HER STORYSession 3: Maude Davey (2002-2007)Throughout the year, Vitalstatistix is presenting HER STORY - Sunday afternoon sessions hosted by the artistic leaders from our thirty-year history. As a full set or as a solo experience, HER STORY is a delightful, personal glimpse into Adelaide’s feminist theatre history and the story of Vitalstatistix.
Join us for the third instalment with Maude Davey (Artistic Director of Vitalstatistix from 2002-2007). For Maude’s contribution to the HER STORY series she will explore how ideas about feminism and performance, and feminist performance, have changed from 2002 until now.
In 2002 Australia had had a Liberal federal government for six years. Feminism was a dirty word, dusty and tired, encrusted with denigrating assumptions about the usefulness and currency of feminism in theory and practice. Taking on the directorship of a self-declared women’s theatre company at that time felt a little like taking up the reins of a horse drawn buggy in a fast car era. It seemed like no one wanted to know.
In 2014 we’ve seen the implosion of a federal Labor government and have been disgusted by the way in which Australia’s first female Prime Minister was treated. Feminism is unapologetically back on the agenda, in the Twitter-sphere, and in monthly events like Cherchez La Femme in Melbourne. And the Australian theatre world has also been part of this new wave of feminist conversation and debate. This is a discussion that refuses to go away, and that has shifted notably in the last decade.
Maude will speak personally to these issues, and revisit some her own significant performance moments from 2002 to 2007 and to now.
Warm up for this provocative afternoon with a bowl of sop sop (a delicious, vegetarian, savoury dish from the Torres Strait Islands).
3-5pm SUNDAY 6 JULY
WATERSIDE, 11 NILE ST, PORT ADELAIDE
$5 ENTRY AT THE DOOR
LIFE IS SHORT AND LONG Emma Beech
Life is Short and Long is an exploration of crisis by South Australian theatre-maker and conversationalist, Emma Beech. This new work is creating a surprising and beautiful catalogue of human resilience, made from performance, installation, ﬁlm and community events.
“First of all I’m very curious about the GFC. What does it mean? It seems a ﬁction sometimes in Spain, sometimes what we discover about the political system and the politicians, it is so heavy it is so incredible, that for me (the whole situation) jumps into the territory of the fantasy. This is what I’m thinking now.” MARGA, ARTIST, BARCELONA
Life is Short and Long was inspired by Emma’s time in a tiny town in the mid-north of SA and in Barcelona during the most recent global economic crisis (GFC). In each location, she found that people had created informal economies and networks to cope with extreme circumstances. This year, Emma has travelled back to Spain, to the quiet corners of SA, and to Melbourne for the Festival of Live Art, to ﬁnd out more about how people respond to crisis.
What are some of the ingenious, heart-breaking, hilarious and fascinating strategies that communities come up with when corporate and state money disappears? Where do these strategies, created by necessity, jump into the worlds of fantasy and utopia? Are Australians in crisis? How does crisis manifest in people’s identities?
Emma’s Incubator residency with Vitalstatistix will draw together these questions and travel experiences, completing the ﬁrst stage of developing this long-term project.
RESIDENCY ARTIST TALK AND SHOWING
7PM SATURDAY 12 JULY FREE ENTRY
WATERSIDE, 11 NILE ST, PORT ADELAIDE
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KEEP EVERYTHING Chunky MoveAC ARTS, 39 Light Square, Adelaide
Tour produced by Performing Lines
From the critically acclaimed, genre-defying Chunky Move comes Keep Everything, a fusion of dance and performance from one of Australia’s most innovative choreographers, Antony Hamilton. Combining forces with ARIA award-winning musicians, Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton, Keep Everything splices choreography, electronica, spoken text and improvised movement to trace human evolution from primates to robots and back again.
Hallmarked by Chunky Move’s unpredictable, inventive style and showcasing three extraordinary Australian dancers, Keep Everything champions the absurd and sometimes vulgar nature of the spontaneous, by understanding that sometimes, it’s important to keep everything.
“The world of Keep Everything is simultaneously primordial and apocalyptic. It's a double helix of a Philip Glass opera and 2001: A Space Odyssey.” The Australian
Director & choreographer: Antony Hamilton
Lighting design: Benjamin Cisterne
Sound design: Julian Hamilton & Kim Moyes
AV design: Robin Fox
System design & operation: Nick Roux
Design consultant: Paula Levis
Performers: Benjamin Hancock, Lauren Langlois & Alisdair Macindoe
Five shows only
16-18 JULY 8pm, 19 JULY 2pm & 8pm
AC ARTS MAIN THEATRE> 39 LIGHT SQUARE, ADELAIDE
$32 FULL / $28 CONCESSION / $25 FRINGE BENEFITS
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BINGO Unit Riverland Roadtrip
Join Vitals and Country Arts SA on a boutique road trip to the Riverland, especially designed for South Australian artists interested in regional and community engagement.
The most fun artist opportunity offered all year!
Over the weekend we will visit arts, cultural and environmental locations in Renmark, Blanchetown, Waikerie, Kingston-on-Murray and Loxton, including a special visit to the new Australian Landscapes Trust/Country Arts SA partnership at Calperum Station.
You will also meet and talk with regional artists, get to know the Vitals and Country Arts SA producers and, of course, visit some local op shops and wineries.
A feature of the trip is a chance to see participatory performance BINGO Unit, by NSW-based artists, Team MESS, at the Chaffey Theatre in Renmark, as well as meeting with them to discuss engagement strategies.
This road trip, hosted along the way by Riverland-raised artist Emma Beech, is a fantastic opportunity for theatre and live art makers, curators, creative producers and any artists delving into the process of making new work outside of city theatres and galleries. Get on board quick – ten places only!
10AM SATURDAY 26 TO APPROX 6PM SUNDAY 27, JULY 2014
DEPARTING AND RETURNING: WATERSIDE, 11 NILE ST, PORT ADELAIDE
$150, WHICH INCLUDES BUS TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, SHOW TICKET AND SNACKS
*Meals not included.
LIMITED NUMBERS! BOOK BY 30 JUNE
To book email Becci at email@example.com
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