During the Queer Development Program, 11 of the most exciting emerging Queer artists from across Australia will have 5 days of workshops and development. We’ve put together a little insight into the incredible program, and what you can expect from QDP if you apply next year ;)
Tuesday 14 June
Keynote Discussion & Q&A with Justin Shoulder
Working primarily in performance, sculpture, video and collective events Phasmahammer is the pseudonym of shape-shifting artist Justin Talplacido Shoulder. Phasmahammer an eco-cosmology of alter personas based on queered ancestral myth. For this keynote discussion, Justin will share insights into his practice, his modes of collaboration, and discuss his work that spans mainstage theatres, installation, and queer club spaces.
Wednesday 15 June
Sound Design and QLab Basics with Clemence Williams
Clemence Williams is a director for theatre and opera as well as a sound designer and composer. Clemence will host a practical workshop sharing basic skills in QLab that will enable participants to create basic compositions and sound designs. Using these few simple building blocks, our QDP workshoppers will be able to continue to expand their sound and composition practices.
Movement and Choreography with Fetu Taku
Fetu Taku is a professional dancer and choreographer currently residing in Sydney. Fetu will lead a workshop in movement and choreography. Drawing on her skills across numerous forms, she will lead a class followed by some discussion time for participants' projects.
Thursday 16 June
Performance Making with Hossein Ghaemi
Hossein Ghaemi’s practice deals with fantasies and feelings. He adopts themes of secrecy, the unconscious, theatricality and mysticism to create surreal scenarios through real and imagined characters. Performance, sound, video and painting are at the core of his practice. Hossein will lead a workshop exploring intuitive singing and how this can inform performance making across forms.
Friday 17 June
Performance Play & Thank You Body with Emma Maye Gibson AKA Betty Grumble
Emma Maye Gibson is a Sydney based performance artist. Largely through the avatar/war mask/love letter/critter of Grumble she engages her body as a hopeful and medicinal site for catharsis and pleasure. Emma Maye will be presenting a workshop titled Performance Play & Thank You Body with Betty Grumble. A joyful dive into embodied devising, attending and practice for performance and creative living/visions. This workshop will be physical and spiritual and bows to the vibrant cultures and histories of performance as we worship and respect it as holy ground-ing.
Set and Spatial Design with Future Method Studio
Future Method Studio is a collaborative and inter/anti-disciplinary practice working on projects that sit outside established notions of contemporary art & architecture attempting to transfigure spatial dynamics of power through discourse, pedagogies, art, design, and architectural practice. Future Method will lead a session exploring their experimental architectural and spatial practice, with a focus on designing for performance.
Saturday 18 June
Dramaturgy with Sarah Rodigari
Sarah Rodigari is an artist whose practice addresses the social and political potential of art. Their work is site responsive, employing, durational live action, improvisation, and dialogical methodologies to produce text-based performance and installations. Sarah will bring their dramaturgical practice to bear on the QDP artist projects in this final session, providing context and insight into dramaturgy as a practice and how dramaturgical thinking can help inform practice.
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