Key Creative: Trisha Dunn
Partners: Junction Arts Festival
We find our feet; we keep on walking is a new interdisciplinary performance work by Trisha Dunn. Essentially hinging itself on the pursuit of connection, the work uses both theatre and dance-based practice to re-imagine the relationship between an audience and a performer. Set within a performance venue audience members interact with the performers in small groups and one to one. Through a series of meetings the audience members discover something distinctive about the performer – something they may share with them. They become privy to various narratives unfolding, stories inspired by memories of performance and the real life events which underpinned them. These events may be recent or from childhood, they may be joyous or difficult but most importantly they serve as a link between the audience and the performers, reminding us of the things that connect us. A second stage creative development based in Hobart in The Peacock Theatre is being planned for mid 2015.
Trisha Dunn: Director/Performer Trisha Dunn is a Tasmanian based performer, choreographer, project manager, teacher and rehearsal director. Trisha was an integral part of Tasdance for 13 years engaged under various guises and during this time worked with over 35 Australian and international choreographers. These included works from Tanja Leidkte, Leigh Warren, Graeme Murphy, Sue Healey, Lucy Guerin and Natalie Weir. Trisha has performed extensively throughout Tasmania and Australia and has had the opportunity to tour with Tasdance to New Zealand, India, China and Korea. Trisha has also performed several seasons with New Zealand based ‘Raewyn Hill and Dancers’, Melbourne’s ‘Chunky Move’ and ‘Sue Healey and Dancers’. In March 2013 Trisha presented ‘Finding Centre’, her first full length solo work for the Ten Days on the Island festival. This performance marked the culmination of three years in which she undertook several creative development periods scattered between her performance commitments and the birth of twins! Trisha is currently working on a new live art work called ‘We find our feet; we keep on walking’ focussing on the audience/performer relationship. Trisha looks forward to developing a future where performance, choreography and motherhood can meet.
Sophia Hall: Performance dramaturg Sophia graduated from WAAPA in 1989 and has worked as a performer, director and dramaturg. Her commitment to new writing and the development of new Western Australian performance work began at WAAPA and has continued to be a focus of her professional career through theatre and radio, in public readings, and at several National Playwrights’ Conferences. She has also directed a number of new works including Sarah Brill’s Who the Fuck is Erica Price and Toula Demetriades’ St Lucas Nicosia at the Blue Room Theatre. With Humphrey Bower she co-founded last seen imagining in 2000 and their body of work with this company included the memorable solo piece cock, Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney, their 2003 adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader (winner of the 2003 Blue Room Members Choice Award), and the 2007 Perth International Arts Festival verbatim theatre piece HOME for which she was director/dramaturg. Following 5 years as Director of Stages, the WA Playwrights’ Consortium she continued to work as a dramaturg across a range of forms including new writing for projects such as Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre’s FourPlay and dance performance works such as Sue Peacock’s Questions Without Notice. Before leaving Western Australia for Canada in 2009, she appeared in Reg Cribb’s The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell
Alex Rigozzi: Performer Alex is a Hobart-based theatre director. He completed a Graduate Diploma of Performance Creation (directing) at the Victorian College for the Arts in 2008. His credits as director include Anthony the Great (One Day Twice – Junction Arts Festival 2013), The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare in the Gardens), Red Black and Ignorant (VCA Drama), and The Seagull (Hobart Repertory Theatre Society). His credits as assistant director include Grace for Melbourne Theatre Company (director Marion Potts), Breath of Life for Tasmanian Theatre Company (director Julian Meyrick) and Crossfire for VCA Drama (director Mark Bromilow). Alex has also worked as a performer and collaborator on the creative developments for We Find Our Feet… We Keep On Walking with Trisha Dunn and The Picture of Dorian Gray with Robert Jarman (for Blue Cow Theatre).
Sean Monro: Performer Writer, director, performer Sean’s work has been seen at -The Stables, Sydney; Canberra Theatre Company, Canberra; Belvoir, Sydney; Old Fitz, Sydney; The Backspace, Hobart; working with companies such as Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Tasmanian Theatre Company, Mudlark, Blue Cow Inc, Hair of The Dog Inc and The Griffin. His related experience includes the NIDA Playwrights Studio 1988; Affiliate Writer, Sydney Theatre Company;1993; Artistic Director, Hair of the Dog Inc, Sydney 1997-2000, Artistic Director, Sleeping Dogs, Hobart 2003-2004, Freelance writer 1989-present, Writer and Director, Solid Orange Media, 2012-present. He is the co-author of the book Australia Through Time and wrote the radio play Shiver In The River for ABC radio.
Timothy Walsh: Performer Timothy Walsh is a graduate of the VCA. He joined Tasdance in 2012 and has performed in works by Larissa Mcgowan, Byron Perry, Tanja Leidtke, Anna Smith, Marnie Palomares, Raewyn Hill, Gavin Webber and Huang Yi. Timothy has also gone on to work with Phillip Adams BalletLab, Stephanie Lake, Shelley Lasica, Brooke Stamp, Luke George and visual artists Mikala Dwyer and Keith Deverell. Timothy’s choreographic work includes Remind Me Again in 24 Hours (2013) and more recently De- mystifying the out-of-body experience (2013) commissioned as part of Lucy Guerin Inc’s P4SS program. Timothy has also undertaken a choreographic internship with Chunky Move. He is a recent recipient of the Australia Council ArtStart grant.
Brianna Kell: Performer In 2010 Brianna Kell graduated from the Victorian College of Arts. Brianna was awarded the Orloff Family Trust Award for Most Outstanding Talent 2010. In 2011 Brianna began working professionally with Tasdance and has since toured across regional Victoria, NSW, and Tasmania. Whilst with Tasdance Brianna has worked with notable choreographers Anton, Francis Rings, Larissa McGowan, Anna Smith, Marnie Palomares, Byron Perry and performed in remounted work by seminal choreographer Tanja Liedtke. Brianna has also performed in Sydney for the DirtyFeet/Chronology Arts’ production ‘Vitality’ at the Seymour Centre in 2013 and worked in Accessible Arts as a workshop director and facilitator with Shopfront Theatre’s ‘Sensory Games’, ‘Bodylines’, DirtyFeet’s ‘The Right Foot Project’ and with Sarah-Vine Vassalo for artists with and without disability.
Darren Willmott: Designer and production manager Darren has worked extensively in theatre production as stage manager and operator, production and operations management, lighting, set and sound design. Darren is currently the Production Manager and a Lighting Designer for Tasdance, recent productions including, Voltage, Identity , Cross Currents, Artery, Image, Heart Matters, and Pulse, and has toured to extensively Victoria and NSW, Regional Tasmania, Bass Strait Islands and New Zealand. Recent productions for Mudlark include The Sea Project, Beautiful,Dancing Back Home and Cross. Previous roles include, Scotch Oakburn College’s Performing Arts Centre Coordinator, Production Manager (UTAS School of Visual and Performing Arts), Head Technician/Operations Manager (Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre,) Production/ Company Manager (Ten Days on the Island), Lighting Design and Technical Direction (Slipstream Circus, Circus Risque, Three River Theatre, Launceston Youth Youth Theatre Ensemble, Musical Society and Encore). Darren is a graduate University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Performing Arts.