Performing Lines WA is sending a massive congratulations to our core artist Danielle Micich on the announcement of her appointment as the new Artistic Director and CEO of Sydney-based dance theatre company Force Majeure.
We’ve worked with Danielle over the last few years, producing a number of works including Shiver and the recent premiere season of Overexposed.
Danielle takes over from outgoing Artistic Director and company founder Kate Champion. We wish Danielle all the best in her new role…we’re so excited!
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
Rachel Arianne Ogle | Aimee Smith | Danielle Micich.
Three WA choreographers. Three brand new works.
precipice | Borderline | Overexposed
Invest in the cutting edge of contemporary dance in Western Australia. These three bold new productions bring together the finest dancers and creative teams in the state to present new ideas, visions and conversations.
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We are on the look out for a motivated Marketing, Public Relations or Arts Management intern to join our team on the exciting new dance-theatre event Overexposed, premiering at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in October 2014.
Experience working on a campaign for a premium performance at a major venue, including campaign planning, organisation and delivery; dealing with media/venue/ticketing enquiries; and working with some of Australia’s most experienced independent artists for a national producing and touring company.
Returning to Perth to take up the role of Producer and Business Manager at Perth Theatre Company,Georgia Malone chatted to Thom Smyth about the challenges facing the sector, her achievements at Sydney Dance Company, and the new PTC season featuring Performing Lines WA Core Artist Danielle Micich.
TS: You’re back in town! Has much changed in the time you’ve been away?
I am back! Just say that it really is great to be back in Perth. So much has changed in the past 3½ years – it feels like I’ve been away for a decade. When I left, the State Theatre Centre hadn’t opened, there was no such thing as Fringe World and you could only drive one way down William Street!
At the same time, it feels like it was only yesterday that I left. There are so many familiar faces around; it has made the transition much smoother.
I love seeing how the cultural centre has been activated. Before I left, I was the Communications Manager at PICA and quite involved in discussions around how to make the Cultural Centre more vibrant. It’s fantastic to come back and see all the activity – especially during festival time – and the integral roll that PICA plays in that space.
TS: Sydney Dance Company is recognised as an industry leader around the country. Are there any achievements you are particularly proud of during your time there? Anything coming up you’re bummed to be missing?
The last 3 ½ years at Sydney Dance Company were amazing. I was thrown in the deep end and realised I could swim. I was given the freedom to push the boundaries and take risks with the marketing of the company. It made it really rewarding, as I was able to adapt as I went along. Being in a small company like Sydney Dance Company (by Sydney standards!), I was able to try new things and challenge the way things were always done.
It was a really action packed couple of years and I was proud to have achieved what we did. One of the big projects was driving the entire rebrand of the organisation, from initial research that included extensive audience and population research; followed by brand strategy workshops; working with the rebranding agency to develop a new logo and all the way through to the complete website redevelopment.
I am also quite proud of the video content that we created around the seasons. I worked really closely with Peter Greig (who came to the company through the Australia Council’s Geek in Residence program) to create beautiful and engaging video content and imagery. You can check out some of the behind the scenes stuff here!
Having such a close, creative relationship that was ever changing meant we could be responsive to audiences’ needs. And it was a lot of fun.
I’m really sad to be missing the current season, Interplay. They opened a week after I left, and after spending many months working on the show, sad to not to get to see it! I’m planning to head to Melbourne for the season in early May. And they will be here in June with 2 One Another – which is an amazing show – can’t wait to have them in my home-town. (I also miss the people! An amazing bunch)
TS: What do you see as the major challenges facing the Perth performing arts sector? Are they specific to Western Australia or are they true of your experience in the eastern states as well?
There are a lot of differences between the performing arts sector here and in Sydney. There are many more Major Performing Arts Companies in Sydney, while in Perth there are just four. On the other hand, the independent scene here is healthy, something that is not as evident in Sydney.
The culture for private giving and philanthropy in Sydney is also much stronger. There seems to be a groundswell toward private giving in WA but it is a slow one – in Sydney it’s a whole different ball game!
There is so much great art that comes out of Perth, not only in the performing arts but in the visual arts as well. It’s really exciting to see all of these artist run initiatives and the creation of new work outside traditional theatres and galleries.
When it comes to challenges, I think that is the same for everyone. The unknowns when you rely on government funding and private giving for survival; when the landscape changes so often it can be quite daunting; when you’re relying on audiences buying into what you’re offering. But the challenges are the reasons why we work in the sector, right?
TS: Performing Lines WA core artist Danielle Micich is reprising her role alongside Humphrey Bower for PTC’s first 2014 show Wish, a co-production with Humphrey’s company Night Train Productions. What brought about this co-pro, and is this sort of partnership something we can expect more of?
We are building on a strong history of supporting independent artists. We offer critical pathways for West Australian artists, providing opportunities to develop their skills, touring repertoire and more. It’s important also to support artists at all stages of their career – as evidenced with Wish and the very impressive careers of both Humphrey and Danielle.
Our Artistic Director has been engaged in discussions with Humphrey Bower for a considerable period, and it felt like the right time for Humphrey to develop the work and for us to share it with a larger audience.
TS: How do you sum up Perth Theatre Company’s 2014 season? What are you most looking forward to?
Our 2014 season is eclectic with a little of something for everyone. It touches on very personal subject matter in very different ways.
I’m most excited by White Rabbit, Red Rabbit in September. The idea of the completely unknown for both the audience and the actor is exhilarating. You never know what you’re going to get and it’ll challenge and confront you. But in a good way.
There are going to be many beautiful moments throughout the year, I’m also really excited to see Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography. They have been in rehearsals for a couple of weeks and from all reports it’s going to be a great show. And also fantastic to have Perth artists Andrea Gibbs and Rachael Dease involved!
The 2014 Perth Theatre Company season is now available online. See the full season here.
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.