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Vulcana Women’s Circus
Saturday 14 October, 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Diane Cilento Studio @ Queensland Theatre

Join Vulcana Women’s Circus in a playful workshop exploring the basics of circus – from simple movement, to manipulating objects, to using other bodies to balance on, to games that activate the body and the mind.

Vulcana Women’s Circus run workshops for adults, kids and teens and develop community projects with all kinds of different communities. The focus always being on creativity and empowerment through circus.

Facilitated by Feldenkrais practitioner Anna Yen, a highly experienced circus and performance making teacher and Rebecca Jones, an experienced circus teacher, yoga teacher, artsworker fluent in Auslan.

Tickets: Workshop pass (Limited spaces)
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Categories: Circus Workshop


Eleonora Ginardi
Saturday 14 October, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Diane Cilento Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Butoh started as an art movement in Tokyo post World War II. During this period of political and cultural turmoil various forms of protest and artistic expression were created. In particular, Butoh was a response to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The defeat of the Imperial Army and the introduction of Western materialism fueled a movement of creative expression that formed a physical, spiritual and cultural dance. This was called Butoh.

Butoh uses images and embodies it during its practice. It is not concerned with controlling the body, but considers the individual as a medium to move without force or expectations. It uses imagery to move the body internally and externally. A certain element of control versus openness is explored. The slow movement in Butoh is known as “Ma” or “the empty space”.

Join Eleonora Ginardi and Marisa Georgiou for an interactive workshop that focuses on movement, stillness and metamorphosis.  This collaboration will be using embodied performance to deepen understandings of outside forces on the body, and the capacity of the environment to “move” you. Eleonora Ginardi, a theatre Maker, and Marisa Georgiou, a visual artist, will weave their personal practices to activate a new cultural dance.

Tickets: Workshop pass
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Wielding Theatre
Workshop: Universal Principals of Theatre Making
Saturday 14 October, 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Billie Brown Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Wielding Theatre are a Melbourne based theatre company, using theatre as an investigative tool towards inclusive experiences for all.

Inside was developed through using universal principles of theatre making created by people with and without disability to ask the question; Can disability be a collaborator? And if so, how? And what does that look like? Wielding Theatre have answered the question with a resounding yes.

Through the story of the two performers’ experience of dance, Inside uses a range of mediums to reveal the internal dialogue of both performers at different stages within their understanding of their world. Inside also explores the often unsaid but commonly felt anxieties around performing with a disability to a live audience. The lighting design and sound design is a reflection of their intimate relationship with dance, desire, and disability in that each performer has a designated lighting state and intimate sound track that represents their experience of dance to the audience.

Wielding Theatre invite you to explore these elements in an interactive workshop following their performance. You are encouraged to bring along your ideas to discuss in the workshop.

Tickets: Workshop pass
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InsideOutside Dance Ensemble
Saturday 14 October, 5.45pm – 7.15pm
Diane Cilento Studio @ Queensland Theatre


InsideOutside Dance Ensemble is an initiative of InsideOutside Theatre Company, a charitable organisation based in Brisbane.  InsideOutside Dance Ensemble has previously worked with Marc Brew and the Royal Ballet enabling young dancers with disability to provide opportunities to learn a variety of dance styles and to receive on stage performance experiences.

Dancers of all abilities are invited to join the members of InsideOutside Dance Ensemble for a high energy 90-minute experience. Facilitator and Swagamama performer Sheru Bharadawaja will teach you a range of hip hop dance techniques and enable you to share your story through an end-of-workshop performance.

Tickets: Workshop pass
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Categories: Dance Workshop


Steve Sparrow
Saturday 14 October, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Foyer @ Queensland Theatre


Singer, guitarist, songwriter Steve Sparrow will take you through the history of Country Blues and Rock’n’Roll music. He will also impart a lot of interesting information about these musicians and talk about many of the people behind these artists. Learn and listen to the music of household legends such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty and Elvis Presley.

Keen to learn the tricks of the trade? Steve will demonstrate some of their varied guitar and vocal styles and perform many of the songs that are synonymous with this style of music.

You might even find yourself singing along at times!

Tickets: Festival pass
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Ged Maybury
Saturday 14 October, 1.15pm – 2.45pm
Greenroom @ Queensland Theatre


Ged Maybury is a storyteller, performance-poet, actor and author. He is best known for his 15 comedy and science fiction books for children. He has written and performed in shows for children and adults, tutored drama and creative writing and looked really good as a nude model (a long, long time ago!).

Undercover Artist Festival 2015 favourite Ged Maybury is back and self-describes himself as frequently horizontal and a teller of stories, but are they true? From Steamed Up Punk to punctuated surrealism, Ged will decipher a journey of autistic moments from childhood, mostly about getting in trouble. As part of Stories So True, join Ged for a 1 hour workshop featuring the likes of poetry, storytelling and creative writing.

When he grows up, he wants to make movies.

Tickets: Workshop pass (Limited spaces)
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Back to Back Theatre
Saturday 14 October
Workshop 1: 2.10pm – 3.40pm
Workshop 2. 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Diane Cilento Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Dedicated to randomness, uncertainty and a love of errors in the creation of new theatre, UNMASTERCLASS is a theatre workshop that prioritises being over knowledge and skill, elevates doing over thinking.

After nearly 30 years of creating highly innovative and auspicious performance works, Back to Back Theatre has learnt that mastery is the need to learn how not to know what one is doing and how to go on doing it. Join us in a playful and thought-provoking journey where too much definition in the rehearsal room leaves too much out and the objective for theatre makers is learning not to be the master of your own house.

UNMASTERCLASS is an experience and experiment in relational transformations, a reminder that doing something properly is not always a way of doing it differently.

Participants will be given the opportunity to enhance their practice by working with Back to Back Theatre’s Artistic Associate Tamara Searle from one of Australia’s most globally recognised and respected theatre companies.

Book in early as places are limited for the two UNMASTERCLASS workshops.

Tickets: $50 per each workshop (Limited spaces)
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Kari Sullivan
Saturday 14 October, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Greenroom @ Queensland Theatre


What’s in an artist statement? A cognitive approach to writing effective artist statements.

What is your artist statement really saying? In this workshop, Dr Kari Sullivan shows how academic research on artist statements can help artists control the effects of their statements on potential audiences. For example, Dr Sullivan’s studies suggest that artists who describe their work as a personal “journey” may lead audiences to expect the work to be more esoteric. On the other hand, audiences may be disappointed if they cannot immediately understand artworks that are claimed to ‘send a message’.

Word choices such as these have particular effects on an audience because the words tend to make audiences think in particular ways as shown in cognitive approaches to language.

Participants will apply these principles either to the improvement or the design of their own artist statements.

Tickets: Workshop pass (Limited spaces)
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Scott Wings
Saturday 14 October, 2.45pm – 4.15pm
Billie Brown Studio @ Queensland Theatre


Whiplash is a one-man performance that uses words and physicality to interpret meanings around “Hope”.

Through storytelling, poetry, mime and physical theatre, Scott questions what real hope is in a world where even hope has been commodified and branded for sale, for election, for attention.

This is a small part of Melbourne-based artist Scott Wings’ The Hope Project – a multidisciplinary arts project questioning hope in order to find real hope. The Hope Project workshop – collects stories around hope, trying to figure out what hope is, the realities of despair and what we truly hope for.

In the process of creating The Hope Project, Scott Wings will interview, question and critique what people think of hope.

Let’s take steps to catalogue and maintain hopeful thought.

Tickets: Workshop pass

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