Last month Performing Lines delivered a digital residency program with Merrigong Theatre in Wollongong connecting artists from the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven under the mentorship of some of the industry’s finest, Kate Champion, Phil Spencer and Chris Drummond.
Regional Australia is full of talented artists creating interesting and challenging work, and this pilot program demonstrates opportunities for Performing Lines to deepen its relationship with regional arts communities.
Following the Merrigong residency we spoke to two residents, Katja Handt and Michael Pigott about their experiences.
Tell us a little bit about yourselves. Who are you and what do you do?
We are Katja Handt and Michael Pigott from Flightpath Theatre Company. Katja is a designer and Michael is a Director and we have been making work under the name Flightpath Theatre since around 2006. Lately, we have been exploring ways to make work and develop dramaturgical frameworks to articulate the contemporary experience – what it is to be a human being at this point in time. Most recently this has involved looking for ways in which to invite communities into our process of making work but at other times it has been about smashing a whole lot of different forms together to see what happens. All of our work is about exploring ways to connect ideas and people as well as engage audiences through the weaving of text, movement and design into new forms of theatrical storytelling.