Posts Tagged ‘Kris Stewart



21
Aug
14

Be a part of Wonderland at Brisbane Powerhouse

 

You can be a part of Wonderland at Brisbane Powerhouse but be quick!

Submissions close TOMORROW.

 

Brisbane audiences will be treated to an explosive carnival of alternative comedy, cabaret, circus and music when Brisbane Powerhouse presents Wonderland from Friday 5 – Sunday 14 December 2014.

 

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During Wonderland the outdoor Powerhouse Plaza will transform into a night-time playground as a myriad of performances take place each night across several indoor and outdoor venues.

 

Artistic Director Kris Stewart says the program will encapsulate the character of Brisbane Powerhouse as a home to weird and wonderful artistic feats.

 

Wonderland will be a surprising and crazy mix of the unexpected. It’s about taking a holiday from the mundane and being able to come to Brisbane Powerhouse and experience a feast of colour and music and mayhem.

 

There will be a mad bunch of carnies and gypsies and a host of other shows. People can grab a drink at the bar and relax under the stars or come inside and explore the bizarre and wonderful performances occurring throughout the venue.

 

Artists can still submit to be part of the line-up, which already features some of Brisbane and Australia’s favourite talent.

 

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE TOMORROW AUGUST FRIDAY 22 2014

 

The boys from Briefs are back with their wild burlesque show and the Kransky Sisters are teaming up with Topology for a celebration of television and film.

 

Brisbane Powerhouse is also opening the doors and inviting artists to come and be a part of the program.

 

“We’re looking for anything outside the ordinary; street performers, slam poets, singers, comedians, circus performers. It doesn’t matter what you do, it’s about the spirit.”

 

Full submission guidelines and a downloadable registration form are available at brisbanepowerhouse.org/festivals/wonderland

16
Dec
13

Queensland Cabaret Festival – final week for submissions

 

Bursting back on the scene with a new name and new energy, Queensland Cabaret Festival throws its arms around this beautiful state of ours with a cavalcade of cabaret, winding its way from city to coast.

 

 

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Spanning the full spectrum of this unique style of entertainment, Queensland Cabaret Festival will be captivating audiences in June 2014.

 

Cracking comedy and social satire, exotic music from far flung places, local luminaries shining the light on the darker recesses of the soul, celebrations of song and visual delights. Sparkling, sexy and sophisticated. Kitschy and quirky…

 

Cabaret is alive and well and living in the Sunshine State.

 

SUBMISSIONS FOR QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL MUST CLOSE THIS FRIDAY DECEMBER 20

 

In 2014, cabaret in Queensland is expanding statewide. We’re looking for high-quality shows by talented Australian artists to feature at this new event.

 

International and Australian cabaret stars take to the stage from 6-15 June at Queensland Cabaret Festival – a new festival taking place across Brisbane Powerhouse, QPAC, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Arts Centre Gold Coast, Ipswich Civic Centre and in regional centres.

 

According to Queensland Cabaret Festival co-creative producers Kris Stewart and Alison St. Ledger the festival is set to bring Queenslanders the best of local and international cabaret.

 

Kris Stewart commented “Queensland Cabaret Festival builds upon the Brisbane Cabaret festival foundations and takes it to another level – there’ll be international and Australian performers covering the sequin-spangled heights of cabaret in all its forms.

 

“If you enjoy great music, dance, circus and burlesque, delivered with drama, humour and glamour then you’ll be right at home during Queensland Cabaret Festival.”

 

Alison St. Ledger said “We want artists that will shock, entertain and seduce an audience; no idea is too wild. We encourage everyone to submit their shows and get involved.”

 

Pitch your show! Submissions will close at 5pm Friday 20 December, 2013

 

03
Dec
13

Circa Zoo Showcase

 

Circa Zoo

Judith Wright Centre

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

1 December 2013

 
Reviewed by Meredith Walker

 

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At last month’s World Theatre Festival 2014 launch, Artistic Director  of Brisbane Powerhouse, Kris Stewart, referred to Brisbane as a circus city. It would seem Ruth Hodgman and Lewis Jones at The Judy agree, with leading Australian contemporary circus group, Circa, having made its home there fro some time.

 

Since 2006, Circa has toured its innovative performances across the globe to critical acclaim. Behind the scenes of its mainstage triumphs, however, is a youth workshop program, and it was its youth performance troupe – Circa Zoo – that was on display last weekend, presenting two shows to an almost full house of supportive audience members, as part of its Training Centre showcase.

 

UpDownUp is an out-the-box style of show, literally, as it features nine nimble performers of various ages emerging from a large box to balance, tumble, flip and manically hula-hoop in a series of gymnastic moves. And while ensemble synchronicity may still be developing, the skill of the young performers is undeniable. Then there is Brink which begins with a single spot-lit dancer as hint of the focussed acts to follow.

 

With lithe movements, performers use the traditions of the circus to impress, particularly through their rope and aerial work. Indeed, the whole show is not so much a circus as a celebration of strength and skill (and balance that would impress any yoga guru).

 

While all performers were given chance to showcase their variety of skills over the Circus Zoo’s 85 minute duration, the show could have been more succinct. Choreography is clichéd at times, however, this suits the comic tones of some routines and the consequential vaudeville flavour is playful and fun. The enigmatic soundtrack, which features both artsy and upbeat remixes of familiar songs is another highlight.

 

Though stripped back in its presentation style, the Circa Zoo showcase revealed plenty of compelling moments.

 

The calibre of talent on show indicates that the future of our circus city is certainly in capable hands.

 

23
Nov
13

WTF – Brisbane Powerhouse launches World Theatre Festival 2014

 

World Theatre Festival Launch 2014

Brisbane Powerhouse

Thursday 21st November

 

Attended by Meredith McLean

 

The Brisbane Powerhouse was lit up on Thursday night for the highly anticipated WTF14 Launch. No, it’s not the acronym you might associate it with (though they played with that joke a little), it’s the World Theatre Festival coming up again. Powerhouse put on a wonderful soiree to generate excitement for what’s to come.

 

Though the dress code wasn’t too stern people were encouraged to dress up in a way to make people say WTF? I’m sure you can figure out what that stands for now. There were some beautifully hideous 80s outfits being sported by guests, but otherwise it was a classy night in the Powerhouse.

 

Kris Stewart nearly stole the show from the guest performer with his speech. Beaming brighter than the projectors on the walls Kris went into exuberant details of what’s in store for WTF14.

 

There will be performances from UK, Ireland, Scotland, Indonesia and of course our own Australia just to name a few of this myriad of culture and performances.

 

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There are some returning faces as well as new ones. Look out for some fantastic creations. Money’s on Abandon by Opera Q Studio and Dancenorth (Australia/Scotland). There’s anticipation brewing as well for Chelsea McGuffin and Finegan Kruckemeyer’s Australian performance She Would Walk The Sky. But if you’re looking for something visually dominating  go for Pan Pan Theatre’s (Ireland) production of the great Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall. There will be a magnificent installation of sixty rocking chairs under burning lights, just to really bring Beckett’s radio play to life.

 

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That wasn’t all the guests got a chance to hear about at last night’s party. Moses, from She Would Walk the Sky, gave us a short performance. It wasn’t a monologue or a scene from a play. He gave us a live trapeze stunt. The man flipped and twirled while the audience literally oohed and ahhed. In true classy Aussie fashion a man in the back was heard exclaiming “Fuck!” when the trapeze artist hung from the trapeze literally gripping the rope with nothing but his back muscles.

 

If you’d like to find out more about the shows scheduled for 2014, and I insist that you do, head to their website and check out the official program now. Book early so you don’t miss out, because WTF is renowned for SELLING OUT!

 

Head here for details. 

15
Nov
13

Zen Zen Zo moves to Brisbane Powerhouse in 2014

 

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After a long tenancy at the Old Museum Zen Zen Zo will be moving to the Brisbane Powerhouse as a Resident Company in 2014.

 

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This provides a fantastic opportunity for the company to build new audiences and link up with other creative minds at one of Australia’s premium venues.

 

As always, the company will launch into the new year with their famous January intensive training program, Stomping Ground. 

 

Founder Lynne Bradley says, “Teaching Stomping Ground is one of the highlights of my year. Meeting so many fascinating artists from all around the country, and the world, is a wonderful way to start our year as a company. This year I’m even more excited than usual, because we’ll be holding the program in our new home – the Stores Studio at the Brisbane Powerhouse – a space of inspiration and creativity!”

 

Brisbane Powerhouse Artistic Director Kris Stewart is also excited about the move. “We’re thrilled to have Zen Zen Zo resident at Brisbane Powerhouse” said Kris. “It makes sense given both Brisbane Powerhouse and Zen Zen Zo are about combining the old with the new, great storytelling and entertainment.

 

Zen Zen Zo’s office will also be based in the Powerhouse from January 2, 2014 – at this stage all contact details including phone and email remain the same.

 

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