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:
1. QUEER NU WERK: OPEN STUDIO AND PARTY
Saturday 25 March, 6 – 10pm
Tickets $10 (advance)/ $15 (on the door)
This event contains performances that involve nudity and adult themes
2. 2017 STEPHEN CUMMINS RESIDENCY – ANNOUNCED
We are pleased to announce that the 2017 residency artist will be KoCo Carey. KoCo is a Western Sydney based ‘fakaleiti’ artist, with a movement-based practice focusing on queer belonging and cultural performativity. Her work investigates personal experience, from her cultural heritage as a Tongan and Maori ‘Fakaleiti’ person and her identity as a trans non-binary identity living and growing up in suburban Sydney.
Undertaking a two-week creative development she will be mentored by Tongan/Australian performance artist Latai Taumoepeau. Her residency project will investigate traditional Tongan hulas, the repression of cultural expression under colonial rule and the intersection of this history with the queer body.
In association with PACT, Centre for Emerging Artists, Performance Space presents the Stephen Cummins Residency. This 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.
3. 2017 WORKSHOP INTENSIVE ARTISTS – ANNOUNCED
We are also pleased to announce that the participants of the inaugural Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive have been selected. This week-long program focuses on developing performance skills, collaborative approaches to art making and developing intergenerational connections between queer performers. Bringing together a slew of exciting experimental artists as facilitators these workshops will be lead by Chris Ryan, Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra, Julie-Anne Long, Brooke Stamp, Nat Randall and Frances Barrett, and Victoria Spence.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2016 RESIDENCIES