PSpace Social: NightTime: Talent Quest

CURATED BY FRIENDS WITH DEFICITS
Presented by Performance Space in association with National Art School
SAT 17 MAY 2014
6PM – 8PM
Cell Block Theatre, National Art School (Darlinghurst)
$15/$10
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Saturday night. School Hall. The cordial is cold, the talent is hot. The decorations committee have outdone themselves. This is NightTime: Talent Quest.

What happens at a talent quest where NO-ONE wins or loses? From the generation that brought you endless positive reinforcement, nine artists will deliver an evening of multi-talented contemporary performance: impersonations, community dance, stand up routines, spoons (!?), and possibly even bush poetry (good lord). It’s all 10/10, but there’ll still be tears before bedtime…

Come cheer the return of Performance Space’s curated evening of performance works. NightTime has a long history as a showcase of Sydney’s brightest contemporary performance: since 2007, Performance Space has invited guest curators to program an evening of weird, way out, and wonderful short performances. Previous curators include Lara Thoms and Eddie Sharp (Erotic Fan Fiction), and hundreds of artists have taken part.

This time, Friends With Deficits (Amelia Wallin, Lisa Mumford, and Maria White) take the reins to bring NightTime to National Art School, with a talent quest of contemporary works and installations marking the sweet 16th NightTime from Performance Space.

FEATURING

  • Just a Couple of Nice Guys (Durational)

    110% 110% (Beth Dillon, Kieran Bryant, Lachlan Herd)

    Investigating the aphorism: ‘nice guys get last place’, 110% will infiltrate the Talent Quest audience, embodying the role of the ‘nice guy.’ Throughout the night they will compete to be the nicest guy with ostentatious displays of congeniality – no matter how desperate, ‘uncool’ or sexually undesirable they may appear to the audience.

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  • Presents

    Bron Batten

    Developed during her internship with the performance company The Neo Futurists in New York and Chicago, Bron Batten’s Presents plays with the notion of presence and being present. She will perform a series of actions to test the authenticity of the connection between her and the audience, from standing still on stage, to being tickled, to having tennis balls thrown at her when the audience feels the ‘connection’ is broken.

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  • The New Manhood

    Smalltown (James Brown and Matt Prest)

    The New Manhood is a PowerPoint presentation mixed with a concert, based on the book Manhood by Steve Biddulph. Smalltown will present some of the key points from Steve Biddulph’s book on Manhood and intersperse the presentation with 3 original ‘songs’ in an electro/pop/techno style inspired by the book.

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  • A Nervous Loser Comes on Stage

    Nick Coyle

    “Hello, my name is Nick, I’m from Sydney and tonight I am going to perform for you, three versions of the life and death of little known Australian politician Clive Summersby. I don’t care if I don’t win tonight. I just want people to know the story of Clive. Because not many people do, but in my opinion, many people should. Know the story. Of Clive. Summersby. Here I go. ”

    Nick Coyle will tell same story three times, in character. Once as a Monologue, once as a mini musical with puppets, and once with just the power of dance. Each retelling builds on the last and foreshadows the next. It ends with a dance climax.

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  • Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow!

    Sabrina D’Angelo

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow! is performance art meets Ted talk meets Guinness world record attempt – a 15 minute abridged compendium of every piece of apocalyptic fiction ever created (well maybe not every piece, but DAMN CLOSE). There will be body poetry inspired by images, characters, scenes, soundbites, text and references from the apocalypse-themed films, books and tv shows of the last 80 years. This is one young woman’s attempt to grasp the walk-on part we all have amid the sprawling enormity of deep time. No words. Semi-improvised. Very stupid.

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  • JENNIFER AND CRAIG PRESENT A CHART-TOPPING DUET 

    Jennifer Hamilton and Craig Johnson

    This entry is a brief, brash and finely-tuned exploration of the craft of the popular duet. This karaoke-style performance will beat any love song dedication and will showcase the artists’ primary talent: their intimate connection with each other. This talent will be displayed through a unique rendition of the classic gold-record winning hit, A Chart Topping-Duet.

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  • Prime Suspect (Durational)

    Nathan Harrison and Jake Pember

    Discovering the next highest prime number (a number divisible only by itself and one) is pretty much the biggest competitive international mathematic endeavour. The search for the next prime is the height of supreme mathleticism. Two unlikely heroes, a couple of young mathletes by the name of Nathan and Jake, are on a mission. Over the course of NightTime, they will discover the next highest prime, perhaps one with more than one hundred million digits.

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  •  Prep

    Kenzie Larsen

    Prep is a new performance work discussing ideas of determinism, infinity, projections of the future and incidences where Kenzie has been described as ‘talented’. The audience has the power to choose how the performance will end from a selection of prepared talents, such as Kenzie’s year 10 drama monologue, a dance, a song, a live portrait sitting or a slam poetry reading.

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  • Plus Screaming Soda by your hosts and curators, Friends with Deficits

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