the ocean is filled with tears
And the sea turns into a mirror There's a whale in the moon when it's clear And a bird on the tide
- Tom Waits
Let Me Dry Your Eyes is a love story of sorts where two beings - a bird and a whale - are connected only where they can meet at the water’s surface. Audience will be invited to experience the work at the water’s edge, listen and view underwater through telescopes and hydrophones and possibly even join us in the pool.
In development in 2019 in collaboration with Nayri Niara Good Spirit Festival and Dancenorth A.R.T. Residency.
Supported by Arts Tasmania, the Alcorso Foundation, Regional Arts Fund and SEE supporters.
SEE is about knocking down the barriers to participation in performance. It is about offering a creative experience to everyone and bringing all of those dancing bodies onto public stages of their own design.
It is about bringing exceptions, exclusions, the outsiders, gaps in thinking, and gaps in moving out into the open. It is about creating exceptions to the rules.
It is about exceptional acts and exceptional encounters, and most importantly it's about exceptional people: people who defy norms, who don't fit neatly and who challenge our expectations of dance and the dancing body.
What Makes You Beautiful is a film work staring ensemble member Alex Morris-Baguley who dreams of marrying One Direction. Yes- all of five of them.
Under the script/movement development of Sue Hayes and film direction of Rebecca Thomson we will begin the creative development of a Bollywood style musical that interrogates fame, fans and celebrity culture through the eyes of a Directioner.
In development 2019-2020
Supported by Arts Tasmania, the Alcorso Foundation and SEE supporters.
Through dance, physical theatre and immersive design, we journey deep into the promise of spring. Interiors are revealed; the wishful linings of pockets, secrets stained on petticoats, histories and landscapes tattooed on the heart. Our hopes, expectations, and choices. Our rights and dreams. Rite of Spring is a grand procession: audience and performers traveling together. On a journey with friends, strangers and neighbors, we move at the same pace and in the same rhythm. We feel geography and celebrate moving and being moved.
Ten Days on the Island RAWspace 2015, Undercover Artists Festival, Brisbane
Premiere: Salamanca MOVES 2016
Produced by Second Echo Ensemble in association with Tasmanian Theatre Company and Salamanca MOVES
Director: Kelly Drummond Cawthon Design Team: Nick Higgins, Hanna Parsinnen, Roz Wren
Musical Director: Michael Fortescue
Performance: Luke Campbell, Aidan Chick, Alma Faludi, Rodrigo Diaz-Icasuriaga, Zeb Direen, Rob Flehr, Bryony Geeves, David Montgomery, Alexandra Morris-Baguley, Bridget Nicklason-King, Elise Romaszko, Charlie Smith, William Webster.
Contested Land is conceived and directed by Charlie Smith. A founding member of SEE, Charlie is working with ideas that are both quietly political and socially evocative. Investigating the history of nations, conflicts both embodied and landscaped, and lines drawn in the sand, Contested Land explores our sense of connection and what it means to us to take, give, share and fight over our contested lands.
Development Showings: Dancehouse Room to Move 2016 , Melbourne, Ten Days on the Island RAWspace 2017, You Are Here Festival, Canberra 2017
Presented by Moonah MOVES and Second Echo Ensemble in association with Tasmanian Theatre Company.
Director: Charlie Smith
Creative Producer: Kelly Drummond Cawthon
Performance: Second Echo Ensemble with Joshua Langford Musical Directors: Matthew Fargher and Michael Fortescue
Original Recorded Music Works by: Rhys Gray and Thomas Misson, commissioned and recorded for Contested Land by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gregory Stephens.
Design: Roz Wren
By My Hand is an immersive physical theatre work set within a rigorously defined structural lattice of rope and rock. It is a kinesthetic and sensory exploration of how we are caught up and held in place by our perceptions, our beliefs, and our rigidly held constructs of authority.
That which constrains us, defines us. That which contains us, releases us.
Premiere: DARK MOFO 2018
Tour to Lonely in the Rain Festival 2018, Finland
Choreographer: Luke Campbell Creative Producer: Kelly Drummond Cawthon
Music Direction: Matthew Fargher Performance: Luke Campbell, Kelly Drummond Cawthon, Alma Faludi, Matthew Fargher, Michael Fortescue, William Webster, Bella Young
Visual Installation: Garth Knight Costume Design: Roz Wren Production Manager + Lighting Design: Sam Cole
Produced by Dark MOFO and Second Echo Ensemble
Producing Partner: Tasmanian Theatre Company
Supported by City of Hobart, Creative Hobart, kdcWORKS, Dark MOFO, Match Creative Partnerships Australia, Arts Tasmania and SEE supporters.