SWEATY SCALES

SWEATY SCALES

BY LIANG LUSCOMBE

In a highly stylised world of constructed film sets, sculpture and puppetry, Sweaty Scales (2019) tells the story of two Asian American women as they navigate their individual sexuality and interracial dating through a quagmire of pop culture imagery that fetishizes and typecasts Asian women.

Exploring the impact of racial and gendered stereotypes found in film, television and advertising media, this playfully structured narrative video depicts the complex ways that racial fetish and desire enters interracial intimate relationships.

Peppered with sculptures and a narrator in a powder blue suit, this comedy unpacks sexual identity as it relates to the depiction of the Asian women as either the deceitful and sexually aggressive “dragon lady” or the innocent “lotus blossom” in mainstream Western film. 

DATES & TIMES

14 October – 1 November 2020

Mon-Thu 10am-4pm

Fri – Sun times:
Fri 16 Oct    10am-6pm
Sat 17 Oct   9am-10pm
Sun 18 Oct  Closed
Fri 23 Oct    10am-10pm
Sat 24 Oct   10am-10pm
Sun 25 Oct  12pm-7pm
Fri 30 Oct    10am-10pm
Sat 31 Oct   10am-10pm
Sun 1 Nov   12pm-7pm

WHERE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West Village 

PRICE

Free

DURATION

25 mins

KEY CREATIVES

Liang Luscombe  – Artist

VISITING US

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THE ARTISTS

LIANG LUSCOMBE 

Liang Luscombe is a visual artist currently based in Hotel Quarantine in Sydney. Recent solo exhibitions include: Sweaty Scales, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2019; She inches glass to break, VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition, Richmond, 2018; Table Talk, Box Copy, Brisbane, 2016; A Tall Painter, Yarra Flats, Melbourne, 2016; Three Sailors, Sutton Project Space, Melbourne, 2014. She has been included in screenings at OpenTV, Chicago; Comfort Station, Chicago; and Vehicle, NYC. She has undertaken residencies at Chicago Artist Coalition 2019 HATCH Residency Program; SOMA Summer in 2018; the Australia Council Studio, British School at Rome in 2013; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art Studio Residency in 2011. 

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INDEFINITE TERRAINS

INDEFINITE TERRAINS

BY POLLY STANTON

Indefinite Terrains is an audio-visual essay that interprets the site of the forest plantation as a dynamic assemblage of colonialism, capitalism and country.

Through the location of the plantation, the actions and effects of industry and the more-than-human world are considered through narration and the audio-visual tracing of the forest’s controlled and operationalised terrains.

Based in the semi-arid goldfields region of central Victoria, the work reimagines the planation as a convergence of events and complexities that engage beings and bodies in lively ecologies of remembrance and relation.

Drawing on both the subjective and the real, Indefinite Terrains presents a cinematic cartography that turns the seemingly factual site of the plantation into questions, uncertainties and imaginings: situating human endeavour as a momentary appearance in a complex and ever-changing world.

DATES & TIMES

14 October – 1 November 2020

Mon-Thu    10am-4pm

Please note: Gallery One is closed to the public on Fridays during October

 
Sat – Sun times:
Sat 17 Oct   9am-10pm
Sun 18 Oct  Closed
Sat 24 Oct   10am-10pm
Sun 25 Oct  12pm-7pm
Sat 31 Oct    10am-10pm 
Sun 1 Nov    12pm-7pm

WHERE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West Village 

PRICE

Free

KEY CREATIVES

Polly Stanton – Artist

VISITING US

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THE ARTISTS

POLLY STANTON 

Polly Stanton is an artist and filmmaker. Her work primarily investigates the relationships between environment, human actions and land use. Her films and installations focus on contested sites and extractivism, presenting landscape as a politically charged field of negotiation, entangled with history, technology and capital. Sound and listening also play a critical role in Stanton’s work, in both the creation and reception of projects; with listening practices and field recordings engaged with as a means to expand vision and consider the unseen elements and materiality of place. Stanton’s mode of working is expansive and site based, with her practice intersecting across a number of disciplines from film production, sound design, field research, performance, writing and publication    

Selected projects include: Horizon/tal, City Gallery Wellington, NZ (2019); Super Field, RMIT Design Hub, (2018); The Eye of the Storm, Reina Sofia Museum, Spain (2018); Spectral Ecologies, Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria (2017); Indefinite Visions, Alchemy Festival, UK (2017), Current, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne (2017); And Then the Sea Came Back, Errant Sound, Berlin (2016); Undercurrents, May Space, Sydney (2016); Current, Murray Art Museum, Victoria (2015); Moving Pictures, Expanding Space, Careof Gallery, Italy (2014); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria (2013).

DIRTY LAUNDRY UP LATE

DIRTY LAUNDRY UP LATE

THE GOOD ROOM & FANCIFUL FICTION AUXILIARY 

 

FANCIFUL FRIDAY: MILLS & BOOM!

Enter the warm embrace of The Good Room at Metro Arts for a Friday that will set your sheets on fire. 

Bringing their bosom-heaving brand of smouldering romance stories to Metro Arts for ONE NIGHT ONLY, special guests The Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary will host a sensual story time session that is sure to make you blush.

Get comfy on your own reserved recliner and enjoy erotic – albeit sometimes nonsensical and often hilarious – tales of lust and romance tumescently told beneath our “Dirty Laundry”.

Come with a friend. 
Come with a stranger. 
Come alone (afterall you know what you like).

Just come.

Submission Number 45:

“I want a woman to quote Ginsbergs ‘Footnote to Howl’ to me while she makes me cum.”

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

WHEN

8pm, 30 October 2020 

PRICE

General Admission $20 + booking fee

Image credit: Image by Morgan Roberts

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 ARTISTS

Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary

The Fanciful Fiction Auxiliary is a fictitious amateur writer’s group of oddball characters with fake hair, fake lashes, and real passion for their personally-acclaimed, bosom-heaving, lip quivering tales of romance

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans is an award-winning writer, director, producer – and QUT graduate – who has worked across Australia in theatre, festivals, print and television. Together, with Amy Ingram, he founded The Good Room; a performance collective who draw on the experiences of ordinary people to create extraordinary theatre experiences. As well as teaching for QUT Acting, he has worked as the Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, a five day event as part of the emerging and experimental arts mecca This Is Not Art in Newcastle, as the Performance Producer at Metro Arts, as a senior writer for Frankie magazine and as a digital content producer for Southern Star Endemol, Network Nine, Ten and SBS.

Amy Ingram

Amy is a performer and Maker. In 2008 she co founded The Good Room with Daniel Evans. She has performed with Queensland Theatre ( Fat Pig, Seeding Bed, Trollop, The Seagull, The Odd Couple) , La Boite ( Cosi, The Tragedy of King Richard The third, Blackrock) , Elbow Room ( We Get It : MTC and Brisbane Powerhouse) and in Low Level Panic at The Old Fitz directed by Justine Martin. In 2021 Amy will be on tour with Magic Mike Live Australia.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

DIRTY LAUNDRY

DIRTY LAUNDRY

BY THE GOOD ROOM

Dirty Laundry is a large-scale cotton-based installation of anonymous sexual confessions, fantasies and desires hoisted and hung for public witness. Inspired by enforced social distancing (on the streets and in the sheets), this cheeky work is a record of the way 2020 has altered our romantic relationships and changed the way we quench desire in a positive celebration of sex, intimacy and holding out for love in lockdown.

Dirty Laundry is drawn from a slate of submissions submitted to a bespoke website over a specially-created digital event called the Dirty Weekend. The installation will be studded with readings from the full hamper basket and is designed to be enjoyed across a 20 minute visit.

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

DATES & TIMES

21 October – 1 November 2020

Mon         Closed
Tue-Thu  10am-4pm
Fri-Sat    10am-10pm
Sun         12pm-7pm

PRICE

FREE

Image credit: Image by Morgan Roberts

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 ARTISTS

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans is an award-winning writer, director, producer – and QUT graduate – who has worked across Australia in theatre, festivals, print and television. Together, with Amy Ingram, he founded The Good Room; a performance collective who draw on the experiences of ordinary people to create extraordinary theatre experiences. As well as teaching for QUT Acting, he has worked as the Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, a five day event as part of the emerging and experimental arts mecca This Is Not Art in Newcastle, as the Performance Producer at Metro Arts, as a senior writer for Frankie magazine and as a digital content producer for Southern Star Endemol, Network Nine, Ten and SBS.

Amy Ingram

Amy is a performer and Maker. In 2008 she co founded The Good Room with Daniel Evans. She has performed with Queensland Theatre ( Fat Pig, Seeding Bed, Trollop, The Seagull, The Odd Couple) , La Boite ( Cosi, The Tragedy of King Richard The third, Blackrock) , Elbow Room ( We Get It : MTC and Brisbane Powerhouse) and in Low Level Panic at The Old Fitz directed by Justine Martin. In 2021 Amy will be on tour with Magic Mike Live Australia.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

APOCALIPSTICK

APOCALIPSTICK

POLYTOXIC & FRIENDS

Sashaying out of the rubble and into the limelight is an all-star rag-tag team of Brisbane’s finest theatre hybrids in a jaw-dropping, eye-popping, ring-stinging feast for the senses.

Revel in brand-new and fan-favourite acts from a killer rotating lineup hand-picked by Polytoxic. 

Arm yourself for the brave new world in this after-dark playground of ridiculousness, hectic wigs, extreme g-strings, sassy whip-cracking and golden electro hip-thrusting. This is raucous cutting-edge cabaret that’s sure to leave you with a spring in your step and a fresh new coat of APOCALIPSTICK!

DATES

6 – 28 November 2020
8pm Friday & Saturday

DURATION

45 – 50 mins

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $28 + booking fee

KEY CREATIVES

Curated & Produced by Polytoxic (Lisa Fa’alafi & Leah Shelton)

VISITING US

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THE ARTIST

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.

Since 2000, Polytoxic’s work has been presented in traditional huts, indie theatre seasons, dusty big-tops and major festivals including PS122’s COIL Festival New York, Harbourfront Centre Canada, WanSmolbag Vanuatu, Sydney Opera House, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, Perth Fringe World, Bleach Festival, Enlighten, ArtsHouse Melbourne. 

Key works include live-art karaoke ‘The BackUp Service’, site-specific watertop projection work ‘Trade Winds’, immersive nightclub takeover ‘Dali After Dark’, mongrel tiki-circus show ‘The Rat Trap’ (co-presented with QTC), and rose-tinted travelogue ‘Teuila Postcards’.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

FLAT OUT LIKE A LIZARD

FLAT OUT LIKE A LIZARD

ROBERT THE CAT

Robert the Cat presents Norman Price’s Flat Out Like A Lizard.

Lazarus White tells Australian stories that span a century, gothic tales of predators and prey, of seduction and isolation. Characters emerge: mysterious, dangerous, and iconic.

But does anyone want to listen? Is there a market for these stories? The Committee of experts is unconvinced. What’s a writer to do?

Wicked, strange and disturbingly funny, Flat Out Like A Lizard asks some timely questions: what is the value of storytelling? What is the value of the Arts? And what lies at the heart of the Australian psyche?

You there in the dark.

Me here in the dark.

Just a story about the dark.

DATES

7:30pm, 2 – 12 December 2020

DURATION

90 mins 

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

Preview Wed 2 December $28 + booking fee

General Admission $35 + booking fee 

Concession $28 + booking fee

 

KEY CREATIVES

Lisa O’Neill & Anatoly Frusin – Directors
Katy Cotter – Performer
Amy Hauser – Performer
Darcy Jones – Performer
Peter Keavy – Performer
Thea Milburn – Performer
Rosalind Williams – Voice Coach        
Geoff Squires -Lighting Design

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. Click here for more information. 

THE ARTISTS

ROBERT THE CAT

Robert The Cat (RTC) is a theatre collective headed by Lisa O’Neill and Anatoly Frusin (directors), with Rosalind Williams (vocal coach). For the past 10 years they have had the fortune of working with apprentice actors in their program at TAFE Queensland Acting, staging work marked by an emotional intensity, physicality and theatricality. The Robert The Cat collective has been established to take the work of these young graduate actors to a broader public, and to showcase their work as emerging performers in challenging contemporary theatre. RTC debuted at Metro Arts in 2019 with their production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information.

LISA O’NEILL

Lisa O’Neill is a dancer, performer, choreographer, performance director and educator working across mediums in dance, theatre, contemporary performance and new-media. She has developed a broad body of original performance works over the past three decades, presenting across Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and United States of America. A polymath of sorts, Lisa has presented digital art installations in the Forbidden City of Beijing, performed Off-Broadway in Australia’s longest running children’s show Fluff, danced at the Sydney Opera House on numerous occasions and acted in Shakespeare and Greek Tragedies in castles and ruins across Europe. Since 2001 Lisa has directed the Acting program at TAFE Queensland, using this platform to facilitate a rigorous and informed performance culture for young actors and performers to practice and study.

ANATOLY FRUSIN

Anatoly Frusin is a Russian born writer and acting teacher. He graduated from the University of Auckland with a Masters in English Literature, and continued his studies at the University of Toronto Drama Centre. In 1996 he graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Directing, and then worked extensively at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney, at Opera Australia and other opera companies; as well as directing many independent productions.  His collaborations with Polish based Kropka Theatre have been seen at festivals all over Europe and the Middle East, and have been widely awarded. He is currently a lecturer and co-course convener for the Bachelor of Acting and Performance at TAFE Queensland. He teaches Acting, Theatre History, and directs student productions as well as working in the industry in theatre and cross-genre collaborative projects.

KATY  COTTER

Actor and writer, Katy Cotter, has been working in Brisbane for the past 11 years. Metro Arts on Edward Street was a second home to Katy, having performed in numerous shows, including Daniel Evans’ short-play marathon Awkward Conversation (2014) and the theatrical musical thriller Dust Covered Butterfly (2015) that she also co-wrote. In 2017, she was selected by PlayLab to be a part of their Alpha Processing Program that culminated in a dramatic reading of her play Dry. Last year Katy joined Robert the Cat in the company’s debut work Love and Information, and she is SUPER excited to perform on the new Metro Arts stage! Having been taught by the dearly departed Norman Price, Katy is honoured to speak his words.

AMY HAUSER

Amy Hauser is an actor and performance maker who graduated from the Bachelor of Acting and Performance at TAFE Queensland in partnership with the University of Canberra. She has a particular interest in the creation of original performance works that challenge and provoke. Her performance collective HOUSE of MILK has produced both stage and online works.  Currently in development is a new work with actor Peter Keavy titled FRANKENSTEIN AND I, first performed at the Brisbane Sci-Fi Theatre Festival in 2019. Amy’s acting credits include lead roles in MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN and THE SKRIKER (TAFE Queensland), THE MAIDS (Mad Women on the Shore, Anywhere Festival), BE LOVED AND LIVE WELL (by Jack Pacey, Adelaide Fringe Festival) and LOVE AND INFORMATION (Robert The Cat, Metro Arts).

DARCY JONES

Darcy Jones is a 2016 graduate of the Bachelor of Acting and Performance program at TAFE Queensland in partnership with the University of Canberra. During his studies Darcy performed in a variety of contemporary, classical and self-devised works including Caryl Churchill, Bertolt Brecht, Aristophanes and Janos Pilinszky. In 2017 he completed his Honors with a focus on audience role and theatre for the home. His performance works include the self-devised work “Sunny Tribe District” (Short+Sweet), which won numerous awards, “Brisbane” (Villanova Players), “Julius Caesar” (Heart Beast Theater Company), “ Tower of Babel” (Baran Theatre – creative development project), and  The “Wishing well” (Two Braids Collective).

PETER KEAVY

Peter Keavy is an actor/scenographer who studied Acting and Performance through the University of Canberra at TAFE Queensland. Peter is currently studying Technical Production at QUT Kelvin Grove. Peter has also received distinctions in musical theatre through The Trinity College of London exam. As well as performance, Peter is particularly interested in designing worlds for the theatre. Recently Peter designed and performed in a self-devised work ‘Frankenstein and I’ for the Brisbane Sci-Fi Theatre Festival with actress Amy Hauser. Throughout his studies Peter performed texts by Walt Whitman, William Shakespeare and Mike Bartlett. Peter has also worked as a stage-manager and Qlab Operator for Drama Production 5 at QUT.  He has worked with industry professionals Lisa O’Neill (performance maker), Anatoly Frusin (director), Brian Lucas (solo artist), Tony Brumpton (Sound Designer) and the late Norman Price (playwright). 

THEA MILBURN

Thea Milburn is a Brisbane based theatre actor who completed her Bachelor of Acting and Performance with University of Canberra in partnership with TAFE Queensland. With a particular interest in the political and social nature of theatre, Thea enjoys works which ask for vulnerability and offer new perspective. Thea has performed across contemporary and classical texts as well as self devised performances. Recent works include HAVE I NONE by Edward Bond, 13 by Mike Bartlett and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

METRO ARTS @ WEST VILLAGE

METRO ARTS @ WEST VILLAGE

Bringing West End its first live theatre in 25 years, Metro Arts is now officially open in West Village. 

Kicking off with a bang, the remaining 2020 season features premiere performances, provocative productions, installations and exhibitions.

The new purpose-built precinct features an underground theatre, two galleries, two rehearsal rooms and the Factory Lane outdoor precinct which encompasses the foyer, box office, café and bar.

Specialising in the development of new work, Metro Arts champions artists taking risks, creating, developing, experimenting, and presenting ambitious contemporary work.

This new hub in West End’s diverse community will be THE place in Brisbane to experience the work of contemporary artists with a year-round program of innovative theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and visual art.

GALLERY

The Gallery is host to Metro Arts’ Exhibitions program and selection is via an annual Call for Proposals. There are limited opportunities to hire this venue.

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NEW BENNER THEATRE

The New Benner Theatre is programmed through an annual Call for Proposals. There are limited opportunities to hire this venue for activities that do not have a public outcome.

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