback

Michael Mandalios

Nikhil Singh

Anthony Standish

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Playlab Theatre is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Brutal Utopias is also supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

VISITING US

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

WHERE WE MEET

WHERE WE MEET

WHERE WE MEET

By Dr Eve Klein and Taitu’uga Kitch Wesche

Presented by Metro Arts 

Razor-sharp beats combine with otherworldly vocal soundscapes in a live performance about the universal longing for connection.

A year ago, Kitch and Eve were strangers; one is a Samoan High Talking Chief, the other a second generation Maltese Australian. Now they are on a journey together, navigating twin stories of diaspora, love, faith, and searching.

Part memoir, part musical-manifesto, Where We Meet blends live looping, opera, electronica, beat boxing, Samoan language, and hip-hop music into a musical experience like no other. With genre-defying performances, cultural practice, and intimate true-stories, Eve Klein and Taitu’uga Kitch Wesche shine a light on the universal power of cultural connection.

What legacy has been left for you?

And what legacy are you leaving?

 

Praise for Eve’s work Vocal Womb:

“…A profoundly intimate and surprising experience.” – Arts Hub

“At the core, there’s an intriguing tension between the cool, clinical nature of what’s effectively a medical procedure, and the passion and artistry of Klein’s singing.” – Timeout Melbourne

 

Praise for Kitch Wesche:

“From the moment that he opened our interview with a traditional blessing until we said goodbye. I got goosebumps… With everything that has happened to our industry this year, it was a pleasant change to talk about the healing power of music.” – Real Music

DATES

Tue 31 May – Sat 4 Jun

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $45 + booking fee
Preview Tue 31 May / $38 + booking fee
Concession
$38 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $38 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

70 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains mild coarse language, haze effects, and loud noises. Audiences are further advised that this show contains audio and video footage of people who have passed away.

Image by Ravi Glasser-Vora.

THE ARTISTS

Dr Eve Klein
Eve Klein is a composer, vocalist, and music technologist known for creating ground-breaking immersive music experiences for mass audiences. She draws together classical music, electronica, and interactive performance to push genre boundaries and invite audiences to discuss real-world social issues. Importantly, she creates artwork collaborating with community groups, festivals, researchers, and NGOs to achieve community transformation goals. Recent projects she has created explored gendered and racial violence, climate change, disaster recovery, and refugee rights.

Kitch Wesche
Taitu’uga KITCH Wesche, a Samoan High talking Chief (Village of Sapunaoa Falealili Aiga Manusamoa) is a strong cultural creative songwriter, musician, actor and performer. Over the past seventeen years, KITCH has performed in the music, arts and entertainment industry, across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Canada as a live beatbox, performer or MC. Strong in Samoan language, KITCH weaves cultural stories, neuroscience, mythological story telling utilising a fresh fusion of electronic dance music (EDM) hip hop, beatbox loop machine and traditional instruments.

Aleea Monsour
Aleea is a Lebanese Australian artist and community theatre practitioner from Brisbane, Queensland. She is passionate about the power of theatre and the arts as an agent for change and being able to engage with people from all walks of life. She is personally inspired to engage with the stories of communities, and in particular those whose stories have been marginalised, in theatre and art. Her credits include co-creating and directing The Time is Now (La Boite 2021), co-directing The Neighbourhood (La Boite 2020), collaborating on Culture of Death (Metro Arts 2018), and directing, producing, and editing Remembering Palestine (Brisbane and Bankstown Art Centre 2017).

Milly Walker
Milly is a Meanjin/Brisbane based independent producer, director, and stage manager. As a company co-director, Milly has produced, directed, and written for her independent theatre company Chance Collective since 2017. In 2021, Milly was an associate producer for Metro Arts as part of the Ian Potter Emerging Producer Xchange program, and stage managed a range of independent productions. In 2022, Milly was an assistant stage manager for A Midnight Visit (Brisbane tour) and is now working with Counterpilot as an associate producer.

Dr Eve Klein  Co-Creator and Performer
Taitu’uga Kitch Wesche  Co-Creator and Performer
Aleea Monsour  Director and Dramaturg
Milly Walker  Creative Producer
Nevin Howell  Video Designer
Olivia Watkins Assistant Video Designer
Steven May  Lighting Designer
Kevin O’brien  Set and Costume Designer
Kian Dillion  Stage Manager
Tone Pacer Sound Engineering

VISITING US

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

ALEXANDER COMMUNITY THROWDOWN

ALEXANDER COMMUNITY THROWDOWN

ALEXANDER COMMUNITY THROWDOWN

with House of Alexander

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

Hosted by House mother Ella Ganza, join us in the Metro Arts Studios to workshop your walks ahead of the Alexander Vogue Night.

Hosted by House mother Ella Ganza, join us in the Metro Arts Studios to workshop your walks ahead of the Alexander Vogue Night!

Whether you’re new to ballroom and learning to vogue, or you’re a category champion looking to polish your crown, this throwdown is a place to tighten up your moves, try new things, and be part of the community.

 

Categories

POP, DIP, & SPIN OTA:
Pop, dip & spin! We wanna see POSE! Which of y’all will deliver the goods in a pussy pink effect ready to show us that Old Way is the ONLY WAY?!

FACE OTA:
Skin! Teeth! Structure! Is your face card always in check? Never declined? Bring it in an ALL Pink effect that accentuates your FACE. All the pretty girls wear pink! Duhhh!

RUNWAY OTA:
On Wednesdays we wear PINK! Calling all runway walkers: now is your chance to make fetch happen and give us a walk as fierce as the spring fling queen herself, Miss Regina George! Strut down the runway in an ALL pink effect to show us you are that girl!

NON-BINARY SEX SIREN:
We wanna see body beyond the binaries! This category is all about the essence of sex! Sell it to the judges in a head to toe pink look and don’t forget to wear your confidence cause SEX APPEAL is what we’re looking for!

VOGUE FEMME OTA:
Puuuurrrrrrrrrr !! Sitting pretty in pink is easy. But can you bring bitches to their feet with the way you vogue? Let tonight be the night where you show us why you’re THEE Pussy Pink Diamond of Vogue!

*OTA = Open To All.

Ready to show off your moves on the floor? Join us on Saturday 18 June for the Alexander Vogue Night.

DATES

Sun 29 May

TIME

12pm – 2pm

VENUE

The Studios,
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE Registration required.

DURATION

2 hours

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended 18+. Contains coarse language.

IMAGE CREDIT: Rhanjell Villanueva

 THE HOUSE

 
 

House of Alexander is Meanjin’s trailblazing ballroom house founded in 2019 by Ella Ganza (Mother of the house of Alexander and ballroom daughter to the Icon Father Javier Ninja) together with Father Joshua Taliani.

House of Alexander acknowledges the traditional custodians of Meanjin, The Jagera & Turrbal people, and pays respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

BETWIXT

BETWIXT

HEADLINING MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

BETWIXT

By Pink Matter

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

Inspirational, energetic and thought provoking, Betwixt by Pink Matter highlights the stories of five top street dancers.

From intricate choreography to Freestyle, Vogue and Krump, Betwixt brings street dance into a new realm of theatre by collaborating movement with Spoken Word. 

Take a glimpse into the journeys of artists Wanida, Huda, Joshua, Amy and Jazi as they delve into everything from exploring their relationships to identity, upbringing and sense of self. 

 

Stick around after the performance on Friday 10 June for a free artist talk! Chat with the dancers about their experiences and more. Registration is required, click here to save your spot.

DATES

Wed 8 – Sat 11 Jun

Fri 10 Jun  |  Artist Talk  FREE

TIMES

7:30pm | Performance

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $30 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $30 per ticket + booking fee
Preview $30 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 60 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

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

ARTIST TALK

8:45pm, Fri 10 Jun

Get a behind the scenes look at this year’s headline show!
Join Sammie D in conversation with the cast of Betwixt to discuss how the team developed the work.

IMAGE CREDIT Ellamay Fitzgerald 

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 is a movement artist and choreographer who specialises in street dance. Working across physical and digital spaces, her practice explores the intersections of cultural nuance and storytelling through experimental street-style and contemporary frameworks. Amy 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, 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.

JOSHUA TALIANI
Joshua Taliani is a 27 year old Aboriginal/Italian man who hails the Bidjara and Kullali people of central west Queensland. As an established choreographer and dancer, he has trained under many different artists in multiple genres in performing arts, from classical to Street Dance. Joshua’s performance experience consists of representing Australia in the World Hip-Hop Championships multiple times as well as various other competitions in the US with dance company, Academy Of Brothers. He has also appeared on Australia’s Got Talent with his dance crew which placed in the top three leading to big stage performance opportunities and music videos with well-known Australian artists. Joshua is now focusing on building upon the queer dance scene specifically within the queer POC in the wider Brisbane community being the Father of the leading Vogue house in Brisbane – ‘House of Alexander. Through the art of the ballroom scene, vogueing and raising awareness of this platform for queer people of colour, Joshua sets to inspire and mentor people of his community to feel worthy in themselves as well as create spaces and art work as well as functions/events to merge a stronger growth within our queer POC community from first nations to all round.

HUDA FADLELMAWLWA
Huda Fadlelmawla (also known as Huda The Goddess) is nationally recognised poet who won the QLD state poetry champ title in both 2020 & 2021. She is also the current Australian poetry slam champ. Huda is also the owner of ‘The Vault Qld’ which is an association aimed at providing cultural competency workshops for schools and business to help provide a cultural safe space for African Australians. Huda is educator, an artist and writer. She is also part of the dance community. A member of the bang universe a krump family and also a part of the freestyle scene. She is currently working on her first book and putting together productions to showcase poetry and its application with other art forms. As proud black woman her goal is to educate people on how her racial identity impacts her art and daily interactions.

JAZI OTHMAN
Jazi is a self-taught dancer who found his passion for the arts later in his life around the age of 20 years old. He is a household name in the QLD freestyle scene and is an integral member of the infamous Golden Coastline and also BANG fam. Starting with freestyle/hip hop and krump, eventually exploring other areas in dance, he has taken out numerous competitions in the past few years. Jazi has also been teaching dance consistently around QLD and has performed in numerous video projects and live shows. His most memorable work was headlining Commonwealth Games Festival (SuperSonicShapeShiftersofAWE), also performing multiple times at Splendour in the Grass with the same company, OneWay Theatre Company (Elements Collective), and was featured in last years Mad Dance Festival in Golden  Coastline’s Peach Papaya. Teaching weekly, hosting sessions on the Gold Coast, and emceeing a number of battles, Jazi loves to share his knowledge through regular classes and interactions, continuing to help contribute to the growth of the community between Gold Coast and Brisbane.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL BATTLES

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL BATTLES

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL BATTLES

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

Freestylers, are you ready?

Get ready to show off your epic dance skills as some of the best street dance talents go head-to-head, battling it out in an explosive afternoon of freeform dance. 

Dancers will battle it out for cash prizes and bragging rights in front of our three esteemed judges: Clarence Kent, Nadiah Nfuzion, and Sam Evans.

Featuring DJ Iron Icey, with Benny Bucho and Sammie D as your MCs to keep the energy high, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Join us to throw down in the ring, or cheer on your faves. 

 

The MDF ’22 Dance Battles are open to everyone. Dancers can enter by purchasing a Battle Dancer ticket. Spots are limited, book now to secure yours!

FIRST PRIZE                                                                                               RUNNER UP

$750                                                                                                              $250

DATES

Sat 11 Jun

TIMES

Doors open 1pm
Battles commence 1:30pm sharp

VENUE

New Benner Theatre,
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Spectators  $20.00 + booking fee
Battle Dancers  $20.00 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 4 hours

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages. Contains coarse language, strobe lighting, and haze effects.

THE ARTISTS

DJ Iron Icey  DJ
Benny Bucho  MC
Sammie D  MC
Clarence Kent  Judge
Nadiah Nfuzion  Judge
Sam Evans  Judge

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

THIRTEEN YEARS

THIRTEEN YEARS

Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present a Creative Development Showing of

THIRTEEN YEARS

By BKB Dance Crew

Young women bravely share their stories of the journey through the schooling system, revealing unspoken truths that continue to go unnoticed and ignored.

Thirteen Years dissects the unspoken truths haunting school halls and the women who journey through them. A tender expression of the personal as political which acknowledges the importance of hearing everyone with a story, and the power in telling it yourself.

Shedding light on the secrets hidden behind the badge of school honour, Thirteen Years highlights unspoken and taboo issues that arise in the early stages of schooling and how it affects women for the remainder of their lives. Performers lay bare their own feelings and experiences, connecting with the audience through vulnerability to create a sense of belonging.

In creating this all female production, BKB hope to empower others and pave the way for them to share their story with the world.

DATES

Sat 11 Jun

TIMES

11am

VENUE

The Studios
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $10.00 plus booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 – $0.80 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 75 minutes. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains some coarse language.

IMAGE CREDIT Carlton Cruickshank.

THE ARTISTS

BKB
Created in 2019 as a showcase piece, BKB has quickly found their feet in moving forward as their own brand to create something more. After completing Rhys Hume’s teacher mentorship program (2020, 2021), they have a regular class at Lucid Moves dance studio every week where they aim to provide something more than just choreography. The individual members of BKB have multiple years of crew and studio experience, which allows them to form productive structures for class and provide a well-rounded session in order to get the most out of their dancers/students. As a competition group, they placed first in Australia and second internationally competing at World Supremacy Battlegrounds. BKB has directed and produced multiple concept videos where they have used a multitude of different dancers and creatives in the Brisbane area. They have also created a showpiece performed at the 2021 Pinc Inc. hosted by Pink Matter as well as taught at other Brisbane based studios. Most importantly, they are passionate about female representation in this industry and are striving to make progress in the way women are perceived and used in the creative arts realm.

Briana Cavallaro  Director, Creator and Dancer

Kara Robinson  Director, Creator and Dancer

Stephanie Gibbons  Dancer

Erana Walls  Dancer

Molly Purcell  Dancer

Luisa Mothobi  Dancer

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

SHAKE DOWN: FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES

SHAKE DOWN: FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES

SHAKE DOWN:
FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

Start the weekend right by sharing the joy of dance!

These free community dance classes held in the beautiful West Village Green are sure to be fun, so come as you are!

Facilitated by teachers from Mad Dance House there’s no experience needed for these classes, only enclosed shoes and a love for moving!

DATES

Sat 11 – Sat 18 Jun

TIMES

Sat 11 Jun
10am | Seniors Class
4:30pm | Open Ages Class

Wed 15 Jun
10am  | Kids Class, ages 3 – 12

Sat 18 Jun
11am | Open Ages Class

VENUE

The Common,
West Village, West End

TICKETS

FREE  Registration required

DURATION

1 hour

AGES + WARNINGS

All ages welcome!

Dance Classes are a participatory event which takes place in public space in the West Village precinct. We strongly advise Patrons wear closed-in flat shoes (no heels or thongs), and comfortable clothing.

THE TEACHERS

Teachers to be announced soon!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

DAILY DANCE AT DUSK

DAILY DANCE AT DUSK

DAILY DANCE AT DUSK

with Bring A Plate Dance

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

Let loose and groove!

Located in various locations across the West Village precinct, this daily activation welcomes all who want to shake off the workday blues.

Learn a simple, fun and super funky routine sure to have you grooving and grinning from the get go.

If you are feeling it, come back Saturday the 18th June to be part of a flashmob finale with Bring A Plate’s dance crew “The People”. We will send you home with a tutorial video so you can practice!

DATES

Mon 13 Jun – Fri 17 Jun

TIMES

5:30pm

VENUE

West Village precinct,
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE Registration required.

DURATION

Approximately 1 hour.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages. Daily Dance at Dusk is a participatory event which takes place in public space across the West Village precinct. We strongly advise Patrons wear closed-in flat shoes (no heels or thongs), and comfortable clothing.

IMAGE CREDIT: Jax Oliver Studio

THE ARTISTS

 

 

Bring A Plate (BAP) is an inclusive dance company that has been bringing people together, celebrating diversity, and creating fun and safe spaces since 2017. BAP can be found activating urban and green spaces through participatory dance and storytelling across Meanjin and beyond. Founded on the pillars of community, inclusion, creativity, agency, sustainability, and fun, BAP challenges Australian society’s perception of who can dance, how to dance, and where to dance. They do this through weekly outdoor community dance classes, site-specific performances and flashmobs, inclusive dance parties, and dancing in public whenever they can.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

RHYTHMOLOGY

RHYTHMOLOGY

RHYTHMOLOGY

By Ty Goddard

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

A wildly entertaining night of brown showmanship that proudly puts urbanised cultures and their creatives at the forefront.

Swinging into Brisbane with an infectious playlist and a stunning lineup, Rhythmology is an inclusive celebration of urban music and its many facets and expressions.

A celebration of the diversity of ethnic cultures, Rhythmology will explore the evolution and variation of rhythm and blues, a subculture that was birthed in African American communities and has taken root in ethnic cultures the world over.

Get ready for an immersive and dynamic showcase of drag, live music and street dance featuring local drag legends Thicc Shake Crew, dancers from Brisbane’s pioneering vogue house The House of Alexander, Music Production by Dimes, and vocal sensation Garret Lyon. Join us for an unforgettable event that proudly puts urbanised cultures and their creatives at the forefront, reclaiming space.

 

“… the audience are on their feet most of the night, visibly and audibly moved by the offering of each act… The room is electric with empowerment.” – Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

DATES

Wed 15 – Fri 17 Jun

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35.00 plus booking fee
Concession $30.00 plus booking fee
Groups 6+ $30.00 plus booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 – $0.80 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 60 minutes. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains some coarse language, strobe lighting, haze, and sexual references.

IMAGE CREDIT Joel Devereux

THE ARTISTS

Tyson Goddard
Tyson is a multifaceted artist, performer and producer and is of proud Fijian descent. He is the leader of Thicc Shake Crew and has directed, curated and performed in their numerous club nights, theatre productions and showcases. Tyson is an alumni of the Young Producers Program supported by Backbone Youth Arts.

Adam Habbouchi  Drag Performer, Dancer

Cheyanne Manila  Vocalist

Dakota Hannington  Dancer, Choreographer

Emmett Goddard  Music Producer, Musician

Garret Lyon  Vocalist, Dancer

Jeanya Rush  Dancer, Choreographer

Jeremy Gariando  Drag Performer, Dancer, Choreographer

Joseph Kirby  Drag Performer, Dancer, Choreographer

Kaiyah Topia  Dancer

London Aokouso  Dancer

Tyson Goddard  Drag Performer, Dancer, Producer / Creative Director

Zaiah Bond  Drag Performer, Dancer

Thicc Shake  Collaborators

House of Alexander  Collaborators

SUPPORT STAFF

 

Anita Maaka  Hair & Make Up

Sartaj Stock  Catering, Dresser, Support

Tanika Marsh  Catering, Dresser, Support

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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ALEXANDER VOGUE NIGHT

ALEXANDER VOGUE NIGHT

ALEXANDER VOGUE NIGHT

By House of Alexander

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

Strike a pose! House of Alexander are taking over Metro Arts for a glamourous celebration where art meets activism.

House of Alexander invites you to an evening of celebration, empowerment and glamour. Continuing ballroom’s rich history of creating space specifically for our queer communities, this event is where art meets activism in spectacular fashion.

Born in the vibrant streets of Harlem, New York, ‘vouging’ or ‘vogue’ is a highly stylised form of dance created by black and Latinx LGBTQ+ communities out of oppression. Today, ballroom is more than just a competition: it is a way of life and an act of survival for the marginalised voices in our community. The House of Alexander brings ballroom to the thriving Meanjin scene with the intention to empower and reclaim the autonomies of our people, ultimately celebrating bodies of all shapes and sizes, and all identities within the gender spectrum.

Spectators and walkers alike are encouraged to dress in pink, and join us at 6pm when doors open to find a seat and take in the looks.

Categories commence at 7pm sharp, tardiness will not be considered a dance move.

 

“The Alexander Ball: The extravagant showcase empowering people of colour in Brisbane’s LGBT community.” – ABC News Brisbane


Categories

POP, DIP, & SPIN OTA:
Pop, dip & spin! We wanna see POSE! Which of y’all will deliver the goods in a pussy pink effect ready to show us that Old Way is the ONLY WAY?!

FACE OTA:
Skin! Teeth! Structure! Is your face card always in check? Never declined? Bring it in an ALL Pink effect that accentuates your FACE. All the pretty girls wear pink! Duhhh!

RUNWAY OTA:
On Wednesdays we wear PINK! Calling all runway walkers: now is your chance to make fetch happen and give us a walk as fierce as the spring fling queen herself, Miss Regina George! Strut down the runway in an ALL pink effect to show us you are that girl!

NON-BINARY SEX SIREN:
We wanna see body beyond the binaries!This category is all about the essence of sex! Sell it to the judges in a head to toe pink look and don’t forget to wear your confidence cause SEX APPEAL is what we’re looking for!

VOGUE FEMME OTA:
Puuuurrrrrrrrrr !! Sitting pretty in pink is easy. But can you bring bitches to their feet with the way you vogue? Let tonight be the night where you show us why you’re THEE Pussy Pink Diamond of Vogue!

*OTA = Open To All.

Want to practice your moves? Join us at the ALEXANDER COMMUNITY THROWDOWN on Sun 29 May.

DATES

Sat 18 Jun

TIMES

7pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Spectators $25.00 plus booking fee
Walkers $15.00 plus booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 – $0.80 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 4 hours.

DRESSCODE

Theme Monochromatic

Colour Pink

AGES + WARNINGS

Strictly 18+ only. Contains coarse language, strobe lighting, and haze effects.

IMAGE CREDIT: Imani Laumei & Jassi Rana 

 
 

 THE ARTISTS

 

House of Alexander is Meanjin’s trailblazing ballroom house founded in 2019 by Ella Ganza (Mother of the house of Alexander and ballroom daughter to the Icon Father Javier Ninja) together with Father Joshua Taliani.

 

House of Alexander acknowledges the traditional custodians of Meanjin, The Jagera & Turrbal people, and pays respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

ARTIST ROUNDTABLE: THE FUTURE OF STREET DANCE IN BRISBANE

ARTIST ROUNDTABLE: THE FUTURE OF STREET DANCE IN BRISBANE

ARTIST ROUNDTABLE:
THE FUTURE OF STREET DANCE IN BRISBANE

Facilitated by Samantha Williams (AKA Sammie D)
Industry panel to be announced!

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

What’s next for street dance in Brisbane?

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear street dance leaders engage in conversation breaking down the topics that are important to them and their communities. From the challenges and obstacles when starting out, to surviving, finding community, and thriving in the creative industries.

Industry panel to be announced.

DATES

Sat 18 Jun

TIMES

3pm – 4:30pm

VENUE

The Studios,
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE Registration required.

DURATION

90 mins.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Lineup to be announced!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

BRISBARET

BRISBARET

Metro Arts Presents

BRISBARET

By Sophie Banister and Thien Pham

Your favourite local variety night Brisbaret is back for another month – this time with a special, theatrical one-night-only glow up!

Created and hosted by musical comedians Sophie and Thien, Brisbaret is a curated variety night bringing you a smorgasbord of local talent.

From singer-songwriters to stand up comedians, dance, drag, sketch comedy and burlesque, you will be bestowed with the finest short instalments of art, frivolity and entertainment by the best bris-lebrities in town (like celebrities, but better).

Sophie and Thien expertly weave together the silly, the topical, and the ridiculous with tunes and interactive games to keep you smiling between acts. Join us as Brisbaret trades the pub for the theatre in this spectacular, (subtropical) Winter Wonderland Extravaganza. 

Stay tuned for the release of the line-up!

 

“A truly energising experience…[Sophie and Thien’s] chemistry sizzled,” – Theatrehaus

DATES

Tue 28 Jun

TIMES

7pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission  $25 + booking fee
Groups 6+ (per ticket)  $20 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

110 minutes, including interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains coarse language. 

IMAGE BY Sabrina Nguyễn-Ladera

THE ARTISTS

Sophie Banister is a writer, performer and producer based in Brisbane. Currently, Sophie is known for her work as the creator of Brisbaret and performing her musical comedy in clubs and festivals. Most recently, she performed her show All Day Breakfast with collaborator Thien Pham at Brisbane Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival, and her cabarets have featured in various festivals around Australia, including Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Fringe, and Short+Sweet. On top of her own work, Sophie has been a choral singer with The Australian Voices since 2016. Some notable productions with the choir include Boombox at Adelaide Fringe Festival, Our Carnal Hearts at Brisbane Festival, Everyday Requiem with Expressions Dance Company, and various QSO concerts. In 2018, Sophie was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship, which led her to engage in study and mentorships in comedy and musical theatre writing in New York.

Thien Pham is a Brisbane based performer, musical comedian, and piano accompanist. He has been fortunate enough to lead a varied musical career from writing and performing at Adelaide Fringe and Brisbane Comedy Festival (All Day Breakfast), accompanying for Melbourne Fringe Festival (Hi, Can I Help You?), Queensland Cabaret Festival (This Could Be You!) and performing musical comedy regularly around the Brisbane comedy scene. He has also produced, written, and performed his own cabaret show for Anywhere Festival (I’ll Count You In) as well as being part of the ensemble for Act React in 2021 (The Importance of Being Wasted). Currently, he is co-hosting and performing at Brisbaret, a monthly variety night that provides a platform for new and established local artists to perform. When he is not performing on stage, he is also contributing to the music education scene through mentoring and school choirs.

KEY CREATIVES

 

Sophie Banister  host, writer, producer

Thien Pham  host, writer, graphic designer

 
Stay Tuned For the Lineup Announcement!

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OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREET

OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREET

OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREET

By Shane Anthony and Ensemble

Presented by Chopt Logic and Metro Arts

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

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

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

 

Join us after the Matinee performance on Saturday 16th July for a Panel Discussion and Community Event. This panel will include LGBTQI+ community leaders and organisations to discuss themes and topics of the show.

 

 

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

If you are looking to make a school booking, please click the button below to fill out the form. We will get back to you with confirmation details as quickly as possible.

DATES

Wed 13 – Sat 16 Jul

TIMES

7:30pm | Wed 13 – Sat 16 Jul

2pm | Sat 16 matinee performance, with community event to follow

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $45 + booking fee
Concession/Preview $38 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $38 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

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

Images by Jasmin Simmons.

THE ARTISTS

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


Co-Producer 

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


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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

VISITING US

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