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13-23 February


GUDIRR GUDIRR Marrugeku (Australia/Belgium) Conceptualised, co-choreographed & performed by Dalisa Pigram. Directed & co-choreographed by Koen Augustijnen. Set design & video by Vernon Ah Kee. Dramaturgy by Rachael Swain.

Fresh from a season in London, Gudirr Gudirr brings the personal and the political to life. Gudirr Gudirr is the Yawuru word for the wader bird which sounds a warning when the tides change. Pigram’s movement draws on her work with Yawuru, Malay and Japanese elders of Broome. With it, she creates a bold new piece about the issues facing Indigenous Australians today. The breakout hit of Dance Massive, Gudirr Gudirr is “An excellent piece

a compelling combination of dance and storytelling.

of dance theatre...

Come share in its kaleidoscope of movements –

an intensely personal

from animal mimicry to the Malay martial art form

exploration of identity

Silat – as well as video projections, spoken word and

as well as a kind of

fishing nets.

universal commentary

Suitable for 16+

on where we are.” The Age

DATE Thu 20 – Sat 22 Feb TIME Thu + Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm VENUE Visy Theatre DURATION 62mins TICKETS $35, $25(schools)

“Eccentric sense of humor and a playful bawdiness!” The New York Times


Still sweaty from La Soiree at Brisbane Festival

Leave your sensible shoes at home, grab a drink

2013, Mario is back for two full-length shows

and spoil yourself with this late night treat of

with more balls, more ladies and more Queen.

phenomenal skill, whip-smart comedy and

This ‘one-man show’ features the hilariously

tight leather.

alluring Mario as MC, alongside routines in aerial,

Suitable for 15+

circus, song and comedy from some of his favourite

DATE Fri 14 + Sat 22 Feb TIME 10pm VENUE Turbine Platform DURATION 2hrs, incl interval TICKETS $25

local and international female talent.

PHOTO BY Sean Young

SHE WOULD WALK THE SKY WORLD PREMIERE Company 2 (Australia) Directed by Chelsea McGuffin Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer

An acclaimed Australian playwright and a world-

A story told above, in and around the audience, She

class contemporary circus ensemble combine to

Would Walk The Sky sees new fables and old myths

create this acrobatic odyssey.

unfold in the vaulted halls of Brisbane Powerhouse.

Combining the beautiful prose of multi-awardwinning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer (The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy) and the talents of

Leave behind the world you know and enter a land where old fires, lost dreams and new hopes linger amidst the broken skies of an old empire.

critically-acclaimed circus performer and director

Suitable for all ages

Chelsea McGuffin (Cantina, Circa), She Would Walk

DATE Fri 14 – Sun 16, Fri 21 – Sun 23 Feb TIME 8.30pm VENUE Turbine Platform DURATION 60mins TICKETS $45(f), $40(c), $32(schools)

the Sky is a special commission inspired by the theatricality and scale of Brisbane Powerhouse.

ABANDON Opera Q Studio and Dancenorth (Australia/Scotland) Created by James Crabb, Raewyn Hill & Lindy Hume

Bodies fly, voices soar and emotions run riot in

Abandon is the critically-acclaimed collaboration

this visceral new dance opera experience.

between Dancenorth’s Raewyn Hill, Opera

Abandon takes Händel’s gems and infuses them with thrilling physicality. Feel the energy of the

Queensland’s Lindy Hume and classical accordion virtuoso James Crabb.

singers, dancers and musicians as they explore

Suitable for 15+

the themes of heartbreak, jealousy and madness in

DATE Fri 21 – Sun 23 Feb TIME Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2pm + 7.30pm, Sun 2pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre DURATION 70mins TICKETS $55(f), $49(c)

Händel’s timeless music.

“A beautiful, thrilling collaboration … more than opera, more than dance – ‘Abandon’ threw you back into your seat before pulling you into its arms.” Kris Stewart, Brisbane Powerhouse Artistic Director PHOTO BY Bottlebrush Studios


“A blazingly charismatic performer.” The New York Times Tony Award-nominated star Colman Domingo blends the best of Aretha, Stevie and Chaka in this coming-of-age story of the 70s era. Colman recently hit the silver screen alongside Forrest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey and Lenny Kravitz in Lee Daniel’s The Butler, and has starred on Broadway in Passing Strange, Chicago and the final Kander and Ebb collaboration, The Scottsboro Boys. A Boy and His Soul is Colman’s bravura multicharacter solo performance, where he shares his personal story of growing up in West Philadelphia, coming out to his family and developing a love of soul music. Go along with Colman to the Domingo family home, complete with family secrets, outrageous characters and the ever-present soundtrack of classic soul, disco and R&B. Suitable for 15+ DATE Wed 12 – Sun 16 Feb TIME Wed 9pm, Thu 7pm, Sat 2pm + 7pm, Sun 5pm VENUE Visy Theatre DURATION 60mins TICKETS $38


“Dizzying and hilarious... a brilliant immersive performance.” «««« The Independent, UK

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE Il Pixel Rosso (UK) By Silvia Mercuriali & Simon Wilkinson

Put on your video goggles and headphones then enter the world of the circus as a daredevil highflying trapeze artist. The Great Spavaldos brothers were fearless circus folk, famous for performing without a safety net. Their disappearance has been shrouded in mystery and legend – until now. Through a mixture of theatre and cinema you will ‘see’ the anarchic circus world; ‘hear’ and ‘speak’ to mysterious characters; and ‘feel’ what it’s like to fly 60 feet above the ground. The Great Spavaldos is an immersive theatrical experience designed for two people at a time. Created by Il Pixel Rosso, it’s the follow up to their sold-out show And The Birds Fell From The Sky, which wowed audiences at WTF 2012.

“With its colour, chaos, magic, mythology, live music and giant puppets, Wedhus Gembel is not to be missed.” Australian Arts Review

Suitable for 12+ Masterclass workshop also available. See “Masterclasses” for more information. DATE Tue 11 - Sat 22 Feb TIME Every 15 minutes from 11am - 1.45pm, 4pm – 6.45pm VENUE Stores Rehearsal Room DURATION 25mins TICKETS $30

WEDHUS GEMBEL Snuff Puppets (Australia/Indonesia) Created by Snuff Puppets & Indonesian Artists

Let giant puppets take you and your family on an adventure of gods, monsters and volcanoes. Wedhus Gembel combines puppets, dance, theatre and music to retell an Indonesian fable about the cycle of life and the power of nature. This outdoor performance of colossal proportions has toured to Indonesia, Melbourne and Peru. Share in this story of a village turned upside down when a volcano-born child transforms into a monster and begins to grow out of control. Suitable for all ages DATE Tue 18 – Sat 22 Feb TIME 6:30pm VENUE Powerhouse Plaza DURATION 60mins TICKETS $30 (f), $25 (c), $15 (under 12 yrs)

Samuel Beckett

ALL THAT FALL Pan Pan Theatre (Ireland) Directed by Gavin Quinn

“…unexpectedly uplifting…the audience is immersed in sound.” «««« The Guardian, UK Direct from New York and Edinburgh comes a

chairs, surround sound and hundreds of ambient

reimagining of Samuel Beckett’s celebrated All

lights. All That Fall is an international smash hit and

That Fall.

arrives here fresh from winning multiple 2012 Irish

Get comfortable in your rocking chair and let the

Times Theatre Awards.

lilting tones of Ireland’s finest actors wash over you

Suitable for all ages – some adult themes

as they bring to life Nobel Prize-winning playwright

DATE Tue 11 – Sun 16 Feb TIME Tue - Fri 11am, 2pm, 4.30pm, 7.30pm, Sat + Sun 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7.30pm VENUE Powerhouse Theatre DURATION 70mins TICKETS $45(f), $40(c), $32(schools)

Samuel Beckett’s wryly humorous story of a couple and their bewilderingly ordinary adventures. Pan Pan’s All That Fall brings Beckett’s radio play out of the home and into the theatre for a hosted storytelling event with an installation of 60 rocking

PHOTO BY Ros Kavanagh

OTHER EVENTS Come for a show then stick around after dark for more amazing free performances and events taking place around the venue. Or simply enjoy our famous river views from the deck with a few drinks from Bar Alto or Watt Restaurant + Bar.

PICTURED Mario: Queen

Visit brisbanepowerhouse.org to find out more.

of the Circus

YUM CHAT Chat with local Asian creative industry professionals about how their cultural heritage has influenced their creative process and work. Part of the 2014 BrisAsia Festival presented by Brisbane City Council. For further information about BrisAsia Festival events, visit brisbane.qld.gov.au/ brisasiafestival. DATE Tue 11 Feb TIME 6pm VENUE Turbine Platform DURATION 2hrs TICKETS FREE (bookings required)

“The ‘World Theatre Festival’ is wonderful not just for its great performances, but also for the opportunity it gives artists to exchange ideas and develop working relationships with colleagues from across the world. An event like this brings people to Brisbane from far and wide and demonstrates the many cultural tourism offerings we as a State can provide to our visitors.” Ian Walker MP, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts



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Brisbane Powerhouse is a not-for-profit organisation owned and supported by Brisbane City Council as part of its creative strategy for the city.


This critically-acclaimed hit of the Edinburgh Fringe is modern Ireland’s answer to Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting with a side of Douglas Copeland’s Generation X.

With an ‘F’ Productions & Verdant Productions (Ireland)

Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend is about a new Irish

Written & performed by Stefanie Preissner Directed by Gina Moxley

financial stability and job security but they now find

generation. They were promised everything; a life of themselves queuing either at the airport to emigrate or the social welfare office. It’s a generation that feel entitled not to experience depression, economic or personal, and whose access to over-the-counter medication allows them to numb both. Told completely in rhyme, Solpadeine is My Boyfriend invites you to follow consummate story-teller Stefanie Preissner on a clever, dark and funny journey through tumultuous relationships, painkiller addictions and the unending parade of her compatriots leaving Ireland for greener pastures. Suitable for 15+ DATE Wed 12 – Sun 16 Feb TIME Wed, Fri + Sun 7pm, Thu 9pm, Sat 5pm VENUE Visy Theatre DURATION 60mins TICKETS $38

“…a riotously funny two-hander.” «««« The Age

BLACK FAGGOT Multinesia Productions (New Zealand) Written by Victor Rodger Directed by Roy Ward

It’s not easy being young, Samoan and gay – especially when God and your mother are watching. The hilariously funny Black Faggot was a massive hit at Auckland Fringe and won the 2013 Innovation in Theatre Award in a sold-out run at Melbourne Fringe.

Colourful characters collide in a series of hilarious and poignant monologues set in New Zealand’s migrant Pacific Islander communities. Meet the undercover brother desperate to prove he’s straight, a butch Samoan homo who’s out, proud and not afraid to say so and an island mama whose beloved son turns out to be queer. Suitable for 15+. Contains adult themes, sexual content, simulated sex scenes and strong coarse language. DATE Wed 19 – Sun 23 Feb TIME Wed + Sat 7pm, Thu 9pm, Fri 5pm, Sun 2pm VENUE Visy Theatre DURATION 60mins TICKETS $30

지하UNDERGROUND Motherboard Productions (Australia/South Korea) Created by Jeremy Neideck & Nathan Stoneham

Follow your curiosity to 지하Underground, a popup Korean speakeasy bursting with live music and magical storytelling.

호기심이 이끄는데로 따라가면 라이브 음악과 마법같은 스토리텔링이 가득한 지하Underground에 도착합니다. 괴짜 사장님과 밤새 술을 나누는 동안 그의 오합지졸

Drink the night away with the bar’s eccentric

종업원들이 선사하는 음악과 문화,언어,그리고 젠더를

proprietor as his ragtag crew of musicians unfold

초월하는 사랑의 이야기가 펼쳐 집니다. 2011년 2012년

a timeless tale of love that transcends culture,

전 시즌 매진을 기록한

language, and gender. This strange and beautiful travelling tavern returns to Brisbane after sell-out seasons in 2011 and 2012.

이 아름답고도 신기한 이동식 바(Bar)가 다시 브리즈번에 돌아옵니다.

PHOTO BY FenLan Chuang

Suitable for 15+. Audiences under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Contains strong coarse language, adult themes, smoke, strobe effects and loud music. DATE Wed 12 – Sun 16, Tues 18 – Sun 23 Feb TIME 9pm, Sun 23 7pm VENUE Turbine Studio DURATION 90mins TICKETS $35(f), $30(c)

MASTERCLASSES Masterclasses are designed for artists, arts workers and tertiary students.

Il Pixel Rosso

video goggle multi-sensory film making workshop (THE GReAT SPAVALDOS) Push the boundaries between reality and virtual worlds to devise your own immersive film. Drawing on the company’s virtual performance style, Il Pixel Rosso reveals how to make an interactive film and the process behind the creation of their productions. Includes a ticket to The Great Spavaldos. ilpixelrosso.org.au DATE Mon 10 Feb TIME 10am – 5pm VENUE Stores Rehearsal Room DURATION 1 day TICKETS $275

Emma SerJeant

Physical Languages, Narratives and Expression in Performance Emma is a world-renowned circus artist known for her work with Circa and Casus. Join her to master performance languages and expression with the physical self. This workshop is ideal for actors, singers and anyone wanting to gain confidence and awareness of their bodies as a performance tool. casus.com.au DATE Wed 12 – Fri 14 Feb TIME 8am – 1pm daily VENUE Stores Studio DURATION 3 days TICKETS $375

John Britton Self-With-Others: Training individuals within ensemble John is an interdisciplinary writer, director, educator, performer and Artistic Director of Duende Ensemble. Take part in structured and free improvisation training exercises which expose the heart of John’s practise. Expect a physically challenging, intellectually rigorous and joyous method of performance creation. duende-ensemble.com DATE Wed 12 – Fri 14 Feb TIME 1.30 - 6.30pm daily VENUE Stores Studio DURATION 3 days TICKETS $375

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Event Acknowledgements ABANDON


SOLPADEINE IS MY BOYFRIEND Originally produced by Dancenorth and Opera Queensland. Toured by Dancenorth and Opera Queensland, with the support of the Queensland Government via Arts Queensland, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Townsville City Council.

The Great Spavaldos




‘Gudirr Gudirr’ is produced by Stalker Theatre and co-commissioned by the City of Melbourne through Arts House (AUS), Theater Im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen (DEU) and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LUX). ‘Gudirr Gudirr’ was funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts and the Shire of Broome, Western Australia.

‘지하Underground’ was developed with the support of Metro Arts and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, through the AustraliaKorea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and through the assistance of Arts Queensland.


Profile for Brisbane Powerhouse

World Theatre Festival Guide 2014  

Brisbane Powerhouse

World Theatre Festival Guide 2014  

Brisbane Powerhouse