Salamanca Arts Centre proudly presents a new participatory dance festival for Hobart in September 2016. Salamanca MOVES will inspire and empower a community of dance agents for change.

Movers will challenge and re-imagine the dancing body, and extraordinary art experiences will innovate local and national dance conversations.

Events during the festival will be focused around Hobart’s vibrant Salamanca precinct.

“Tasmania’s dance community is rich and incredibly diverse,” says festival curator Kelly Drummond Cawthon, a Hobart girl who left town in the eighties aged 16 seeking qualifications and a career in dance. She returned from the US in 2011 as a dancer, choreographer and inspiring activist dance educator who now runs Salamanca Arts Centre’s SPACE and Live Arts program.

“Whether you’re talking about dance as a hobby, as a vocation or anything in between, it’s a universal form of expression that brings people together in so many powerful and interesting ways.”

The festival will feature dancers and dance-makers who have trained for decades and performed on world stages, dancers who identify with a disability, dancers on the streets, in hidden spaces and across the Salamanca precinct.

Diverse dance will be main-streamed with the deep belief that the more difference you share the more dance is enriched as an art-form.

Submissions are welcomed from dancers of all levels, including teachers, and anyone looking to engage in performances, workshops, panels and conversations about dance.

Movers of all ages are invited and welcomed to engage in creative opportunities, movement experiences and performances. New Movers without dance experience are welcome.

Salamanca MOVES
A community festival celebrating contemporary dance
21 September – 1 October, 2016
Hobart, Tasmania Australia


Go to this page and fill out the form

Or to discuss Salamanca MOVES with Coordinator Kelly Drummond-Cawthon email her.

Dead Set returns to the Peacock Theatre after 22 years


Sue Giles and Ian Pidd are back at Salamanca Arts Centre with Dead Set, after a gap of a mere two decades! Ahead of next week’s remounting of the very popular show, we had a chat to Ian about his memories of the original show.

So Ian, what was the impetus for the original production of this show back in 1994?

Well, back in the day we set ourselves the task of writing a new show every year. Sometimes for the Melbourne Comedy Festival and sometimes for Melbourne Fringe. This was a Fringe one. To open at La Mama. Which felt like a lot of pressure. But in a good way. The original idea was for us to make a show about a compulsive liar. And the starting point for the show was much darker than the show finished up being. After a while the whole process got swept up in the love story (we’d never done that before, even though we are a couple…) and, of course the Great Australian Musical which became the story within the story (which we had used before, but this was a much more sophisticated version of that).

We had been doing a bunch of Zootango shows in the Peacock. Weren’t those the days! Huge cast productions of all sorts of plays. So we’ve always loved the place.

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The Birdmann ‘LIVE’ comedy special to be filmed in the Peacock Theatre


The Peacock Theatre will host the filming of a new comedy special next month. As quoted from The Birdmann’s media release:

For one night only the internationally infamous Birdmann will perform his greatest comedy variety acts and make a film of it!

The man like no man has toured to over fifteen countries, and from the Australian National Circus Festival to the Glastonbury Music Festival, to being nominated Most Original Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe and even being a special guest at the Sydney Opera House.

In a tight black suit with cool hair, cutting-edge humour and out of this world feats witness plastic bag-juggling, object head-balancing and jazz comedy-mixing in an environmentally thrilling journey of fun and freedom.

This very special event will be released as a downloadable film and DVD created by highly talented Tasmanian filmmakers, supported by Wide Angle Tasmania through the Audacity Fund and through a crowdfunding campaign.
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SAC seeks theatre specialist for leadership role


Are you a Production Manager, a Creative Producer with technical expertise, or a Theatre Technician interested in contributing to the Arts in Tasmania?

Salamanca Arts Centre is inviting expressions of interest from exceptional, committed arts-workers for current and future opportunities.

There is a leadership position working in the Peacock Theatre and SPACE program to be filled immediately.

Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) is Tasmania’s multi-arts creative hub and an integral part of the State’s arts and creative industries infrastructure. SAC is an engine room for art-making and presentation; a centre for artists and designers in-studios; home to many of Tasmania’s leading arts organisations across live performance (theatre, music, dance), film and writing; cultural and commercial galleries and studios for visual arts, crafts and design.

SAC connects Tasmanian arts, artists, audiences, and arts-based businesses with national and international audiences, peers and opportunities.


To be the arts engine-room for Tasmania, developing and promoting the contemporary expression of the arts through leadership, creativity, innovation and excellence. We are seeking to grow our pool of Production Managers, Creative Producers and Technicians to work with us on productions and community projects.

To be good fit for Salamanca Arts Centre, you will:

  • Be an experienced all-rounder, with expertise across lighting, sound, staging, stage management and event management;
  • Have at least 3 years of professional experience in the arts industry;
  • Be an outstanding and mature communicator, with awareness of cultural differences in approaches to communication;
  • Have great problem-solving ability, a sense of humour, and ability to stay cool in a crisis;
  • Have a passion for the arts;
  • Enjoy working in both outdoor environments and traditional performance and arts venues.

Please send a CV and one page cover letter outlining your interest in Salamanca Arts Centre to by 5 pm on 21 March 2016.

Vale Lloyd Blazely, OAM

Salamanca Arts Centre marks the passing of Lloyd Blazely OAM with great sadness.

As a gifted educator and education researcher and policy-driver, he contributed greatly to the state of Tasmania and to the arts as the tireless long-serving President and later Vice President of Salamanca Arts Centre’s Community and Arts Centre Foundation Executive Committee across 1977 to 1986.

Our deepest sympathies are with his dear wife Em and family.

Lloyd Blazeley’s OAM was presented on 27 September 2013 by Chief Justice Alan Blow OAM QC in his capacity as Lieutenant-Governor of Tasmania, and Lloyd’s successor as President of the Community and Arts Centre Foundation (now known as Salamanca Arts Centre).

Justice Blow and Lloyd Blazely OAM

Australian premiere of
Denuded by Bruno Isaković


Acclaimed Croatian choreographer Bruno Isaković brings his solo experimental performance, Denuded to Hobart this Friday and Saturday in the production’s Australian premiere.

The cutting-edge work is presented as part of Salamanca Arts Centre’s HyPe Residency program in the Peacock Theatre.

“This is such an intimate performance. I am looking forward to meeting the audience from down under and to being turned upside-down by this experience,” says Bruno Isaković.

Denuded was created during Bruno Isaković’s artistic residencies in Art Workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik in 2013, through the Perforations program and the Performing Arts Network.

It went on to appear in numerous festivals, including New York Queen International Arts Festival in 2014, and has been presented in various iterations—included as a duet and as an ensemble piece.

The current version of the work, with Bruno Isaković performing solo, has toured internationally to over 20 countries, including a North American tour USA (New York, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco) before making its way to Australia this month.

Denuded is about the body, movement and stillness, breathing and, most importantly, about a constant contact with the audience. The confrontation of the naked body and the gaze is the work’s driving force.

[It] did feel significant. It was as if we all had been somewhere together, no matter how we had dressed for the journey. Brian Siebert, New York Times (review of the 2014 production)


Author + Performer: Bruno Isaković

Production: Domino / Perforations Festival


Friday 26 February 2016 @ 8:00pm

Saturday 27 February 2016 @ 8:00pm

VENUE: The Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre,

77 Salamanca Place Hobart

TICKETS: $20 + booking fee. Nudity, suitable for audiences 18+

Tickets available online and at the door.

Bookings link:

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER / PERFORMER Bruno Isaković was born in Zagreb, and graduated in contemporary dance in Amsterdam. In Zagreb he is a member of the Studio for contemporary dance, collaborating with numerous choreographers, regular freelance choreographer and holds dance workshops. Bruno Isaković graduated with a degree in contemporary dance from Amsterdam School of the Arts in 2009. In 2010, he returned to Croatia to continue his intense activities in the field of dance art, and in September 2011 became a member of Contemporary Dance Studio. He works with different choreographers, creates his own performances, and holds dance workshops. Isaković has received various prestigious scholarships, as well as the following awards: Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Deinst – Stipendienurkunde (2010) and Jury Award and Best Solo Dance at Solo Dance International Festival in Budapest.

FURTHER INFORMATION The idea of Denuded is born from the framework set by the previous Isaković’s work Invocation, in which the performer with physical expressions and stage presence that goes far beyond the purely physical movement, reminiscents of the relationship between the secular and the spiritual. The performance Denuded continues this research and deeply touches physical transformation, thus freeing them from the automatic attribution of meaning to what we at a given moment are able to see, recognize, experience. Denuded requestions the relationship with the audience through a feedback loop that causes a significant transformation of the artist’s body, and Isaković in this new version of his performance bypasses classical staging and sets his body in the middle of the auditorium, thus opening a new sculptural aspects of performance and capabilities of communication with the audience.

HyPe Project Casting Call Out

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Nothing to See Here (Dispersal) at FOLA 2014

Salamanca Arts Centre in collaboration with Melbourne based artists Amy Spiers, Catherine Ryan and Ashley Dyer are searching for adult men and women to participate and perform in a new presentation in Hobart in January 2016.

No More Public Space, Only Public Order (Water Cannon) 

“We are ideally looking for males and females with performance experience who are neat looking, have a strong physical presence and can play the role of security or police personnel. Whilst not essential, we will give preference to people fitting some or all of the following: older people, 25-50; people who are physically fit, spatially-aware, team players; individuals with some experience in either crowd control (security or bouncing), emergency services, policing and/or dance. Individuals should be able and interested to participate in a rehearsed choreographed actions as part of a group. All participants must be over the age of 18 and will be required to sign a contract committing to the rehearsal and performance period.”

This work will be presented as part of Mona Foma on Sunday 17 January at 11 am.

Rehearsals will take place in the two preceding weeks. Exact dates and times of rehearsals will be negotiated with the group. Participants can expect to be paid for their involvement.

To register your interest please email the artists your CV, headshot and your availability between 1-17 January before 5pm on Wednesday, 23  December 2015.

Watch this SPACE

SPACE Coordinator Kelly Drummond Cawthon is off overseas this week but took a minute to answer 5 Quick Questions about the new program, which begins in December 2015.


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1. How would you describe the course in three words?

Dynamic, challenging, exciting.

2. Who is it for?

Anyone who’s genuinely interested to work in theatre, live events or festivals, whether as a producer or in technical roles or in project management.

3. Where will students be working?

The course is based in the Peacock Theatre at Salamanca Arts Centre, which a professionally operating theatre, so students will get to work on real shows with paying audiences doing front of house, backstage jobs and more. They will also interview for placements with organisations including Tasmanian Theatre Company, Second Echo Ensemble and Festival of Voices.

4. What will students get out of undertaking this training?

Opportunities to work on real shows almost immediately. They will have hands on experience producing events such as art exhibitions, theatre, dance, music and film. Marketing and publicity. Project management and planning. By the time students finish the course they’ll already have contacts, experience and an idea of how things work in the industry in Tasmania. (They will also be in great demand, I’m predicting!) And of course they also get a nationally recognised qualification (Cert IV).

5. What else can you tell us about the Peacock Theatre in 2016?

SPACE students will be running the box office, and there’s also a redesign of the foyer area in the works. It’s a big change for the way the theatre operates and will allow us to really make the most of it as a hub for creative activity.

More information about the SPACE program can be found here. 

You can reach Kelly via email if you have questions about  training at Salamanca Arts Centre and/or the benefits of SPACE to Peacock Theatre hirers.

A literary weekend ahead

TWRR-Fest_StateAd_1c1-1024x576The Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival this weekend offers an impressive range of events. The full program and booking info is here on the Tasmanian Writers Centre’s website, but here are a few highlights across the three days…. Enjoy!

Friday 11 September

2pm – 3:30pm Meet in Hadley’s Foyer, Hadley’s Orient Hotel Take a guided walk through Salamanca and discover the colourful identities from the city’s colonial past, including convicts, whalers, jam makers, ship builders, just to name a few. $29

2pm – 4pm
Orient Bar, Hadley’s Orient Hotel. Helen Shield from 936 ABC Hobart brings her lively radio show to the Festival – and the Festival to the world. Your Afternoon is broadcasting from Hadley’s Hotel, choosing a selection of our writers to tell their stories. Come along and join the conversation. Free Event

Saturday 12 September


Posie Graeme-Evans and Ann Turner with Peter George
11.30am – 12.30pm
John Webb Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel. Join writers Posie Graeme-Evans and Ann Turner as they discuss the art of writing for the screen and page. The storytelling landscape is evolving from the book to the screen, and the TV series is now more aligned with the novel as it gathers momentum and revolutionises how we tell stories. $15/20

Presented by ABC’s Melanie Tait

8.15pm – 9.30pm
George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel.

Join us for this live recorded evening as Melanie Tait presents a special edition of ABC Radio National’s Now Hear This. Eight stories about ‘The First Time’ will offer you a night of spellbinding entertainment. $10/15

Sunday 13 September

AN INKPOT OF FATE Christopher Downes, Sarah Firth, and Joshua Santospirito
11.30am – 12.30pm George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel.
Graphic storytellers UNITE! Condemned to draw pictures, Christopher, Sarah and Joshua discuss their fate. Perhaps you require an example, so join these fine visual storytellers for a very special hour. In this event we will be taken on an audiovisual rodeo ride with terrific tales told in multiple mediums. WARNING: content has some adult themes and nudity. $10/15

Jane Harrison, Robert Jarman, and Sean Monro with Nathan Maynard

4.45pm – 5.45pm
George Cartwright Room, Hadley’s Orient Hotel.
Join our celebrated playwrights as they discuss Tom Stoppard’s quote: the subtlety of my allusions are all too often lost on the audience. How do theatre makers ensure they are connecting with their audience? $10/15

Mobile States presents SDS1

Salamanca Arts Centre and Mobile States presents

SDS1 by Ahilan Ratnamohan

17-19 September 2015, Moonah Arts Centre

Tour produced by Performing Lines

A champion of unorthodox artforms, former footballer Ahilan Ratnamohan has fused dance, sport and live performance to create a thrilling movement work derived entirely from the global phenomenon of soccer! Ratnamohan will evoke the atmosphere of a football match, filling the theatre space with a visceral, charged energy and provoking the audience to lose themselves in his unique version of the ‘game’.

As Ratnamohan begins his contemporary pas de deux with a soccer ball, he adopts the mindset of an elite soccer player on the pitch – striving for success, toying with his spectators, seeking admiration, and showing off his athletic prowess on the field.

SDS1 is an exciting solo performance work touring nationally captivating audiences of dance and sports enthusiasts alike.

This is football as theatre, stripped back, extracted, frozen, repeated and abstracted. Beautiful and ugly at once.

“…Playful audience interactions…are handled with such ease and grace…the audience responds with delight and amusement…”
– The West Australian

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