In 2020, Brisbane Festival, with the support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, backed bold new creations made by Queensland artists and companies, creating much-needed opportunities for these local performing artists to develop and present brave new work. Look out for these works at Brisbane Festival in 2021 and beyond.
An incubator for new creations at the Judith Wright Centre Of Contemporary Arts
#Shows being developed
Uncle Bob Weatherall/Halfway/Digi Youth Arts
A collaboration between Kamilaroi elder Bob Weatherall, Brisbane band Halfway and Digi Youth Arts to create a new performance piece with cinematic soundscapes, traditional dance and stunning visual elements. A reflection of Uncle Bob’s efforts to repatriate Aboriginal remains, this large-scale production frames the rich landscape of stories his essential work has uncovered.
Lisa Wilson/Nathan Sibthorpe
Metro Arts presents a new dance theatre work directed by choreographer Lisa Wilson and video artist Nathan Sibthorpe. Integrating dance with original music, text, interactive messaging and video projection, it explores the physical threat and repercussions of digital fear.
Nadia Sunde/Everybody NOW!
A music theatre spectacle by acclaimed performer Nadia Sunde and Everybody NOW! that tells the story of a group of women coming of age through roller derby. Featuring an explosive original soundtrack performed by an all-star live band, Rink takes the audience on an emotional journey from the sidelines to the frontline, of a quest towards personal redemption via a roller derby championship!
Emma Dean/Katherine Lyall-Watson
Emma Dean is Mama Earth, and she’s a hot mess. Her temperature’s rising and it’s time to face some facts; she’s either going through early menopause or she’s spent too long in the solarium! But before Mama Earth hits ‘Reset’, she’s decided to party like it’s 1999 with everyone in Brisbane.
The Incredible Telling Machine
In collaboration with international collectors, Imaginary are working to locate and restore the storytelling machines of virtuosic Australian artist and inventor Celeste Mackellen, an obscure figure who disappeared along with the machines she built. Mackellan’s magnum opus is ‘The Incredible Telling Machine’ an immersive storytelling device that spins extraordinary tales to audiences of children and adults.
Casus Circus/Mad Dance House
The B-boy meets the Bendy boy. Hip-hop and the Hula Hooper. Pop, lock and adagio. COLLISION is a cross-pollination of contemporary circus and street dance brought to you by Brisbane powerhouses, Casus Circus and Mad Dance House. It’s a collision of senses!
Let’s Be Friends Furever
The Good Room
A community crowd-sourced homage featuring live dogs and the owners who care for them, Let’s Be Friends Furever is a show about dogs, that isn’t about dogs — it’s about us. Melding documentary theatre with high impact video in a theatre-turned-dog park, this work explores the indelible contract drawn between pet and person and how we imprint on those we love.
The Grand Ragtag Animal Band
Little Match Productions
Based on the beloved Brothers Grimm tale The Town Musicians of Bremen, this reimagined production reflects upon the value of our older citizens and people who are different in today’s youth and image-obsessed culture. Told through the characters of Donkey, Hound, Cat and Rooster, this whimsical, musical theatre work is the perfect tale of inclusion for families.
Polytoxic have collaborated with local creative minds to bring you a time capsule of ‘now’. More than 100 Brisbane artists have contributed, sending their reflections, celebrations and memories of life under lockdown. From lonely love songs, interpretative dance, high-fashion-at-home, TikToks and weird video art, watch as their stories are interwoven into an immersive world of largescale projection, soundscape and live performance.
We’ve marched across Country. We’ve had promises made and broken. We’ve drafted our own treaty, and still we’re the only sovereign peoples without one. We’re pulling it from under the rug and slamming it back on the table. Let’s listen to the SILENCE, design an agreement to heal us, our land and the wound of this nation. Because the conversation about a TREATY will never be silenced.
#What a residency might look like
Working Title participants will receive up to $40,000 in funding to cover artist fees and project costs; additional funding to cover travel or access costs for Queensland regional artists when it is safe to do as directed by COVID-19 regulations; professional support from the Brisbane Festival team including a creative producer, marketing and technical advice; access to performance, rehearsal and meeting space in the Judith Wright Arts Centre (pending government directives); and assistance to support the documentation of the work.