Tamara Saulwick

Melbourne, VIC

Utilising digital, mobile and analogue technologies, with a particular emphasis placed on the role of sound in live performance, Tamara’s works reflect on how we connect, confront and negotiate with one another.

Tamara creates contemporary performance works for theatres and public spaces. Building on over twenty years experience, Tamara’s individual practice has coalesced in recent years into a singular and compelling voice. Tamara’s work has toured nationally and internationally, been adapted for radio, received funding from local, state, national government bodies, and philanthropic organisations.

In addition to Tamara’s work as an independent artist, at the beginning of 2017 she was appointed Artistic Director of Chamber Made, the prestigious Melbourne based company, which has been innovating at nexus of performance, sound and music for thirty years. In November 2016 Tamara created and premiered Chamber Made’s Permission To Speak (Arts House) in collaboration with composer Kate Neal.

Tamara’s piece Endings, a work for portable record players, reel-to-reel recorders and performers was co-commissioned by Arts House and Performance SpaceEndings premiered in the Sydney Festival in 2015 followed by a season at Melbourne’s Arts House . The work has since toured to Canada, the UK (Brighton Festival) and Ireland (Dublin Theatre Festival) in 2017, and returned to Canada (PuSh International Festival of the Arts, Vancouver) and US (On the Boards, Seattle) in early 2018. Endings was nominated for a 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best New Australian Work’, received a Green Room Award for ‘Design and Realisation’ and was nominated for best ‘Contemporary & Experimental Performance’.  In 2016 ABC Radio National’s Soundproof commissioned Tamara along with composer /collaborator Peter Knight to adapt Endings for radio.

Other recent works include Altera participatory sound and light installation for 16 iPads and 16 people commissioned by Arts House for the Festival of Live Art.

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of our First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.