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).