An incredible cadre of theatre makers have joined NORPA as Associate Artists. All are respected makers in their own right and represent the cutting edge of Australian talent across a multitude of forms.
Together with our team they fuel the creation of inspiring new devised works and a creative program that is physical, visceral, ambitious, inclusive and occupies a unique place in the national theatre landscape.
Here are some of their works in development:
This project is created and performed by Mitch King.
Flow is a yarn about country, Yaegl country. It’s an urban tale of finding identity in music and hip hop. It’s a personal story of family pride, friendship and defining moments. It’s an ancient story about the water that flows through this country.
Mitch King is a Yaegl and Bundjalung man – he is a teacher, a hip hop artist, a dancer and community man. In Flow he explores our connection to water and the relationship we have to the rivers of this place throughout history, from the ancestors to the present. Join Mitch as he takes us deeper into country to discover childhood stories and the power of music, family and connection.
Flow will premiere in the 2021 NORPA Season.
Writing / Performance Mitch King
Music / Performance Blake Rhodes
Direction Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal
Lighting Karl Johnson
Writing support Kirk Page, Damion Hunter
Yaegl Elders Ron Heron, Lenore Parker, William Walker, Ken Laurie, Shondel, Frances, Elsdon
Producer Letila Mitchell
Community Development Helen Tyas Tunggal
This project is directed by Caroline Dunphy.
House In The Dunes is a dance theatre piece that responds to weathered fragments of our past, embedded in landscapes and built environments. This contemporary cross-cultural work explores how bodies relate with one another in the resistance and shifting nature of sand. The performance is being developed so it can take place in an architectural installation, outside in the natural environment, or inside a theatre.
House In The Dunes draws from Japanese classic literature, the 2011 tsunami and Indigenous connections to sand in Australia to create an original, contemporary performance.
“We like the theme of sand, because of the way sand buries things, but it also reveals them. Think beach gothic. What gets washed up on the beach? What secrets get revealed? What do the waves uncover? Those sorts of things. The story part of the show is about an Aboriginal sand miner, who’s working in the sand dunes, when he uncovers the body of a Japanese woman, who was washed away in the tsunami. She’s been carried all this way, and as he uncovers her, she starts to reanimate. The Idiot Savant group call what they do ‘thought movement’ which we don’t really have here. In Australia, we go towards more dance or circus style, but I fell in love with Japanese movement, which has a really dynamic presence on stage.” — Caroline Dunphy
House In The Dunes is created by Belloo Creative (Australia), Idiot Savant Theatre Company (Japan) and NORPA. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project is co-authored by Kirk Page and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal.
Asking what is the pivotal role of smoke in spiritual health – landscape, body and ritual, the research explores how to revive, burn off the physical waste and promote finding new pathways together.
Contemporary choreographic practices encompass very physical, sensorial and imaginative deep listening improvisation, dancing, sounding, offering, witnessing, reflective writing, script development, composition, video recording and image making. Kirk and Jade work with the materials they have gathered from creative development stages in Bali, Kalimantan and Java Indonesia with a focus on intercultural trans-indigenous creative-practice protocols (collaborative, expressive, interdependent, circular and nourishing), whilst making high risk ‘Duality Duets’ (Sacred-Temporal, Fluid-Structure, Chaos-Clarity, Laughter-Tears, Inflow-Outflow, Lost-Found).
SMOKE is a new Indigenous dance theatre production co-authored by Kirk Page and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal. Preparing for premiering at international art festivals in 2021, the creative process thus far has journeyed throughout Indonesia and Australia and embraced an international cast of First Peoples dancers from Australia, Bali, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Ache and Java. Other SMOKE collaborating creatives are; Anna Liebzeit – Sound Design; Ria Soemardjo – Music and Song; Shae Terese Swan Duncan, Jayman Leigh Drahm – Dance; and Karla Dickens, Aris Prabawa – Visual Arts.