Geelong Performing Arts Centre will incubate two exciting new arts projects as part of a bold development initiative to grow the region’s creative capability.
Late last year the arts centre called for expressions of interest from performance makers with “daring and ambitious” new ideas, with a view to catapulting them from concept to development and ultimately, a public performance.
Two projects - a dance theatre piece and a collaborative theatre performance - have been selected to receive $10,000 of cash and in-kind support in areas such as production, venue access, box office, ticketing and marketing.
Performance makers Kerensa Diball and Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez will work with Geelong based writer and director Chi Vu on Geelong Sweats, a socially engaged performance work exploring the gym culture and featuring actual gym goers from Geelong’s northern suburbs.
Local company Blink Dance Theatre will develop Memory House, a large-scale contemporary dance piece investigating the connection between memories, the perception of time and complex repeating patterns found in the human psyche, both individually and collectively.
Geelong Performing Arts Centre announced that it would support these two amazing projects at a gathering of the region’s arts community this week coinciding with the staging of Mother’s Ruin: a Cabaret About Gin.
Chief Executive Officer Joel McGuinness says “there’s never been a more exciting time for emerging artists in the region as the centre moves closer to completion of its $38.5 million Ryrie Street redevelopment”.
“Supporting local artists in the development of new work along with creative collaborations and community-focused programming will all play key roles in the revitalised centre,” he said.
“The new Geelong Performing Arts Centre will not only be the home of great shows but will also be a thriving work and play space for artists exploring new ideas and building new collaborative relationships. For artists, this is likely to be a once-in-a-generation opportunity.”
The current redevelopment - due for completion in the second half of 2019 - will include a striking new entrance, architectural foyer and bar areas, improved theatre accessibility, new rehearsal and dance studios, along with a Creative Industries floor that will become a home for emerging artists, arts businesses, students, industry professionals and regional talent and integral in the arts centre’s ambition in providing pathways for our local artists.
In addition to the two local partnerships announced this week, the centre will present two local established works in May 2019 under its new programming umbrella: Stardust / The Mission starring multi-award winning ABC presenter and performer Joel Carnegie and Tom Molyneux; and Enter Ophelia, a gothic black comedy from Essential Theatre and Three Birds Theatre.