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SOPHIE TAYLOR

SOPHIE TAYLOR

SOPHIE TAYLOR

Dear Diary

Dear Diary is an exploration into journal keeping using visual art as the medium of expression. Colour, shape and composition will be the language used to convey Sophie’s thoughts and feelings each day.

A new work will be created daily, resulting in a visual experience of Sophie’s headspace over three weeks. What colours show up on happy days? What does frustration or fatigue look like? These are questions Sophie will explore for herself, and hopes to prompt the viewer to ask themselves.

Sophie believes that everyone’s experience of expression is unique, but always therapeutic when allowed space. The focus of this project is not on the aesthetics of the entries each day, but the vulnerability and emotion that they contain.

 

DATES

10 – 30 Jan, 2022

WHERE

Norman Park Substation
97 Wynnum Road, Norman Park

THE ARTISTS

Sophie Taylor
Sophie is a Gamilaraay artist living on Bundjalung Country. She works with ceramic sculpture and mixed media painting, as well as photography and textiles. She is in her second year of a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Queensland College of Art (QCA) in SouthBank. Sophie explores expressionism using both painting and sculpture making. Her work is loose, colourful and expressive. She is inspired by nature, emotions and her mixed cultural background. She is passionate about the benefits art has on our mental well being, and believes it can be used as a powerful tool.

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. 

JORDAN WILKINSON

JORDAN WILKINSON

JORDAN WILKINSON

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors contemplates experimental moving image and sound from the queer community, and its allies, who were taken on an artist-led adventure to the agricultural backdrop of Scenic Rim where the artist grew up.

In response to the surrounding natural landscape of the Ferryman Hut, Jordan will turn this artistled residency into a rehearsal space to contemplate and continue his community-based arts project, Behind Closed Doors. Over the last year, Jordan has been connecting the fragmented queer community of the Gold Coast with his own relationship to the natural landscape through a lens-based practice. Embedded in Brisbane for two weeks, where will the journey lead…

DATES

7 – 20 Mar, 2022

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut
29 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe

THE ARTISTS

Jordan Wilkinson
Jordan Wilkinson is a visual artist and filmmaker working on Yugambeh land (Gold Coast), Australia. He is currently exploring the relationship between natural landscape as inherent queer spaces and the community interacting within them. Drawing on his own childhood memories of growing up in rural Australia, he explores memory in response to the natural landscape and rural town living in his works. Working across moving image, installation, text and performance, Jordan tackles his experimental film ideas in various artforms and spaces. In 2016, he adapted and directed a short film (Mute) based on the short story by renowned author Stephen King as part of the Dollar Baby Scheme. Most recently, Jordan was a part of the 2021 La Boite Assembly Theatre program, an artist-in-residence with the City of Gold Coast’s LevelUp Program 2020, and undertook a 3-month City of Gold Coast Arts and Culture placement in 2021 with auteur artist and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann.

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. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by GENERATE GC, which is a City of Gold Coast initiative delivered in partnership with Tasdance and SITUATE Art in Festivals.

MAVA PATHFINDERS | ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION

MAVA PATHFINDERS | ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION

MAVA PATHFINDERS | ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION

*INFO SESSION DETAILS HAVE CHANGED*
Please note, given the changing Covid-19 advisements and restrictions, this event will now run as an online event. 

Find out more about the application process for the 2022 Metro Arts Visual Arts (MAVA) – MAVA Pathfinders program.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
2022 METRO ARTS VISUAL ARTS (MAVA) – MAVA PATHFINDERS

Metro Arts is thrilled to offer ‘MAVA Pathfinders’, a rare and well-supported opportunity for artists to explore new ways forward in their career.

Ensuring a strong local independent sector of artists, MAVA Pathfinders will support three Queensland, mid-career visual artists to explore new opportunities, and to purposefully harness their potential to build more sustainable careers.

Included in the Program:

A 12-month artist residency (May 2022 – May 2023) at the MAVA Substation which includes:

  • 24/7 access to the secured MAVA Pathfinder studio;
  • Access to the new and fully equipped workshop;
  • Salary $50,700 per annum pro rata (0.6 FTE) + statutory super;
  • Material budget of $5,000 (per artist);
  • Support from the Metro Arts team and broader network that might include but not be limited to:
    • Curatorial
    • Marketing
    • Financial
    • Business development
    • Technical; and
    • Access to Metro Arts’ local, national, and international networks.

ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION:

Tuesday 25 January, 6:00 – 7:00pm

HOW DO I JOIN THE ONLINE SESSION?

On a computer or laptop: Join the session via the ‘JOIN SESSION’ button above OR paste the following link into your browser (we recommend Chrome): https://meet.google.com/rfk-jpap-dpf

 
On a mobile device: You can access google meet through your gmail app, or you can download the Google Meet app. In either of these apps, paste the following code to join: rfk-jpap-dpf
 
Or dial: ‪(AU) +61 2 9051 6596‬ PIN: ‪169 822 520‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/rfk-jpap-dpf?pin=5420151964028
 
GOT A QUESTION?
Send it to jenna@metroarts.com.au to ensure it gets answered in the session.

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS :

Jenna Green (Producer – Special Initiatives) will be available at the following times for 15 minute individual consultations to discuss applications:

Thursday 27 January: 10am – 12pm AND 4pm – 6pm

Friday 28 January: 12pm – 2pm
 
To book an individual call, email jenna@metroarts.com.au and specify your preferred date / time option.

 

Image: Sarah Poulgrain, 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

KEY DATES:

Applications open:
Friday 17 December 2021, 9:00am AEST

Applications close:
Wednesday 23 February 2022, 11:59pm AEST

HOW TO APPLY: 

Application Guide: Download / view the application guide here.

Online Application Form: 
The link to the online application form can be found in the application guide. You can preview the online application form here

 

Image: Sarah Poulgrain, 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Metro Arts Visual Arts (MAVA) Substation is supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

PLAYLAB 2022 SHOWS

PLAYLAB 2022 SHOWS

Presented in partnership with Playlab Theatre

We’re excited to partner with Playlab Theatre to present three shows here at Metro Arts as part of their 2022 season.
Join us for a season of connection, resilience, and guts.

 

PLAYLAB 2022 SHOWS

6 – 8 MAY
Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s street dance scene.

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BLUE BONES

2 – 12 FEB | THEATRE
When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years ago etched into her bones, she is compelled to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

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FACE TO FACE

16 – 26 MAR | THEATRE
An intimate drama about two women, a generation apart, navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country.

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PLAYLAB 2022 SEASON PASS

PLAYLAB 2022 SEASON PASS

PLAYLAB THEATRE 2022 SEASON

Presented in partnership with Metro Arts

Purchase a season pass to all three Playlab Theatre productions at Metro Arts;
Blue Bones by Merlynn Tong, Face to Face by Emily Wells and Brutal Utopias by Stephen Carleton.

All season passes include a ticket to each show, a copy of each show’s publication, and a complimentary drink (choose from house wine, Bricklane Brewery Beer & Softdrink) at the Metro Arts Bar.

 

THE DETAILS

 

PRICES
General Three Play Season Pass: $129.50 + booking fee
Concession Three Play Season Pass: $112.50 + booking fee

LOCATION
New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, 97 Boundary Street, West End QLD 4101

Please see individual show pages for detailed accessibility and warning information.

PLEASE NOTE

Preview and opening night performances are not available for a season pass.

 

HOW TO BOOK

  • Click “BOOK A SEASON PASS” button

  • Select your ticket type

  • Select your preferred date for each show

  • Fill out your details to complete your booking

  • Your publication will be available for collection at the Box Office before each performance. The drink voucher will be given to you when you attend your first show, and can be used at any Playlab season performance

 

For School bookings: please email info@metroarts.com.au or click here

BLUE BONES
2 – 12 FEB 

“I saw my insides today. I found Tom, my first love, in my bones.”  When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years ago etched into her bones, she is compelled to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

TIMES
7.30pm, 5 – 12 February 2022

Approximately 90 minutes. No interval. 

FACE TO FACE
16 – 26 MAR

“Are you seriously going to sass me in my own apartment?” An intimate drama about two women navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country, and criticism from your community, your family, and above all, yourself.

TIMES
7.30pm, 19 – 26 March 2022

Approximately 80 minutes. No interval. 

BRUTAL UTOPIAS
18 – 28 MAY

“I’m not abandoning my principles; I’m coming here to apply them.”  The lofty political ideals of three architects are put to the test as their projects intersect with some of the greatest challenges that the world has ever faced.

TIMES
7.30pm, 21 – 28 May 2022

Approximately 120 minutes, including interval. 

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 restrictions. 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. 

JAMES HAZEL

JAMES HAZEL

JAMES HAZEL

My Father the piano

James’ new work My Father the Piano explores the artist’s relationship with their working-class family.

Through the recent shared act of deconstructing an old piano, an incidental type of sonic practice emerged from socioeconomic necessity.

Throughout the residency, the materials and documentation from this process will be reassembled into a text, video and sound installation.

 

DATES

16 Nov- 16 Dec, 2021

WHERE

Norman Park Substation

MORE ABOUT THE WORK

ARTISTS’ STATEMENT:

“Recently, my parents had to urgently move out of their rental home and decaying student piano prevented this. My father suggested that we deconstruct the piano and dispose of it. 

On the surface, such a shared act posed dissonance: my occupation as a composer/artist within upper/middle-class dominated cultural spaces – but also my deep connection and relationship to my father, and his enmeshment within fragmented and precarious histories. 

Throughout this process, I heard my father’s groans and strains; the piano wood cracking; the deep, dark resonance of the strings reflecting these sounds back; a father-becoming-piano and piano-becoming-father.

Within this work, the materials and documentation from this process are reassembled into a three-part, text and sound installation. Central to this work is the notion of the “hammer” which strikes the strings of the piano, and the hammer my father used to “play” and “deconstruct” the piano – during our sort-of-duet; ultimately, mediating and working-through conceived and socially imposed differences and notions of social-class through sincerity, and humour.”

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. 

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

By eXcelsior

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

Anchored in body based storytelling, eXcelsior is an intra-cultural Queensland Indigenous dance collective made up of proud Murri, Koori and Torres Strait Islander artists connected to Brisbane. They use art forms including cultural and contemporary dance, physical theatre and poetry, to express their intergenerational experiences.

 

KEY CREATIVES

Benjamin Creek – Artist

Leonard Donahue – Artist

Manduway Dutton – Artist

Benjin Maza – Artist

Joshua Thaiday – Artist

Tibian Wyles – Artist

BlakDance – Producer

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West End

Image by Jo-Anne Driessens

 

THE ARTISTS

Leonard Donahue
Leonard Donahue is a descendant from the Djabugay people of the rainforest in far-north Queensland. Leonard has pursued a career focused on Indigenous tourism and the arts. Following high school, Leonard moved to Brisbane to study at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and has since worked professionally in the industry in theatre, film and television, storytelling, music and dance. It was at ACPA Leonard met fellow eXcelsior crew and has since performed with them at the Sydney Opera House, festivals around Australia and at Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games. In addition to his role as Senior Indigenous Officer at Dreamworld Corroboree, Leonard travels the country providing song, dance, poetry and story experiences to schools and communities.

Tibian Wyles
Tibian is Girramay & Kalkadoon tribes descendent from North Queensland. He is a graduate of The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane. He appeared in Black Diggers (Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival) as well as appearing in several ACPA productions including: Oedipus the King, Romeo & Juliet, & Spirit Of the Lore. He is an Ambassador for DigiYouth Arts, and worked with Indigenous students to present the play Glad Tomorrow. More recently Tibian appeared in Legs on the Wall’s production ‘The Man with the Iron Neck’ written by Ursula Yovich which premiered at Brisbane Festival 2018 then toured major festivals around the country in 2019, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival and Adelaide Festival. His dance appearances include Baru (Sydney Opera House), Clancestry (Byron Bay Blues Festival); Treaty (Brisbane Festival) and Backwards (Queensland Poetry Festival); Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games. Outside of eXcelsior Tibian toured as a dancer with DJUKI MALA to Lebanon, Egypt and across Europe.

Joshua Thaiday
Born and raised in Cairns and of Torres Strait Islander heritage, Joshua is one of The 2015 Yumpla Project team members at Phunktional Ltd. With a Diploma in Performing Arts, he is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Acting at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. Joshua has had numerous roles in the Queensland 150th Anniversary, in ‘Soul Music’, ‘Souls Entwined’ and ‘Up the Ladder’, all performed at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Onscreen performances include appearances in the Queensland Government Advertisement for HIV Awareness, the ‘Talking Families’ Queensland Government Advertisement, and as an extra in the television series ‘The Straits’. Joshua is a skilled dancer and talented actor, evident in his comprehensive background participating in community events such as the 2012 Brisbane Festival, the Indigenous Festival ‘Clancestry’, the 2015 Acting Showcase, NAIDOC Week dance events, the Asia World Cap Draw, Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games.

Benjamin Creek
Benjamin is a founding member of eXcelsior, dancer/actor and graduate of Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane with a major in Acting. Benjamin also writes and performs poetry for the collective and has performed at Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games and Sydney Opera House and Boomerang Festival in association with Byron Bay Blues Fest. He continues his traditional dance practices with his community dance group who have also performed at Dance Rites competition.  

Benjin Maza
Benjin Maza is a Brisbane based singer/songwriter, dancer and actor. In 2012 he toured with Queensland Theatre’s production ‘Stradbroke Dreamtime’ directed by Sue Rider, covering regional Queensland. Benjin debuted at La Boîte Theatre Company with Steven Oliver’s ‘From Darkness’ as a part of Brisbane Festival 2019. Benjin has also been a part of numerous creative develop- ments in musical theatre, theatre and dance at venues such as QPAC, Laboite Theatre and more. Benjin is also a part of an Indigenous Fusion dance group called ‘eXcelsior’, performing at various events such as; the NRL’s All Stars, Sydney Opera House’s ‘Homeground’, Woodford Folk Festival and Boomerang Festival at Byron Bay Blues Fest and the Commonwealth Games in 2018. Benjin joined forces with artist, ‘Alinta’ to birth ‘Balairi’ – performing original music and covers at community and corporate events. Benjin’s most recent work has been with Karul Projects as a part of  ‘Silence’, debuting Brisbane Festival 2020.

Manduway Dutton
Manduway completed an Advanced Diploma in the Performing Arts at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane studying piano, songwriting and recording technology in 2014. In 2016, he went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree (specialisation jazz and pop) at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of music where he majored on the piano. He has performed at the Boomerang Festival in 2017

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

eXcelsior’s On the Shoulders of Giants has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Backing Indigenous Arts initiative and the BlakDance Residency Program.

COLD GHOST

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

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West End

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).

Lotion

Lotion

LOTION

Curated by Taylor Hall

Presented by Metro Arts

Lotion brings together the artworks of five artists who use embodied and soft forms to consider the materiality of healing, empathy, and well-being in relation to the skin.

Revealed are expanded notions of our surface as a permeable, porous entity that exists between the self and our experience of the physical world around us.

The exhibition further aims to emphasize that the artworks’ surface is not too different from our own surface, and in fact shares endless flesh-like qualities which have the capacity to palpably evoke emotion.

The exhibition space will present a corporeal and immersive experience to articulate the sensitivity, impermanence, and porosity of ‘skin’ and its intrinsic link to both physical as well as psychological wellbeing.

View the catalogue essay here

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more here.

DATES

Mon 17 Jan – Sat 5 Feb

VENUE

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

GALLERY HOURS

Mon 17 Jan 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tue 18 Jan 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 19 Jan 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 20 Jan 8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri 21 Jan 8:30am – 5:00pm
Sat 22 Jan 9am – 7pm
Sun 23 Jan CLOSED
Mon 24 Jan 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tue 25 Jan 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 26 Jan CLOSED (public holiday)
Thu 27 Jan 8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri 28 Jan 8:30am – 5:00pm
Sat 29 Jan 9am – 7pm
Sun 30 Jan CLOSED
Mon 31 Jan 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tue 1 Feb 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 2 Feb 8:30am – 9:00pm
Thu 3 Feb 8:30am – 9:00pm
Fri 4 Feb 8:30am – 9:00pm
Sat 5 Feb 9:00am – 9:00pm

Image Credit: Bella Deary

THE ARTISTS

Alannah Dair, Bella Deary, Evangeline Sines, Molly Smith, Zara Rose Dudley

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 restrictions. 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. 

RESTRUNG FESTIVAL 2021

RESTRUNG FESTIVAL 2021

The much-loved Restrung Festival returns in 2021 bringing audiences a banquet of boundary-pushing, strings-driven music and art.

The three-day program features a dazzling program of celebrated and emerging talent, packed with bespoke events, unique collaborations and bold new works.

In addition to genre-bending performances, audiences can immerse themselves in installations created by Pat Hoffie, Leah Barclay and more. Expect joyous explorations, spontaneous art making, and a musical smorgasbord of the new, the raw and the beautiful.

PERFORMANCES

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POP-UP PERFORMANCES

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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.

KILLING MUSIC BY TOPOLOGY

KILLING MUSIC BY TOPOLOGY

KILLING MUSIC BY TOPOLOGY

+ WELCOME TO COUNTRY BY AUNTY DELMAE BARTON

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

In this moment of pure catharsis, Topology offers a collective release to wipe the slate clean and prompt a renewed energy and sense of optimism.

Known for their evocative, pulse-driven and unorthodox mix of piano, strings and sax, Topology has been surprising audiences with their distinct sound since 1997. 

In Killing Music, Topology will indulge in a moment of catharsis; expressing the fury and frustration built up over 18 months of social disruption. Featuring iconic pieces from Topology’s extensive repertoire, Killing Music offers a collective release – a cleansing primal scream to wipe the slate clean and prompt a renewed energy and sense of optimism.

 

DATE

Thu 14 Oct, 2021

TIME

6pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

90 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

 

THE ARTISTS

Topology

Founded in 1997, Topology is now established as a leader of creativity in the Arts in Australia, creating new original work, collaborating across style and artform boundaries and building creativity in young people and communities while strengthening the vibrancy of a collegial arts scene. WIth over 24 years of accumulated original repertoire and an insatiable drive to create new work, Topology has a well-established reputation for experimenting with surprising combinations of genres, theatrical staging and cross art form collaboration to create thought-provoking music experiences for audiences of all ages, backgrounds and tastes. Formerly Resident Artists at Brisbane Powerhouse for 18 years, Topology has an extensive discography of 16 Albums, has produced countless evening-length works and before COVID, toured extensively nationally and internationally.

Topology are famous for the breadth and depth of their collaborations. Undaunted by stylistic barriers, the quintet has created stunning new work with partners in theatre (Geoffrey Rush, Neil Armfield, Queensland Theatre Company), classical music (the Brodsky Quartet, the Southern Cross Soloists), contemporary art music (Terry Riley, Speak Percussion), dance (Expressions Dance Company, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, Jody Oberfelder), puppetry (Dead Puppet Society), contemporary jazz (Trichotomy, Loops), popular songwriting (Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan), comedy (the Kransky Sisters, Gerry Connolly), Asian music (Dheeraj Shrestha, Ubiet) and Indigenous Australian music (William Barton).

Featuring

John Babbage
Christa Powell
Robert Davidson
Therese Milanovic
Bernard Hoey

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

HOPE’S BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY

HOPE’S BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY

HOPE’S BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY

Featuring Aunty Delmae Barton with Vanessa Tomlinson, Erik Griswold and Samuel Pankhurst

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Hope’s Beautiful Symphony presents a sonic landscape drawing on Bidjara Elder Auntie Delmae’s childhood in and around Emerald.

Mixed with the evocative, shimmering colours of pianist Erik Griswold, percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson, and bassist Samuel Pankhurst, expect a slow-moving meditation in sound, memories and newly discovered improvisatory futures.

This band all live within five kilometres of each other, and first came together early in the pandemic for weekly jams in the studio below Erik and Vanessa’s house. What at first was a musical outlet for four frustrated musicians in lockdown, became a band of friends exploring new musical languages.

 

DATE

Thu 14 Oct, 2021

TIME

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

 

THE ARTISTS

Aunty Delmae Barton

Widely recognized as Australia’s Dreamtime Opera Diva, Delmae Barton is a prolific solo artist whose collaborated both nationally and internationally with musicians and composers for a range of strong perfomances and events including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
 

Erik Griswold

Erik Griswold is a composer and pianist working in contemporary classical, improvised and experimental forms. The recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship in Music, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and numerous individual grants Erik’s music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, OzAsia Festival, and Brisbane Festival, among others.
 

Samuel Pankhurst

A composer, producer, double bassist and curator, Samuel Pankhurst’s work can be heard across film, dance and TV as well as that of his group Yirinda with Badtjala songman Fred Leone across Australia.
 

Vanessa Tomlinson

A percussive artist and Professor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Vanessa Tomlinson explores how sound shapes our lives. After touring the world for 25 years and with a history in experimental music, her work considers how we listen; awakening our ears to new sounds in new spaces, with the hope that attentive listening will lead to attentive custodianship of place. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

In addition to genre-bending performances, immerse yourself in visual installations created by Pat Hoffie & Stefan Purcell, Leah Barclay & Briony Luttrell and Velvet Pesu.

ARCANA FOR A SEASON OF SEPARATION

By Pat Hoffie & Stefan Purcell

As the backdrop to performances during Restrung Festival, Arcana for a Season of Separation is an immersive installation work that has emerged from the deep commitment from each of the artists involved in this project to use their art to cut through the separations and barriers of this current “Season of Separation”.  It is, in equal parts, a project of mourning and of celebration – both underscored by a core of hope.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

Various Times | New Benner Theatre
FREE

ANNIHILATION

By Leah Barclay & Briony Luttrell

This immersive sound installation embodies the anxiety of the present and likely futures of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the second in a trilogy of works which explore an interdisciplinary approach to sound as measure for biodiversity and affective call to action. Hydrophone (underwater) recordings of the reef are played through stringed instruments with transducers and augmented by improvised responses allowing them to translate the sounds of the reef into a familiar emotive auralities. Through cultural symbols of powerful but abstracted affect, this work explores the reality of destruction, death, and imminent annihilation of global underwater ecosystems.

14 – 16 OCT | Throughout festival
Factory Lane | FREE

BEING SKY MOUNTAIN

Velvet Pesu (living art installation)

Velvet’s rare contralto voice and innate sense of spirit is core to Being Sky Mountain. An avid collector of organic and recycled elements she is a living archive of songs and vocal rhythms from ancient traditions. Velvet aims to engage, challenge perceptions and inspire transformation through a rich tapestry of culture and sound. She is motivated by the opportunity to explore, improvise and collaborate whilst promoting authentic positive change through the coordination of inclusive, non judgmental art.

14 – 16 OCT | Various times – Roaming
Factory Lane | FREE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

DOTS+LOOPS

DOTS+LOOPS

DOTS+LOOPS

With Connor D’Netto, Kieran Welch and Flora Wong

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

For one night only, join Dots+Loops Directors Kieran Welch, Connor DNetto and Flora Wong as they share some of their favourite contemporary works for strings and electronics.

With a history of inclusively exploring the spaces in between a traditional classical concert, an underground club gig, and an experimental art show, Dots+Loops has been sharing adventurous and thought-provoking live art with audiences since 2014.

In this bespoke performance, they’ll discuss what drew them to performing, composing and presenting contemporary and post-genre music and live art.

DATE

Fri 15 Oct, 2021

TIME

6:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

THE ARTISTS

Kieran Welch
Kieran is the founder and Artistic Director of the post-genre  concert series Dots+Loops, inclusively exploring the spaces inbetween a traditional classical concert, an underground club gig,  and an experimental art show. Though trained in classical viola from an early age, as this classical  education progressed into a profession, Kieran increasingly spent  the time away from his instrument building skills as a DJ, heading  to music festivals, and working as an indie rock and electronica  music journalist. Dots+Loops emerged from a quest to merge  these previously separate artistic aspects of his life, and combined  with the rise of a burgeoning community of post-genre musicians  in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia, the series has now seen  five years of unique live art experiences, acclaimed by critics,  audiences and artists alike. 

Flora Wong
Australian violinist Flora Wong is a musician who is drawn to the  intersections between different disciplines of music-making.  Equally at home coaxing virtuosic Baroque figurations out of gut strings as she is playing polyrhythms alongside a drum kit, she is  fast becoming a go-to collaborator for contemporary and cross genre projects in Brisbane (Turrbal/Jagera land). She is a member  of Brisbane-based new music septet Nonsemble, Associate  Director of post-genre concert series Dots+Loops, and a lecturer  in contemporary violin at JMC Academy. She works closely with  Brisbane composer Chris Perren, premiering many of his works in  Australia and internationally, and has given the Australian  premiere performances of works by Kate Moore, Missy Mazzoli,  and Judd Greenstein.

Connor D’Netto
Connor D’Netto has been described as “the model contemporary  Australian composer” by ABC Classic FM. His music balances  rhythmic drive, heartfelt lyricism drawn from his background as a  vocalist, textures expanding the limits of instrumental sound, and  delicate incorporation of electronic elements. 
In 2021 The Australian listed Connor as one of their “21 Hottest  Creative Artists of 2021”. In 2019, Connor was Composer-In Residence of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, youngest  in the Festival’s history. He has held residencies with prolific New  York new-music collective Bang On A Can and with the Melbourne  Symphony Orchestra. He has been awarded prizes including an  APRA Art Music Fund Award and the Brisbane City Council Lord  Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Dots+Loops is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund and are an Affiliate of the Unviersity of Queensland School of Music.

Restrung Festival and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

DREAMING IN THE SAND

DREAMING IN THE SAND

DREAMING IN THE SAND

Composed by Robbie James | Performed by the Bentley String Quintet

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Renowned Brisbane ensemble Bentley String Quintet teams up with GANGgajangs Robbie James to premiere his new work, Dreaming In The Sand.

Across three acts performed by the Bentley String Quintet, Dreaming In The Sand explores Australia before the coming of the First Fleet from the perspective of the animals; then the journey and arrival of the ships and the resulting tragedies told from the viewpoint of convict Suzannah; and finally a visualised present day where all Australians are held to the same standard, whether their identity is defined by the landscape or not.

The ancient “Songlines” are a protected national treasure, their significance in our country’s history and ongoing story is fundamental to who we are as a nation.

Dreaming In The Sand pays homage to all those displaced, past and present.

DATE

Fri 15 Oct, 2021

TIME

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

THE ARTISTS

Robbie James

Brisbane-based Robbie James has been GANGgajang’s guitarist and one of the band’s songwriters and producers since 1985.  He has also released three solo albums: Suzannah Suite, Secrets In The Sand and 24 Hours A Night. Robbie was inducted into the SA Music Hall of Fame in 2019.

GANGgajang GANGgajang’s songs were an integral part of the music revolution of the 1980s. The timeless Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia) is one of the all-time classic Australian songs.

Yothu Yindi Robbie played guitar with Yothu Yindi for five years after joining them in Brazil 2001 when they and GANGgajang toured the country together.

Scattered People Since 2012, Robbie has been a member of Scattered People, a group of musicians who rose out of the Brisbane Asylum Seeker Centre in 1998. He produced and co-wrote their third album Sugarmill Road of which the documentary Scattered People (released during Refugee Week 2021) is based upon.

Classical Robbie’s arrangement of Sounds Of Then was performed by the SYO at the NSW Premier’s Luncheon in 2001, and again at the London Paralympics in 2012.  

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

DOUBLE BILL: TESS KING + VOLTFRUIT

DOUBLE BILL: TESS KING + VOLTFRUIT

DOUBLE BILL: TESS KING + VOLTFRUIT

Threadbare Entanglement by Tess King + Voltfruit with Flora Wong and Luke Cuerel

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Restrung Festival presents this special double-bill performance by electronic voyagers Tess King and Voltfruit.

Threadbare Entanglement by Tess King 

Combining captivating physical performance, Tess conducts a narrative of sound, telling a story of tangled webs and invisible threads. The hum and thrum of layered sounds will lull you further inwards in this work inspired by the wires of communication and means of interconnectedness we live by these days. At its center lays a conductor, waving motions of grandeur to desperately perpetuate the web. An impression of self and the fraught struggle of disparate harmonies. Projections of abstract shapes and motions ensnare you into a world of tilting balances. Beware the spider that weaves her web.

Voltfruit with Flora Wong and Luke Cuerel

Voltfruit is a Brisbane-based experimental music duo consisting of Flora Wong (strings/electronics) and Luke Cuerel (winds/synths/electronics). They draw on their collective experience and training in classical, jazz and contemporary music, combining improvisatory and compositional techniques and exploring the interaction between acoustic and electronic sounds. They enjoy collaborating with other musicians and creating cross-disciplinary work with other artists, and have a keen interest in the sound environments and histories of places and making site-specific works incorporating samples and field recordings.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

2pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

THE ARTISTS

Tess King

Through the crucible of university, Tess has emerged eager to experiment. She has recently played with whole body performances utilising wireless devices for audio/visual generation and manipulations. The notion of performance as a whole is exaggerated by confident, flowing motions and bursts of sonic and visual colour. These performances have been executed over the Meanjin (Brisbane) region over the last year. Her practice is expanding to installations of that focus on audience interaction, unique formats and perspectives. Her inspirations stem from noise, impressionism and experimentalism in both art and music, with a high degree of cultivated randomness injected into every event. She focusses on bringing a sense of wholeness to her art that communicates a passion for the weird wonderfulness of life. 

Flora Wong / Voltfruit

Australian violinist Flora Wong (黃芷蕾) is a musician who is  drawn to the intersections between different disciplines of  music-making. Equally at home improvising for strings and electronics as she is punching out polyrhythms opposite a  drum kit, she is a go-to collaborator for new music and  multi-disciplinary projects in Brisbane (Jagera/Turrbal land). She is a member of Brisbane-based ensembles Nonsemble,  Voltfruit, Tango Enigmático, the Sophie Min Orchestra and  Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra and the Associate Director of  Dots+Loops. Her recent projects include Vulcana Circus’  “Seen But Not Her” and Kezia Yap’s “SHARING SPACES”, and  she is currently in the process of recording the four new  Australian violin works that were commissioned as part of  her 2019 project “Geburtstag”. 

Luke Cuerel / Voltfruit

Luke Cuerel is a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator  from Brisbane, Australia. His work explores music in unique  contexts; specifically in relation to people, places and events  in Australian life. Luke is currently busy writing, performing and managing projects such as his original jazz quintet, 14-piece ensemble  the “Luke Cuerel Orchestra”, solo electronic project “Expo 88” and regular stints as a sideman for artists such as “Boy  and Bear” and experimental, jazz and improvised music  groups. As a composer and improvisor, Luke has recently been  involved in Soundstream’s Emerging composer forum, and  Tone List’s Sounding Together workshops in Adelaide (SA)  and Perth (WA) respectively. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

DAVID BENTLEY TRIO WITH SHENZO & DANIELLE

DAVID BENTLEY TRIO WITH SHENZO & DANIELLE

DAVID BENTLEY TRIO
WITH SHENZO & DANIELLE

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Classic trio jazz and funky rhythms make for a spicy bouillabaisse when Brisbane’s legendary David Bentley Trio (DB3) takes the stage, joined by virtuoso violinist Shenzo Gregorio and cellist Danielle Bentley.

Accomplished jazz/blues pianist and composer David Bentley is best-known in Britain as author of In A Broken Dream – a hit for Python Lee Jackson (feat. Rod Stewart) in the 70s and, more recently, as a remix by Harlem rapper Rocky A$ap.

In this special Restrung performance, they will be joined by Shenzo Gregorio – a multi-award winning world-renowned jazz and classical violinist/improviser and composer and Danielle Bentley – a classically-trained award-winning cellist and festival curator, specialising in Australian art music.

Legendary Brisbane musicians Andrew Shaw (bass) and Nathan Goldman (drums) make up the rest of this swinging, spirited and multi-faceted lineup featuring Bentley’s originals, timeless standards, quirky blues and New Orleans grooves.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

5:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

THE ARTISTS

David Bentley

David Bentley is an accomplished jazz/blues pianist and composer. As well as being a drawcard in its own right, David’s trio has backed many jazz luminaries – including vibraphonist Milt Jackson, reedman Phil Woods and vocalist Mark Murphy. The trio performs at jazz clubs in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and has been featured at music festivals, including the Byron Bay Blues Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Restrung and Brisbane Festival. As a songwriter, David is best-known in Britain as the author of ‘In A Broken Dream’ –  a hit for Python Lee Jackson in the 70s  and, more recently, as a remix by Harlem rapper Rocky A$ap.

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is the bassist of choice not only for DB3 but for artists like saxophonist Dave Liebman and guitarist John Scofield.  Shaw performs in genres from jazz to world music and classical.

Nathan Goldman

Nathan Goldman is a tasty and swinging jazz drummer whose style defies easy categorisation. Prominent in the Brisbane jazz scene for the past 18 years, Nathan has performed with interstate and overseas touring artists including Dale Barlow, James Sherlock and Hetty Kate as well as with the West End Composer’s Collective and the Abbreviations Orchestra.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

FACTORY LANE POP-UPS

FACTORY LANE POP-UPS

FACTORY LANE POP-UPS

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

On Saturday evening, Metro Arts’ outdoor Factory Lane will come alive with free pop-up performances by Zac Sakrewski, Shenzo, Sallianna Seven and Tipping Point.

Start your afternoon with a theatre performance by the legendary David Bentley Trio joined by virtuoso violinist Shenzo Gregorio, and stay for the Closing Night Party with Estampa serving an unbridled journey from a 1930’s Parisian jazz club to the streets of São Paulo.

Laneway performance are free – book tickets for David Bentley Trio and the Closing Night Party with Estampa here.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

6:30 – 8:15pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

 

THE ARTISTS

Zac Sacrewski

Zac Sacrewski blurs the lines between instrument and perception in his new project, The Architect (and the Creation of Worlds). This is a space where sound worlds are created, lived in and destroyed for indeterminate amounts of time. Utilising the double bass as a tool for infinite expression, The Architect seeks to create worlds brimming with life and energy. Those who listen deeply may transport themselves away from the space where they exist to visit a different, sometimes alien reality.

Shenzo Gregorio

Shenzo Gregorio’s String Universe – violin, electric violin, viola, octave viola, guitar, mandolin, piano, Cajon… they’re all instruments with two things in common… a set of strings and the curator of improvising on them – Shenzo Gregorio. For 23 years Shenzo has taken his set of strings across the globe and when that wasn’t enough he’s also experimented with being suspended by wires while playing violin. The fascination hasn’t ceased with what’s possible, the edges of his string universe only just becoming apparent.

Salliana Seven

Salliana Seven is a freelance multi-instrumentalist with an addiction to weird and wonderful stringed instruments. She usually performs as a side person with artists such as Bernard Fanning and Alex Lloyd. Salliana also made her film debut this year composing and performing the score for Leah Purcell’s feature film The Drovers Wife : The Legend of Molly Johnson

Tipping Point

Take a vibrant journey through a diverse world of cellistic sounds and explore the edges of classical and contemporary timbre with award-winning cellists Danielle Bentley and Oliver Scott. This special performance will feature a collaboration with award-winning Australian-Canadian composer Louise Denson, in her specially Restrung-commissioned work ‘Tipping Point’.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY WITH ESTAMPA

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY WITH ESTAMPA

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY WITH ESTAMPA

Featuring Rebecca Karlen, Paul Henderson, John Reeves and Samuel Vincent

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Estampa evokes visions of Parisian laneways, South American sensuality, and the unbridled joy of European folk-music.

Combining a unique blend of violin, voice, piano accordion, guitar, banjo and double bass, expect an eclectic experience that will leave you feeling like youʼve entered a 1930ʼs Parisian jazz club or the streets of São Paulo.

The group features Rebecca Karlen on violin and vocals, Paul Henderson on guitar/banjo, John Reeves on piano accordion and Samuel Vincent on double bass. These well established musicians come from diverse musical backgrounds and together perform an eclectic mix of music, including French jazz and chansons, Brazilian instrumental music, Bossa Nova, Scandinavian and other World Folk music.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

90 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

Contains haze/smoke effects.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

DANCE LEADS TO CHAOS

DANCE LEADS TO CHAOS

DANCE LEADS TO CHAOS

By Bring A Plate

Dance Leads to Chaos is the exploration of what it means and could mean to have dance restricted, limited, or taken away from our lives.

This creative development will engage the community in free and open-to-the-public workshops exploring connecting themes of isolation, restriction, expression and identity. The work gathers inspiration from the COVID-19 dance restrictions of movement in public spaces, venues and entertainment areas. Reflecting on the good, the bad and all of the boogie in between. The Bring A Plate team will then gather for a week of intensive creative development to tease-out, tie-in and learn from all the stories and experiences received.

KEY CREATIVES

Collaborately created, produced, written and directed by the below:

Jacq Driscoll
Erika Goldsmith
Zoe Bauer
Jordan Poitras
Kalpana Prasad
Allirah Fisher
plus additional Bring A Plate team

GET INVOLVED

To be part of this incredible project you can either complete the below survey, or register for free community workshops in the future.

WORKSHOPS
Join Bring A Plate for a dance class like no other! Registrations will open once the workshops have been rescheduled.

SURVEY
The themes gathered from this survey will be used to inform the themes explored in the open community workshops which will then culminate in a local ‘Work In Progress’ performance at Metro Arts Brisbane. They will also be gathered for research to better understand and explore the significance of dance in Australian society and culture. Furthermore, how freedom of movement (dance) in public spaces is important by exploring the consequences and feelings around restricted movement. This research will add to the body of research that has explored historical restrictions of dance in different contexts. By publishing this research, it will be impactful to policymakers when responding to public health emergencies. Specifically for decision making in wellbeing initiatives outside of “sport.” 

​To thank you for your time, Bring A Plate will send you a FREE Bring a Plate Dance class voucher. If you would prefer to provide your survey answers via the phone then please see their website for further details.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

WORKSHOPS

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, workshops for this creative development have been postponed. Bring a Plate and Metro Arts are working to reschedule them for later this year.

In the meantime, you can support by completing the survey!

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages

Image by Jax Oliver

THE ARTISTS

Bring A Plate

Bring A Plate (BAP) Inclusive Dance Company are a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to changing the perception of who can dance, where to dance and how to dance in Australia.

Since 2017 they have been running weekly community dance classes in South East Queensland and regularly perform and run workshops at events and festivals. Equipped with an incredible team of multi-skilled facilitators with backgrounds in dance, music, theatre, community development, social work, youth work, exercise physiology, sustainability education and creative therapy – you never quite know what you will get out of a BAP class or a performance. But, do you need to bring an actual plate? No! The term ‘bring a plate’ is Australian slang that means to bring some food along to a gathering to share with everyone. This is what we are all about! Everyone brings something different to the dance-floor and everyone has something to share!

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 restrictions. 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. 

BLUE BONES

BLUE BONES

BLUE BONES

by Merlynn Tong

A Playlab Theatre production, presented in partnership with Metro Arts

I saw my insides today. I found Tom, my first love, in my bones.

When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years ago etched into her bones, she is compelled to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

Based on the true story of two teenagers’ romance as it blossoms then warps in the heat of bustling Singapore, Blue Bones is a one-woman show told with incredible honesty by Merlynn Tong. Combining multiple characters, Kung Fu and arcade games; Blue Bones is a whirlwind of love and naivety, violence and courage, with the wreckage felt across the years.

Against the backdrop of Singapore with all its beauty, rigidity and insistent chaos, Blue Bones will enchant and disturb, and perhaps even wake the stories dormant in your bones.

 

This is one of three plays in Playlab Theatre’s 2022 season, presented in partnership with Metro Arts.

Click here for information on the rest of the season, and season passes.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more here.

DATES

Wed 2 Feb – Sat 12 Feb

TIMES

2 – 3 Feb 7:30pm Previews

4 – 12 Feb 7:30pm

DURATION

Approximately 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 16+. Explores topics of domestic violence, depression, and suicide. Contains low-level coarse language, a complete blackout and haze.

THE ARTISTS

MERLYNN TONG

Merlynn Tong is an Actor and Playwright. Some of her playwriting credits include Antigone (adaptation, Queensland Theatre), Good Grief (Queensland Theatre), Golden Blood (development, Melbourne Theatre Company), SITE (co-writer, development, Kate Wild, Ellen van Neerven & Sarah Winter), The Big Mac (co-writer, development, Black Swan Theatre Company), Cocky Jerry Jah (co-librettist, development), Ma Ma Ma Mad (Wax Lyrical) and Blue Bones (Playlab Theatre Productions). She is also the prize recipient of Screen Queensland’s Screen to Stage pitch, The First 10 Pages 2.0. Her works are published by Playlab Theatre.

Some of her recent performances include White Pearl (Sydney Theatre Company & National Theatre of Parramatta), The Shot (Queensland Theatre, The Scene Project), Harrow 2 (ABC), Reef Break (ABC/M6), Top of the Lake: China Girl (BBC & Sundance Films, Jane Campion), What I’m Here For (Elbow Room & Flowstate), The Mathematics of Longing (La Boite Theatre), The Lost Lending Library (Punchdrunk & Imaginary Theatre), Hotelling (Bleached Arts), Bitch: Origin of the Female Species (Brisbane Festival), Blue Bones (Playlab Theatre & Brisbane Powerhouse), Viral (Shock Therapy Productions, Gold Coast Arts Centre), Straight White Men (La Boite Theatre), Ma Ma Ma Mad (Brisbane Powerhouse), The Theory of Everything (Brisbane Festival), The Wizards from Oz (Taiwan, Taoyuan International Children’s Festival) and Hot Brown Honey (Judith Wright Centre).

AWARDS

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Mainstage Production

The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Director – Ian Lawson

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Female Actor in a leading role – Merlynn Tong

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Lighting Design – David Walters

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Audio Visual Design – Nathan Sibthorpe

CAST AND CREATIVES

Playwright/Performer Merlynn Tong

Director/Dramaturg
Ian Lawson

Lighting Designer
David Walters

Sound Designer
Guy Webster

AV Designer
Nathan Sibthorpe

Choreographer
Neridah Waters

Fight Choreography
Paul Malgapo

Voice Over Koh Boon Pin

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Playlab Theatre is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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 restrictions. 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. 

WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

By Nicky Peelgrane

Presented by Chrysalis Productions

A comedy about the first year of motherhood.

Whatever Gets You Through the Night is a raucous comedy about the snot-flinging, nipple-cracking, up-chuck-scented, sleep-deprived, madness of the first year of motherhood. Three women from the Mothers Behaving Badly (MBB) playgroup grapple with their metamorphosis into motherhood. If ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, where the hell is the village while new mums wipe bums and juggle the expectations of the 21st century?  

A must-see for anyone who has ever mothered or been mothered. 

 

“Great play! Spot on what motherhood is about. Like the way it shows all types of mothers are normal.” – Serena

“Comedy brilliant. Struggled with when to laugh and when to cry.” – Mark

“A true reality show without the ads! F*&^ing fantastic! Written with pathos.” – Adie

 

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

DATES

Thurs 24 – Sat 26 Feb 2022

TIMES

24 Feb  7.30pm 
25 Feb  7.30pm 
26 Feb  7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

Approximately 120 minutes,
Including 20 minute intermission. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.
May contain coarse language, adult themes, mild violence

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Groups 6+ $35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

THE ARTISTS

CREATIVE TEAM

Chrysalis Productions - Producers

Chrysalis Productions, founded by Nicky Peelgrane and Belinda Raisin, is a supportive female-led team of collaborators. In our storytelling we draw from – and weave together – theatre, music, dance and art. Inside a butterfly’s chrysalis, transformation occurs. So too, Chrysalis Productions is a cocoon for new work and reimagined tales that resonate with modern Australians.

Nicky Peelgrane - Writer & Director

Nicky Peelgrane is a mother, writer, actor, director and Drama teacher. She wrote Whatever Gets You Through the Night, a play about the first year of motherhood (development 2016, productions 2017 & 2021). In 2019, Nicky was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship through University of Queensland. Her playwriting credits also include Prospero’s Dukedom, a play about Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe (2019), Ghosts of Down Under (with Kellie Lazarus), which toured Queensland in 2018, as well as a suite of other plays written for primary school students (with Kristy Crome). Nicky has contributed stories to anthologies: Bjelke Blues (Avid Reader’s best-seller non-fiction list 2019), Our Inside Voices (2020), Not Keeping Mum (2020), and most recently, published in the Furphy National Literary Awards Anthology (2021).

Belinda Raisin - Movement Director

Belinda Raisin has had a diverse career as an actor, singer, voice over artist and dancer. In the last few years, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and juggled her passion for performance with raising her two young daughters and teaching.
Her comedy cabaret, Confessions of a Control Freak, has toured nationally receiving rave reviews and selling out shows (including two sold out seasons at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Other career highlights include performing in David Burton’s April’s Fool (Australian Tour), The Good Room’s Rabbit and That’s What She Said, Queensland Theatre Company’s The Works (The Dark Room), Nick Cave’s The Heard:BNE (QA/GOMA), jena&alex’ Little Boxes, Empire Theatre’s Cabaret and ABC Telemovie, Mabo.

Georgia Cohen - Set Designer

Georgia Cohen is best known for her passion for sustainable and evocative design. Aside from set design she also has a passion for australian residential and furniture design.

Fresh from completing her Interior design (Hons) graduate at QUT, minoring in Fashion & Architecture, Georgia is excited to be part of a project with a hands-on nature, collaborating with people with a range of skills and being part of the project from start to finish.

Tim Alexander - Fight Choreographer

Tim’s performing arts and psychology background combine with his fight training and expertise to uniquely qualify him as a Fight Choreographer and Action Consultant. He prides himself on listening to and understanding the vision and taking that to a level of accurate realism through hands-on training with all involved.

His years of training and experience include national and international VIP protection, military service, and specialist weapons and hand-to-hand combat training. He is Asia Pacific’s foremost expert in hand-to-hand combat for the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF). Tim is thrilled to combine his passion for the creative arts with his Krav Maga expertise. He has choreographed and performed locally and internationally on stage and screen, including in short films and commercial campaigns.

Ben Shotten - Lighting Designer
Natalie Callaghan - Stage Manager

Natalie has worked as Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager with Queensland Theatre, Queensland Ballet, and Brisbane Festival; and as Stage Manager and Production Manager for several independent companies including Polytoxic, Hive Collective, and Brisbane Immersive. She was most recently part of the props team for the newest musical to hit QPAC, An American in Paris. Her training includes bachelor degrees from QUT in Technical Production and UQ in Writing and Drama.

Natalie is excited to be part of the team bringing Whatever Gets You Through The Night to audiences, and sharing the underappreciated reality of new mothers.

Cameron Quagliotto - Sound Designer
Anne Stanley - Composer / Musician

Anne Stanley is a mother, music teacher, musician, and composer. She holds a B Mus (Hons) from the University of Queensland. She has led and accompanied a myriad of school choirs and associated musicians, not to mention mentoring our next generation of aspiring musicians. She has collaborated on a variety of plays and arts projects with industry theatre companies and artists, including Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe (Midsummer Night’s Dream 2011, Romeo and Juliet 4EVA, 2019), Dead Puppet Society (Pippi Longstocking 2017), and choreographers Jaime Redfern and Nerida Matthaei to help create arts experiences for children that engage, educate and inspire.

CAST

Crystal Arons

Crystal is an International Artist and has been performing since 2003. She trained with Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, Queensland Actor’s Playhouse, Grin and Tonic and completed a Bachelor of Theatre Arts (Acting) at the University of Southern Queensland. Australian credits include: As You Like It, The Virtuous Burglar (Dario Fo – Room to Play), The Bald Prima Donna (Eugene Ionesco – Room to Play), The Void and the Light (Outcast Arts), Metamorphosis (Steven Berkhoff), The Threepenny Opera, The Tempest, Gremlins, Pigford and The Mysteries of Corkuparipple Creek (Susan Pease, That’s Not Canon Productions). International productions include: Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor, the Cork North Pole Christmas Experience and her one-woman show called Dating Dingleberries (Ireland). London: Clap for Alzheimers (House of Idiot), The Faraway Tree and the world premiere of The Life of Oscar Wilde (Camden Fringe Festival). Crystal also played Miranda in The Tempest for Company C.

Matthew Filkins

Matthew is a graduate from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts, extended Drama Major and has also studied at Shakespeare and Company in the USA. His past theatrical credits include: Ruby Moon, The Buggulugs Bum Thief, Fair Play, Time Jump, An Experiment with The White Earth and Hermes and the Naked Flame for QMF Youth Touring Program/Arts Council. Julius Caesar, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and 60-minute Shakespeare (4MBS Classic FM) The Merchant of Venice, The Blood Votes and Henry IV Part 1 (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble), Midsummer Carnival (Brisbane Immersive Ensemble) One was Nude, and one wore tails and The Virtuous Burglar (Room to Play productions), The Seagull (Now Look Here TC), Secret Bridesmaids Business and Moonlight and Magnolias (Mixed Theatre Company). Film/TV credits include Harrow, Gruen Planet, Evil, The Digger: A History, Waste and Day of the Deadline. He is a puppeteer for Camp Quality, as well as a proud Equity Member since 2005.

Kimberley Chapman

Kimberley comes from a family of performers and made her debut touring England at two-years-old. Since then, she has trained in dance, drama, and music, and now works as a performer, tutor, and creative consultant. Whether to kids in Australian schools, women in Thai prisons, or young adults in Japanese night clubs, Kimberley loves seeing the arts break down barriers, passionately believing in their transformative and uplifting power. Her credits include roving character work with Interactive Theatre Australia, a stint on H20: Just Add Water, lead roles in productions of Jekyll and Hyde and The Producers, various commercial campaigns, and tours of Thailand using the arts in prisons, orphanages, and schools. Kimberley has also written and choreographed shows for tours of Japan, bringing messages of positive self-worth to combat high mental illness and suicide rates.

Belinda Raisin

Belinda Raisin has had a diverse career as an actor, singer, voice over artist and dancer. In the last few years, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and juggled her passion for performance with raising her two young daughters and teaching.
Her comedy cabaret, Confessions of a Control Freak, has toured nationally receiving rave reviews and selling out shows (including two sold out seasons at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Other career highlights include performing in David Burton’s April’s Fool (Australian Tour), The Good Room’s Rabbit and That’s What She Said, Queensland Theatre Company’s The Works (The Dark Room), Nick Cave’s The Heard:BNE (QA/GOMA), jena&alex’ Little Boxes, Empire Theatre’s Cabaret and ABC Telemovie, Mabo.

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 restrictions. 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. 

Volume: Bodies of Knowledge

Volume: Bodies of Knowledge

VOLUME: BODIES OF KNOWLEDGE

Curated by Torika Bolatagici

Presented by Metro Arts

This ambitious new work invites you to consider the body as an archive, and how embodied frequencies, cadences, and densities guide our movement through neo-colonial spaces.

The Community Reading Room, as an ongoing discursive project, has always sought to problematize the notion of the archive through embodied performance, collective knowledge sharing and co-curated reading and writing activities. Volume features new commissioned work by nine multidisciplinary First Nations, Black, global Indigenous artists and invites us to consider the body as an archive and how these embodied frequencies, cadences, and densities guide our movement through neo-colonial spaces.

In the words of Julietta Singh, “the body archive is an attunement, a hopeful gathering, an act of love against the foreclosures of reason. It is a way of knowing the body-self as a becoming and unbecoming thing, of scrambling time and matter, of turning toward rather than against oneself.”

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more here.

DATES

 Sat 12 Feb – Sat 5 Mar

VENUE

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

Image Credit: Digital_Quilt (detail) by Denise Chapman, 2021.

THE ARTISTS

Denise Chapman
Denise Chapman is a counternarrative storyteller, spoken word poet, and critical autoethnographer who lectures in children’s literature / early literacy at Monash University. She has served as a literacy specialist focused on critical media literacy in Australia, Fiji, and the United States. Denise uses oral stories, children’s literature, poetry, and digital images as counternarrative windows for liberation. She is currently
exploring the lack of diverse transmedia stories for children and how this impacts children’s imagined possibilities.

Shivanjani Lal
Shivanjani Lal is a twice-removed Fijian-Indian-Australian artist and curator. As an artist living in Australia, she is tied to a long history of familial movement; her work uses personal grief to account for ancestral loss and trauma. She is a member of the indentured labourer diaspora from the Indian and Pacific oceans. She employs intimate images of family, sourced from photo albums, along with video and images from contemporary travels to the Asia-Pacific to reconstruct temporary landscapes. These landscapes act as shifting sites for diasporic healing – from which she emerges. A fundamental concern in the work is how art develops and represents culture as it transitions between contexts, while also probing the experiences of women in these situations of flux.

Emele Ugavule
Emele is of Tokelauan and Fijian descent. She is a multidisciplinary storyteller. Emele works across live performance, film, tv & digital media as a writer, director, producer, performer, educator and mentor. Her work explores creative processes and outcomes grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing, and nurturing the vā where where embodiment, cultural expression, digitisation and neuroscience intersect.

Ema Tavola
Ema (Dravuni – Fiji, Pākehā) is an artist-curator which she says mostly involved her being an arts manager, advocate and hype woman of Moana Oceania arts and culture. She is the Director of Vunilagi Vou, an independent exhibitions gallery and consultancy in South Auckland. She is also a māmā to her daughter, Lanuola. Recent curatorial projects include; A Maternal Lens (2018) for the 4th International Biennial of Casablanca (Morocco); Dravuni: Sivia yani na Vunilagi – Beyond the Horizon (2016/2018) for the New Zealand Maritime Museum and Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific (Fiji); Kaitani (2017) for The Physics Room (New Zealand).

Kelly Ka-Lai Chan
Kelly Ka-Lai Chan is a video ethnographer and educator who makes videos to tell stories about humans and more-than-humans. Kelly was a lecturer at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts & Hong Kong Art School before joining RMIT School of Education for her PhD study on using visual methods to explore subjectivities of artist-activists in Hong Kong.

Jane Chang Mi
As an artist and ocean engineer, Jane Chang Mi assesses the post-colonial ocean environment through interdisciplinary research. She examines the narratives associated with the underwater landscape considering the past, present, and future. Mi most often focuses on the occupation and militarization of the Pacific Ocean by the United States. This interest emerges from her background as an ocean engineer, a
field that is inextricably linked to the American military complex. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently at Te Uru Waitakere and ST Paul Street Gallery in Aotearoa (New Zealand) in 2019. She has been a scientist at the Arctic Circle Program (2010), a recipient of the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts grant (2014), and a fellow at the East West Center at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (2012).

Laniyuk
Laniyuk was born of a French mother and a Larrakia, Kungarrakan and Gurindji father. Her poetry and short memoir often reflects the intersectionality of her cross cultural and queer identity. She was fortunate enough to contribute to the book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives as well as winning the Indigenous residency for Canberra’s Noted Writers Festival 2017. Laniyuk received Overland’s Writers Residency for 2018 as well as being shortlisted for Overland’s 2018 Nakata-Brophy poetry prize.

Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe
Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe is a Rwandan-British composer and multidisciplinary artist. Through her viewpoint as a synaesthetic “third-culture kid,” her research-based arts practice investigates the construction and archiving of culture through transcription into visual languages. Stéphanie uses music and performance practice to articulate these languages in a tangible, storytelling format, which enables cultural context to remain and be respected. Stéphanie is a presenter on ABC Classic radio program Passenger.

Lia Pa’apa’a
Lia Pa’apa’a is an artist whose ancestors hail from Samoa and the Luiseño nation of Southern California. Born and raised in Australia, Lia is committed to delivering innovative arts and cultural programming that support BIPOC communities. Lia is an artist Creative Producer and Community Arts Cultural Development practitioner working across art forms. Lia is developing her practice with a focus on ancestral arts and cultural practices that support mothers during the first 1000 days.

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 restrictions. 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. 

QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL 2022

QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL 2022

QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL

Come up for air at Cabfest ’22!

Breathing new life into the cabaret canon, Cabfest ’22 calls out to the misfits, the eccentrics, the brilliant, and bewildering. After years of holding our breath, it’s time to come ashore and let it all out.  

Thursday will be sweet, sour and salty as we set sail on the high seas of song. On Friday, Cabfest puts on its cultured pearls and dives deep into the world of Poulenc and Beethoven. Saturday is full of charm and laughter with Tyrone and Lesley and The Banter Brothers.

Join us at Metro Arts for a celebration of creativity, music and storytelling.

QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL 2022

10 – 12 MAR | CAB FEST ’22
Queensland Cabaret Festival presents a celebration of creativity, music and storytelling that breathes new life into the cabaret canon.

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SWEET LIFE

10 MAR | CAB FEST ’22
Savour life’s best and bittersweet moments through song in this richly layered cabaret.

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YOU ARE PATHETIC!

11 MAR | CAB FEST ’22
Electro-acoustic troubadour Sanfeliu plays Ludwig’s Sonata Op.13 like you’ve never heard it before.

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THE BANTER BROTHERS

12 MAR | CAB FEST ’22
A blend of music, vocals and banter. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sound of thirty years of friendship.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Queensland Cabaret Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, as of 17 December all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Find out more.