From The Executive Producer: Introducing a New Suite of NSW Artist Developments




Eliza Scott

Arjunan Puveendran

Too Rude

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.

This is just one of the projects we will be watching closely. In the meantime, Maria White and collaborator Emma McManus, of Too Rude, will be working on their new project Nature is Healing and getting even better acquainted with the habits and lifestyle of the Brush Turkey – and what they reveal about human beings.

Writer and theatre-maker Antoinette Barbouttis is wrestling down a fascinating idea that explores the connection between reality TV, live theatre and performative ‘truth’, while Paul Mac (The Rise and Fall of Saint George) is at the first stage of an epic, multi-dimensional scored pilgrimage by train across Australia’s vast landscape.

In Northern NSW, artists Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Kirk Page have been developing the work SMOKE and we are pleased to offer them time and space to progress this idea on Bundjalung land, with a view to sharing the work through regional Australia.

Antoinette Barbouttis

Paul Mac

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Kirk Page

Nat Rose

No Friend but the Mountains is Behrouz Boochani’s account of his experiences held in detention on Manus Island, smuggled out through text messages on a hidden mobile phone. Now resident in New Zealand, he has entrusted the renowned theatre-maker and director Nigel Jamieson with its stage adaptation.

Last but not least, the inimitable Nat Rose (post) is making her first solo-work, lending her unique combination of humour and feminism to a peer-responsive process with other female theatre-makers, to be revealed!

These developments are the first steps in testing ideas, imaginatively scoping and acting on the impulses that will gradually become works to be shared with audiences. This process is a long one, traversing many iterations and requires ongoing care and resourcing. At this time of year, we urge you support Performing Lines and the remarkable artists we work with.

Marion Potts | Executive Producer

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