Mobile States

Mobile States provides touring opportunities for contemporary artists and small companies, taking cutting-edge arts to audiences around Australia.

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New directions for new work

Mobile States is Australia’s preeminent touring model for extant interdisciplinary and experimental independent performance. Going forward, Performing Lines and the Mobile States consortium members intend to create a more agile platform for the curation, development, presentation and touring of premiere contemporary performance.

For the last 12 years, the Mobile States initiative has seen Australia’s leading contemporary performing arts organisations collaborate to present 35 contemporary works, allowing audiences around Australia to experience the latest in new performance.  Supported by the Australia Council and managed by Performing Lines, the initiative has programmed works by a range of artists and companies including Chunky Move, Back to Back Theatre, Tamara SaulwickAphids, Branch Nebula, Nicola Gunn and Urban Theatre Projects.

Looking to the future, Performing Lines and the Mobile States consortium members are developing a new model for collaboratively identifying, curating and supporting independent artists who are creating the exceptional contemporary works of tomorrow.  Consortium members will offer support at different points of entry in the development of work, including residencies and labs, dramaturgical support and development space for programmed artists. The focus will be on providing pathways for the creation of new experimental and interdisciplinary work of ambition and scale in a rigorous and supportive environment.  Partnerships will be established with regional and international presentation partners to provide increased opportunities for audiences to experience exceptional contemporary Australian work nationally and internationally.

Mobile States is a national consortium made up of six member organisations:

Projects (2016 onwards)

Below are the Mobile States projects from 2016 onwards..
You can also view all of the Mobile States Projects HERE

2018: Crawl Me Blood by Aphids

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Projects (2004 – 2015)

Below are the Mobile States projects spanning 2004 – 2015.
You can also view all of the Mobile States Projects HERE

2015: SDS1 by Ahilan Ratnamohan 
2014: Keep Everything by Chunky Move
2013: I’m Your Man by Belvoir
2013: Opal Vapour by Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal
2012: Pin Drop by Tamara Saulwick
2012: RRAMP… by Christine Johnson, Lisa O’Neill and Peter Nelson
2012: Thrashing Without Looking by Aphids
2012: The Democratic Set by Back to Back Theatre
2011: I Left My Shoes On Warm Concrete And Stood In The Rain by Gabrielle Nankivell
2011: Kimisis – Falling Asleep by IHOS Music Theatre & Opera
2011: The Harry Harlow Project by James Saunders
2011: Vivaria by James Saunders
2011: Africa by My Darling Patricia
2010: 2 Dimensional Life of Her by Fleur Elise Noble
2010: Fraudulent Behaviour by Rosie Dennis
2009: Burning Daylight by Marrugeku
2009: Construct by Tanja Liedtke
2008: Underground by Dancenorth
2008: reform by PVI Collective
2007: Love Me by Lucy Guerin Inc.
2007: small metal objects by Back to Back Theatre
2006: Twelfth Floor by Tanja Liedtke
2005: Wages of Spin by Version 1.0
2005: Nerve 9 by Tess de Quincey
2004: Phobia by Chamber Made Opera
2004: Still Angela by Black Sequin Productions

Image Credits:
Crawl Me Blood (2018) by AphidsPhotograph by Briony Jackson.
Burning Daylight (2009) by Marrugeku
(2015) by Ahilan Ratnamohan.
Keep Everything (2014) by Chunky Move
Pin Drop (2012) by Tamara Saulwick