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.

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS 2020

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS 2020

Metro Arts’ Creative Development program allows artists to experiment with new ideas, new forms, new collaborations and new ways of working. Artists receive studio or theatre space, artist fees, creative and producing mentorship, and the freedom to focus on process rather than outcome; to follow their curiosity wherever it leads.

In 2019, Metro Arts supported the following projects. 

GHOST STORY

Theatre and augmented reality blend via a smartphone application and immerses the audience in a terrifying world both physically and digitally.

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TABLE TWELVE

AJ and Bea are getting married, but everyone’s pushing their siblings Chris and Sami together… which is exactly why they have to keep their wedding night rendezvous a secret.

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COLD GHOST

An expedition through time where familial tapestries reveal patterns upon patterns.

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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.

TABLE TWELVE

TABLE TWELVE

BY ALISTAIR BALDWIN AND MADELEINE LITTLE

AJ and Bea’s wedding is finally here! They’ve bonded over their shared love of camembert, The Sopranos, and their disabled siblings Chris and Sami. Both families would love to see Chris and Sami get together, and think they’d make an ‘inspirational’ couple. But Chris and Sami resent the assumption that they are perfect for each other just because they’re both disabled… which is exactly why they have to keep their wedding night rendezvous a secret, even if it means denying something real just to prove a point.

KEY CREATIVES

Alistair Baldwin – Playwright 
Madeleine Little – Playwright

DATES

October 2020

LOCATION

Metro Arts @ West Village

THE ARTISTS

Alistair Baldwin

Alistair Baldwin is a writer and comedian based in Naarm / Melbourne.

He has written for ABC’s The Weekly (seasons 4 and 5), Hard Quiz (season 4 and 5) and Get Krack!n (season 2) – the latter of which he also stars in as Matthew, the Kates’ personal assistant. In 2020 he received Film Victoria funding to develop a diverse TV comedy called Caperble. He has provided script development services to a number of Screenwest and Film Victoria funded projects.

In 2019 his play Lame was performed at Southbank Theatre as part of Melbourne Theatre Company’s First Stage initiative. He was also selected to participate in the Besen Family Writers’ Development Workshop, run by Malthouse Theatre and led by Declan Green. He was selected for MTC’s Cybec Electric play readings, premiering an excerpt of his new play Celebrity Skin in 2020.

https://alistairbaldwin.com/

Madeleine Little

Madeleine Little is a performer and theatre maker based in Brisbane. Since 2015, she has been a member of the Indelabilityarts Ensemble, co-devising Love Me; (2017) and co-devising and performing in Look Mum… No Hands! [The Legless Bar Years] (2016-2018). Madeleine performed in Restless Dance Theatre’s Helpmann-nominated work Intimate Space on the Gold Coast (2018) at bleach* Festival in association with Festival 2018. Her original work, Hold, was presented in April 2019 as part of her Master of Arts (Creative Arts) research at USQ testing the implementation of accessible theatre practice conventions in a new work.

 She worked as a Research Associate for The Last Avant Garde – Disability and the Performing Arts in Australia: Beyond the Social Model research project (UniMelb, UniSyd, AAV, ARC lastavantgarde.com.au). Madeleine was also awarded the inaugural Stella Young Award from Arts Access Victoria (2018) and the inaugural National Leadership Award from Arts Access Australia (2019).

https://madeleinelittle.com/

FERTILE GROUND

FERTILE GROUND

BY ASHLEIGH MUSK AND MICHAEL SMITH

Flipping Dante’s Divine Comedy on it’s head and transporting the audience to a place of shifting landscapes, we arrive in a moment of limbo where audience and performers navigate their way through a micro cityscape of cement bricks, reimagining and re-crafting their reality in a call for collective action. This limbo, this state of purgatory, is a series of images, scenes and tasks that unpack themes of human impact, our compulsive need to leave a footprint on nature and our persistence to conquer, outlive and survive in the face of crisis.​

Drawn together by their passion for using dance/movement as a vehicle for empowerment, shared reflection and change, Fertile Ground marks the first of Ashleigh and Michael’s collaborative choreographic practice.

KEY CREATIVES

Ashleigh Musk – Choreographer / Performer
Michael Smith – Choreographer / Performer
Anna Whitaker – Sound Composition and Design
Liesel Zink – Dramaturge
Daniele Constance – Creative Collaborator 
Kate Usher – Producer

DATES

November 2020

LOCATION

Metro Arts @ West Village

THE ARTISTS

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is a Brisbane-based dance artist whose practice encompasses contemporary dance, dance-theatre, film, performance art and installation. His work often questions the traditional roles of audience and space – traversing active participation and audience as allies. Michael uses imagined realities, memory spaces, and explorations in fantasy as a means to access the duplicate beings that reside in us. Michael’s work has been performed across platforms such as Dance Massive Site Responsive Showcase, Ars Electronica (Austria), TanzZiet (Berlin), AGITART Figueres Festival MOU (Spain), Japan Media Arts Festival, STRUT Dance WA SEED Residency, Metro Arts, Sunshine Coast Arts Prize and South Bank Corporations ‘Flowstate’. In support of Michael’s emerging choreographic practice, he is currently a recipient of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Fellowship (2019-2020).

Michael is currently an artist with The Farm, a dance-theatre company under the artistic direction of Gavin Webber and Grayson Millwood. He has worked for companies and organisations such as STRUT Dance and Opera Australia. As a freelance performer, Michael has worked with independent choreographers including Liesel Zink, Cass Mortimer-Eipper, Paul Selwyn Norton, Jack Ziesing and Robert Crispe, Yilin Kong, Guy Shomroni and Yaniv Abraham, Matt Cornell (Dirty Feet), Lizzie and Zaimon Vilmanis (Prying Eye), Nerida Matthaei (Phluxus2), Gareth Belling (Collusion Music and Dance), Amalia Pica (IMA), Vanessa Mafe-Keane, Courtney Scheu and Liz Lea.

www.michaelsmithprojects.com

Ashleigh Musk

Ashleigh is a Brisbane-based dance artist, creator, producer and facilitator, who uses dance and movement as a vehicle for empowerment, celebration, shared reflection and change.

After graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) in 2012, Ashleigh moved overseas and while working as a practicing artist, choreographer and producer throughout the UK and Spain she also completed two postgraduate diplomas in contemporary dance and cultural event management and production.

Ashleigh has worked with companies and choreographers including Liesel Zink, Guts Dance (AUS), Companyia AGITART | Roger Fernandez Cifuentes, Grace Euna Kim (BCN), Denada Dance Theatre (Spain/UK), Jamaal Burkmaar Dance for the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase, James Wilton Dance, Ben Wright and Frauke Requardt (UK).

In 2013, Ashleigh co-founded AGITART (Spain), a project consisting of the annual Figueres es Mou dance festival, audience engagement projects, a touring dance company, theatre programming and collaborations with international partners.

Ashleigh is currently a selected artist on the Place2Play program, creating a site-responsive work premiering in Caloundra in 2020. She is also Program Manager with Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance, co-choreographer for the ​Alice Can Dance project (Alice Springs) and performing in ​The Perception Experiment (Dance Massive, Darwin Festival and 2020 national regional tour) with Guts Dance.   

Liesel Zink

Liesel Zink is an award-winning Queensland based choreographer interested in the body in shifting environmental and political landscapes. Seeking to engage new and diverse audiences in meaningful arts experiences she creates large-scale dance and sound work in public space and uses her process as an opportunity for artistic, cultural and intergenerational exchange.

In 2019, Liesel choreographed a new site-specific work We and the Uncertain in Ukraine at Mystetski Arsenal and undertook a La Boite /MDH residency for development of a new public space dance/science project Awesome: a state of wonder and fear. In 2018 Liesel premiered new dance and science collaboration Inter at Flowstate, and joined Force Majeure as a lead artist in development of their site-specific work FLOCK, commissioned for the Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival. She’s also been commissioned to create works for Australian dance companies including Tasdance, EDC and LINK Dance Company.            

Anna Whitaker

Anna Whitaker is a Brisbane based sound designer, composer and audio engineer with a palate for experimental, acousmatic works and surround sound composition. She graduated from Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Technology, and since has designed and composed for productions including Festival 2018, Bleach* Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, tasdance, Brisbane Festival, MELT Festival, and The Farm. Her vast background in classical music and technology-based sound art result in musical concoctions from the traditional and contemporary worlds. Anna’s unique voice is also evident in her installation works which have exhibited at Bleach* Festival, HOTA, Flowstate and MetroArts. She has an extensive knowledge of sound and audio, working as an audio engineer at Queensland Performing Arts Centre since 2016 and landing roles as Local Keyboard Programmer for Beautiful: The Carol King Musical and Book of Mormon.    

Daniele Constance

Daniele Constance is a participatory artist, art therapist and producer, with a strong focus on socially engaged art making practices. She creates artistic works that draw from direct experience and storytelling, using verbatim, documentary, contemporary and embodied performance practices.

Daniele is Director of ​Aha Ensemble,​ a contemporary performance collective dedicated to creating engaging, inclusive and curious performance works; while providing professional development opportunities for artists with disability in South East Queensland. In 2019, the collective premiered a new dance theatre work ‘Explain Normal’ in collaboration with Phluxus2 Dance Collective; presented with ​Metro Arts,​ with support and funding from Brisbane City Council, City of Gold Coast and Arts Queensland.

Kate Usher

Kate Usher is a Brisbane-based Producer and Arts Manager and is currently the Festival Director for Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance. Kate graduated from QUT in 2008 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance), a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration in 2009 and a Masters in Creative Production and Arts Management in 2011.

Kate’s previous engagements have included Ausdance Queensland as Executive Director, Research and Project Officer at Positive Solutions, Associate Producer at Metro Arts working across all art forms in contemporary performance, Producer at World Science Festival Brisbane, and her formative years were spent with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in the Arts Programming team. During her time with QPAC Kate worked on numerous projects such as: in-theatre performance, commercial projects, large scale events and bespoke festivals. As a freelance producer, Kate has worked for Woodford Folk Festival, La Boite Theatre Company, Brisbane City Council and Artslink.  Kate is a keen advocate for Independent Dance and was a member of the Ausdance Queensland management committee 2010 – 2016.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project was supported through an Ausdance QLD and Australiasian Dance Collective Four Walls Residency.

COLD GHOST

COLD GHOST

BY SANDRO COLARELLI

How did it come to this…Dad, standing in a police station on the border of NSW and QLD, reporting his 89 year old brother as a missing person?

When he’d left his home in the mountains of Chieti, Abbruzzo all those years ago he never imagined that the devastation his village suffered during WW11 would follow him all the way to a glittering new life on the glorious Cold Ghost.  Strange after all, that the “paradise” he found could turn into l’inferno before you could blink your eyes three times…

Cold Ghost is an expedition through time, where familial tapestries reveal patterns upon patterns. Can the tightly-woven fabric of our blood-land connections be unstiched to free us from the ransom of our own identities?

KEY CREATIVES

Sandro Colarelli – Creator 

DATES

October 2020

LOCATION

Metro Arts @ West Village

THE ARTISTS

Sandro Colarelli

Sandro is an award winning Australian actor, singer and contemporary performance maker. He has received a Matilda Award for his roles in The Odyssey for Zen Zen Zo/QPAC and The Venetian Twins for Queensland Theatre Company for which he also received a Helpmann Award Nomination. 

Sandro has been a performer and co-creator of a number of works including The Lady of the House of Love (Brisbane Festival/Queensland Music Festival & Metro Arts), Tom Waits for No Man, Vive Jacques Brel, A-Z of Cabaret (Brisbane Cabaret Festival/ Queensland Arts Council/ ArTour/ NORPA) and Xcess Baggage (Belvoir St/La Boite).

Other Opera, Musical Theatre and Cabaret performances include: Twelfth Night, The Venetian Twins (Queensland Theatre Company), Sound of a Finished Kiss (Now Look Here/Electric Moon), Red Cap (La Boite/Queensland Music Festival), DragQueensLand (Queensland Music Festival), The Adventures of Figaro (Opera Queensland), Cabaret (ZenZen Zo/QPAC), Boadecia – the Rock Opera (Queensland Folk Federation), Floodland (Electric Moon), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (Electric Moon/Melbourne Cabaret Festival/Queensland Cabaret Festival/MELT Festival – Brisbane Powerhouse), Transformer (Queensland Cabaret Festival – QPAC/Wonderland – Brisbane Powerhouse), The Warm Room, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Electric Moon/Brisbane Powerhouse), Blacklight Series (Electric Moon),The Seven Seas (The Good Ship/Brisbane Powerhouse) and 1975 (Canto Coro).

Other Theatre performance include: Hotelling (Bleach Festival*), The Alchemist (Bell Shakespeare Company/Queensland Theatre Company), Seeding Bed, A Christmas Carol, The Venetian Twins, Shopping And F***ing, Summer Rain, Oz Shorts, MODD 2000 – The Dream (Queensland Theatre Company), Eight, Shoot-Get Treasure-Repeat (Queensland Theatre Company – Seeding Bed), Dr Akar’s Women (Griffin), The Narcissist (Sydney Theatre Company/La Boite/Merrigong Theatre Company); Emma Celebrazione!, Milk And Honey, Freedom Ride, Scattered Lives (La Boite), A Beautiful Life (Matrix/La Boite/Brisbane Festival/ Performing Lines National Tour), The Odyssey (ZenZenZo/QPAC), Vikram and the Vampire (ZenZenZo), 1347 and King and the Corpse (Matrix/Brisbane Festival), My Love Has a Black Speed Stripe (Fractal), Till Death Do Us Part (Brisbane Festival/Brides of Frank), Cribbie, Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar (4MBS), Mercy Thieves (Jo&Co/Dennehy Productions), Scattered Lives (TheCoalface) as well as many other independent productions. He has also been part of the performance ensembles for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards and The Works (Queensland Theatre Company) and the National Play Festival (Playwrighting Australia).

Sandro’s film and television credits include: Space Chicken in Space, The End, Family Law, Hoges, Secrets and Lies, DevsDating, The Keys, Welcome to the Lucky Country, The Strip, Mortified, Black Fury, Gettin’ Squared, Cybergirl, Inspector Gadget II, Hobson’s Choice, Solutions at Hand, Big Date, Superb Satans, Gino and Time Trax.

Sandro’s directing credits include As You Like It (4mbs Classics Festival), Mind Games (Edinburgh Fringe/Metro Arts/Butterfly Club), The Kid, X-Stacey and Visions (QUT) and Postcards (USQ).

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS 2019

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS 2019

Metro Arts’ Creative Development program allows artists to experiment with new ideas, new forms, new collaborations and new ways of working. Artists receive studio or theatre space, artist fees, creative and producing mentorship, and the freedom to focus on process rather than outcome; to follow their curiosity wherever it leads.

In 2019, Metro Arts supported the following projects. 

SSHIFTT

Shapeshifting has been happening since the beginning of time. Since the dreamtime. Is it just stories from the past that have no place today? If you are shapeshifting, how do know what your “real” identity is and where would you go?

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IN THE DARK

Come. Take night-time hours as your own. 
Uncover stories about women and the spaces we inhabit. Explore the projections, imaginings and fantasies by which we are limited and defined.

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THE UNTOUCHED REMAINS

Inspired by a sequence of murders committed in Sydney between the 70’s and 90’s THE UNTOUCHED REMAINS investigates Australia’s hidden history of gay hate crimes.

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HURRICANE

We are living in the end times. Catastrophic capitalism and climate change collide. The ground will shake.

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Boyle and Waters in LEOTARD

Boyle and Waters in LEOTARD

BY Bridget Boyle and Neridah Waters

A timely exploration of the performance of woman via lashings of lycra.
 
Brisbane’s funniest women, Bridget Boyle (DeBase, Warmwaters,The Gooney Girls) and Neridah Waters (Lala Parlour, The Brides of Frank, The Escapists) team up to bring you an evening of sketches, scenes and songs celebrating the performative magic of the humble Leotard. 

KEY CREATIVES

Bridget Boyle
Neridah Waters

DATES

December 2019

THE ARTIST

Bridget Boyle

Bridget Boyle is a performer, director, teacher and clown. She is a cofounder of debase productions, whose original comic works, such as Lily Can’t Sleep, Chasing the Lollyman and Hurry up and Wait, have toured Australia and internationally. With David Megarrity, she performs in Warmwaters, a musical comedy duo that premiered at the Brisbane Cabaret Festival in 2015. For Queensland Theatre she has appeared in The Works: Taking Aim, The Estimator, Lily Can’t Sleep, Europe, The Venetian Twins, Scapin and Backseat Drivers. For someone productions at La Boite, she performed in He Died with a Felafel in his Hand. In 2005 she was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Neridah Waters

Neridah Waters is a choreographer, theatre maker and performer. She trained as an actor at UWS at Napean then in Japan with Tadashi Suzuki and Frank Theatre. She has toured extensively to Belgium, The Netherlands, Canada, England and the USA with her projects Tarnished, The Common People Dance Project and boy girl wall. Neridah is a founding member of Lala Parlour, The Escapists and Brides of Frank and has performed and choreographed shows with Queensland Theatre, La Boite, NORPA, debase as well as Boomtown, Under this Sky and The Power Within for Queensland Music Festival.

SSHIFTT

SSHIFTT

BY KARUL PROJECTS

The ancient art of shapeshifting.

 

Human to Eagle. Eagle to Dolphin. Dolphin to Human. Human to Goanna. Goanna to Headland.

 

Shapeshifting has been happening since the beginning. Since the Dreamtime. Is it a story from past mythologies that have no place in today’s society?

 

Karul Projects weave their movement magic exploring this ancient practice and what it reveals about our identity. Can remembering the past help us better understand the present?

KEY CREATIVES

Thomas E.S. Kelly – Choreographer/Composer/Performer
Taree Sansbury – Performer/Collaborator
Caleena Sansbury – Performer/Collaborator

Acknowledgements:
This project is suported by PACT Theatre.

Hero image by Carla Zimbler.

DATES

13 May – 24 May 2019

THE ARTIST

Thomas E.S. Kelly

 

Thomas is a proud Bundjalung Yugambeh, Wiradjuri, Ni-Vanuatu man.

 

Thomas graduated in 2012 from NAISDA Dance College and has since worked with the likes of Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company, Branch Nebula, ERTH, Chunky Move, Outer Urban Projects and Urban Theatre Projects. Thomas is currently a member of the Tasdance Makers Company.

 

His choreographic credits include his Green Room Award winning work [Mis]Conceive, Vessel for Outer Urban Projects and Shifting > Shapes.

 

Thomas creates work that explores high intensity physical works stemming from a cultural practice fused with contemporary, which incorporates voice and physical percussion. Thomas creates work to reveal subject matter that offers an opportunity to learn and develop; work that ebbs and flows whilst mimicking nature. Remembering the past to better understand the present so we can move forward into the future.

 

In 2017, Thomas created Karul Projects. A new company led by new indigenous voices telling new stories. Karul Projects is resident company at PACT.

 

For more information about Thomas and the projects he is working on and go to www.thomaseskelly.com or www.karulprojects.com

IN THE DARK

IN THE DARK

by Leah Shelton and Mandy Beaumont

Come. Take night-time hours as your own.

Uncover stories about women and the spaces we inhabit. Explore the projections, imaginings and fantasies by which we are limited and defined.  

IN THE DARK is a series of live performance installations presented in public spaces, created by performance maker Leah Shelton in collaboration with writer Mandy Beaumont and digital artist Alinta Krauth.

Beaumont’s complex, brutal text collides with Shelton’s stylised choreography to explore the female experience in public spaces after nightfall. IN THE DARK will agitate around the issues of female agency and voice, around holding space, around the imaginings of others as to where we belong.

Key Creatives:

 

Leah Shelton – Creator / Director
Mandy Beaumont – Writer
Saffron Benner – Dramaturg
Alinta Krauth – Digital Visual Artist

Hero image by Raw Bones Photography.

Dates:

18 March – 30 March 2019

Artist Details

Leah Shelton

Leah Shelton is an Australian performance artist whose work sits in the sweet spot between alt-cabaret, physical theatre and live art. She is also Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, one of the most prominent contemporary Pacific theatre companies in Australia. Originally dance-trained, Leah has a diverse performance background which has seen her tour to the US, Canada, Europe, UK, Japan and South Pacific. As a solo artist, she creates stylized, guttural, unashamedly feminist work soaked in cult references and dark humour. She spent over a decade working in the intense Suzuki Actor Training Method in Brisbane and Japan, and has graced the cabaret stages of La Clique (Edinburgh, Brighton) and Vegas Nocturne (Las Vegas). She is currently touring her award-winning solo work, Terror Australis, which received the Adelaide Fringe Innovation Award, Matilda Award for Best Set Design, and Green Room Nomination for Best Contemporary and Experimental Performer.

https://www.leahshelton.live/inthedark

Mandy Beaumont

Mandy’s writing has been called powerful, brutal, magnificent and complex. Her writing has won the MOTH International Short Story Award, and been a finalist in the Victorian University Short Story Award, the Overland Fair Australia Prize (twice), the Newcastle Short Story Award, the Rachel Funari Award, the ACU Poetry Prize, and the SmokeLong Quarterly Award. Mandy was also the Poet in Residence at the State Library of Queensland and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Writing Fellow. She has been published in Griffith Review, Cordite, Black Inc. Best Poems, The MOTH and The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Journal, and in 2017 was co-editor of The Idea of Women edition of Overland. Mandy has also undertaken large-scale text work for Brisbane Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, the State Library of Queensland and the Brisbane Writers Festival.  She teaches creative writing at Griffith University and is currently shortlisted for the Richell Award.

mandybeaumont.com

THE UNTOUCHED REMAINS

THE UNTOUCHED REMAINS

by Shane Anthony & Chopt Logic Productions

In June 2018, the NSW Police Force released the findings of Strike Force Parrabell, a three-year investigation into 88 deaths between 1976 and 2000, each listed as potentially involving motivations of gay-hate bias centered on murders that took place in Sydney. The review found that twenty-seven gay men were likely to have lost their lives to homophobic killers during a violent period of Australia’s history.

 

The Untouched Remains is a physical and verbatim theatre work investigating how inherent biases played a role in both the minimal media coverage of these stories and in the public and police response to violent crimes against gay people.

Key Creatives:

Shane Anthony – Director
Charlie Davis – Set and Costume Designer
Basil Hogios – Composer
Julia Billington – Research and Development

Hero image by Ryan Jones.

 

DATES

8 – 13 February 2019

Artist Details

Shane Anthony

Shane works as a theatre director, producer and acting coach in Australia and overseas. Recent directing credits include The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter for Redline Productions at The Old Fitz Theatre (nominated for eight Sydney Theatre Awards in 2016), Lighten Up by Nicholas Brown and Sam McCool for Griffin Theatre Company, Songs for the Fallen by Sheridan Harbridge and Basil Hogios for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (winner of Best Musical and Most Outstanding Actress), Sydney Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, Brisbane International Arts Festival and Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Altar Boyz by Kevin Del Aguila, Calendar Girls by Tim Firth and Avenue Q by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx for Fortune Theatre (New Zealand), Often I Find That I Am Naked by Fiona Sprott for Darlinghurst Theatre Company (and Australian national tour with Critical Stages), My Name is Rachel Corrie for La Boîte Theatre Indie, Motortown by Simon Stephens for 23rd Productions (nominated Best Show, Matilda Awards, Brisbane).

www.choptlogic.com.au

HURRICANE

HURRICANE

BY EMMA HALL AND VIDYA RAJAN

“At some time in the future, and by future I mean time not yet past, the lights will gradually fade. The ground will shake. There will be a howling. Some time in the darkness. We can’t say how long. You may feel some discomfort… You may hear screams. It will be over very quickly. It’s a leap. You are all about to take this leap, together.”

Vidya is influenced by Hindu philosophy, which tells us that all life is suffering, the human story is the story of ego, and we are living in the end times. Emma grew up reading John Stuart Mill, and believing that if we only saved our pennies and paid our taxes, the future would be bright.

Inspired by American playwright Will Eno, the pop star M.I.A.,and the swirling mess that is anthropomorphic capitalism in a climate change era, Hurricane is a bizarre de-construction / re-destruction of the night a natural disaster came to town.

KEY CREATIVES

 

Emma Hall – Writer and Director
Vidya Rajan – Writer and Performer

Image courtesy of the artists.

DATES

1 July – 14 July 2019

THE ARTISTS

Emma Hall

 

Emma is an actor, writer and theatre-maker from Adelaide, now based in Melbourne. She trained as a professional actor at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art. Emma has written, performed and toured two award-winning solo theatre works, We May Have to Choose (2015) and Ode to Man (2017), both directed by Prue Clark. We May Have to Choose was nominated for eight theatre awards and won five, including the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award and Best Theatre award at Auckland Fringe. Ode to Man most recently appeared at 2018 Brisbane Festival. Her third solo work, World Problems, has been developed with artists living in both Amsterdam and Melbourne, and will appear at Melbourne’s FortyFive Downstairs in March 2019.

 

www.emmamaryhall.com

Vidya Rajan

Vidya is an emerging writer, comic, and performance-maker from Perth, now based in Melbourne. She has trained and performed extensively in improvisation and sketch in Australia and the United States. Recent works include: Sleepover Gurlz (Melbourne Fringe); The Fallout (Lonely Company); Genesis (Red Stitch); Last Night (WAYTCO), DeAr BeLoVed, A completely unified theory of you+me (TiNA); Aaaaunty (ASIATOPA); The Shubaratnams (VCA); Asian Ghost-ery Store (Griffin Batch Theatre Fest 2018, Melbourne Fringe Award 2015), and Friendquest (Best Theatre Nominee, Fringeworld 2015). Vidya has a Masters in Writing for Performance (VCA). Outside of the arts, she has worked primarily in community law and welfare advocacy. Vidya has recently been awarded a 2019 Malthouse/Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) Living Now writing residency.

www.facebook.com/vidyasairajan