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Tarraleah October 16 – 18

PARTICIPANTS
Aleksandra Mirjana Crossan, Alison Wilkes, Bryony Geeves, Dane Hunnerup, Fiona Stewart, Glen Murray, Heath Brown, Holli Gipson, Ivano Del Pio, Jane Longhurst, Jason James, Jeff Michel, Jordy Gregg, Justus Neumann, Lucy Pitt, Maeve Mhairi MacGregor, Mel King, Nathan Maynard, Robert Maxwell, Susan Wallace, Thomas Pidd, Zeke Guest

 

 

MENTORS

CATHERINE FITZGERALD
Catherine is a director, writer and actor.

She trained as an actor at Flinders University Drama Centre (1979 -1982) and then worked primarily as an actor, writer and director for the last 33 years. She was Artistic Director of Mainstreet Theatre in the early 1990’s, Artistic Director of Vitalstatistix National Women’s Theatre from 1996-2002.where she produced and/or directed over forty productions and events. From 2011- 2012 she was Associate Director at State Theatre Company of South Australia. She was Artistic Director of Feast, Adelaide Queer Cultural Festival from 2013 – mid 2015

As a writer her credits include: Just a Little Crooked Around the Edge, (Sydney Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras and Slip of the Tongue, London); Boo!, Windmill and Mainstreet Theatre, Celebrity Vaudeville (MRPG); Titbits! (co-writer, Vitalstatistix), Bull Bar Tours (co-writer with Eva Johnson, Vitalstatistix) and DRY (Local Stages part of the Port Augusta Re-Imagines project)

For State Theatre Company of South Australia she has directed many plays since 1997 some include: David Williamson’s Third World Blues, David Auburn’s Proof, Peta Murray’s Salt, David Mamet’s Boston Marriage and Bryony Lavery’s Frozen and The Female of the Species by Joanna Murray-Smith, The Give and Take by Tony McNamara and Moliere’s The Misanthrope by Martin Crimp, Top Girls by Caryl Churchill and In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl.

Her most recent acting roles include: Holding the Man (STCSA) PLONK – a 6 part TV comedy series (ITV), White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (Adelaide Fringe) and Trans Scripts (Paul Lucas Productions and Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe) which won a 2015 Fringe First Award.

She has served on many arts assessment panels and theatre and arts boards including the National Playwrights Centre, Governor of the Board of STCSA, Actors Equity, and Women Playwrights International (where she is currently communications officer). In 2003 she was awarded The Centenary Medal for ‘the development of women artists in South Australia through Vitalstatistix’

MARTIN DEL AMO
Originally from Germany, Martin is a Sydney-based choreographer and dancer. He is best known for his full-length solos, fusing idiosyncratic movement and intimate storytelling. In recent years, Martin has also built a strong reputation as creator of dance works for others. His preferred form has remained the solo. Anatomy of an Afternoon (2012 Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House) was a full-length solo for dance virtuoso Paul White. Slow Dances For Fast Times (Carriageworks, 2013) consisted of twelve short solos performed by a diverse group of dancers. The Little Black Dress Suite (Riverside Parramatta, 2013) featured solos performed by acclaimed dancers Kristina Chan, Sue Healey and Miranda Wheen. Martin regularly teaches for a wide range of arts organisations and companies and has extensively worked as mentor, consultant and dramaturg, most notably for solo artist Matthew Day. Martin also writes and frequently contributes to RealTime magazine. In 2012, he was nominated for a Helpmann Award in the category Best Ballet or Dance Work. Martin has also been nominated for two Australian Dance Awards – Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance (2010) and Best Male Dancer (2005). His work has toured nationally and internationally (UK, Japan, Brazil). Last year he presented Anatomy of an Afternoon at Southbank Centre in London, with great success. Martin is a recipient of the 2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships.

RAIMONDO CORTESE
Raimondo graduated from VCA School of Drama in 1993. He has written over thirty plays and texts for theatre, including Features of Blown Youth, Roulette, St Kilda Tales, Holiday, which won a 2007 Green Room Award for Best Australian Writing, and Intimacy. His plays have been presented in over a dozen countries. He is a founding member of Ranters Theatre, serving as Artistic Director from 1994 – 2001. Ranters have long been a mainstay of the international touring circuit. Raimondo was the recipient of a 2010 Australian Leadership Award, and also the inaugural Patrick White Fellowship by the STC in 2011. He lectures in Masters of Writing for Performance at VCA, Melbourne University, and in 2014 completed his PhD dissertation on Hyperrealism and the Everyday in Creative Practice. He has also written fiction, as well as scripts for radio, film and TV.

NICOLA HEYWOOD
Nikki’s work in contemporary performance making spans four decades: devising and directing original work, making work as a solo performer, participating in collective creation and collaboratively devised projects, running skills based workshops for students and emerging practitioners and assisting the creative process of others as a mentor and dramaturg. She has co-curated regular platforms for improvised performance in Sydney for over a decade.

Involved in more than 40 works over her career, those for which she is best known would be Creatures Ourselves, Burn Sonata, Room with no air, co-creation on Version 1.0’s Certain Maritime Incident, dance film/animation Recapturing the Vertical with photographer Heidrun Lohr. Heywood produced and participated in three works with Belgian choreographer Hans van den Broeck (co-founder Ballets C de la B). She was recipient of the Rex Cramphorn scholarship in 2005.

Since 1989 Heywood has had extensive contact and practice of Body Weather (with Tess de Quincey, Frank van der Ven and Min Tanaka), and since 2003 ongoing work with Alice Cummins in somatic practice Body Mind Centering (BMC).

Heywood is completing a Creative Doctorate at University of Wollongong with published research in the 1st edition of Animal Studies Journal http://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/; and international Performance Research Journal #18 On Falling. She regularly engages in research and master classes at Sydney’s Critical Path, including Responsive Residencies. Currently she’s developing a series of works titled museum of the sublime: relics #1-10.