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MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

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

Mad Dance Festival is back!

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

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

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

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

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BETWIXT

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

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MAD DANCE FESTIVAL BATTLES

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

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DISTINCT

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

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THIRTEEN YEARS

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

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DAILY DANCE AT DUSK

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

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RHYTHMOLOGY

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

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THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL

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

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ALEXANDER VOGUE NIGHT

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

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THE SAD CLOWN

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

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

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

DANCE LEADS TO CHAOS

DANCE LEADS TO CHAOS

DANCE LEADS TO CHAOS

By Bring A Plate

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

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

KEY CREATIVES

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

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

GET INVOLVED

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

WORKSHOPS
Join Bring A Plate for a dance class like no other! 

All attendees of these workshops are invited to come back for a final group session with the artists on Sunday 6th November at GOMA at 4pm.

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

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

WORKSHOPS

Workshop 1
Tues, 19 Apr    6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Studio 1 and 2, Metro Arts, West End

Workshop 2 
Sun, 26 Jun    3:30 – 5:30pm
Location: The Common, West Village, West End (outdoor location)

Workshop 3  (Auslan Interpreted)
Tues, 16 Aug    6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Studio 1 and 2, Metro Arts, West End

Workshop 4
Sun, 9 Oct    3:30 – 5:30pm
Location: Studio 1 and 2, Metro Arts, West End 

Workshop 5 *
Sun, 6 Nov    4pm
Location: GOMA, South Brisbane

 

* Please note that Workshop 5 will not be open to new participants. Participants from previous workshops are welcome to return for this final group workshop.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages

Image by Jax Oliver

THE ARTISTS

Bring A Plate

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

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

VISITING US

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

WHERE WE MEET

WHERE WE MEET

WHERE WE MEET

By Dr Eve Klein and Taitu’uga Kitch Wesche

Presented by Metro Arts 

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

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

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

What legacy has been left for you?

And what legacy are you leaving?

 

Praise for Eve’s work Vocal Womb:

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

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

 

Praise for Kitch Wesche:

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

DATES

Tue 31 May – Sat 4 Jun

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

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

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

70 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

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

Image by Ravi Glasser-Vora.

THE ARTISTS

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

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

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

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

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

VISITING US

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

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. 

OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREET

OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREET

OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREET

By Shane Anthony and Ensemble

Presented by Chopt Logic and Metro Arts

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

DATES

Wed 13 – Sat 16 Jul

TIMES

7:30pm | Wed 13 – Sat 16 Jul

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

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

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

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

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

Images by Jasmin Simmons.

THE ARTISTS

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


Co-Producer 

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


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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

VISITING US

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