LISA WILSON PROJECTS

ABOUT LISA WILSON

Lisa has a twenty-year international career, working as a director, choreographer, producer, performer and educator. Her body of work moves across genres having created for theatre companies, opera, large-scale installation work, poly-media performances, company commissions and full- length independent work. Lisa’s choreographic credits include (amongst others): Wireless and Lake (Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and national touring with Performing Lines), Elbow Room (Brisbane Powerhouse), Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet Company, Expressions Dance Company, Dancenorth, Queensland Theatre Company, Opera Queensland, The Place Theatre ‘Resolution!’ (UK), Rambert Dance Company with the English National Trust (UK), QUT’s Dance and Drama departments, Ausdance Qld’s Belltower ll series and the 2008 World Dance Alliance.

Lisa has also been a leading, professional contemporary dancer and from 1995-2012 collaborated and performed for prominent choreographers and companies throughout Australia and the United Kingdom, appearing in prestigious venues and Arts Festivals worldwide in Japan, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, China, Germany, Mexico, New Caledonia and the U.S.A.

BUNKER by Lisa Wilson and Nathan Sibthorpe

IN DEVELOPMENT

BUNKER is a new intermedial dance theatre work, combining interactive messaging, rich visual design, text, movement, original music and dynamic video projection, to explore the physical threat of virtual alarm. 

On 1st December 2017, Hawaii tested its nuclear threat siren for the first time in 30 years. In the following weeks, 26 drills were conducted to ensure the state was prepared for 
the worst. Then, there was this:

‘BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL’ (8:07am, 13th January, 2018)

After these alert messages were accidently shared across the state, it took 38 minutes for Hawaii officials to fully retract their warnings. It is estimated that a missile from North Korea would reach Hawaii in 12-15 minutes.

We are reminded of our frailty in a world where utter destruction is not only possible, it is threatened offhandedly in a tweet. Where do we find refuge amidst the potential chaos? How do we construct the illusion of safety in a climate of fear? And when do we begin to believe the panic online?

As we slowly learn the physical repercussions of digital fear, this work draws influence from sinister Russian propaganda, false missile alerts, designer bunkers and the fake news epidemic.

KEY CREATIVES

Lisa Wilson – Co-Director/Choreographer
Nathan Sibthorpe – Co-Director/Audio Visual Designer
Guy Webster – Composer
Ben Knapton – Dramaturge
Sarah Winter – Designer
Christine Felmingham – LX Designer/Technical Coordinator
Jeremy Gordon – Production/Stage Coordinator
Zachary Lopez – Collaborative Artist/Performer
Hsin-Ju Ely – Collaborative Artist/Performer
Michelle Barnett – Collaborative Artist/Performer
Jayden Grogan – Collaborative Artist/Performer

COMPLETED DEVELOPMENTS

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts | August 2019
Supported by Arts Queensland and Metro Arts.

Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance | April 2019
Supported by Metro Arts. 

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts | April 2019
Supported by Ausdance with Expressions Dance Company. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Bunker is produced by Metro Arts.

Bunker is supported by Brisbane Festival and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Environment and Science.