THERE’S NO PLACE I’D RATHER BE

THERE’S NO PLACE I’D RATHER BE

BY JAMIE LEWIS
PRESENTED BY METRO ARTS

There’s No place I’d Rather Be is a power ballad love song tribute to Metro Arts, Brisbane, and all our many places we call home. Re-imagining a work in progress made in the good old Metro Arts lift in 2011 – There’s No Place I’d Rather Be once again takes inspiration from the 1983 Channel 7 hit song Love You Brisbane, as sung by Kim Durant, and the classic Singapore National Day Theme song Home, as sung by Kit Chan.

Part karaoke booth, part quiet penning of thoughts in a postcard to our future, There’s No Place I’d Rather Be invites audiences to reconsider their memories and renew their aspirations for the places we belong to / where we are only guests.

KEY CREATIVES

Jamie Lewis

DATES

1 & 4 February 2020, 6 – 10pm

WHERE

Elevator
Metro Arts

THE ARTIST

JAMIE LEWIS

Jamie is an artist, facilitator and dramaturg. She creates and curates participatory experiences, facilitating meditations on culture, place, and time, through autobiographical stories, conversation and food. Together with long-term collaborator Dan Koop, Jamie also creates and curates site-responsive multi-artform experiences; they curiously explore place, love unique experiences and seek new vantage points. Performances often take place in unusual spaces you wouldn’t expect to find art and with people who don’t always consider themselves artists.

Committed to diversifying practice, Jamie seeks alternative models of working, and a re-imagining of leadership, governance, and structures. She has experience in Audience Development, and consults on branding, marketing, and communications across arts organisations and small businesses. She is currently Communications Manager at Theatre Network Australia, on the Board of Multicultural Arts Victoria, and was in the 2018 cohort of Australia Council for the Arts’ Future Leaders program.

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID

BY THE GOOD ROOM
A METRO ARTS COMMISSION

Tell us about a woman who changed your life. 
Tell us about a woman who nobody knows but you.
Tell us about a woman who disappoints you.

Tell us about a woman who had a thing or two to say.

This is a show about broads. Old. Young. Primed. Passed. All sorts of broads from all sorts of places. But mostly, from you.

That’s What She Said is based on the general public’s responses to 100 provocations about women: remarkable women, dangerous women, kind women.Women who make you angry and women who’ve left their mark. Women you have a story about: a true story, an unbelievable story. A story that we should all hear, that deserves witness, that the world should remember. 

As part of a sparkling send-off to the Sue Benner Theatre, The Good Room presents a night of tough-talking broads (a coven of sorts) who will pay homage to your shared observations, memories and experiences; conjuring up a modern spectrum of multi-taskers, matriarchs and mentors; bosses, divas and dames. 

This is a show about lineage, about wisdom lost and won, performed in a theatre that has come to represent both.

 

View the digital program HERE

KEY CREATIVES

Creators:
Amy Ingram
Daniel Evans
Leah Shelton
Chloe Greaves
Saffron Benner

Performers: 
Margi Brown Ash
Andrea Moor
Ngoc Phan
Emily Tomlins
Naomi Price
Leah Shelton
Stella Charrington
Keira Pierce

DATES

7:30pm, 11 – 15 February 2020

WHERE

Sue Benner Theater
Metro Arts

PRICE

General Admission $32 + booking fee
Concession $25 + booking fee

THE ARTIST

THE GOOD ROOM

The Good Room is a Queensland-based performance collective who use the anonymous experiences of ordinary people to create extraordinary theatre works.

We ask you – and people just like you – to anonymously share with us fragments and memories, confessions and admissions from your lives, as part of a process that blurs the line between ‘audience’ and ‘maker’ to play with the idea of theatrical collective authorship.

Ours is an investigation of empathy, connectedness, stakes and sacrifice. This expresses itself in an aesthetic world that is both dark and light matter; a dichotomy of spectacle and depth. Mirrorballs, rose petals, panda suits and party dresses stud our theatrical universe but totems of party, play and celebration are often subverted; this is richly affirmative, highly contemporary, and widely accessible theatre – underpinned by rigour, ethics, and deep consideration.

Our critically and popularly acclaimed We Want To Know Triptych (I Should Have Drunk More Champagne, I Want To Know What Love Is, and I Just Came To Say Goodbye) has had sold out seasons with Brisbane Festival, Queensland Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, and across Australia, as part of a national tour facilitated by Critical Stages. The critically acclaimed work I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You is currently slated to tour throughout 2020/21.

The Good Room is comprised of an ensemble of diverse makers with practices that span film through visual art. We are Lauren Clelland, Daniel Evans, Tara Hobbs, Amy Ingram and Kieran Swann.

SUE BENNER SPEECHES

SUE BENNER SPEECHES

CURATED BY SUE BENNER

Disruption. Friend or Foe? 

 
Join Metro Arts former CEO Sue Benner in the Sue Benner Theatre for a morning of performances and inspiring speeches as we question disruption; managing it, having fun with it and falling over it. Guest speakers include Cathy Hunt, Fraser Corfield and more!
 
Performances include: 
Goories in the House by Lafe Charlton & Roxanne McDonald
Roxanne & Lafe will present a performance of poetry and extracts from plays by Indigenous writers. Through performance they will present perspectives on Australian society and First Nations’ people. Roxanne and Lafe have collaborated to present this short contribution to show their respect for the role Metro Arts has played for over 40 years in the Brisbane Artistic landscape. 
 
Future Ancestors by Naavikaran  (Voices of Colour), Ethan Enoch-Barlow (Digi Youth Arts), and Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi (Conscious Mic)
Future Ancestors follows the journey of three spoken word artists (Ethan Enoch-Barlow, Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi, Naavikaran) traversing the intricacies and various intersectional issues within Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pasifika and Indian communities- forging a future of solidarity for all Indigenous people.

KEY CREATIVES

Sue Benner – Curator
Guest speakers include Cathy Hunt, Fraser Corfield and Dr Emma Lindsay!

DATES

11am – 12:30pm, 9 February 2020

WHERE

Sue Benner Theatre
Metro Arts

PRICE

General Admission $10 + booking fee

THE CURATOR

Sue Benner

Sue Benner has been involved in professional and community theatre since 1958. Although she has veered onto other tracks such as dentistry, nursing, fast food and teaching, the magic, and the struggle, of the arts always lured her back.

Her 60-year journey has included:

  • developing Community and Youth Theatre on the Sunshine Coast,
  • a Masters Degree at QUT
  • administration of the National Association for Drama Education,
  • professionalisation of Playlab Inc. and Playlab Press
  • finally docking in the warm embrace of that much beloved vessel, Metro Arts

On retiring from Metro Ars and moving to Tasmania Sue has focused on writing and directing, including:

  • a portfolio of site-specific interpretive scripts for the Port Arthur Historical Authority
  • a tryptic of short plays for mature-aged performers
  • Chairing the Tasmanian Theatre Company and directing two seasons of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in a heritage site

2020 sees her back in Queensland and looking forward to a new decade – hopefully as creative and exciting as the last six have been.

 

THE SPEAKERS & PERFORMERS

Fraser Corfield

Fraser is a director, dramaturge and the Artistic Director of Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), the national youth
theatre company. He has over twenty years experience in the development and presentation of theatre with and for young
people and has worked in collaboration with leading companies, festivals and venues across Australia and internationally.
Fraser has been the Artistic Director of Backbone Youth Arts (Qld), Riverland Youth Theatre (SA) and the Associate Director
of La Boite Theatre (Qld).

He has spent much of his career involved in commissioning and developing new work. Scripts and productions he has
initiated have won most of Australia’s performing arts awards including Helpmann, AWGIE, Sydney Theatre and Sidney Myer
Awards amongst others. Fraser has directed over 50 productions that have performed across Australia as well as the UK,
Japan, Canada, South Africa and the USA.

Emma Lindsay

Emma Lindsay’s paintings explore personal encounters with Earth’s disappearing species and environments, researched through direct fieldwork and archive data sourced in the fields of art, science, and history.

Lindsay’s twenty-nine Extinction Flock PhD paintings were exhibited at the 2016 World Science Festival Brisbane, acquired by the University of Queensland Art Collection. Winner of the 2016 Moreton Bay Art Awards, Lindsay’s recent Brisbane solo show Life On Earth (Metro Arts) was supported by The Dean Collection St(Art)Up Grant. Lindsay’s paintings are held in public and private collections nationally and overseas.

Cathy Hunt

Cathy is a cultural strategist, and as co-founder and director of consultancy company Positive Solutions has worked across Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and in the UK. She is also the Executive Director of cultural enterprise Of One Mind, producers of the WOW (Women of the World) Festivals in Australia in partnership with the global WOW Foundation. Cathy is also an advisory board member of the Foundation. WOW allows women and girls, boys and men to imagine a gender equal world through a cultural program of both celebration and interrogation of contemporary life. Following the success of WOW as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Cathy will lead a team to develop and deliver WOW Australia in Brisbane from 2020-2022.

Cathy is a Board member of Screen Queensland; on the Advisory Board of the Yunus Centre for Social Business at Griffith University and also Executive in Residence in the University Business School.

Ethan Enoch-Barlow

Ethan Enoch-Barlow is a Quandamooka performer from Logan with a passion for theatre, poetry and, music. He has performed at various poetry and open mic events with groups such as; Digi Youth Arts and Voices of Colour. Ethan is also a member of the hip hop trio barefoot boyz. Ethan is a part of the Mama’s boys collective under Claire Christian and will be featured in the upcoming 2020 world premiere of “Brother’s Book Club” at La Boite Theatre. 

Naavikaran

Naavikaran is a transgender non-binary youth worker, LGBTIQ+ artivist and a body-movement facilitator from India, based in Brisbane. Their areas of work include addressing systemic oppression against marginalized communities, especially those who are homeless and curating inclusive spaces for people to explore self-expression. Naavikaran has been recently named as one of 30 Under 30 LGBTIQ+ Leaders in Australia by Out For Australia in recognition of their work and contribution to the community.

Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi

Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi is pretty hilarious and laughs too much, so much that her Black/Indigenous and Pasifika ancestors are probably tired of her. Lucky she alternates burdening the two sides of her ancestry, who are from Mer (Murray) Island, from the Zagareb and Dauareb tribes, and Fahefa, Tonga. Meleika is also a literature and film critic, or something along those lines. She loves talking about all things nerdy, as well as decolonising spaces online and in real life. She is a storyteller that takes many forms; from a rapper, artist and the most prominent, a poet. She is also the recipient of the prestigious fellowship The Next Chapter, run by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and will be finishing her manuscript along the way. If she’s upset any of her ancestors whilst making this bio, she’s sorry.

AIRspace

AIRspace

PRESENTED BY METRO ARTS

Ten local Artist-Run-Initiatives (ARIs) are taking up residence in our level 3 studios!

Step into level 3 for a snapshot of Brisbane’s local ARIs, a chance to explore the studios, and space to come together for talks, discussions, performance and more! Metro Arts has been home to many ARIs over the years, with Boxcopy being the first in 2009. AIRspace will feature over 20 artists across ten ARIs!  

ARIs will include: 
Boxcopy, dumb dumb, Kuiper Projects, Outer Space, Post-Datum, The Soylent Spot, STABLE, The Walls, Wreckers Artspace, XYZ ARI

EVENTS

Within These Walls
Saturday 8 February, 2pm
AIRspace, Level 3
FREE – all welcome. 

Join us for a panel discussion with Rachael Haynes, Jeanelle Hurst and Amy-Clare McCarthy, facilitated by Simone Hine, as part of AIRspace: Metro Arts, With Love

The festival Metro Arts, With Love, celebrates 40 years of Metro Arts as a site of independent creative activity, at the same time that Metro Arts is leaving its iconic 109 Edward Street location. For four decades Metro has been central to the art ecology of Brisbane, supporting artists and facilitating projects. As part of the public program AIRspace, Kuiper Projects is hosting a panel discussion that looks back at projects, exhibitions and events that have taken place within the walls of 109 Edward Street. The panel will be an opportunity to share documentation of projects and stories about the visual arts community at Metro Arts.

The panel will bring together perspectives from across the 40 years of Metro Arts at 109 Edward Street, to piece together a history based on personal memory and exchange. Metro Arts was the base for many of Jeanelle Hurst’s curatorial projects and ARIs, including Outdoor Art Drive-In (1986) and Interface Project 88 (1988). Rachael Haynes has had countless exhibitions at Metro Arts since the 1990s and was also a founding co-director of Studio 11 (2003) and delivered projects for Level ARI and Boxcopy at Metro. Curator Amy-Clare McCarthy was the exhibition program curator at Metro Arts from 2013 until 2017.

CREATIVES

Holly Anderson (Outer Space), Samantha Axiak (Wreckers), Ali Bezer (Outer Space), Isabella Catenaro (Post Datum), Aaron Chapman (The Walls Art Space), Christopher Cipollone (Soylent Spot), Sam Cranstoun (Outer Space), Phoebe Creagh (Post Datum), Default Collective (Kuiper), Charlie Donaldson (Stable), Garreth Donnelly (Soylent Spot), Darcy Gilmore (Post Datum), Fred Gooch (Dumb Dumb), Jeanelle Hurst (Soylent Spot), Savannah Jarvis (Outer Space), Katayoun Javan (XYZ ARI), Tiana Jefferies (Soylent Spot), Jay Jermyn (The Walls Art Space), Kate McKay (Outer Space), Lucy Nguyen-Hunt (Post Datum), Jody Rallah (XYZ ARI), Rae Sahelie (The Walls Art Space), Erika Scott (Soylent Spot), Jacob Squire (Post Datum), Gabrielle Stanley (The Walls Art Space), Nicholas Tossman (Post Datum), Sally Wright (The Walls Art Space). 

DATES

1 – 15 February 2020

OPEN TIMES

1 February, 6 – 10pm
9 February, 10am – 4pm
2, 3 & 10 February – Closed
4 – 8 February, 12pm – 10pm
11 – 15 February, 12pm – 10pm

WHERE

Level 3 Studios
Metro Arts

(Please note, Level 3 is currently only accessible via stairs. We are aware of the inconvenience this creates and sincerely apologise.)

ARIs in Residence

THE SOYLENT SPOT

The Soylent Spot is an artist-run initiative based in Brisbane.

Their exhibition in Studio 3.7a, Eviction Party, draws together works in an array of traditional and new media by artists Tiana Jefferies, Jeanelle Hurst, Christopher Cipollone, Erika Scott, and Gareth Donnelly.

POST-DATUM

Post-Datum is a student art collective at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). They aim to provide students with a step into the Brisbane arts scene by regularly holding student-run exhibitions, developing an art zine, and running art related events for members and QUT students.

In Studio 3.11 and 3.12, Post Datum exhibits an eclectic mixture of works by emerging artists Lucy Nguyen-Hunt, Jacob Squire, Darcy Gilmore, Isabella Catenaro, Nicholas Tossman, and Phoebe Creagh.

WRECKERS

Wreckers is an artist-run initiative based in Woolloongabba, Brisbane, which supports experimental and non-commercial art practices.

In the exhibition Bedroom IRL, Samantha Axiak recreates her own bedroom with an accumulation of stuffed toys, wire, chains, handmade bags, pieces of rubbish, found objects and sentimental treasures. Using this disparate collection of materials, Axiak creates a ‘cute hideaway’ from the rest of the world.

BOXCOPY

Boxcopy is one of the longest-running artist-run spaces in Brisbane. They are dedicated to creating a platform for the experimental and innovative practices of Australian artists.

Boxcopy’s exhibition at AIRspace asks whether there are new (or old) ways for supporting artistic practice outside of conventional and institutional models. In their non-transactional project, artists can sign on to receive a portion of the $500 artist fee provided by Metro Arts to Boxcopy for this exhibition.

XYZ ARI

XYZ ARI is a roving artist-run initiative that aims to facilitate connections and accessibility between regional and urban artists. They support emerging, experimental and contemporary spatial practices and strive to bring diverse and underrepresented dialogues to a wider community.

In Studio 3.4 is Katayoun Javan’s video The Man with 1000 Faces, a deeply personal reframing of the 1979 Iranian Revolution through intimate family photographs and home videos. It excavates silenced history and reclaims a personal past obscured by political context.

In Studio 3.3 is Jody Rallah’s What Remains, an installation composed of materials drawn from the landscape including, charcoal, native grasses, sand and clay. The installation of these materials in a colonised space opens a dialogue between the historical synchronicity of fire and restoration of place, to cultural resilience embedded within the landscape of the installation, and signifiers of Indigenous lore associated with regeneration.

KUIPER

Kuiper is a contemporary art platform dedicated to the support of conceptually-based artworks and critical discussion.

The exhibition Projection in studio 3.14 is a new site-specific artwork by Default Collective. An empty Metro Arts studio space, which for decades has been the site of creative labour, is reimagined as a pristine space that is reminiscent of architectural warehouse conversions. Projection addresses the conditions that affect contemporary art organisations, in a neoliberal context where value is reduced to economic exchange, and brings together the past, present and future of the physical studio space.

DUMB DUMB

dumb dumb is an unusual and open-ended exhibition space in Brisbane whose programming promotes art for art’s sake across all disciplines. They aim to provide exhibition opportunities for local artists whose practices don’t follow a traditional, expected career progression.

In Studio 3.2a, a series of two-dimensional works by Fred Gooch are exhibited.

OUTER SPACE

Outer Space is an artist-run initiative based in South Brisbane.

In Studio 3.5, Time and Place features Outer Space studio artists Holly Anderson, Ali Bezer, Sam Cranstoun, Savannah Jarvis, and Kate McKay.

STABLE

STABLE is a contemporary art exhibition space with online platforms and a physical gallery space in Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. It aims to promote the work of emerging and established artists with an emphasis on diversity of media and identity.

In Studio 3.13, Charlie Donaldson’s exhibition Art Crimes: The 1E.001 Archive presents archival research into a hidden room in Metro Arts’ third floor used by the Special Branch of the Queensland Police to spy on artists in the 1980’s. The documents presented uncover the deception and bizarre subterfuge committed by the QPS Special Branch and state government, providing insight into the heady political and social intrigue during the Bjelke-Petersen era of Brisbane through the lens of the Metro Arts building.

THE WALLS ART SPACE

THE WALLS ART SPACE is a not-for-profit artist-run initiative located in Miami, Gold Coast. It supports experimental and innovative work through offering exhibition and studio space, performance events, publications and discussions. The main mission of THE WALLS ART SPACE is to connect people with current and experimental art on the Gold Coast, to provide transformative art experiences, and to enrich the Australian cultural landscape.

Their exhibition in Studio 3.6, The Feel, prompts the viewer to enter the space with the intention on focusing on the feel of it. It provides a subtle invitation to consider sensation, gut feelings, and the multisensory capacity of observation, to orientate oneself and find meaning beyond looking. Works by Aaron Chapman, Jay Jermyn, Sally Wright, Rae Saheli, and Gabrielle Stanley.

LOOP

LOOP

PRESENTED BY METRO ARTS

Across four days, a curated selection of single-channel video works by local and national artists will screen in the Epson Lumen Room. Each day’s short program of works will run on a continuous loop, leaving the space open and inviting visitors to explore both contemporary video works and to reflect on the cinematic memories ingrained in the seats and carpeted walls of the original Dendy Cinema. 

KEY CREATIVES

Libby Harward
Callum McGrath
Parallel Park
Sancintya Mohini Simpson
and More! 

DATES

12pm – 10pm, 11 – 14 February 2020

WHERE

Epson Lumen Room
Metro Arts

Screening Schedule

Tuesday 11th of February: 
Cézanne Unfixed (2018) 
by Joe Hamilton 
Wednesday 12th of February:
Zonwee (2019)
By James Barth and Spencer Harvie
Thursday 13th of February:
Past, Place, Future
By Libby Harward, Callum McGrath, Sancintya Mohini Simpson
Curated by Simone Hine and Kyle Weise
Friday 14th of February:
Parallel Park
A selection of videos from 2015-2019
With an essay by Lisa Bryan-Brown (click here to view)

THE BOMBSHELLS BALL: ONE MORE TIME AT 109

THE BOMBSHELLS BALL: ONE MORE TIME AT 109

BY THE BOMBSHELL BURLESQUE ACADEMY

Join us for an evening of titillation, tassels and tease starring Brisbane’s best bump and grind babes and nifty novices! The Bombshell’s Ball: One More Time At 109 will be the 41st and 42nd student performance of students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy and the final at 109 Edward St.

The graduation performance for term 1 students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy, The Bombshells Ball features both professional performers and debuts by emerging Burlesque babes! Come and cheer on your favourite Bombshells in a show with more glamour, glitter and garters than you can poke a feather at!

KEY CREATIVES

Lila Luxx – Academy Director

Tutors:
Jacqueline Furey, Bettie Butcher, Evie Libertine, Cath Mish-Wills / Shimmer, Cello Bordello, Caitlin of KTB, Lenore Noire, Betty Lovecat, Magnolia Knife, Martini McFly. 

Image by David Gatt. 

DATES

5pm & 8pm, 15 February 2020

WHERE

Epson Lumen Room
Metro Arts

PRICE

General Admission $32 + booking fee
Concession $25 + booking fee
General Admission & Concession tickets available from 13 Dec 2019. 

THE ARTIST

THE BOMBSHELL BURLESQUE ACADEMY

After two stellar years as Academy Director, Lila Luxx unveiled the newly preened and polished The Bombshell Burlesque Academy in 2014.

Established in 2010 by international performer La Viola Vixen as The Bombshell Burlesque and Beauty Academy, burlesque powerhouse Lila Luxx took the reins in May 2012.

After teaching, choreographing and performing in a number of performance disciplines including burlesque, contemporary dance, commercial dance, American style cheerleading, as well as studying Fine Arts in Acting and Arts Management, Lila dreamed of passing on her vast knowledge and experience to a new generation of burlesque bombshells. With a focus on vintage beauty, glamour, technique and presentation, The Bombshell Burlesque Academy is the realisation of this dream.

Classes at The Academy include Classic and Neo Burlesque, Beginner and Intermediate Courses, Vintage Styling and Professional Development. The Academy also offers tailored hens party packages, pinup makeovers and photoshoots, corporate entertainment and private tuition.

The Bombshell Burlesque Academy prides itself on its highly skilled tutors, with every one employed being a professional performer in their own right. Workshops held by visiting professionals are a regular occurrence.

The Academy also has a well known performance troupe – The Bombshells. The Bombshells are comprised of current students and tutors and provides performance opportunities at events in and around Brisbane. They’re known for their high energy performance, choreography and presentation and many have gone on to establish solo burlesque careers. The professional troupe is made up of the Bombshell Academy’s tutors and brings glamour and spice to corporate events.

At the end of each term, the students are invited to perform at The Bombshells Ball, a showcase featuring students, tutors and interstate guests. These events are held in a professional theatre and give the students a chance to strut their stuff and experience the energy of a live performance. These performances always sell out well in advance – our students are popular ladies and gents!

www.bombshellacademy.com.au/

THE TIME OF LIGHT

THE TIME OF LIGHT

BY COURTNEY COOMBS
A METRO ARTS COMMISSION

For The time of light, Brisbane-based artist Courtney Coombs responds to the unique role of light in the Metro Arts galleries. Like many Brisbane-based artists, Courtney Coombs first exhibited at Metro Arts as a student, through Metro Art’ partnership with QUT student collective, Post Datum (formerly known as Datum). Since graduating, they have exhibited in both galleries in a number of solo and group exhibitions. In addition, Courtney has utilized a number of studio spaces, was selected as part of the artist-in-residence program, was a co-director of two Brisbane-based ARIs that were housed at Metro Arts at one time or another, and has presented a number of workshops, artist talks and performance works throughout the building. With tenderness and reflection, this exhibition acts as a loving farewell to the space.

KEY CREATIVES

Courtney Coombs

Image: Field of Vision (afternoon light snapshot) (2019). Digital Image. Courtesy the artist.

DATES

1 – 15 February 2020

OPEN TIMES

1 February, 6 – 10pm
9 February, 10am – 4pm
2, 3 & 10 February – Closed
4 – 8 February, 12pm – 10pm
11 – 15 February, 12pm – 10pm

WHERE

Gallery, Level 2
Metro Arts

(Please note, Level 2 is currently only accessible via stairs. We are aware of the inconvenience this creates and sincerely apologise.)

THE ARTIST

COURTNEY COOMBS

Courtney Coombs makes art, writes, facilitates and collaborates to try to make sense of the world and their place in it. They are fascinated by the potential for, and power of, connection and disconnection. Responding to the cis-heteronormative, patriarchal, and neoliberal structures of both the art world and society more broadly with somewhat ambiguous gestures and propositions, Courtney hopes to disrupt dominant narratives, prompting conversation, reflection, and a celebration of difference.

Courtney was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (practice-based research) from QUT in 2015 and has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include: Field of Vision (2019), IMA Belltower, Brisbane; Sometimes it’s the little things (2019), Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane; Drifting (2018), Casa Lu, Mexico City (2018); Building Bridges, Wreckers Artspace, Brisbane (2018); Looking Out (2016), Metro Arts, Brisbane (2016); and Urban Strolling (2016), Cut Thumb ARI, Brisbane (2016). Their work is held in public and private collections.

THE LAST HURRAH BAR

THE LAST HURRAH BAR

FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCES EACH NIGHT

Join us for one last hurrah!

Grab a drink and swap stories with friends, old and new.

Let nightly guest artists serenade you and break your heart all over again…or have a giggle and a great time.

It’s last call, so raise a glass…to the old broad!

DATES

6pm – 10pm, 5 – 8 & 11 – 15 February 2020

WHERE

Basement
Metro Arts

(Please note, the Basement is currently only accessible via stairs. We are aware of the inconvenience this creates and sincerely apologise.)

TICKETING

The Last Hurrah Bar is open from 6 – 10pm, with a free ticket required from 8:15pm.

LINEUP

Remember Underground
By Company Bad

5 – 8 February

Nine years ago, 지하 Underground opened its doors, transforming the Metro Arts Basement into a tropical themed queer junkbar caught between Brisbane and Seoul.

In Remember Underground old friends Younghee Park, Jeremy Neideck, Nathan Stoneham, and M’ck McKeague reunite to perform songs from the original show in an intimate live music event, and share some of the real-life stories that inspired the original performance.

Unplugged and revealing, Remember Underground will revisit some of the questions that remain unanswered… Can we reconnect after so long? Do we ever fall out of love?

Lucas Stibbard & Friends

11 February

A solo show! 

Music for Chameleons

By Sandro Colarelli

12 February

A swan song for time spent within the walls of Metro Arts.

Warmwaters

By Bridget Boyle & David Megarrity

13 February

Startling folk-flecked tunesmithery!

Dark, Camp Chaos

with Quiche Loraine,
Abbie Bryant and Jennifer Laycock

14 February

A lip-sync lecture by Brisbane’s most prolific Drag Queen.

The Gatling Gun (DJ Set)

15 February

It’s almost closing time. Last call, last chance, last dance.

THE ARTISTS

COMPANY BAD 

Remember Underground

Building on the critical success of projects such as 지하 Underground, The Dokbokki Box, 심청 ⟨Shimchong⟩: Daughter Overboard!, and Nothing To See Here, Company Bad has an interest in trialing new and sustainable approaches to strengthening the cultural and artistic ties between Australia and Korea. Our practice is to experiment with the interweaving of cultures in performance, employing processes and creating products that are multilingual, and that explore the ways that spoken and visual languages interact and communicate with audiences. We hope the impossible ideas of today are the common practices of tomorrow. 

YOUNGHEE PARK

Remember Underground

Younghee is an actor and director who has worked professionally for over 23 years. From the age of 18, she trained in Pansori (Traditional Korean Opera) and Bongsan Mask Dance with National Living Treasures.

Younghee has performed for Motherboard Productions in 지하 Underground for the 2012 Brisbane Festival, 2014 World Theatre Festival and 2014 HiSeoul Festival, and in Deluge: 물의기억 at the 2014 Brisbane Festival, Seoul International Dance Festival, Namsan Arts Center, and Osan Arts Center (Korea). Recently, she directed and co-write an Korean English bilingual children’s Show called The Mystery of the Laboratory B-123 produced by Jongro Cultural Foundation, which won the People’s Choice Award at the   2019 ASSITEJ Winter Festival.

JEREMY NEIDECK

Remember Underground

Jeremy Neideck is a performance maker and academic who has worked between Australia and Korea for over a decade, investigating the interweaving of cultures in performance, and the modelling of new and inclusive social realities. The recipient of scholarships from Aphids, Australia-Korea Foundation, Asialink, and Brisbane City Council, Jeremy has undertaken residencies at The National Art Studio of Korea, The National Changgeuk Company of Korea, and The Necessary Stage (Singapore). Jeremy’s works as a director and performer include 지하 Underground and Deluge: 물의기억 which have enjoyed return seasons in Brisbane and Seoul, with 심청 <Shimchong>: Daughter Overboard! premiering at WTF 2016.

Jeremy holds a PhD from Queensland University of Technology, where he currently teaches across the disciplines of drama, music, and dance. Jeremy also coordinates the first year of QUT’s BFA Acting program where he is also the head of the movement department. Jeremy regularly consults on the architecture and facilitation of collaborative projects and programs of institutional and community transformation.

NATHAN STONEHAM

Remember Underground

Nathan Stoneham is a community and cultural development artist who has been creating contemporary, socially engaged arts processes and performances with communities across Australia and the Asia Pacific region for over ten years.

Career highlights include collaborating with Korean artists to create 지하 Underground, The 떡볶이 Box (The Dokboki Box), and Nothing To See Here. In residence at the LGBT Human Rights Centre in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Nathan created Love Bus – a multisite performance made in collaboration with the local queer community. As an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, Nathan spent a year in Tonga working with a drama troupe promoting sexual health and human rights through performance.

Recipient of the Australia Council for the Art’s Kirk Robson Award and the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship, Nathan’s art practice explores transcultural and queer approaches to making art and friends, bringing people together to imagine new ways of being together.

M’CK MCKEAGUE

Remember Underground

M’ck McKeague is a set and costume designer, performance maker and participatory installation artist making work that often experiments with non-traditional spaces and reimagines the audience-performance relationship. M’ck graduated from QUT’s BFA (Drama) in 2013 and completed the Master of Design for Performance at Victorian College of the Arts in 2018. 

While based in Brisbane, M’ck’s key projects included 지하 Underground, The 떡볶이 Box (The Dokboki Box) and Neverland (well, this is embarrassing). Since relocating to Melbourne, M’ck has collaborated with Embittered Swish, Polyglot Theatre, Elbow Room and All the Queens Men. In 2019, M’ck presented at Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space and visited New York City as a guest artist for the Trans Lab Fellowship supported by Public Theatre and WP Theatre.

Dissatisfied with master narratives and the systems and spaces that uphold them, M’ck seeks out collaborative scenographic practices that embrace difference and disrupt privilege in process, form and content.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Remember Underground includes material from 지하 Underground which was originally developed with the support of Metro Arts and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and through the assistance of Arts Queensland. Remember Underground is supported by QUT Creative Lab. 지하 Underground was created by Jeremy Neideck, Nathan Stoneham, Tak Hoyoung, Park Younghee, Lee Chunnam, Thom Browning, Abe Mitchell, and M’ck McKeague, and was originally produced by Dave Sleswick for Motherboard Productions.

FORBIDDEN ROMANCE: A LOVE CABARET

FORBIDDEN ROMANCE: A LOVE CABARET

COLLATED BY BRISBANE CITY OPERA, 
SONGS BY VARIOUS ARTISTS

Brisbane City Opera presents Forbidden Romance: A love cabaret. Music has been the stage for fated lovers throughout the ages. Now we turn the tables on opera and musicale! With the stunning voices of Irena Lysiuk and Henry Kafoa, music’s greatest genre rivals are entwined in their own romantic comedy Forbidden Romance: A love cabaret! Drama and hilarity will ensue! Join Brisbane City Opera as we explore the turmoils and tantrums of this forbidden love through the all-time favourites of opera and the modern musicals.

KEY CREATIVES

Kathryn O’Halloran – Creative Producer
Kate Joy Stuart – Creative Producer
Joshua White – Creative Producer
Henry Kafoa – Performer
Irena Lysiuk – Performer

DATES

7pm, 5 – 8 February 2020

WHERE

Epson Lumen Room
Metro Arts

PRICE

General Admission $32 + booking fee
Concession $25 + booking fee
General Admission & Concession tickets available from 13 Dec 2019. 

THE ARTIST

BRISBANE CITY OPERA

At Brisbane City Opera we create engaging, unexpected and entertaining opera. We go against the mainstream by presenting beautiful and exciting works in different ways. By realising the importance of intimate performances, we create dynamic new ways for you, our audience, to interact with opera.

We also provide meaningful opportunities for young artists in Brisbane to demonstrate and hone their craft. From singers, to musicians, directors, costume designers, lighting designers we always place the emphasis on promoting young, up and coming talent. If you want to see the future of opera in Queensland, you are likely to see it at one of our shows.

Whether you come along to a part of our ongoing concert series or to a full production, you will be experiencing opera differently.

IRENA LYSIUK

Since graduating the Queensland Conservatorium in 2016 with a Grad. dip. in Music studies and in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music, Irena Lysiuk has worked extensively with company Opera Queensland. Irena played Gretel in OQ and Shake and Stir theatre company’s school touring production Hansel and Gretel (2017-18) and Adina in Fizz! (2016), as well as chorus roles in OQ’s main stage QPAC productions
such as Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore (2017), Don Giovanni (2018) and A Flowering Tree (2019). Turning to musical theatre, Irena played ‘Carmen’ in Sweet Charity at the Brisbane Powerhouse (2019) and Anne Egerman in the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra’s production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (2018). In 2018, Lysiuk debuted the role of the ‘Pussycat’ in Little match productions new opera ‘The Owl & Pussycat’, performed at CommGames Festival and Brisbane Festival 2018 (QPAC). During her time at the university, Irena’s roles included Damigella in L’incoronazione di Poppea (2015), Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (2013), Papagena in Die Zauberflöte- scenes (2012), and Una Novizia in Suor Angelica (2011).

HENRY KAFOA

Hailing from the Tweed Coast, Henry is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, having completed a Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) in 2013. He has since worked extensively across Australia as both a performer and vocal coach, and is currently completing a Masters of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy) at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Stage credits include Yank! (Chekowski – Understudy Productions), Worlds Apart (Edward – Echelon Theatre Co.), 1 in 7 (Andrew – Queensland Theatre) and Miss Saigon (Chris – QCGU).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

MOTHLIGHT

MOTHLIGHT

BY SKYE GELLMANN & NAOMI FRANCIS

Illuminated by a mere light bulb and buried within a labyrinth of strained plastic strands lies the Mothlight world: a constructed space within which physical prowess is tested and the inner psyche investigated.

Audiences are led, one by one, into this place which quickly descends into an intense and electric performance that tests physical extremes and dangerous intimacy. Artists Skye Gellmann and Naomi Francis take us out of our comfort zones to reveal an essence of primal dreams, desires and destructive tendencies, that is beyond circus performance, creating a place that encourages discussion about the body, gender and relationships.

Mothlight’s first season was at Metroarts in 2010. Skye and Naomi are very happy to be back 10 years later!

Awarded “BEST CIRCUS” at 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

KEY CREATIVES

Skye Gellmann – Creator / Performer
Naomi Francis – Creator / Performer

Image by Jake Buchan. 

DATES

8pm, 4 – 8 February 2020

WHERE

Warehouse
Metro Arts

PRICE

General Admission $32 + booking fee
Concession $25 + booking fee
General Admission & Concession tickets available from 13 Dec 2019. 

THE ARTIST

SKYE GELLMANN

Skye Gellmann is an Artist and non-binary person whose work deconstructs spectacle through stage, site specific and visual art. They are known for their unique vision of circus that has achieved numerous accolades including: 2019 Greenroom Award for Circus Performance, 2018 Melbourne Fringe’s Original New Circus, 2015 Greenroom Award for Innovation in Contemporary Circus, 2015 Melbourne Fringe’s Best Experimental Performance, 2011 Adelaide Fringe’s Best Circus, 2010 Sydney Fringe’s Best Physical Theatre, 2008 Melbourne Fringe’s Most Outstanding Production, & 2007 Melbourne Fringe’s Best Circus and others.

Skye graduated the Bachelor Program at NICA and grew up performing with Cirkidz in Adelaide. Currently they work and live in Marrickville Sydney on Gadigal-Wangal land.

NAOMI FRANCIS

Naomi spends a lot of her time teaching and doing research about global health, water, sanitation, hygiene and gender issues in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea. She is driven by wanting to understand inequity, how power is defined and derived by different people and hopefully to help people gain more control over their lives and what happens to them. These themes inform her creative work which uses the tools of circus and live installation with the intent of bringing both performers and the audience back into their bodies: the primary site of power and control.

Together with Skye Gellmann and other performers, Naomi’s work has won the 2015 Greenroom Award for Innovation in Contemporary Circus, 2015 Melbourne Fringe’s Best Experimental Performance and 2011 Adelaide Fringe’s Best Circus.

GIANTS AMONG US

GIANTS AMONG US

BY IMAGINARY THEATRE
PRESENTED BY METRO ARTS

Delivered as part of Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program 2020.

Giants Among Us is a sound and video installation that transforms inaccessible surfaces into urban playgrounds, illuminating public spaces with epic images of our smallest citizens and filling the airwaves with small voices telling of big ideas.

Passers-by become audience as they bear witness to gentle giants sharing an invitation to pause, watch and listen. Towering above passers-by, children peer, play and pace, asking audiences the question; do you notice us now?

Created in collaboration with children through a series of exploratory workshops, Giants Among Us is a reflection on Article 13 of the UN Convention on the rights of the Child, which states that “the child shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds”.

KEY CREATIVES

Thom Browning – Creator

Image by Alison Caeiro.

DATES

1 – 15 February 2020

OPEN TIMES

1 February, 6 – 10pm
9 February, 10am – 4pm
2, 3 & 10 February – Closed
4 – 8 February, 12pm – 10pm
11 – 15 February, 12pm – 10pm

Please note the projection out-the-back will be open from 7pm on the above dates. 

WHERE

Carriageway & Out-the-back
Metro Arts

WARNINGS

Giants Among Us is a Durational, drop-in experience, suitable for all ages.
Audiences will be required to wear headphones. 

THE ARTIST

THOM BROWNING

Thom Browning is an artist and producer based in Brisbane. A specialist in the creation of contemporary arts experiences for and with children, his practice spans theatre, installation, music, creative technology, and arts learning. Thom is the Artistic Director of Imaginary Theatre and an Associate Director at Punchdrunk (UK). 

Imaginary Theatre is a Brisbane company creating inspiring art and arts experiences for children aged 0-12 and their communities. Imaginary engage children and families in contemporary multi-art form experiences that excite imaginations, inspire creative responses, & empower children to collaboratively think, make & do as key contributors to their communities. Over 100,000 people have seen or participated in Imaginary projects since 2006 in Queensland, nationally, & internationally. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Temporary Art Program  is an initiative of Brisbane City Council.

OPENING NIGHT PARTY

OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Join us for the Opening Celebrations of Metro Arts, with love – our love ode to the Old Broad that has supported the making of art for 40 years at 109 Edward St, Brisbane. 

Music, shows, a licensed bar, DJ’s, art and more… 

It is the PARTY to start the beginning of the end.  All welcome.  Free entry.

DATE

6pm, 1 February 2020

WHERE

Out-the-back
Metro Arts

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

EPHEMERA

EPHEMERA

BY BENJAMIN KNAPTON
A METRO ARTS COMMISSION

Light, sound and storytelling: Ephemera is a theatrical, 40-channel video installation celebrating the art, objects and ephemera that have inhabited Metro Arts, as seen through the eyes of the people who made it.

Created by Benjamin Knapton, the installation combines 40 interviews from people integral to Metro Arts over the past 40 years. Using various video editing techniques across a multitude of screens, the work provokes questions about place, community and social context: how can architecture, people and organisations interact to create something worth talking about?

Ephemera is a kaleidoscopic event that will hold the mind, the eyes and the ears in equal enchantment.

FEATURING: 
Vernon Ah Kee, Alex Anderson, Sue Benner, Margi Brown Ash, Natasha Budd, Liz Burcham, Megan Burnett, Shaun Charles, Lafe Charlton, Cameron Clark, Sandro Colarelli, Katy Cotter, Dan Evans, Penny Everingham, Matthew Filkins, Suzon Fuks, Brendan Glanville, Jason Glenwright, Elise Greig, Kinly Grey, Linda Hassall, Simone Hine, Rachael Haynes, Robert Kronk, Ian Lawson, Brian Lucas, Lila Luxx, Amy-Clare McCarthy, Scot McPhie, David Megarrity, Lyndall Milani, Kellie O’Dempsey, Nathan Sibthorpe, Luke Roberts, Jo Thomas, Katrina Torenbeek, Gen Trace, Jenna Ward, Don Watson, Kyle Weise, Melina Wightman, Anna Yen.

KEY CREATIVES

Conceived and Created by Benjamin Knapton

Lawrence English – Sound Design
Nathan Sibthorpe – Associate Artist
Freddy Komp – Production Manager & Systems
VISUL – Video Production

DATES

1 – 15 February 2020

OPEN TIMES

1 February, 6 – 10pm
9 February, 10am – 4pm
2, 3 & 10 February – Closed
4 – 8 February, 12pm – 10pm
11 – 15 February, 12pm – 10pm

WHERE

BAM
Metro Arts, Level 1

(Please note, Level 1 is currently only accessible via stairs. We are aware of the inconvenience this creates and sincerely apologise.)

THE ARTIST

BENJAMIN KNAPTON

Benjamin Knapton is an Australian director who has worked across theatre, contemporary circus and film. He has been the Associate Director of Circa since 2010 and was the Associate Artistic Director from 2014-2016. With Circa Ben has created, directed and co-directed new circus works and large-scale events that have toured extensively to major international festivals and venues.

As an independent director Ben’s works have been seen in India, Hungary, Mexico, UK, New Zealand and Australia. Most recently, Ben’s popular new creation Mallakhamb Mumbai performed for 25,000 people including a sold-out-season at the Royal Opera House Mumbai.

Benjamin has produced and managed a number of international tours and new projects, including projects with London Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, International Dance Festival Birmingham, MA Scene National in France, and the film adaptation of Tim Winton’s The Turning. He holds a BA in Applied Theatre, an MA in directing, and a practice-led PhD in directing. Ben’s Masters won the prestigious Philip Parsons Prize.

LAWRENCE ENGLISH

Lawrence English is an artist, composer and curator based in Australia. Working across an array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work explores the politics of perception and prompts questions of field, perception and memory. English utilises a variety of approaches including visceral live performance and site-specific installation to create work that invites audiences to consider their relationship to listening, place and embodiment. Over the past decade he has worked with sound as a medium for embodied experience and is determined to share his interests in the transformative and sensorial transgressive possibilities of sound. He is a Sidney Myer Creative fellow, was awarded an outstanding doctorial thesis award in conjunction with his PhD in 2017 and has been supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for his latest project in Los Angeles, Seirá.

NATHAN SIBTHORPE

Nathan Sibthorpe is an award-winning contemporary performance-maker and AV Designer based in Brisbane, Australia. Currently, he is the director of Counterpilot – the collective of techno-troublemakers responsible for interactive transmedia performance works like Crunch Time (2018) and Truthmachine (2019). Nathan was previously Queensland Theatre Company’s Geek-In-Residence in 2012-14; the Festival Director of Short+Sweet Queensland from 2013-16; an Australia Council JUMP artist in 2012; and the Creative Director for Markwell Presents Cinematic Theatre Company from 2016-18. Nathan has been nominated for eight Matilda Awards, receiving the award for Best AV Design in 2017 (Blue Bones) and the Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work in 2018 (Crunch Time). In 2011 he received a Green Room Groundling Award and in 2017 he was the recipient of the Dr Don Batchelor Award for Drama Research at QUT. Nathan teaches performance studies at QUT, where he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction, and a Masters Degree in contemporary performance.

FREDDY KOMP

Freddy Komp is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked as AV, Set, and Lighting Designer (nominated for 2 Groundling Awards and 1 Matilda Award), Director, Actor, in video based Visual Arts Installations (including Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe at the Venice Biennale 2019), and in technical theatre and event production. He loves a good challenge that demands a variety of skills as well as creative problem solving like the next Renaissance man.

Freddy has worked with accomplished directors including Garry Stewart, Nasim Khosravi, Margi Brown-Ash, Benjamin Knapton, Andy Packer, Daniel Evans, David Fenton, Michael Futcher, Shaun Charles, Eugene Gilfedder, Genevieve Trace. and Benjamin Schostakowski. His latest theatrical credits include SONGS FOR THOSE WHO’VE COME ACROSS THE SEA (Slingsby Theatre Company ’18), BEGINNING OF NATURE (European tour with Australian Dance Theatre ’18), VIS & RAMIN (Melbourne season, Footscray ’17), HE DREAMED A TRAIN / EVE (double-feature at Brisbane Powerhouse ’17), I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS and A TRIBUTE OF SORTS (Queensland Theatre Company ’14). 

He completed a BA Applied Theatre (Griffith University ’09) gaining the Applied Theatre Medal (best graduating student), as well as three annual awards of excellence.

VISUL

Creative and mindful video production dedicated to supporting conscious and ethical ideas. Social media advertisements, branding videos, marketing visuals, film and documentaries. You name it. Visul are focused on creating stories with heart and purpose.
Derek has been active in the Brisbane creative scene for the past decade as a filmmaker, photographer, and arts lover/consumer. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Film and Television he switched his focus from Cinematography to Producing to create more work for himself and his friends. The creative producer behind Visul, Derek believes behind every brand is a human story, and that film is the perfect medium to explore these stories and share them with the world.

METRO ARTS, WITH LOVE

METRO ARTS, WITH LOVE

Dear you,

It is a momentous time.

A time to celebrate and to remember.

A time to say farewell.

This has been our home for 40 years.  When I walk in the door here, somehow, I always run into you.

Sometimes as I ‘round a corner I’m taken by surprise.  I’m sure I glimpse you out of the corner of my eye and then the memories come.

Some days I just feel you, or the ghost of you.  You are here in the walls and the floors, on the stairs, in the sounds and the air I breathe.  Stains, spills, cracks, broken pieces and gaps.  You are in all of them.

You, what you’ve created and shared, these 40 years, have changed my life. 

So, this is for you.

from
Metro Arts, with love

DATES

1 – 15 February 2020

WHERE

Metro Arts,
109 Edward Street, Brisbane

TICKETS

Click on the shows below to purchase tickets!

NOTE: Tickets for patrons in a wheelchair and Companion Card holders are not available online. Please call Metro Arts on 07 3002 7100 Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm to enquire or make your booking.