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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 8, 2022

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The Light is On at Brisbane Powerhouse.

The Light is On at Brisbane Powerhouse.
Charles Lawson

Brisbane Powerhouse is putting on a series of COVID-safe live performances, featuring Queensland Ballet, Circa Ensemble, and Briefs Factory International.

As part of Art Queensland’s Venue Pilot Program, the Brisbane Powerhouse has taken full strides towards reopening Queensland’s creative economy with a collection of new shows to be performed live at the venue. Powerhouse’s Artistic Director Kris Stewart assured that Lights On at Brisbane Powerhouse will create a COVID-19 safe space for peace of mind, that will connect audiences and performers, while ensuring we can remain physically distant, not socially isolated. The intimate gatherings will consist of an audience of roughly 100 theater-goes, and include food and drinks. The director commented on the event stating “Lights On at Brisbane Powerhouse is about emergence; it’s about reminding ourselves what we mean to each other and remembering the value of art and artists.”

“With Lights On at Brisbane Powerhouse, we want to provide audiences with an extraordinary experience. It’s a rare and exclusive opportunity to experience bespoke works from artists of international caliber that have been made for this exact moment.” Mr. Stewart Said.


‘This exact moment’ of isolation, and uncertainty the Director speaks to are central themes across the slate of shows. He explains, “The fresh and original works from Circa, Queensland Ballet and Briefs Factory International are true to our recent experiences of isolation, but definitely not maudlin. The bespoke works in Lights On at Brisbane Powerhouse are infused with positivity and joy and [are] very powerful, [when] performed in an intimate setting.”

The Shows
1. Queensland Ballet will be performing a re-imagined live version of their 60 Dancers: 60 Stories digital program, with live performances centering on the universal theme of love.

2. The Circa Ensemble is presenting evenings of new solo and duo circus performances accompanied by an eclectic music mix include a cello solo from a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

3. Lastly, the Brisbane-based cult cabaret of hooligans and mischief makers, the Briefs Factory International, will be serving disco dancing, alternative variety and burlesque performances from the world of queer cabaret.

“The point of Brisbane Powerhouse is bringing people together to share these extraordinary
experiences, whether that is connecting in our restaurants, or sharing in a performance in our theaters,” Mr Stewart said hopeful about Powerhouse’s role in these trying times. “The reopening of Brisbane Powerhouse brings it back to the essential nature of what we can do for Brisbane, which is to give this great platform, even in times of physical distancing, for people to socially connect and share experiences again.”

To attempt these performances as Victoria has issued a recent re-closing of their economy is a bold move. For that alone, Lights On at Brisbane Powerhouse is on track to being a ground breaking event, and thats without considering the high caliber of talent they will showcase. Tickets are live so be the first to grab a ticket, and be a part of this new era of artistic expression and performance.

The Details
What: Lights On at Brisbane Powerhouse
Info: Brisbane Powerhouse
When: 24th July
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse