WHEN WE SPEAK

WHEN WE SPEAK

WHEN WE SPEAK

Presented By Camerata in association with Metro Arts

By Camerata

Stunning music and visuals combine in this intimate recital performance.

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

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

 

 

DATES

3pm + 7pm, Sat 1 May

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

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

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 60 minutes. No interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

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

THE ARTISTS

Principal cellist Katherine Philp

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

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

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2021

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 + 7 May | AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER

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

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7 + 8 MAY | PINK MATTER + GOLDEN COASTLINE

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

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8 MAY | ARTIST TALK

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

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8 MAY | SHAKE DOWN: FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS

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

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

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

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

Presented by Metro Arts

By Elements Collective

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

Directed by multi-national champion b-girl Leah Clark (aka Flix), with music by ARIA award winning artist Ben Ely (Regurgitator), M.I.N.D.E.D is an emotional journey through movement and character connection.

With an original soundtrack that leaves audiences in a state of awe through a soundscape of dark ambience and powerful builds, M.I.N.D.E.D  is not your standard “hip-hop” piece. It is a powerful, emotional performance mixing choreography with aerial straps apparatus creating levels of dance from the ground to the air.

This show pushes boundaries of hip-hop theatre with pristine acrobatics, intricate choreography and intense body awareness with an entirely Australian cast of multi award winning performers.

 

“A feast for the senses, with sharp moves from four talented artists underpinned by a terrific score.” 

The Advertiser

 

DATES

7.30pm, 6 May 2021
3.00pm, 8 May 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 45 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 18+. May contain coarse language, depictions of drug use and depictions of suicide/self-harm. 

THE ARTISTS

Leah Tilney aka B-girl Flix – Artistic Director/Performer
Leah Tilney is a multi-national champion b-girl with an impressive 20 year dance career. Representing Australia twice in the World Finals in France & Germany. She is the owner of Elements Collective dance company and EC Venue and has toured the globe with a number of Australia’s highest profile dance & theatre companies including Stalker Theatre Company and more.

Jackson Garcia – Lead Performer
Jackson started dancing at the age of 5 and has been performing since he was just 9 years old. He has toured extensively both Nationally & Internationally with Elements Collective and performing with his crews Team Cream, Swaggamama (Finalist in Australia’s got talent), Golden Coastline, Skill@will and EQUALS (AGT).

Benny “Bucho” Garcia – Performer
Benny “Bucho” Garcia is currently one of Australia’s most high profile b-boys. Along with EC and his crew’s he has toured the globe performing and competing on the world stage. A well sort after dancer, Ben is a cast member for a number of leading Australian dance & physical theatre companies. His explosive movement make him a versatile performer in a range of disciplines.

Travers Ross – Performer
Travers Ross is a freestyle dancer and choreographer who has worked in the Australian dance scene as a facilitator of regional workshops in communities to choreographing some of the largest commercial dance shows in Australia. His credits include choreographing for The Aria’s and So You Think You Can Dance as well as a performer for Sydney’s Stalker Theatre Company during their European, Asian & South American tours.

Ben Ely Music Composition
Ben Ely is an Australian musician and artist best known for his work with Brisbane indie/alternative rock band Regurgitator and Pangaea, a multi-ARIA Music Award winning artist from Brisbane.

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. 

BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) 2021

BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) 2021

Bigger, BADDER, Brisbane! Brisbane Art Design (BAD) is back in 2021 and Metro Arts is part of the program.

 

Get ready to explore Brisbane’s creative neighbourhoods with BRISBANE ART DESIGN, from 7 – 30 May 2021. With a focus on art + design across the city, BAD 2021 promises an expansive program of tours, talks, workshops and exhibitions.

An initiative of the Museum of Brisbane (MoB ), BAD champions the movers and shakers of the Brisbane art and design community, and spotlights our thriving cultural identity through the places, histories and climate that bring our collective creativity to the fore.

 

Explore the Metro Arts’ program below  |  View the full BAD program here.

 

OPEN STUDIO: HELLE COOK

6 -9 MAY | FERRYMAN’S HUT
Take a turn around the Riverbend to Ferryman’s Hut where Helle Cook draws on the atmospheric and affecting presence of the hut.

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Bridging The In-Between

8 – 30 MAY / EXHIBITION
Bridging the In-between explores the intersections of meteorology, technology and spatiotemporal experience.

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Ambit

8 – 30 MAY / EXHIBITION
Parallel Park (Tay Haggarty and Holly Bates) present a new video work continuing their ongoing interest in queer formations of intimacy and collaboration.

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LIGHT AFFECTION

15 + 16 – MAY | FERRYMAN’S HUT
Helle’s exhibition Light Affection will invigorate Ferryman’s Hut with ephemeral installations through a lens of light and sensory experience

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ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

Presented by Metro Arts

By Alice Birch | Directed by Catarina Hebbard

This is a story of family, mental health, love, strong women, supportive men and so much more in between.

Not just a work about suicide, this heart-warming work investigates the hereditary nature of mental health specifically related to post-natal depression. Across three generations of women, we live their love, loss, grief, laughter and ultimately death.

Ten actors on stage across three eras; this is a big story told intimately.

 

★★★★★ “A rich, haunting, technically dazzling script.” 

Time Out

 

DATES

7:30pm, Tue 18 – Sat 29 May, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Tue 18 May $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

1hr 45mins 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language, depictions of drug use and depictions of suicide / self-harm. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Barbara Lowing November 2020 edited by Laura Bamford

THE ARTISTS

Producers BC Productions QLD

Co-producers e.g. and Big Scary Animal

Director Catarina Hebbard

Assistant Director Oliver Hetherington-Page

Production Manager Laura Bamford

Stage Manager Angela Ponting

Lighting designer Christine Felmingham

Designer Raymond Milner

Cast Rebecca Alexander, Elise Greig, Zoe Houghton, Danny Murphy, Astrid Wells Cooper, Tom Yaxley, Jodie Le Vesconte, Stephen Geronimos, Nikhil Singh, Triona Giles.

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. 

FERTILE GROUND

FERTILE GROUND

FERTILE GROUND

Presented by Metro Arts

By Ashleigh Musk and Michael Smith

We are here to witness our failing paradise.

Suspended in time, vulnerable bodies navigate a forest of cement. Landscapes shift, rise and crumble, as audience and performers move through avalanches of decay. Gritty transformations reveal spaces for hope and action.

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

DATES

Tue 25 – Sat 29 May, 2021

TICKETS

Please note: Tickets for Fertile Ground  are not yet available and will go on-sale closer to the event date.

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $25 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $25 + booking fee
Preview Tue 25 May $25 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

90 mins 

AGES + WARNINGS

TBC

Image by Pierce Eldridge

THE ARTISTS

Choreographer / Performer Ashleigh Musk

Choreographer / Performer Michael Smith

Sound Composition and Design Anna Whitaker

Dramaturge Liesel Zink

Access Consultant Daniele Constance

Lighting Design Tom Roach

Costume Design Libby Mcdonnell

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Fertile Ground  has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Fertile Ground  was developed with Dancenorth in 2020, supported by LGI through a studio residency at WXYZ studios, HOTA, Home of the Art and through an Ausdance QLD and Australiasian Dance Collective Four Walls Residency and an Ausdance QLD Public Space and Participation Residency.

VISITING US

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

OLD HAUNTS

OLD HAUNTS

OLD HAUNTS

Presented by Metro Arts

By Anthem ARI

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

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

DATES

Sat 5 – Sat 26 Jun, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTISTS

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

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

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

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

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

VISITING US

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

WHITE WOMAN

WHITE WOMAN

WHITE WOMAN

Presented by Metro Arts

By Jenni Large

How can we see ourselves clearly so that we can act meaningfully?

In this dance-based satire, the artist places herself as the object of interrogation to expose, confront and question intersections between whiteness, femininity, complicity and the transformational potential of self-enquiry.

A repetitious circling, undressed subverting and embracing of discomfort, this personal, political and performative collision of contemporary dance, theatre, sculpture, and audience interaction asks, what is the white woman’s role now? How can we see ourselves clearly so that we can act meaningfully? Can we simultaneously hold on to and let go of ‘self’? How are we complicit?

 

 

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 9 – Sat 12 Jun

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $25 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $25 + booking fee
Preview Wed 9 Jun $25 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 50 minutes. No interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain loud noises, strobe effects, coarse language, depictions of violence and nudity. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Jade Ellis & Visual design by Andrew Treloar

THE ARTISTS

Choreographer & Performer Jenni Large

Sound Design & Composition Alisdair Macindoe

Costume & Image Composition Andrew Treloar

Creative & Cultural Consultant Katina Olsen

Sculpture Artist Itamar Freed

Writer & Collaborator Ruby Donohoe

Audio Description Anders Pfeiffer

Mentorship Daniel Riley & Frankie Snowdon

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Development of this project was supported through the SPILL (your guts) residency program, LGI through a studio residency at WXYZ Studios and Dancenorth and its 4 Walls and a Floor residency program.

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.