January 2017,

 

 

Now showing:

 

The Association of Optimism presents The Ghost Project at Cooper's Malthouse, Tower Theatre as part of AsiaTOPA.

22nd of February to 4th of March, 2017.

 

 

Coming soon:

 

Between 8 & 9 (Chengdu Tea House).  With ChamberMade Opera and Sechuan Conservatory of Music at The Castlemaine State Festival and Melbourne Recital Centre as part of AsiaTOPA. March, 2017.

 

Certia Anak with Polyglot Theatre and Paper Moon Puppet Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne as part of AsiaTOPA.  March, 2018.

 

Blood, Not for the Fainthearted.  Science Gallery Melbourne and Science Gallery London. August 2017.

 

 

Just closed:

 

Kylie Minogue on Stage at Arts Centre Melbourne.  Until 22nd of January 2017.

Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced at Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts and  Sciences until January 2017.

The Ghost Project at The Substation.  Open to the public 22nd and 23rd of October.

The Nightingale and the Rose. At ACMI, Melbourne.

The Ghost Project. At Bundanon Trust as part of Siteworks.

 

 

October 2016,

 

Currently showing:

 

The Ghost Project at The Substation.  Open to the public 22nd and 23rd of October.

Kylie Minogue on Stage at Arts Centre Melbourne.  Until January 2017.

Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced at Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts and  Sciences until January 2017.

 

 

Coming soon:

The Ghost Project in Tower.  Cooper's Malthouse, Tower Theatre as part of AsiaTOPA. 22nd of February to 4th of March, 2017.

Between 8 & 9 (Chengdu Tea House).  With ChamberMade Opera and Sechuan Conservatory of Music at The Castlemaine State Festival and Melbourne Recital Centre as part of AsiaTOPA. March, 2017.

Certia Anak. With Polyglot Theatre and Paper Moon Puppet Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne as part of AsiaTOPA.  March, 2018.

 

Just closed:

The Nightingale and the Rose. At ACMI, Melbourne.

The Ghost Project. At Bundanon Trust as part of Siteworks.

Swallow. For the National Theatre of Parramatta.

 

 

 

December 2015

 

As another year draws to a close it is impossible to not look back and assess.  2015 has by any measure been quite an adventure.  Beginning with the re-staging of the dark and mysterious "The Long Pigs" by We Three as part of the Sydney Festival followed by a development and presentation of "The Ghost Project" as part of the Australian Theatre Forum. By February I was already through two projects and deep in the process of combining traditional Korean craft and costume techniques with Australian aesthetics in the set and costume design of "The Tale of Samulnori": a collaboration between Legs on the Wall and AsiaNow we performed this truly cross cultural physical theatre work to sold out houses in Seoul, Busan and at the Sydney Opera House. It was fantastic to be back in Korea for the third year in a row to catch up with so many friends and colleagues.

 

This year was the first time, however, I had been to Yogyakarta and Indonesia and felt very lucky to be there  working with Polyglot Theatre and the extraordinary Papermoon on the new immersive work for children "Cerita Anak" which saw us us working with the beautiful children of Kepek (near Yogyakarta) and Lasem (a tiny finishing village in the North). Apart from extraordinary batik Indonesia is also the home of many ghosts and with the support of Playking Foundation I was lucky enough to be given guided tours of local hauntings, learn first hand of the Javanese belief in spirits of natural environments and meet some of the most accomplished dancers in the region (specialists in traditional and contemporary 'trance dance') as part ongoing research for the installations of "The Ghost Project". We are all looking forward to continuing these developments in 2016 and working towards a presentation in the second half of the year.

 

By June I was on my way to Prague and frenzy of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance,Space and Design (PQ).  Curating and designing the Australian exhibition and facilitating networking for Australian artists was a highlight of the year.  It was thrilling to hear the overwhelmingly positive responce to the broad range of artists we presented from the 150,000 visitors that PQ attracted. It would not have been possible without the support of my amazing producer Virginia Hyam, the foresight of the Australia Council for the Arts or the fabulous team of artists and designers who were both the reason and the talent at its core.  It was the largest commitment to date from Australia to this event and the profile we achieved, the friendships formed, and the future engagements now possible are testament to the energy of many.

 

Back on this side of the planet the exhibition at PQ was followed by the design of "Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced" a major exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Applied Science (The Powerhouse, Sydney)(MAAS).  This was the first time I had worked in a museum context and like so much else in 2015 it was an amazing journey made possible through the hard work of all involved. Running until August 2016 it also has far more longevity than my regular projects but with tens of thousands already through the door and a very enthusiastic responce from all it looks like it will make the distance.

 

While many shows do not run that long they do return, and it was an additional pleasure to have 'Am' I by Shaun Parker, which I designed costumes for in 2014 remounted in Malaysia, Germany, Sweden and Luxembourg.

 

Finishing off the year as it started I have just completed developing more aspects of The Ghost Project.  Conceived as an ongoing process of growth and public outcome I am looking forward to two more stages, one in a rural landscape and one in an industrial Melbourne setting in 2016.  While a lot of the recent work has been 'backroom experimentation' there is also a new website which shares the process so far. The Ghost Project site will continue to evolve with the project and is set up to give an impression of the work as well as  collecting stories from the public.

 

Above all else, for me, it has been an amazing learning curve filled with new and stimulating challenges and previously unclimbed mountains.  There were certainly some very long hours involved but worth it for the amazing experiences, collaborations and the knowledge that this work was appreciated by well over 50,000 people. I am normally still flat out over the holiday season so it is surprisingly satisfying and positive to have a moment to look back on the year that was, because, despite some recent small improvements the current political climate, the coming year feels more daunting than usual.  This year has dealt some pretty heavy blows those of us committed to building culture, sharing ideas and entertaining people.  Knowing that there are so many amazing individuals celebrating and supporting creativity, ingenuity and community on often less than the smell of an oily rag and knowing that there are such enthusiastic audiences for all that we do makes it worth it and gives the inspiration needed to move onward and upward to the future.

 

 

 

 

 

August 2015

 

The April entry (below) was correct - what a journey.  Tale of Salmunori took me to Seoul and Busan as well as the Sydney Opera House (full houses, amazing team, fantastic cross pollination of ideas between two cultures).  Then straight on the tail of that I headed to Yogyakarta and Lasem (a fishing village in North Java)with Polyglot and the wonderful Papermoon as well as to forwarding research on the ever fascinating Ghost Project (aka "Sufficiently Breathless").  Then back in Australia for only two weeks before(the big one) presenting the work of eight amazing Australian Artists at the Prague Quadrennial.  It was a big hill to climb but the engagement and enthusiasm of the thousands who saw the exhibition made it more than worthwhile. An amazing team of people from Prague and Australia made it possible and  it was very satisfying to see such international interest in the broad range of excellent Australian work we had on show.  It was also an opportunity for the many Australians who found their way to Prague to network and share contacts as well as showing in a broad range of  contexts outside of the pavilion. Read more about the works and artists here:- pqau.com.au.

 

Now back in Australia but still there's no rest for the wicked with a large exhibit at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Ultimo opening on the 5th of September. Images and more information on all these events will go live once that one is up and running.

 

 

 

contact via: admin@anarko.com.au