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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, 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.

read more

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.

read more

THIRTEEN YEARS

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

read more

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.

read more

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. 

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. 

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.