BY Bridget Boyle and Neridah Waters
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?
Thomas E.S. Kelly – Choreographer/Composer/Performer
Taree Sansbury – Performer/Collaborator
Caleena Sansbury – Performer/Collaborator
This project is suported by PACT Theatre.
Hero image by Carla Zimbler.
13 May – 24 May 2019
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.
Leah Shelton – Creator / Director
Mandy Beaumont – Writer
Saffron Benner – Dramaturg
Alinta Krauth – Digital Visual Artist
Hero image by Raw Bones Photography.
18 March – 30 March 2019
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.
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.
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.
Shane Anthony – Director
Charlie Davis – Set and Costume Designer
Basil Hogios – Composer
Julia Billington – Research and Development
Hero image by Ryan Jones.
8 – 13 February 2019
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).
“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.
Emma Hall – Writer and Director
Vidya Rajan – Writer and Performer
Image courtesy of the artists.
1 July – 14 July 2019