Our extended Performing Lines team sends thoughts of solidarity to our Victorian colleagues, especially to all those involved in RISING: Hannah, Gideon and team – and all the artists who were gathered under the banner of such a promising festival. Of course, the heartache extends beyond Melbourne too and we hope that restrictions continue to ease over the coming weeks.
In saying this we also recognise our good fortune to be working as hard as possible where and while we can. Over the next few months, thanks to the support of the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Rescue Restart program we’ll be kicking off a series of developments with a cross-section of talented and inquisitive NSW-based artists.
Emerging sound artist Eliza Scott is undertaking a mentorship with Tamara Saulwick and Chamber Made, one of our foremost sound artists and practitioners. We see huge potential in Eliza’s work and they will no doubt benefit from the wisdom and skillset that this niche form requires.
Arjunan Puveendran is a musician trained in South Indian vocals and percussion. His work focuses on the intersection of music, dance, rhythm and dialogue. Some of you will know him from Counting and Cracking, Belvoir and Co-Curious’ seminal work of 2019, and Bhoomi: Our Country with collaborator Indu Balachandran for Sydney Festival earlier this year. Over the next few weeks, he will be delving into a new project with the talented dance-artist and choreographer Amrita Hepi, and dramaturgs Victoria Spence and Jiva Parthipan, exploring ideas of life, death, liberation, and ritual – and their place in a largely secular Australia.