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Thursday 14 April

Claire Robertson, 'Far From Here', 2016

Dear friends,

Next Wave Festival 2016 starts in just three weeks! The office, our artists and venues are abuzz, and we're getting more and more excited to see you during this year's Festival.

Angkot Alien sold out last week and our Indigenous Language Workshops are super close – so if you've got your eye on something intimate, get booking because you might miss out. Plus, it's your last chance to enter the draw if you fancy adding a hotel stay and dinner to your Festival experience – book into three or more events by tomorrow (April 15) to automatically enter the draw for dinner and a one night stay at Art Series Hotels

This week we saw (and heard) some great interviews with Festival artists, and gave lots of high fives to those who've been nominated for prizes. We also tried to wrap our heads around astrophysics, thanks to the help of GROUND CONTROL artist, Rachel Perks and her sister, Emily Suvada. Read their article on Worm Hole to find out more.
See you soon!

Georgie Meagher
Artistic Director

Amrita Hepi & Jahra Wasasala, PASSING

PASSING combines Amrita Hepi’s hip-hop prowess and background in contemporary dance with Jahra Wasasala’s grounded and ritualistic choreographic style to create a provocative, complex and deeply magnetic work – a physical dialogue that exists between two daughters of diaspora.

Northcote Town Hall | Book now
Green tickets available

Thomas E.S. Kelly, [MIS]CONCEIVE

In his debut full-length dance-theatre work, [MIS]CONCEIVErising performer and choreographer Thomas E.S. Kelly (Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company) explodes the misconceptions of what it is to be a young urban Aboriginal person in Australia, through a movement style that is expressive and immediate.

Northcote Town Hall | Book now

Dylan Sheridan, The Horse

Following the critically acclaimed Terminal at Next Wave Festival 2014, Dylan Sheridan is back with The Horse, a sonic exploration of galactic patterns through a innovative composition that can be played for one minute, one hour, or one year, depending on the resolution of its data. It is a dark and dreamlike concerto for saxophone, accompanied by violin, cello, electronics and automated instruments. 

Arts House |  Book now

The Delta Project, Under My Skin

The Delta Project's Under My Skin is the company’s highly anticipated new work that merges choreography and dance with new media and sound. This ground-breaking company, comprised of deaf and hearing dancers, creates cross-cultural work using Auslan and English with dance as a universal communicator. Layered and revealing, Under My Skin challenges what it is to listen and be heard.

Arts House | Book now
Green tickets available

Alasdair Doyle & Liam James, Something Less

Inspired by Tracey Moffatt’s iconic photographic series Something MoreSomething Less examines truth, belonging, and the continuous alteration of identity. It looks at the little-understood Indigenous history of Tasmania, an island where imperial attempts at mass-genocide and ethnic ‘cleansing’ of Aboriginal peoples were more extensive than on mainland Australia.

Meat Market | Read more

Claire Robertson, Far From Here

Far From Here is a video installation of cinematic proportions. Artist Claire Robertson leads the viewer through large-scale, multi-channel projections that capture uninhabited fly-in fly-out mining camps of the Pilbara Region, where Robertson spent part of her childhood. Far From Here examines the prevailing colonial relationships to the landscape and what it really means to ‘inhabit place’, asking ‘Are we really here?’

Meat Market | Read more

Rachel Perks & Emily Suvada, 'Talking Singularities with an Astrophysicist Sister' on Worm Hole

"It's mid-to-late 2015. Rachel is writing GROUND CONTROL, a play about science and women. She starts reading a lot about astrophysics, at the same time as reading I Love Dick by Chris Kraus. She quickly realises she knows nothing about science, although quite a bit about women..." Keep reading.

High fives! Next Wave Festival artist and collaborator achievements

• Liam James has been nominated for the People's Choice section of the National Photographic Portrait Prize,
 microLandscapes dancer Niharika Senapati has been nominated for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer’ at the Australian Dance Awards
• Thomas E.S. Kelly has been named in NITV's 10 Indigenous young people worth celebrating this National Youth Week

Former Next Wave Festival Artistic Director, Jeff Khan, in conversation with Georgie Meagher (via Arts House)

"Both artists and curators need to be curious, they need to develop a practice... and they need to have an appetite for strange, challenging and confronting conversations – the best work comes out of them." Read the conversation.

Georgie Meagher

Nine immersive performances at Next Wave Festival 2016

Like to feel as if you’re inside an alternate universe when you go to a performance? Next Wave Festival 2016 features some of Australia’s best new immersive dance, theatre and sound. Make sure you book tickets to these shows before they sell out! Read more.

Instagram highlights

Some highlights from Instagram this week. Images L-R, Pony Express ahead of Ecosexual BathhouseNatasha Gabriella Tontey ahead of Angkot Alien


with Rafaella McDonald, and Hannah Brontë ahead of Still I Rise.

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