Performance Space Presents


Collage by Kitty Callaghan


Louana Sainsbury
Chang Kang Hua
Ebony Rattle
Katya Petetskaya
Rowena Potts
Ceridwen Dovey
Jingwei Bu
The Living Room Theatre
Michelle St Anne
Chloe Kim

Dates & Session Times

Wednesday 26 Oct - 6:00pm


Digital or In-Theatre presentation

You have two options for attending LIVE DREAMS:

  • If you are in Sydney you can attend in-person at Carriageworks’ Track 12, or
  • You can watch the live stream, or tune in on-demand


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This event is available on demand until Sunday 6th Nov. 

TIDAL (Wednesday 26 October)
Curated by Louana Sainsbury

Tides have a rhythm of regularity and impermanence, both consistent and shifting. They signify a turn, a rise and fall, a surge and reveal, a changeover cycle and a return. TIDAL invites artists to reflect on the constant cycles of change; an advance and recession that can be slow, sudden, dangerous, surprising, joyful, devastating, predictable and mundane. We navigate our lives in a state of impermanence and flux, where time is both long and fleeting. Curiosity, endurance, creativity and resilience keep us moving forward.  This program brings artists together to share their practice and respond to a provocation on the cycles of change. What will the next moment offer? What is revealed when the tides have turned?

General Admission $20+bf
Livestream and on demand $20+bf

Livestream Group Booking $80+bf


Chang Kang Hua, Shampoo Is Telling a Story
To the artist, Chang Kang-Hua, shampooing is an act of momentary intimacy. Since 2018, he has traveled across Thailand, Philippines and Taiwan, offering to shampoo people’s hair, one-on-one, as part of his artistic research on interpersonal relationships. “Have you had a memorable shampooing experience?” he would ask in these encounters, collecting many personal narratives along the way. This time, Chang would like to present a video documentary about the Chinese Diaspora. At the beginning of the 20th century, his grandfather moved to Singkawang (Indonesia) from China, and then his parents migrated to Taiwan(Republic of China) in 1988. In 1988, the government of Taiwan had lifted martial law, and the atmosphere between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan was intense among the Chinese communities in South-East Asia. Through shampooing, his mother and he hold a conversation about the story of the migration.

Ebony Rattle, Winona
You don’t know where you are. You don’t know what to feel. Your thoughts ricochet off every wall and the sterilising lights from the doctors office permeate every thought. Just try this pill, just try to sleep, just exercise, just call this number if it gets bad. Most times it feels like they’re keeping you alive just to keep you alive. Winona is a sixty-minute naked shopping trolley ride through an abandoned car park decorated with bandaids on the knees and elbows from previous wounds. Equal parts soul crushing and absurdly ridiculous, swathed in too much sticky tape to disguise shoddy wrapping skills. A love letter to our neurodiverse and disabled bodies, brains and hearts.
Warning: mentions of suicide and mental illness.

Katya Petetskaya, Recycled
Everything on this planet is interconnected and created from the same matter which is constantly being recycled. Everything that is alive is programmed to survive. While death is an unavoidable part of the natural cycle of life on Earth, we humans have always sought ways of extending nature’s boundaries. Where does this deep longing for immortality come from? If it is unnatural, then why and where did this idea originate from?

Rowena Potts & Ceridwen Dovey, Requiem for the Space Station
Requiem for the Space Station imagines the last ten astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) reading a sonnet cycle to farewell the vessel before it is deorbited and crashed into the remote South Pacific. Based on an original collection of poems — voiced by actual astronauts — this experimental film combines exquisite photographs of the ISS taken by Roland Miller and Paolo Nespoli with archival footage that evokes its future watery grave. As the ISS's lifespan draws inexorably to a close, how will we as humans say goodbye to an outer space habitat that has been a home to astronauts for decades?

Jingwei Bu, Bloody Ink Play
Bloody Ink Play is a personal reflection on the act of giving birth, based on the artist’s own experience of two life-threatening labor deliveries. According to Buddhist philosophy, individuals go through several cycles of birth, living, death and rebirth. Employing modalities of performance (through tai chi inspired movement), installation, as well as everyday material, this project is a meditation on endurance, resilience, repetition, the notion of time and the philosophical questioning of the meaning of life.

The Living Room Theatre: Michelle St Anne and Chloe Kim, Enter Sally Stage Right
Trauma has a rhythm. A surge. Enter Sally Stage Right explores processes of memory recall and the psychological method of imagery re-scripting by exploring rhythm, noise, and performative images associated with femaleness. In this collaborative first between two of Sydney’s leading female ‘jazz’ artists, Michelle St Anne and Chloe Kim, ‘Enter Sally Stage Right’ interrogates ways of memory making and re-making framed by Michelle’s composing self methodology, constructed using improvisational jazz techniques. This work in-development show asks the audience to witness the discomfort of female trauma. And to be a part of new understandings for the way memory, meaning and relationships are scripted into our bodies through sound, movement and time. Featuring special guest Julie Samerski, touch typist.

Performance Space’s LIVE DREAMS is a platform for artists to share works-in-progress and ideas in development in a dynamic and responsive environment. LIVE DREAMS takes place both in-theatre at Carriageworks and digitally via our live streaming channel, Live On The Line. This platform offers us an exciting glimpse into current developments in experimental art, creating a crucible for experimentation and conversation.

This October, Performance Space presents the 5th season of LIVE DREAMS, inviting artists to present works-in-progress that imagine radical futures. Our three guest curators—Alex Wisser, Louana Sainsbury and River Lin—have themed each stream with a powerful forward-looking provocation, inviting us to interrogate the role of art in shaping and reshaping our collective future in an ever-shifting world. What agendas do we want to advance and how might art dispel myths, illuminate concerns or provoke radical visions?

All the events in the LIVE DREAMS Series will be available On-Demand via our channel LIVE-ON-THE-LINE until Sunday November 6, 11:59pm.


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