Next Wave comes to Brisbane this week!




Metro Arts is opening its doors to welcome back Brisbane emerging artists currently presenting in Next Wave Festival in Melbourne.


A biennial festival, Next Wave is Australia’s leading platform for the showcase of young artists’ work; and signals our artist leaders of tomorrow.


The 떡볶이Box (The Dokboki Box), which is currently playing in Federation Square, Melbourne, is one the works that will return to Metro Arts. A cross cultural work developed by Brisbane performance maker, Nathan Stoneham, and Korean performance maker, Younghee Park, the work was conceived out of a residency at Metro Arts in 2013.

Come on into The 떡볶이 Box (The Dokboki Box) – a slice of Seoul nestled into our Carriageway, from the creators of the hit work 지하 UNDERGROUND – for songs, stories, and delicious snacks cooked before your very eyes! To keep you right up close to the action, this work has an EXTREMELY limited capacity, so book your tickets NOW! Image by Tom Doman, courtesy of Next Wave.



The 떡볶이 Box (The Dokboki Box) sets up shop in our Carriageway for a full three weeks, serving snacks, songs and stories out of a little orange tent right off the streets of Korea. Join M’ck McKeagueYounghee Park, and Nathan Stoneham – co-creators of the hit  지하 Underground (Metro Arts 2011, Brisbane Festival 2012, Brisbane Powerhouse WTF 2014).

THE 떡볶이 BOX (THE DOKBOKI BOX) // 21 May – 7 June, Carriageway

Metro Arts recognises the need for artists to work nationally in order to build sustainable practices and proactively forges partnerships with like-organisations to enable this activity.


This is the first time that work from Next Wave festival has toured directly out of the festival, presenting an exciting opportunity for Brisbane based audiences to visit works created by Australia’s leading young artists. Chief Executive Officer of Metro Arts, Liz Burcham said ‘Both Metro Arts and Next Wave are multidisciplinary organisations dedicated to developing contemporary practices and this valuable partnership will support the fast tracking of these artists’ careers.’

In addition to presenting the four works by Brisbane artists, included in the suite of works opening on 21 May, is Tukre by Melbourne dancer Raghav Handa and offers a reciprocal opportunity for this young artist.

Raghav Handa is a contemporary dance artist with a background in modern and Australian indigenous dance.

As a performer and collaborator, he has worked in Australia and overseas with many leading Australian choreographers including Marilyn Miller, Martin del Amo, Vicki van Hout, Narelle Benjamin and Sue Healey.

Tukre’ is an intriguing dance piece that explores how lineage and rites of passage transcend borders!

It is inspired by the contents of Handa’s luggage when he arrived in Australia from India. He creates a memory map of his life and heritage through music and dance. Using family heirlooms – a frying pan, a needle and thread, his mother’s saris, he evokes the traditions, rituals and memories of his family journey. This is an engaging piece and gives a very brief insight to what migrants must feel when arriving in a new country.


Two new works by Brisbane artists also take over our Gallery: the first, The Blaktism, sees a young female ‘White Aborigine’ undertake a sacred ceremony in which she receives the rite of authenticity validated by cultural authorities ever present in the Australian cultural landscape. This new pop video work by Megan Cope highlights the absurd nature of racial classification in 21st Century Australia.

THE BLAKTISM // 21 May – 7 June, Gallery

Lesser Gods, by Ryan Presley, sits alongside in the Gallery. This interactive, mixed-media, dancefloor installation begins as a simple game of mirroring audio and visual commands on the central dance floor installation – but soon becomes a more sombre meditation on modern colonial attitudes and the ramifications of following directions.

LESSER GODS // 21 May – 7 June, Gallery

Our Basement space serves as the site for contemplative symposium, Altertruism Demos – a reflection on advocates for advancement Golden Solution’s trio of works in Next Wave; join us for a roundtable discussion on the narrowing gap between speculative fiction and fact, to reassess your freedoms, fears and desires in the face of new unmanned drone technology.

ALTERTRUISM DEMOS // 21-24 May, Basement

We’re also excited to be able to host the work of young Sydney-based dance maker Raghav HandraTukre’ (‘pieces’ in Hindi) explores how lineage and rites of passage transcend borders. Inspired by the contents of his luggage on arrival in Australia, his mother’s ancestral jewellery, and his grandfather’s skill at cutting gemstone, Raghav creates a memory map of his life and heritage through music and dance, to uncover how history is passed down through bloodlines, frying pans and faceting techniques!

TUKRE’ // 21-24 May, Sue Benner Theatre

To book tickets for THE 떡볶이 BOX (THE DOKBOKI BOX) and TUKRE’,  follow the links or phone (07) 3002 7100.

Join us for the openings of BLAKTISM, LESSER GODS, and ALTERTRUISM DEMOS on Wednesday 21st May from 5:30pm.


A multi-artform incubator for independent practice, Metro Arts provides a platform of infrastructure, mentoring, development and producing support, networks and leadership for artists at all stages of practice, while concurrently promoting new and emerging ideas, forms and practices to the market.


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