Danielle Micich’s Overexposed opens on 22 October at the State Theatre Centre of WA, with one story told in two rooms at the same time. The experience doesn’t end in the performance space. We’ve programmed a series of fascinating speakers to deliver a personal story on the themes and issues raised in the production.
The full line-up of post-show provocateurs has now been released, featuring prominent speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds. Speakers include author David Whish-Wilson, refugee advocate Carina Hoang, UWA Director of Innovation David Glance, surveillance and privacy expert Kimberley Heitman, artist Paula Hart, and Barefaced Stories favourites Janette McGinty and Erica Freeman.
Supported by our event partners Vasse Felix and Uber, you can kick back post-show in the lounge (generously provided by Stories on the Wall and Perth Festival) with a complimentary glass of premium Vasse Felix wine and get into some serious discussion of the show you’ve just seen. Uber has you covered with a complimentary ride home for all new app users.
Wed 22 Oct – Paula Hart Visual Artist
Thurs 23 Oct – Carina Hoang Author, refugee advocate
Fri 24 Oct – Kimberley Heitman Lawyer, privacy and surveillance expert
Sat 25 Oct – Jan Resnick Psychotherapist
Tues 28 Oct – Erica Freeman Writer & Barefaced storyteller
Wed 29 Oct – David Glance, UWA Director of Innovation
Thurs 30 Oct – David Whish-Wilson, Author
Fri 31 Oct – Janette McGinty, Performance Artist and Barefaced storyteller
Sat 1 Nov – Carina Hoang Author, refugee advocate
Aimee Smith is a busy lady. Recently returning from working in London, she’s straight into the rehearsal room ahead of the premiere of her latest production Borderline. It’s no small undertaking either – using the Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre, she is choreographing for eight dancers
TS: Borderline – what’s it all about?
AS: Borderline is a dance work that explores the experience of collective or cultural insanity – that which we might see in the pack mentality of a mob, in the extremes of religious doctrine and mass media, and certainly, but perhaps more subtlety, in our capitalist consumer driven lives.
TS: You’ve got some of Perth’s best up and coming dancers working on this project. How did you go about choosing artists, and how is it working a cast that large?
AS: I knew this work was going to be physically demanding and at times quite a spectacle in its aesthetic so that of course informed the casting for the work. I’m absolutely loving working with such a superstar team and large cast. It’s so energising in the studio and, for this particular work, its also essential to the realisation of the ideas behind it.
TS: I’ve heard that rehearsals have been really fun and a bit of a different process – lots of play and experimentation, maybe even a séance…! What’s been happening in that room?!
AS: Oh that’s top secret! But I’m glad you’ve heard rumours that it’s been fun though because I’ve been concerned with how hard I’ve been working the dancers! We’re trying to create the majority of this work in the space of four weeks so it feels really tight and I’ve been cracking the whip a bit. But yes, we’re trying to find the fun when we can. There is a lot of room for the fantastic in this work…..
TS: Ben Taaffe is on board as your collaborator on this project for the first time. You’ve worked together previously, so how is his role different on this project? Does music play a more significant role than in previous works?
AS: So often in dance I think the design elements of sound and lighting often get left until the end and are used only to serve that dance but Ben and I are both really interested in how the dance and design can grow together and inform each other, to create a really integrated work. Hence, in 2012 during an artist residency in Kyoto we began collaborating together on some ideas that have since grown into this work, Borderline. So yes, we’re collaborating much more closely on this work, though as the work has evolved into a more traditional dance production I guess I’ve taken the reigns a bit more.
TS: What can we expect from the show? What should we look out for?
AS: You should look out for the incredible dancers as well as the gorgeous designs by Trent Suidgeest (lighting), Holly Boyton (costumes) and of course Ben Taaffe (sound). You can expect some darkness mixed with the fantastical.
Rachel Arianne Ogle | Aimee Smith | Danielle Micich.
Three WA choreographers. Three brand new works.
precipice | Borderline | Overexposed
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James Berlyn recently completed a creative development of a new processional performance work inspired by Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” speech from As You Like It.
One audience member at a time works their way through a series of experiences, each a different stage on their life’s journey. At the end of the experience, audience members receive a photo album of their “life”, tracing their progress from “birth” through their awkward teen years, life struggles and ultimate end.
An invitational meditation on life, featuring James, Adam Booth, Ella Hetherington and Sarah Nelson, this development was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.
Following tonight’s festival launch, we’re thrilled to announce that James Berlyn has not one but two shows in Brisbane Festival this year!
Packing up the sparkles and heading east, James will perform his new one-on-one participatory work Silent Drag Photo Booth of Berlyn at the QUT Theatre Republic throughout the festival. The show was developed as part of Proximity Festival’s Party For 1 last year before heading to the Festival Of Live Art in April.
This new production will run directly after Tawdry Heartburn’s Manic Cures – the first time Tawdry will appear in the River City. The installation will be available for public viewing throughout the festival, with Tawdry on hand to pamper your paws from 6:30pm to 8:30pm nightly.
Both shows will be performed from 9 – 27 September (Tues – Sat) in the Parade Ground of the Theatre Republic at the Queensland University of Technology. Excitement! Check out the full Brisbane Festival program here>>
A happy snap from last year’s Theatre Republic, taken by Thom.
Main image credit: Vanessa Stasiw
Performing Lines WA delivers the Managing and Producing Services for theatre and dance artists in WA (Maps for Artists), which is a joint initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s art funding and advisory body, and the State of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts.