Working Bitches promotion

WORKING BITCHES WORKING TITLE (2019) PHOTO BY LIZ HAM

The House that Dan Built (The House) is committed to creating a platform for Australian female voices. They activate spaces where women artists and girls with passion create work responding to female narratives across the generations, cultures and regions of the Australian landscape. They bring women and girls together to build on provocations drawn from the community in the form of interviews, personal histories, observations, images and sound recordings; addressing struggle without anger and counteracting the darkest aspects of female experience with the shared delight of impromptu community engagement. The House has a long and successful history of producing challenging, beautiful artistic works and believe that skills and opportunity are created through experimentation, play, and collaborative creation.

 

LUCAS JERVIES is an Australian choreographer and director working across ballet, contemporary dance, cabaret, opera and theatre. In Australia, Lucas has created dance for companies such as The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet and Opera Australia. Internationally, he has created dance for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Louisville Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Korzo Theatre Den Haag, Noverre Society Stuttgart Ballet and CoDarts Rotterdam University for the Arts. Lucas has held positions as Affiliate Director at Griffin Theatre, Artistic Director of Buzz Dance Theatre, Rehearsal Director at Sydney Dance Company and co-director of JACK productions. He was Assistant Director to Neil Armfield on Sydney Theatre Company’s King Lear, and Assistant Director to Imara Savage on Sydney Theatre Company’s Hay Fever.

 

Glamazon (Fat, femme and fabulous) is new to burlesque but experienced in all the ways that count. She is on a mission to smash tired old stereotypes about who gets to be on stage and isn’t afraid of smashing the patriarchy along the way.

 

Tommy Misa is an Australian multidisciplinary artist of Samoan, British, Chinese and German ancestry. Tommy often devises work with focus on the intersections of lived experience and with common themes of race, class, mental health, addiction and queerness, often using humour as an approach. Tommy has trained at the Atlantic Acting School in NYC and locally at NIDA, The Hub Studio and the Australian Theatre for Young People. Tommy has worked across film, theatre and extensively in the queer club/performance scene in Australia and has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Secret Garden Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras and for Gay Times Festival and the Sydney Biennale in 2020.

 

Narcifixion promotion

NARCIFIXION FEATURING ANTON AND BRIANNA KELL (2019)

Claudia Osborne is a Sydney based director of theatre and performance, and the founder of kleine feinheiten, creating multidisciplinary, immersive performance art and theatre. kleine feinheiten works to authorise its audience, enabling spectators to not only take an active role in the work but engage in a wider conversation. Claudia has a Masters in Directing from NIDA. Since graduating she has worked professionally with Sydney Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare. Her directing credits include Homesick (Old505 2019), The Lady or the Tiger (kleinefeinheiten 2019) LULU: A Modern Sex Tragedy (NIDA 2018), The Invisible Bird (Sydney Chamber Opera 2018), God Is A DJ (NIDA 2018), The Library of Babel (kleinefeinheiten 2017), and HeySorryGottaGoBye (2016/2017), which she co-wrote. As an assistant director; The Real Thing (Sydney Theatre Company 2019), Titus Andronicus (Bell Shakespeare 2019).

 

Romain Hassanin is a French-Australian performer currently based in Sydney. An unfortunate (depending on who you ask) generalist brain means that his training and practice combines different disciplines: breaking, acrobatics, martial arts, tricking, parkour, contemporary dance, physical theatre and contact improvisation. In performance contexts he works between the realms of dance, physical theatre, parkour and generally anywhere in between that fits. Notable credits include Skate project by Big hArt, Hillbilly Thriller and The Raft by Legs on the Wall, My Sight Their Sight by Blindful, Embodied by Description Victoria and various independent works including his own works CrepitusAnima.  

 

Elle Evangelista: Having completed her formal education at UWA and WAAPA, Elle recognises the presence of inherited cultural histories and experiences that exist in my body as a Burmese & Filipino woman. She has collaborated with other independent artists including Ghenoa Gela, Matt Cornell and Joshua Pether and performed with small organisations including Force Majeure, KAGE Physical Theatre and Murmuration and larger organisations such as Carriageworks and Opera Australia. She has been awarded residencies by Shopfront Arts Co-op; DirtyFeet and Critical Path and is a regular contributor to online dance publications Dance Informa and Dance Australia and have taught workshops for the Studio Artes; DirtyFeet; Auslan Stage Left and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.

 

Feras Shaheen was born in Dubai to Palestinian parents and moved to Sydney at the age of 11. Coming from a Hip-Hop dance background, Feras traverses different roles within dance working as a performer, teacher, choreographer and digital artist. He holds a Bachelor in Design from Western Sydney University and in addition to his dance practice works as a freelance graphic designer, photographer and videographer. In his own creative development, Feras is focused to further applying his street dance knowledge within a contemporary dance practice. Feras is also a member of Encounter, Marrugeku, Buggy Bumpers Dance Crew, Groove Therapy Agency, Cultural Renegades and Klappsquad.

 

Harriet Gillies and Natalie Abbott Watermelon performance

WATERMELON FEATURING HARRIET GILLIES & NATALIE ABBOTT (2017) PHOTO BY DAVID HARRISON

Natalia Ladyko is an accomplished actress who is also known for her dancing, physical theatre and puppeteering. Natalia is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and has since trained with specialists including SITI CO (USA), Ivanna Chubbuk, Anthony Brandon Wong (Chubbuk Technique) and Rowena Balos (American Accent). Natalia's recent theatre credits include Awakening directed by Kate Gaul, Dark dell'Arte by Materiark Theatre, Black Crows - Living Room Theatre, Clothesline, created by Marquez's Laundry (NIDA), (AWGIE winning) The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You (Kate Gaul, Griffin Independent Season), Queen C (Belvoir), A Tale of Blood & Guts & Giants & Weddings (CarriageWorks). Amongst her credits, Natalia was a resident performer for Erth for eight years and is Co-Artistic Director of a traveling theatre company, Umbrella Theatre.

 

Vonne Patiag is a multi-disciplinary theatre and filmmaker based in Western Sydney. He is interested in producing personal stories that explore queer/ethnic intersection and that dissect issues of racism and geographical prejudice prevalent to Australia - localised stories with global appeal. His first full-length play 'Obviously!' premiered in September 2018 at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, commissioned by Q Theatre for their inaugural Q INDIE season. He was also selected for the Sydney Theatre Company CAAP Directors Workshop and the Stephen Cummins Queer Performance Development Program through Performance Space, where he debuted his first solo performance 'Karaokie' at Queer Nu Werk 2018 (PACT), Day 4 Night during Liveworks 2018 (Performance Space) and was curated in Desire Lines 2018. Recent stage credits include 'Hypangogism' (Balter Theatre Co.), 'Obviously!' (Braver Stage) and 'Love & Information' (Victorian College of Arts), which he also Assistant Directed. He is a proud alumni of Victorian College of Arts (Acting Studio) and University of Technology Sydney (Film Production).

 

Vashti Hughes is a Sydney theatre and cabaret artist who has written and performed much-acclaimed work about Sydney's historical characters. "Mum's In: Stories from Razorhust" was a dark comedy examining the lives and social constructs around five Sydney underground characters led by the famous Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine. This led to the writing of "Piccolo Tales" that looked at the passing of 50 years through the eyes of Vittorio, the legendary owner of the Kings Cross cafe Piccolo Bar.
Liesel Badorrek will be directing these performances. Liesel has worked extensively as a director, writer and performer. She has recently been directing for Opera Australia , CDP children's theatre and previously for own company Loose Canon Arts. Ross has worked as sound designer on all Vashti's projects and also with Liesel 's theatre work. He is also half of rock'n''roll duo White Knuckle Fever and composes music for screen .

 

Frumpus is an all-girl ensemble that developed from the rich and anarchic Sydney performance scene of the early 1990s. Exploring ideas embedded in pop culture surrounding beauty and the grotesque, their frumpy red tracksuit image soon became a trademark for performance that pushed boundaries, celebrated frumpiness and humour and punctured ideals of female perfection. Frumpus is the collaborative practice of Sydney-based artists Cheryle Moore (formerly of the Post-Arrivalists), Lenny Ann Low, Julie Vulcan and Stephanie Hart and incorporates striking visual imagery that is subversive, disturbing and uncomfortably funny. Using text, orchestrated sound bites and dramaturgical resources to develop a unique visual language, Frumpus explore the awkward, the victim as heroine and the monstrous female in life and popular culture. Their shows, Strumpet, Runt, Crazed and Crazed 2 combined large-scale, bizarre and surreal comic moments to explode taboos around the representation of women. Frumpus shows and seasons have appeared at Performance Space, Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Sydney Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Melbourne Festival and in a mucky Redfern side alley for 150 people.