NORPA announces team of Associate Artists to help shape contemporary theatre from regional Australia

An impressive team of highly skilled theatre makers has joined Northern NSW based theatre company NORPA as Associate Artists to deliver a greatly increased creative program.


Janis Balodis, Jade Dewi, Caroline Dunphy, Darcy Grant, Mitch King, Valley Lipcer, Kate McDowell and Emma Saunders will work alongside Julian Louis (Artistic Director) and Kirk Page (Associate Director) to create new devised works for NORPA; deliver masterclasses, workshops and training programs; host artist residencies; launch a program for children, families and school students; as well as develop their own works and strengthen creative connections into the Northern Rivers community.

Photograph by Kate Holmes

Photograph by Kate Holmes

The company also welcomes producer Jo Porter who will be working across multiple projects for NORPA including Djurra, directed by Kirk Page premiering in November at Artstate NSW, and a new work in development led by Julian Louis, slated for presentation in 2018.  

“This is an exciting time for NORPA – we are forging an adventurous, artist-led company within a creative cultural hub in regional Australia,” said Artistic Director Julian Louis. “All the artists joining us are accomplished makers in their own right and represent the cutting edge of Australian talent across a multitude of forms – dance, acrobatics, acting, writing, music, production. Each artist brings their own ideas, passion and expertise. They connect us with a myriad of communities and inform NORPA’s aesthetic and creative process.”  

“Together we will create bold, new devised works and a far reaching artistic program that is physical, visceral, ambitious, inclusive and occupies a unique place in the national theatre landscape.”  

For more about each Associate Artist, click here.

Immediate opportunities for people to take advantage of the expertise of the new Associate Artists are via masterclass series and a weekly drop-in class. These are a dance-theatre masterclass with Emma Saunders (Dance Theatre Masterclass 31 Aug – 2 Sept) and a physical theatre and acrobatic masterclass with Darcy Grant (Balancing Dynamics 18-22 September), plus a drop-in weekly class exploring improvisation and performance with Jade Dewi (Training Ground 18-22 September). NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis will also be involved in all classes. NORPA is offering three complimentary places per masterclass series.   For more information about all classes, click here.

Read NORPA's Quarterly Newsletter for more news about NORPA's creative program.

 

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake : A performance residency in Byron

Photograph by Sharne Wolff @sharnorama

Photograph by Sharne Wolff @sharnorama

We first became aware of Monkey Monkey Shake Shake when a large, pink ghostlike figure covered in pom poms turned up silently at our winter issue launch party at Thom Gallery.  Lingering at the door and seemingly alone, the figure was quickly ushered in and became the talk of the party. Who had invited him (it?)? We still don't have the answer. 

Now,  Lone Goat Gallery is proud to present the earth-quaking, Neo-Dada, punk-crafted explosion of Monkey Monkey Shake Shake. MMSS combine music, performance, costume, dance, art, comedy, animation and film - creating their own irresistible mythology, characters and genre-defying world. Prepare to be delighted, and slightly confused!

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake was created in 2014 when Sheldon wrote a song about a Grizzly Bear. His creative partner Sem usually animated the songs but they were sick of being stuck in the studio after a long year of completing a kids' DVD called 'Little Frog'.


So they dumped the computers, designed costumes with artist & collaborator, Myo and made themselves into live characters. They danced and filmed the Grizzly Bear song on the streets of Byron and Brisbane. Then Tokyo. Then Seoul.

 

There was something that crossed culture, age, sex, boundaries. People came out of their shell.

So they wrote more songs, made more costumes, and performed on more streets, at a rabbi party, a gallery in Seoul, Brisbane Powerhouse, Splendour in the Craft at Splendour in the Grass 2016-17, beaches, train stations, and AGI Open - the world's most respected design conference.

During their four-week season at Lone Goat Gallery, MMSS will present an installation, video and documentaries, workshop and live performances, turning the gallery into an open residency and studio. On any day, visitors might encounter the artists at work, rehearsing, recording, creating new works - or in their absence, the evolving residue and outcome of their activity.

 

EXHIBITION: August 11 until September 6 2017
OPENING AND PERFORMANCE: Saturday 12 August 4-6pm – Free

Workshop

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake will collaborate with artist and costumier Myo Yim to present a Grizzly Bear Felt Hat Workshop and Grizzly Bear picnic on Saturday August 26 from 12-3pm at Lone Goat Gallery. The workshop is $65 including all materials and afternoon tea. Place limited to 25 persons.
 

PROGRAM
GRIZZLY BEAR FELT HAT WORKSHOP: Saturday 26 August 12-3pm

PERFORMANCE: Saturday 26 August 4pm – Free
Hosted by artist and costumier Myo Yim
$65 per person,
25 places available
Afternoon tea supplied
Bookings: lonegoatgallery@gmail.com