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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).

BATSHIT

BATSHIT

BATSHIT

By Leah Shelton

Psycho siren Leah Shelton straps on the straightjacket and dredges through history in an attempt to understand why, and how, uncomfortable ideas are suppressed under the banner of mental illness.

Shelton’s trademark physicality, dark wit and surreal design aesthetic meets Ursula Martinez’ sharp, insightful directorial style in their second collaboration; supported by the masterful cult-sampled soundscapes of Kenneth Lyons and genius collaborators Lisa Fa’alafi and Daniel Evans.

BATSHIT pits the rational, sane truth against fanciful, hormone-inflicted and embellished tales to bring YOU the facts about this f*cked-up world we live in.

KEY CREATIVES

Leah Shelton
Ursula Martinez
Kenneth Lyons
Lisa Fa’alafi
Daniel Evans

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West Village

 

Image by FenLan Chuang

THE ARTISTS

Leah Shelton

Psycho-siren Leah Shelton creates stylized, guttural, renegade feminist work soaked in cult references and dark humour. Her work has taken her from the glamour of Las Vegas to the back streets of Kings Cross, from rigorous training in Japan to live art festivals in New York. With Lisa Fa’alafi, Leah is Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, creating hyper-visual works underpinned by diversity and collaboration.

As a solo artist, Leah has played on and off West End in London. She has graced the cabaret stages of La Clique, Club Briefs, Little Death Club, Vegas Nocturne and Jonny Woo’s UnRoyal Variety Show. She has created two solo works: Terror Australis (which received numerous awards and most recently toured throughout France); and Bitch On Heat, directed by Ursula Martinez, which toured Australia and Soho Theatre London to critical acclaim and standing ovations.

Ursula Martinez

Ursula began her solo career in the mid 90’s performing on the London cabaret scene and created her first theatre show A Family Outing in 1998. Since then she has created and directed many works straddling the different genre of theatre, cabaret, comedy, and live art. Recent shows include Wild Bore, an international collaboration with Adrienne Truscott (US) and Zoe Coombs Marr (Australia) commissioned by Melbourne’s Malthouse, and A Family Outing – 20 Years On, commissioned by the Barbican and Perth Festival 2019, where Martinez was the artist-in-residence. Martinez is an original cast member of the multi award-winning contemporary circus phenomena La Clique and La Soiree, and an associate artist with performance provocateurs ‘Duckie’, with whom she co-created the Olivier Award-winning show C’est Duckie. But for all her theatrical accolades, because of the internet, Martinez is probably most well known for pulling red hankies out of her vagina!

Kenneth Lyons

Kenneth Lyons is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist with a creative practice spanning over 35 years. Over this time Kenneth has worked professionally in jewellery, video, graphic, costume, set and sound design with many examples of his work featured in festivals and exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has also project managed a number of community arts initiatives and is also a co-producer/presenter of the weekly international arts & independent music program, Curved Radio for Sydney’s 2SER FM. His most recent collaborations with contemporary performance maker Leah Shelton have been on her multi-award winning solo works, Terror Australis which toured Australia, UK and France (2015-2019) and Bitch On Heat (2018-2019) which toured Australia and to the Soho Theatre London receiving critical acclaim.

Lisa Fa’alafi

Samoan Australian Lisa Fa’alafi is a director, performance maker, choreographer and designer. Known for pushing cultural and gender boundaries, her work is visually stunning, highly entertaining, conceptual, political and satirical at heart. She earned her artistic stripes as Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, with whom she created landmark works that continue to inspire Pacific artists to this day. Lisa has worked with Rosanna Raymond’s SaVAge K’lub (APT GOMA), ATUA (NGA), Nick Cave: The Heard (GOMA), The Guilty Feminist, Babushka, Circa, Don’t Speak UK, The Treasury London, Bechdel, The Arts Hour BBCC. Her work has been seen at major festivals internationally, Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame, Dublin Fringe, Planet IndigenUs Canada and PS122’s COIL Festival NYC. Lisa co-created the international smash hit Hot Brown Honey, which has played to over 50,000 people across five countries, garnering numerous 5-star reviews, a 2017 Helpmann, two 2016 Green Rooms and UK’s Total Theatre Award for Innovation.

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans is a writer, director, and producer who has worked across Australia in theatre, festivals, print and television. His theatrical work is about new mythologies for unreliable futures. Inspired by Pop culture, spurred on by the blur between performer-spectator, Daniel forges worlds that are ridiculously heightened, and strangely familiar, but not without heart.

Together with Amy Ingram, he founded The Good Room; a performance collective exploring themes of memory, yearning and embarrassment inside of a theatre where the domestic is made epic and the small, infinite. The company is building a suite of works that includes I Want To Know What Love Is (Queensland Theatre Company & Brisbane Festival; Brisbane Powerhouse), I Just Came To Say Goodbye (Brisbane Festival), and I Should Have Drunk More Champagne (Metro Arts).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

DEMOLITION

DEMOLITION

DEMOLITION

By Polytoxic

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

An all-femme intersectional posse of performers take a jackhammer to the patriarchy in a brute force explosion of live performance, epic remixes, parkour, contortion, angle-grinding, weight lifting, aerials and transformative costuming.

KEY CREATIVES

Polytoxic
Lisa Fa’alafi
Leah Shelton
Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West Village

 

Image by FenLan Chuang

THE ARTISTS

Polytoxic

POLYTOXIC is an Australian collective known for creating hyper-visual, pop-inspired performance work built upon foundations of diversity, collaboration and intersectionality.

The company is led by two feminist performance-makers at the top of their game: Lisa Fa’alafi & Leah Shelton. Lisa is the renowned Co-Creator of smash-hit Hot Brown Honey, which has played to over 50,000 people across five countries, garnering numerous 5-star reviews, a Helpmann, two Green Rooms and UK’s Total Theatre Award for Innovation. Leah has created two renegade feminist solo works, Terror Australis (which most recently toured throughout France); and Bitch On Heat, directed by Ursula Martinez, which toured the major Australian Festivals and Soho Theatre London to critical acclaim in 2019.

Lisa Fa’alafi

Samoan Australian Lisa Fa’alafi is a director, performance maker, choreographer and designer. Known for pushing cultural and gender boundaries, her work is visually stunning, highly entertaining, conceptual, political and satirical at heart. She earned her artistic stripes as Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, with whom she created landmark works that continue to inspire Pacific artists to this day. Lisa has worked with Rosanna Raymond’s SaVAge K’lub (APT GOMA), ATUA (NGA), Nick Cave: The Heard (GOMA), The Guilty Feminist, Babushka, Circa, Don’t Speak UK, The Treasury London, Bechdel, The Arts Hour BBCC. Her work has been seen at major festivals internationally, Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame, Dublin Fringe, Planet IndigenUs Canada and PS122’s COIL Festival NYC. Lisa co-created the international smash hit Hot Brown Honey, which has played to over 50,000 people across five countries, garnering numerous 5-star reviews, a 2017 Helpmann, two 2016 Green Rooms and UK’s Total Theatre Award for Innovation.

Leah Shelton

Psycho-siren Leah Shelton creates stylized, guttural, renegade feminist work soaked in cult references and dark humour. Her work has taken her from the glamour of Las Vegas to the back streets of Kings Cross, from rigorous training in Japan to live art festivals in New York.

With Lisa Fa’alafi, Leah is Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, creating hyper-visual works underpinned by diversity and collaboration.

As a solo artist, Leah has played on and off West End in London. She has graced the cabaret stages of La Clique, Club Briefs, Little Death Club, Vegas Nocturne and Jonny Woo’s UnRoyal Variety Show. She has created two solo works: Terror Australis (which received numerous awards and most recently toured throughout France); and Bitch On Heat, directed by Ursula Martinez, which toured Australia and Soho Theatre London to critical acclaim and standing ovations.

Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers

A killer Music Director, Composer, Sound Artist, Music Dramaturg and Performance Maker, Busty Beatz has been making fearless art to activate, pollinate and liberate for over 30 years. Of Xhosa heritage and living on Yuggera country, Busty creates global sonic experiences intersecting disciplines, politics and soundlines. This beat-making Mama is the Co-Creator, MD and Queen Bee of the international smash hit Hot Brown Honey winning the UK Total Theatre Award, a Helpmann and two Greenrooms. She is a sound visionary, defying genres and bringing fierce empowerment to activate museums, galleries, theatres and public spaces.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

TRIPTYCH & POSTSCRIPT

TRIPTYCH & POSTSCRIPT

TRIPTYCH & POSTSCRIPT

By Eve Klein and Ravi Glasser-Vora

Shipwrecked, a company of soldiers are lost at sea. The survivors wash-up on a populated island. They land with guns.

Triptych & Postscript is a musical journey unpacking our human capacity for violence and environmental destruction. A mash-up of 1950s radio dramas, epic poetry and opera, Triptych and Postscript uses words, sounds, songs and electronica to paint a brooding historical portrait of Western colonialism in the Asia-Pacific.

Formatted in four discrete segments totaling 60 minutes in length, this work provides an immersive and gentle container for developing an urgent dialogue about the long-term consequences of present-day political decisions around climate change and asylum seeker detention.

KEY CREATIVES

Eve Klein
Ravi Glasser-Vora
Tarita Botsman
Emma Nightingale

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West Village

 

Image by Annie Spratt

THE ARTISTS

Eve Klein

Eve Klein is an award-winning composer, mezzo soprano, sound artist and academic. She designs large-scale, immersive art music experiences for festivals. Drawing together traditional and experimental classical music, interactive performance art, and electronica, Eve pushes the boundaries of genre to find new ways of immersing contemporary audiences in art music forms. Eve holds a PhD in Music and Sound and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland where she is leading a VR/AR music creation research cluster. Eve’s work has featured at international festivals and venues including MONA FOMA, VIVID Sydney, Brisbane Festival, Salisbury Cathedral, Burning Man, Underbelly Arts, the Melbourne Arts Centre and New York University. Eve’s recordings have been released on Wood and Wire, New Weird Australia, and Feral Media.

Ravi Glasser-Vora

Ravi is an electrical engineer, creative coder and videographer specialising in artificial intelligence and interactive media artwork. In collaboration with Eve Klein he has made critically acclaimed works for festivals including MONA FOMA, Brisbane Festival, Underbelly Arts and VIVID Sydney.

Tarita Botsman

With a distinguished background as an opera singer, Tarita Botsman is also a director and writer. Tarita is the artistic director of The 7 Sopranos, now eight years old and to date has engaged over four hundred Australian-based opera singers, touring independently both in Australia and internationally to New Zealand, Asia and across the Middle East. In 2018 Tarita was Assistant Director of Peter Grimes for Opera Queensland’s Brisbane Festival production. She has directed Opera in the Gardens in Brisbane for two years running, the Premier’s Climate Change Initiative for Queensland, and the inaugural ceremonies of the Australian Women in Music Awards in both 2018 and 2019. Tarita holds the positions of Chairwoman of the Classical Committee for the Australian Women in Music Awards. In 2019 she revived “Songs from Stage and Screen” – a jukebox musical she wrote and directed for a tour around NSW and Sydney, and directed a children’s musical called The Magic Watering Can by composer Craig Young for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.  Tarita is currently developing a major new work for stage and television with her LA based producers, and continuing her PhD in Music at the University of Queensland.

Emma Nightingale

Emma is a soprano from Brisbane, Australia. In 2019 Emma was selected as a Young Artist for the Pacific Opera program, with concert credits including soloist in A Viennese Gala with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr Nicholas Milton AM. She made her Opera Queensland principle debut as Gretel in the 2019 schools touring Hansel and Gretel in co-collaboration with Shake and Stir. This year, Emma begun the year performing the Foreign Woman in Menotti’s The Consul, as part of the flagship production of the for-purpose opera start-up – The CoOperaTive – in Sydney.

GHOST STORY

GHOST STORY

GHOST STORY

By Kristen Maloney

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

KEY CREATIVES

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

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West Village

THE ARTISTS

Kristen Maloney

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

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

Mark Rowley

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

Hannah Belanszky

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

Felix Palmerson

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

Robin Wilmore

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