Callout For HyPe Projects Now Open, Like HyPe Winner Announced

Callout For HyPe Projects Now Open, Like HyPe Winner Announced


9 September, 2014

Salamanca Arts Centre (SAC) has opened the call for its 2015 Hybrid Performance Program (HyPe). We are delighted to call for expressions of interest from Tasmanian performance makers, visual artists, musicians and composers, and live art explorers to join the HyPe creative community. Applications are now open until October 31 2014.

HyPe support enables artist fees of up to $15,000 for projects that seek to engage with live performance across the spectrum of dance, live art, visual arts, music, sound art and physical theatre.

Salamanca Arts Centre’s vision for the HyPe program is to enable Tasmanian artists to take conceptual leaps and to challenge and transform the existing limitations of traditional performance and theatre. HyPe proposals are assessed based on three integral elements: originality, artistic merit of the proposed project and creative team, planning and feasibility. Successful projects are required to present at Salamanca Arts Centre or with a confirmed presentation partner mid 2015. Interstate artists are welcome to apply but must demonstrate a significant relationship to Tasmania and/or include Tasmanian artists in their project in some capacity.

“By investing in ideas and small scale projects, artists become capable of creating ambitious new works that will contribute to the growth of Australian contemporary performance. We also keep a keen eye out for work that engages local communities and diverse audiences to develop, create and participate in the live event,” explains SAC Director Rosemary Miller.

In 2013 SAC funded seven HyPe projects, each one pushing the conventions of theatre, performance art and site-specific work.

The Batela Project is an interactive artwork currently being developed by Halcyon Macleod and Clare Britton. The concept revolves around an ancient boat that rows its audiences to the sound of an audio composition about the local waterways in Tasmania. Terminal by Dylan Sheridan is an intimate, surreal opera without voices, built from sonic interactions between live and pre-recorded sounds. Sheridan presented the work at the 2014 Next Wave Festival in Melbourne. Trisha Dunn has built on her winning 2013 Like HyPe project Inside Out, by developing a new live art work tited ‘We find our feet; we keep on walking’, which uses theatre and dance-based craft to reimagine the relationship between audience and performer. The project was developed during a two-week intensive at Launceston’s Earl Arts Centre in May 2014. Laura Purcell’s Feminine Artistic Desire (FAD) was developed through HyPe’s Creative Shot mentorship strand. Purcell works across the disciplines of performance, dance, puppetry and visual art and has exhibited the project in various incarnations at Constance Gallery ARI and McClelland College Performing Arts Centre. Nathan Maynard was another recipient of a HyPe Creative Shot mentorship, and worked with Fiona Hamilton on the treatment of a new performance score, Three Grandfathers. Finally, Selena deCarvalho was the lead creative behind Climate Change Karaoke, an event that invited audiences to belt out karaoke pop songs with surprisingly rich lyrics. The work was presented at the 2014 Junction Arts Festival in Hobart.


The Junction Arts Festival took place from 10-14 September 2014 and it is here that the Like HyPe 2014 Audience Choice Award was voted on by the festival audience. SAC is proud to announce the winning pitch idea went to artist duo Sam Routledge and Dylan Sheridan, who together have won $5000 to develop and present their project Crush at the 2015 Junction Arts Festival. Crush will allow audiences to experience the performance from inside a vehicle as it is cleaned by an automatic car wash. The work will explore new notions of slavery and servitude as robots become more commonplace in our lives, performing menial tasks that we would prefer not to do ourselves. “As this relationship between humans and robots becomes more common, there is a dialogue to be had regarding vulnerability and power,” says Routledge.

HyPe is funded through the Australian Government via the Australia Council, Hobart City Council and Arts Tasmania.

Applications and enquiries for HyPe 2015 can be sent to

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Image credit: Dylan Sheridan, Terminal, 2014.

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