Farewell Skye and Jack!

Posted on: February 15th, 2017

It is with teary eyes and sad hearts that we farewell two of the wonderful Performance Space team.

Skye Kunstelj, our former Program Producer has gone on to larger things at Sydney Theatre Company taking up the role of Associate Producer. Skye joined Performance Space in 2015, bringing an enthusiasm for experimental theatre and 12:30pm lunches that will be sorely missed. Her legacy will be the wonderful works she has produced with us for Sue Healey, Stiff Gins, Mish Grigor, River Lin and Leisel Zink (to name a few) and taking the reigns of our residential residency programs Nula Nura and Liveworks Lab.

Production Manager Jack Horton is also leaving us for the breezy climes of San Francisco. Jack joined Performance Space in 2016 to lead us through the tumult of Liveworks, building bathhouses, suspending conveyor belts and meeting the diverse challenges of experimental art with unflappable resolve. He’ll be missed for his way with projectors and 3D drawings so outrageously good we nearly exhibited them.


A toast to you both!

Cue soundtrack…


Posted on: February 2nd, 2017

We have two amazing job opportunities open at the moment – our new Marketing and Development Manager and Program Coordinator.
Applications close February 26, for more details – click here

Experimental Choreographic Residency 2017

Posted on: February 1st, 2017

Performance Space and Critical Path are seeking proposals from artists or artist collaborations, for a 3-week residency taking place from 15 May – 3 June 2017.

Applications Close 17 February


We are seeking to support a period of creative development for an artist or collaboration that:

  • Explores experimental or interdisciplinary approaches to choreography and movement practice.
  • Pursues an interest in the role of the body in choreography – its presence and/or absence, and its role in the choreographic process.

We are particularly interested in foregrounding a diversity of artistic voices: artists exploring diverse positions on gender and sexuality; Indigenous artists; artists from culturally-diverse backgrounds; artists who critically engage with new technologies; and differently-abled artists.




Posted on: January 25th, 2017


This week, we at Performance Space stand in solidarity with Australia’s First Peoples as a reminder that this is, was, and always will be Aboriginal land. On 26 January and over the weekend, we recommend the following events in which we can all lend our voice and our support to the ongoing celebration and sovereignty of Australia’s First Peoples:

Yabun Festival

26 January, Victoria Park, Camperdown

Now in its fifteenth year, the incredible Yabun Festival celebrates the survival of Indigenous cultures in the face of European invasion. Yabun features live music and dance performances alongside talks and discussions, markets, food and drink,

For further details: https://yabun.org.au/


27-29 January, Carriageworks

Our neighbours at Carriageworks, Moogahlin Performing Arts, are teaming up with Sydney Festival and Carriageworks to present a bevvy of brand new play readings by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and international First Peoples artists. For info and bookings: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2017/yellamundie


Queer Development Program 2017 – Applications Closed

Posted on: January 10th, 2017

Our residency and workshop artists will be announced really soon!
And Stay tuned for the Queer Performance Event on March 25th. Tickets on sale soon!


Queer Development Program 2017

Performance Space’s QUEER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM is a suite of initiatives that aim to expand and energise performance practice in Sydney. The program brings together emerging and established artists to develop new skills, new works and make new connections that further the expression of queer identities through performance.

The QUEER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM has three strands that work together to support queer artists of all levels of skill and experience:

Stephen Cummins Residency

The Stephen Cummins Residency provides the opportunity for artists working in the realm of queer performance to make significant strides towards staging a new work. It is a two-week mentored program that is technically supported and provides a fee for the successful applicant. It will take place at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists 7 – 18 March, 2017.

Applications due: Midnight, Monday 6 February, 2017

Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive

The Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive is a skills development project designed to foster and strengthen the culture of queer creativity and performance in Sydney. The Workshop Intensive consists of six workshops over five-days led by experienced facilitators who will introduce participants to various methodologies for creating performative works that explore queer identities. It will take place at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists 21 – 25 March, 2017.

Applications due: Midnight, Monday 6 February, 2017

Queer Performance Party

This community event will wrap up the Queer Development Program featuring performances by program artists, special guest DJs and Jeff Khan on the sausage sizzle! Tickets will be available online with all funds raised by the event going towards the continuation of the Queer Development Program in 2018 (and beyond).

Tickets on sale soon

Event date: 25 March, 2017


Posted on: November 23rd, 2016

We are so thrilled to announce that FBi have nominated Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art for a SMAC Award in the Best Arts Program category!

This is so exciting, and we are proud to be amounts so many wonderful nominations!

Please make sure to vote for us! http://bit.ly/LW16FBi

And we look forward to the award announcements in January


Posted on: November 16th, 2016


Update by Jeff Khan, Artistic Director, Monday 14 November

Artists: Natalie Abbott (VIC), Geumhyung Jeong (South Korea), Thomas ES Kelly (NSW), Kenneth Moraleda (NSW), Sarah Salazar (Philippines), Zoe Scoglio (VIC), Wenchi Su (Taiwan), Teta Tulay (Philippines).

This year, Performance Space has started a new development initiative called the Liveworks Lab. Taking place in two parts, the Lab brings together artists from across Australia and Asia to undertake an intensive two-part residency program. I’m thrilled that this year, we were joined by co-facilitators Kee Hong Low (West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong) and Claire Hicks (Critical Path, Sydney), who have worked alongside me to support a robust period of conversation, critical exchange, experimentation and making. Moreover, it’s been a thrill to be hosting an incredible array of artists from across the region, who are all experimenting across artforms to forge new ground in experimental practice.


Part One of the lab saw the artists and facilitators converging in Sydney, for the bustling second week of the 2016 Liveworks Festival. Taking in a multitude of performances, exhibitions, conversations and workshops, the artists immersed themselves in the context of the festival. Over the course of the week, we also engaged in a series of round-table discussions and critical reflections on the work we were seeing, as well as several excursions to other arts institutions around Sydney.


Following the festival, we decamped to the idyllic surrounds of our lab partner, the Bundanon Trust in regional NSW, where each artist has been given time and space to undertake new experiments and work on projects that continue and extend their creative practice. Over the course of the week, as parallels start to emerge, we have been finding ways to share that work with each other, occasionally drawing in other artists from the lab to extend or enact particular experiments around each work.

It has been an immensely rich and rewarding time, with new ideas being developed, current projects expanded, and new connections made between practitioners. We will keep you posted on the outcomes and images from the lab this fortnight!


The 2016 Liveworks Lab artists are:

Natalie Abbott: Melbourne-based dancer, choreographer and performance-maker.

Geumhyung Jeong: Seoul-based choreographer, dancer, performance and visual artist.

 Thomas ES Kelly: Sydney-based, Bundjalung and Wiradjury dancer and choreographer.

Kenneth Moraleda: Sydney-based actor and performance-maker.

Zoe Scoglio: Melbourne-based interdisciplinary artist and performance-maker.

Wenchi Su: Taiwanese choreographer and new media artist.

Sarah Salazaar: Manila-based artist and core member of artist collective Sipat Lawin.

Teta Tulay: Manila-based multidisciplinary artist and core member of Anino Shadowplay Collective


Posted on: November 4th, 2016

Earlier this week it was announced that Nicola Gunn’s work Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (which we presented at Liveworks last year) has been included in PS122’s COIL festival in New York (Jan 2017).

For Liveworks 2016, Gunn teams up with long-time collaborator Jo Lloyd to create a performance spectacle fusing mesmerising choreography, hilariously witty dialogue, improvisation…and impressive volumes of repurposed glitter curtain – to present Mermermer. Blending the absurd and the banal—and originally conceived as a conversation between the last two humans on earth—Mermermer revolves around ideas of extinction, documentation and myth-making.

Mermermer was commissioned by Chunky Move for its much-loved Next Move program, and premiered to critical and audience acclaim in September in Melbourne. Don’t miss this exclusive Sydney season of the work, which brings together two acclaimed performing artists at the peak of their creative powers.





Posted on: October 31st, 2016

★★★★★ Experimental violinist Jon Rose creates a terrifying performance that brings his museum of instruments to life.


See Jon and his ensemble perform live this week in Part 2 of Music for a Time of Dysfunction. 


Performance: Music for a Time of Dysfunction – Part 2
2 – 5 November, 6:30pm
For this very special performance, Rose will be joined by a host of musicians and performance artists, in concert with the museum’s collection of robots (including a robot violin that plays data from the stock market), automatons, and a musical coffin.
Featuring: Tess de Quincey, Clayton Thomas, Robbie Avenaim and Alister Spence.

* Strobe lighting will be used during these performances.



3 November, 5.30pm – Tactile Tour
Patrons will be led through the exhibition space and encouraged to encounter the work through a facilitated tactile experience.

For more information please contact Performance Space on 02 8571 9111 or admin@performancespace.com.au
Or get in touch with us via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 660 (free from landlines).


Review: The Museum Goes Live


REGISTER FOR Music for a Time of Dysfunction – Part 2



Posted on: October 31st, 2016

We are feeling the Liveworks Love from week one! We’ve seen thousands of you walk through the doors and dive into the experimental pool of amazing performances, installations, workshops and conversations we have had on offer, with a large number of performances selling out!

As the first week of performances has come to a close the PSpace hive is a-buzz again, readying to bring you another jam-packed week of brand new Liveworks performances.

We are ecstatic to bring to you works which have already received national and international acclaim, including Ecosexual Bathhouse from Pony Express, Mermermer by Nicola Gunn and Jo Lloyd and The Talk by the effervescent Mish Grigor.

We also have amazing durational performances for you to see in The Stance by Liesel Zink and Thunderhead by Tina Havelock Stevens. And after Part 1 received a 5-star review in Limelight, Jon Rose brings his museum back to life with Music for a Time of Dysfunction—Part 2.

There’s only seven days of Liveworks remaining so make sure you get involved before it’s all over!