Metro Arts Launches Jan-June Program
Madeleine Dale | On 10, Feb 2015
Tucked away on Edward Street, Metro Arts is one of Brisbaneâ€™s best kept secrets, and one of the cityâ€™s most productive venues. A vibrant, multidisciplinary cultural hub, Metro Arts continue their commitment to artists in 2015, with the release of their half-season program, which features over 300 creatives developing, generating and presenting new work in the January to June period.
Running out of both their CBD venue, and newer Norman Park Substation location, Metro Arts continue to be a mainstay of unusual and challenging original theatre and art in Brisbane. And while the works developed and presented here might not always come to rival the broad popularity of QPACâ€™s big ticket items, they are constantly interesting, inspiring and intriguing. Some of the most exciting upcoming events this year include:
Assemblies for One Body
Rhiannon Newton takes the stage in this hypnotic and energetic work of modern dance, set against an immersive sonic installation by sound artist Kynan Tan. The result is an exploration of simplicity, minimalism and repetition taken to their extremes.
In conjunction with this, Newton is also hosting a series of workshops Bodied Assemblies, which enable artists to further explore these devices and motifs by participating in a collaborative work.
Oscar Wildeâ€™s exquisite and wrenching 1897 letter to his former lover and betrayer, Lord Alfred Douglas, was not published in full until 1962. This year, it has been adapted into a new production, which combines physical theatre, multimedia and music to vividly illustrate the ideas of equal and deserving love.
De Profundis is presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Powerhouse as an official SWEET selection.
Like A Burden
Rachael Haynes presents a performative installation in the format of a lecture performance, which incorporates video, painting and drawing to engage with feminist histories.
Metro Artsâ€™ other major endeavour is their development program. Both long-term residencies and shorter artist drop-ins are offered by the venue, lending creative space, funding, support and connections to artists who are bringing risky and ambitious new works to life.
Audiences can get a taste of the fifteen creative works and artists currently undertaking development programs at the monthly Friday Night event, which showcases works in progress. These evenings provide not only an excellent chance to get in on the ground floor with productions, but a valuable opportunity to connect with other artists, have a say in the direction of a developing work or gain an insight into the processes and programs being utilised by Brisbane creatives. Friday Night is, of course, also a wonderful excuse to enjoy a glass of wine in rich cultural surrounds.
So whether you seek polished and challenging works of theatre, exciting exhibitions, interactive workshops, or rough and ready sneak-peaks, Metro Arts has the event for you in 2015.
For more details about the January to June program, or Metro Artsâ€™ residency opportunities, check out their website.
Image Credits: Metro Arts Official Webpage and Facebook.