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ALEXANDER COMMUNITY THROWDOWN

ALEXANDER COMMUNITY THROWDOWN

ALEXANDER COMMUNITY THROWDOWN

with House of Alexander

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

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

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

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

 

Categories

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

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

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

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

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

*OTA = Open To All.

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

DATES

Sun 29 May

TIME

12pm – 2pm

VENUE

The Studios,
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE Registration required.

DURATION

2 hours

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended 18+. Contains coarse language.

IMAGE CREDIT: Rhanjell Villanueva

 THE HOUSE

 
 

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

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

BETWIXT

BETWIXT

HEADLINING MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

BETWIXT

By Pink Matter

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

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

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

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

 

Stick around after the performance for a free artist talk on Friday 10 June! Chat with the dancers about their experience and more.

DATES

Wed 8 – Sat 11 Jun

Fri 10 Jun  |  Artist Talk  FREE

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

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

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 60 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

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

IMAGE CREDIT Ellamay Fitzgerald 

THE ARTISTS

WANIDA SERCE
Wanida is a creative director, choreographer and performance artist. In 2017 she founded Pink Matter, a company aimed at creating opportunities, highlighting powerful women in the community and creating conversation around the intersectionality of diversity in Australian media. Some of the projects Wanida has been involved with are: Performing in the ‘Commonwealth Games’ and the ‘Special Olympics’ as well as featuring in campaigns for Vice, Absolut Vodka, Fox Sports & Universal Store. Wanida is a proud woman of colour that is successfully working in multiple fields of street/commercial dance. Often judging events, teaching workshops and producing work, she’s highly active in the dance community with 3 sold out independent productions under her belt. She continues to strive to inspire, mentor and be a pillar of representation.

AMY ZHANG
Amy is a movement artist and choreographer who specialises in street dance. Working across physical and digital spaces, her practice explores the intersections of cultural nuance and storytelling through experimental street-style and contemporary frameworks. Amy has turned the heads of iconic brands like Nike, Cartier and Calvin Klein and recently developed an AI dance app in collaboration with Google. Credits aside, Amy loves dance for its holistic benefits, she has co-written and facilitated programs for at-risk youth, dementia sufferers, refugee girls and the everyday person. Through this work Amy has partnered with organisations like Headspace and Participate Australia.

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

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

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL BATTLES

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL BATTLES

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL BATTLES

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

Freestylers, are you ready?

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

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

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

 

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

FIRST PRIZE                                                                                               RUNNER UP

$750                                                                                                              $250

DATES

Sat 11 Jun

TIMES

Doors open 1pm
Battles commence 1:30pm sharp

VENUE

New Benner Theatre,
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

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

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 4 hours

AGES + WARNINGS

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

THE ARTISTS

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

DISTINCT

DISTINCT

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

DISTINCT

By Annikki Chand

Walk like a beauty queen, krump like a pro.

Street dance and storytelling merge in this unique one-woman show exploring masculine and feminine energy. Distinct is a work inspired by Annikki’s journey from the hairspray haze of an aspiring pageant queen, to hard-hitting krump dancer.

As one of the few women in Queensland’s krump scene, Annikki offers a unique insight into how the style’s powerful moves and traditionally masculine character compliment the delicacy of feminine energy in dance.

Distinct is here to inspire, empower, and explore.
Expect the unexpected!

DATES

Fri 10 Jun

TIMES

5:30pm

VENUE

The Studios
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $10 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 – $0.80 per ticket purchased

DURATION

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

AGES + WARNINGS

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

IMAGE CREDIT LJ Clicks Photography.

THE ARTISTS

Annikki Chand
Annikki Chand is a Finnish-Indian dancer and actress. Initially starting dance as a hobby at 16, she ended up jumping straight into competitive dance crews after just 2 years of dancing. She competed on a national level, and placed, for various hip-hop competitions in Australia. A few years later, she found her calling within freestyle street dance, and is now known locally and nationally for her achievements in the style of Krump. She’s also travelled internationally to train and compete with some of the world’s best krumpers and is a member of the international all styles crew- R.U.R Alliance. Annikki teaches krump classes regularly and is an active member of the upstate krump community. She’s also a recent graduate from a Bachelor of Acting, however she was an actor way before krump took over- Annikki has worked on short films, reality tv shows, music videos, commercials, feature films and even in theatre. She is passionate about breaking stereotypes within the entertainment industry.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

THIRTEEN YEARS

THIRTEEN YEARS

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

THIRTEEN YEARS

By BKB Dance Crew

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

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

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

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

DATES

Sat 11 Jun

TIMES

11am

VENUE

The Studios
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $10.00 plus booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 – $0.80 per ticket purchased

DURATION

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

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains some coarse language.

IMAGE CREDIT Carlton Cruickshank.

THE ARTISTS

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

Briana Cavallaro  Director, Creator and Dancer

Kara Robinson  Director, Creator and Dancer

Stephanie Gibbons  Dancer

Erana Walls  Dancer

Molly Purcell  Dancer

Luisa Mothobi  Dancer

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

SHAKE DOWN: FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES

SHAKE DOWN: FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES

SHAKE DOWN:
FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

Start the weekend right by sharing the joy of dance!

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

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

DATES

Sat 11 – Sat 18 Jun

TIMES

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

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

Sat 18 Jun
11am | Open Ages Class

VENUE

The Common,
West Village, West End

TICKETS

FREE  Registration required

DURATION

1 hour

AGES + WARNINGS

All ages welcome!

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

THE TEACHERS

Teachers to be announced soon!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

#FLOWERS_v3

#FLOWERS_v3

#FLOWERS_v3

By Daniel Sherington

Presented by Metro Arts

This exhibition is part of an ongoing project that considers the implications of art existing as
commodity.

Taking cues from traditional Dutch still life painting and ‘Tulip Mania’, #FLOWERS is a program that gathers images of flowers taken from Instagram and algorithmically collages them over hand-drawn still life imagery. These images are printed in the gallery space every 28 seconds, referencing the average viewing time of an artwork in a museum context; yet also creating a supply of work that meets no actual demand.

Exhibition-goers are welcomed to take and collect these still life images with them, creating a moment of transaction and dispersing these images more widely into the community.

DATES

Sat 11 Jun – Sat 2 Jul

Sat 11 Jun, 4 – 6pm | Opening Event

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

Image Credit: #FLOWERS_v3, by Daniel Sherington, 2021. Image courtesy of artist.

THE ARTIST

Daniel Sherington is a Meanjin/Brisbane based artist whose work seeks to appropriate and redraw, ideas and imagery from the past as a means of understanding their value and contemporary connotations. He predominantly utilises drawing as a medium from which he can make these observations. Alongside drawing, Sherington often employs digital processes of making to engage and facilitate interdisciplinary outcomes for his work.

VISITING US

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

RITUAL CENG BENG

RITUAL CENG BENG

RITUAL CENG BENG, PHOENIX RISES FROM THE ASHES

By Jayanto Tan

Presented by Metro Arts

This exhibition is part of an ongoing project that considers the implications of art existing as
commodity.

This unique site-specific installation questions identity, migration, society, superstition, familial narratives and solidarity. Through mundane materials, the work is rendered as a moving ‘still-life of soul food.’ It is an offering from culture past to the present, from trauma to healing, to a diverse future of togetherness in our multicultural Australia.

In Ritual Ceng Beng, Jayanto draws inspiration from a family tradition experienced in everyday life – the ritual of offering food made by his mother. As an immigrant artist, his practise blends Eastern and Western mythologies with the reality of current events. Navigating personal racial attacks, gender identity, migration and familial narratives, this installation expands on that everyday ritual of eating and sharing food, creating a place of spiritual gathering that metaphorically and theatrically represents a temple of love.

The meals/artwork serve as a reminder of good times spent with family and friends, and an invitation for people to gather to celebrate love and togetherness.

DATES

Sat 11 Jun – Sat 2 Jul

Sat 11 Jun, 4 – 6pm | Opening Event

VENUE

Gallery One, Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

Image Credit: Ritual Ceng Beng, Phoenix Rises from the Ashes, Jayanto Tan, 2021. Image By Greg Piper.

THE ARTIST

Jayanto Tan was born in a small village in North Sumatra from Sumatran Christian mother and Guandong Taoism Father, and now lives on Gadigal Wangal Country in Sydney’s Inner West. As an immigrant artist, his practice blends Eastern and Western mythologies with the reality of current events. Jayanto’s work has been shown at 4A Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Verge Gallery, Firstdraft, Australia-China Institute for Arts, the 66th Blake Prize, the Churchie Emerging Art Prize and the Fisher’s Ghosts Art Award. He won the 2021 Georges River Sculpture Prize. Currently he is preparing shows for Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Art Atrium Gallery Sydney and Atrium Space Incinerator Gallery Melbourne. Jayanto holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Fine Arts from National Art School. He has been awarded grants from City of Sydney, Inner West Council, Diversity Arts Australia and NAVA.

VISITING US

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

DAILY DANCE AT DUSK

DAILY DANCE AT DUSK

DAILY DANCE AT DUSK

with Bring A Plate Dance

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

Let loose and groove!

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

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

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

DATES

Mon 13 Jun – Fri 17 Jun

TIMES

5:30pm

VENUE

West Village precinct,
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE Registration required.

DURATION

Approximately 1 hour.

AGES + WARNINGS

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

IMAGE CREDIT: Jax Oliver Studio

THE ARTISTS

 

 

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

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

RHYTHMOLOGY

RHYTHMOLOGY

RHYTHMOLOGY

By Ty Goddard

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

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

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

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

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

 

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

DATES

Wed 15 – Fri 17 Jun

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

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

Booking fee $0.50 – $0.80 per ticket purchased

DURATION

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

AGES + WARNINGS

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

IMAGE CREDIT Joel Devereux

THE ARTISTS

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

Adam Habbouchi  Drag Performer, Dancer

Cheyanne Manila  Vocalist

Dakota Hannington  Dancer, Choreographer

Emmett Goddard  Music Producer, Musician

Garret Lyon  Vocalist, Dancer

Jeanya Rush  Dancer, Choreographer

Jeremy Gariando  Drag Performer, Dancer, Choreographer

Joseph Kirby  Drag Performer, Dancer, Choreographer

Kaiyah Topia  Dancer

London Aokouso  Dancer

Tyson Goddard  Drag Performer, Dancer, Producer / Creative Director

Zaiah Bond  Drag Performer, Dancer

Thicc Shake  Collaborators

House of Alexander  Collaborators

SUPPORT STAFF

 

Anita Maaka  Hair & Make Up

Sartaj Stock  Catering, Dresser, Support

Tanika Marsh  Catering, Dresser, Support

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL

THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL

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

THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL

By Sam Evans

An exploration of the different personalities within all of us and how we use them to survive, thrive, and have some fun along the way.

Everyone slips into different roles as we navigate the world, trying on different personalities to satisfy expectations, go after what we want, and figure out who we are. While these traits help navigate our lives and difficult situations we face, they can often become at odds with one another. Stories of the sad clown and introverted performers to name a few. How do we reconcile all the people we become?

This Time It’s Personal unpacks these ideas through movement, dance and comedy to get a better understanding of ourselves and others. Possessing an unconventional skillset like “The Robot” and “Street Dance Freestyling” Sam engages audiences to make you think while you smile.

DATES

Fri 17 Jun

TIMES

5:30pm

VENUE

The Studios
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $10.00 plus booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 – $0.80 per ticket purchased

DURATION

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

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains some coarse language, haze effects, and use of lazer pointers.

IMAGE CREDIT: Cecilia Martin.

THE ARTISTS

Sam Evans

Sam Evans is a Brisbane-based dance artist, specialising in popping, robotics, and animation, while also being adept in many more dance styles. Despite only started his dance journey at the age of 17, Sam quickly made a name and career for himself in the entertainment world. Performing nationally and internationally with his crew Swagamama, and as a founding member of Equals Dance crew, he was an Australia’s Got Talent grand finalist in 2016. Sam currently works as an independent contractor for both corporate and creative works, while also employed as an entertainer at Dreamworld and has been involved in succesful theatrical works such as MINDED and COLLISION. As a freestyle dancer, Sam utilises his musicality, concepts, and movement to tell a story and engage an audience in response to real-time stimulus. Not taking himself too seriously as he believes entertainment (especially through laughter) always comes first.

Sam Evans  Performer/Creator

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

ALEXANDER VOGUE NIGHT

ALEXANDER VOGUE NIGHT

ALEXANDER VOGUE NIGHT

By House of Alexander

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


Categories

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

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

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

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

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

*OTA = Open To All.

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

DATES

Sat 18 Jun

TIMES

7pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

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

Booking fee $0.50 – $0.80 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 4 hours.

DRESSCODE

Theme Monochromatic

Colour Pink

AGES + WARNINGS

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

IMAGE CREDIT: Imani Laumei & Jassi Rana 

 
 

 THE ARTISTS

 

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

 

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

THE SAD CLOWN

THE SAD CLOWN

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

THE SAD CLOWN

By Lydia Kivela

When you wear a different mask for everyone you meet, life is a performance that never ends.

Centered around the experiences of a young non-binary artist and their journey to self discovery, The Sad Clown follows different characters and the personalities they create to survive and “find” themselves.

Using dance to explore and highlight the constant battle between the internal and external, this piece aims to highlight just how “out of hand” attempting to conform to social standards can get. It also touches on the importance of finding, harnessing and celebrating the ever existing synergy between feminine and masculine energy.

DATES

Sat 18 Jun

TIMES

11am

VENUE

The Studios
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $10.00 plus booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 – $0.80 per ticket purchased

DURATION

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

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 18+. Contains some coarse language, haze, and sexual references.

IMAGE CREDIT: Katrina Laurea

THE ARTISTS

Lydia Kivela
Lydia Kivela is an Australian/Indonesian dancer and performer who specialises in freestyle movement. Their mesmerising style consists of influences pulled from their Indonesian culture, embodiment of emotions, inner character monologues and their celebration of masculine and feminine energies. They are a part of the street and ballroom (vogue) community and their work exists in both live performances, digital and commercial spaces across Australia. Lydia uses their unique style to encourage others to find theirs and has worked in collaboration with the likes of Soft Centre, Sydney Opera House, Splendour in the grass, Bad Olive, Nike and Footlocker.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

ARTIST ROUNDTABLE: THE FUTURE OF STREET DANCE IN BRISBANE

ARTIST ROUNDTABLE: THE FUTURE OF STREET DANCE IN BRISBANE

ARTIST ROUNDTABLE:
THE FUTURE OF STREET DANCE IN BRISBANE

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

Presented by Metro Arts and Mad Dance House

What’s next for street dance in Brisbane?

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

Industry panel to be announced.

DATES

Sat 18 Jun

TIMES

3pm – 4:30pm

VENUE

The Studios,
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE Registration required.

DURATION

90 mins.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Lineup to be announced!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

BRISBARET

BRISBARET

Metro Arts Presents

BRISBARET

By Sophie Banister and Thien Pham

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for the release of the line-up!

 

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

DATES

Tue 28 Jun

TIMES

7pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

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

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

110 minutes, including interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains coarse language. 

IMAGE BY Sabrina Nguyễn-Ladera

THE ARTISTS

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

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

KEY CREATIVES

 

Sophie Banister  host, writer, producer

Thien Pham  host, writer, graphic designer

 
Stay Tuned For the Lineup Announcement!

VISITING US

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

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.

A CONNECTIVE REVEAL – COMMUNITY

A CONNECTIVE REVEAL – COMMUNITY

BY ROBERT ANDREW

Presented by Brisbane Festival, Brisbane City Council & Metro Arts

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

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

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

DATES

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

WHERE

Metro Arts @ West Village 

KEY CREATIVES

Robert Andrew – Artist

Image courtesy of the artist. 

VISITING US

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

THE ARTIST

ROBERT ANDREW

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

www.robotandrew.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

GHOST STORY

GHOST STORY

GHOST STORY

By Kristen Maloney

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

KEY CREATIVES

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

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West Village

THE ARTISTS

Kristen Maloney

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

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

Mark Rowley

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

Hannah Belanszky

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

Felix Palmerson

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

Robin Wilmore

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

COUNTERPILOT

COUNTERPILOT

ABOUT COUNTERPILOT

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

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

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

TRUTHMACHINE by Counterpilot

Would you take a lie detector test with a stranger?

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

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

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

REVIEWS

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

“a truly atmospheric experience”  – This is Radelaide

“Definitely a unique experience”  – Scenestr

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

AWARDS

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

KEY CREATIVES

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

UPCOMING SEASONS

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

+ more to be announced soon!

PAST SEASONS

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

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

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

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

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

CRUNCH TIME by Counterpilot

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

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

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

Co-commissioned by Metro Arts & Next Wave Festival.

KEY CREATIVES

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

PAST SEASONS

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

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

ADRIFT by Counterpilot

IN DEVELOPMENT

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

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

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

We feel alone in a world that crumbles beneath us.

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

KEY CREATIVES

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

UPCOMING DEVELOPMENTS

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

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Counterpilot are produced by Metro Arts.

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

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

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

ELISE GREIG

ELISE GREIG

ABOUT ELISE GREIG

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

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

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

Magpie by Elise Greig

A Metro Arts, Playlab and EG Production

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

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

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

KEY CREATIVES

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

PAST SEASONS

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

REVIEWS

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

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

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

DAVID MEGARRITY

DAVID MEGARRITY

ABOUT DAVID MEGARRITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT TYRONE AND LESLEY

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

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

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

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

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

REVIEWS

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

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

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

KEY CREATIVES

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

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

PAST SEASONS

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

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

Bear with Me
by David Megarrity 

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

REVIEWS

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

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

“A unique and adorable production”  – theupsidenews

KEY CREATIVES

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

Performed by Tyrone and Lesley. 

PAST SEASONS

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

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

Melbourne Recital Centre | Melbourne, VIC | 16 January 2014

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

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

Sox
by David Megarrity 

IN DEVELOPMENT

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

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

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

KEY CREATIVES

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

PREVIOUS DEVELOPMENTS

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

LISA WILSON PROJECTS

LISA WILSON PROJECTS

ABOUT LISA WILSON

Lisa has a twenty-year international career, working as a director, choreographer, producer, performer and educator. Her body of work moves across genres having created for theatre companies, opera, large-scale installation work, poly-media performances, company commissions and full- length independent work. Lisa’s choreographic credits include (amongst others): Wireless and Lake (Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and national touring with Performing Lines), Elbow Room (Brisbane Powerhouse), Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet Company, Expressions Dance Company, Dancenorth, Queensland Theatre Company, Opera Queensland, The Place Theatre ‘Resolution!’ (UK), Rambert Dance Company with the English National Trust (UK), QUT’s Dance and Drama departments, Ausdance Qld’s Belltower ll series and the 2008 World Dance Alliance.

Lisa has also been a leading, professional contemporary dancer and from 1995-2012 collaborated and performed for prominent choreographers and companies throughout Australia and the United Kingdom, appearing in prestigious venues and Arts Festivals worldwide in Japan, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, China, Germany, Mexico, New Caledonia and the U.S.A.

BUNKER by Lisa Wilson and Nathan Sibthorpe

IN DEVELOPMENT

BUNKER is a new intermedial dance theatre work, combining interactive messaging, rich visual design, text, movement, original music and dynamic video projection, to explore the physical threat of virtual alarm. 

On 1st December 2017, Hawaii tested its nuclear threat siren for the first time in 30 years. In the following weeks, 26 drills were conducted to ensure the state was prepared for 
the worst. Then, there was this:

‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL’ (8:07am, 13th January, 2018)

After these alert messages were accidently shared across the state, it took 38 minutes for Hawaii officials to fully retract their warnings. It is estimated that a missile from North Korea would reach Hawaii in 12-15 minutes.

We are reminded of our frailty in a world where utter destruction is not only possible, it is threatened offhandedly in a tweet. Where do we find refuge amidst the potential chaos? How do we construct the illusion of safety in a climate of fear? And when do we begin to believe the panic online?

As we slowly learn the physical repercussions of digital fear, this work draws influence from sinister Russian propaganda, false missile alerts, designer bunkers and the fake news epidemic.

KEY CREATIVES

Lisa Wilson – Co-Director/Choreographer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Co-Director/Audio Visual Designer
Guy Webster – Composer
Ben Knapton – Dramaturge
Sarah Winter – Designer
Christine Felmingham – LX Designer/Technical Coordinator
Jeremy Gordon – Production/Stage Coordinator
Zachary Lopez – Collaborative Artist/Performer
Hsin-Ju Ely – Collaborative Artist/Performer
Michelle Barnett – Collaborative Artist/Performer
Jayden Grogan – Collaborative Artist/Performer

COMPLETED DEVELOPMENTS

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts | August 2019
Supported by Arts Queensland and Metro Arts.

Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance | April 2019
Supported by Metro Arts. 

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts | April 2019
Supported by Ausdance with Expressions Dance Company. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Bunker is produced by Metro Arts.

Bunker is supported by Brisbane Festival and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science.