Tag: Tiny Stadiums
There’s a man who wanders the streets of Newtown selling his typewritten poetry for a dollar a sheet. I’ve never bought any, but often wondered about him, his life, what compels him to minstrel to the largely disinterested crowds of King Street. Lucky for me, he was one of the subjects of Impossible Plays, theatre-maker Alice Williams’ attempt to explore and represent the imaginary lives of four strangers on stage. It’s a compelling concept – which of us hasn’t stared at a stranger on a train and fantasised about what gets them out of bed in the morning?
Bron Batten is currently in Mexico, eating tacos and getting sunburned. It’s a brief holiday for the busy Melbourne-based artist after a year that has so far included professional development residencies and skills training in improvisation, writing and physical theatre in Chicago and New York, including internships with The Neo-Futurists and Redmoon companies.
This year’s Tiny Stadiums festival is curated by new creative collective Groundwork – aka Amelia Wallin, Maria White and Christopher Hodge; the theme they’ve chosen is ‘centre/margins’. “We wanted to start with the geographies and historical aspects of Erskineville,” Wallin explains, “a suburb very much in the centre of Sydney’s inner city, yet with this kind of small town mentality.”
Posted: June 5th, 2012 under Arts, Arts - Interview, Brag 464 (May 28), Tiny Stadiums 2012.
Tags: Amelia Wallin, Christopher Hodge, Cultural triangle, Erskineville, Groundwork, Live Art, Maria White, Ngoc Nguyen, PACT, Roslyn Helper, Tiny Stadiums
A video plays in front of a curtain; somebody is retelling the stories that recur in their fantasies. Then we are floating on air, or perhaps walking on water, watching a reflective and transparent set – though it’s too abstract for me to properly visualise. “Think of an old-fashioned theatre, but see-through,” explains Alice Williams.
The Experts Project [Tiny Stadiums Festival] Lara Thoms does it better. By Lucy Fokkema Lara Thoms is a know-it-all. “I’ve learnt about hitchhiking from someone who has been doing it for 33 years, [about love songs from] someone who has been writing them for 45 years, how to skin a rabbit with your bare hands, [...]