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MEDIA RELEASE   FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE  

11th December     2012  

               

Vitalstatistix, Port  Adelaide’s  hub  for  contemporary  theatre  and  interdisciplinary  arts  projects,  has  announced  its   2013  program.  A  mix  of  presentations,  interdisciplinary  events,  residencies,  master-­‐classes,  community-­‐based   projects  and  creative  development,  2013  continues  the  company’s  programming  of  provocative,  new  performance   and  its  championing  of  opportunities  for  independent  artists.       Vitals  is  partnering  with  Performing  Lines  to  bring  Mobile  States  back  to  South  Australia,  presenting  two  acclaimed   shows.  Dance  work  Opal  Vapour  (winner  of  Best  Dance  Show  at  this  year’s  Melbourne  Fringe)  comes  to  Waterside   for  five-­‐shows-­‐only  in  May,  and  I’m  Your  Man,  a  smash  hit  at  this  year’s  Sydney  Festival,  will  see  Waterside   transformed  into  a  boxing  gym,  in  August.  Vitals  will  also  offer  a  master-­‐class  with  the  artists  from  each  show,  for   South  Australian  artists.       Cutaway,  the  company’s  three-­‐year  homage  to  their  home,  the  heritage-­‐listed  Waterside  Workers  Hall,  reaches  its   finale  in  2013.  Cutaway  –  a  ceremony  offers  audiences  a  night  of  ceremony,  performance,  supper,  art  and   transformation,  made  and  hosted  by  a  team  of  artists  and  local  residents.       Adhocracy  is  back  again:  this  annual  Queen’s  Birthday  long  weekend  event  is  Australia’s  latest  and  growing  artist   hothouse  event.  Over  forty  artists  from  around  the  country  are  expected  to  participate  in  2013,  developing  projects   that  span  theatre,  live  art,  dance,  sound,  installation  and  more.  Each  year  Adhocracy  includes  also  an  artists-­‐in-­‐ residence  project,  where  interstate  guests  work  with  SA  collaborators  on  a  new  work  in  a  residency  at  Vitals  over   several  weeks  leading  up  to  Adhocracy.       This  year’s  residency  offers  South  Australian  artists  the  exceptional  opportunity  to  collaborate  on  a  major  Creative   Australia  project,  Forever  Now,  led  by  curators  Willoh  S  Weiland  (Artistic  Director,  APHIDS,  VIC),  Jeff  Khan  (Co-­‐ Director,  Performance  Space,  NSW),  Brian  Ritchie  (Curator,  MONA  FOMA,  TAS)  and  Thea  Baumann  (independent   artist).  Forever  Now  is  creating  a  new,  digital  version  of  the  1977  Voyager  Golden  Records,  which  were  sent  into   space  as  a  ‘best  of’  collection  of  human  scientific  and  cultural  endeavour.       Vitalstatistix  offers  two  highly  sought  after  Incubator  residencies  each  year.  Incubator  supports  the  creative   development  and  presentation  of  new  performance  work  through  partnerships  with  independent  artists.  Incubator   seeds  Vitals’  artistic  program;  beyond  the  residency,  artists  enter  into  a  producing  relationship  with  Vitals  with  their   work  presented  by  the  company  in  future  years.     In  February,  NSW-­‐based  theatre-­‐maker  David  Williams  will  undertake  his  Incubator  residency,  developing  Quiet   Faith,  a  new  documentary  performance  work  that  will  chart  the  entanglement  of  religious  faith  and  contemporary   Australian  politics.  Vitals  is  thrilled  to  work  with  David  on  what  is  his  first  project  post  his  departure  from  the   acclaimed  version  1.0,  the  company  he  founded  and  directed  for  the  last  fourteen  years.  David  will  present  an  artist   talk  and  showing  at  the  end  of  his  residency,  on  Wednesday  27th  February.       Waterside  Workers  Hall   11  Nile  Street        Port  Adelaide        SA          5015     P  +618  8447  6211         www.vitalstatistix.com.au         admin@vitalstatistix.com.au      


MEDIA RELEASE   The  company’s  second  Incubator  residency  is  with  South  Australian  performer  and  maker  Chris  Scherer  and  his   project  The  Things  I  Should  Be  Sorry  For,  a  dark,  funny  and  revealing  survey  of  global  guilt.  Chris  and  his   collaborators  will  undertake  their  residency  in  July.  This  is  Chris’  first  work  on  his  return  to  Australia  from  an  Arts   SA-­‐supported  residency  in  Europe.     Vitalstatistix  and  Torque  Show  will  continue  the  creative  development  of  Farrugia,  a  verbatim  dance  theatre  work   made  from  extensive  interviews  with  flamboyant  adult  entertainment  identity  Joseph  Farrugia  aka  Madame   Josephine,  long  time  creative  director  and  host  of  Adelaide’s  Crazy  Horse  Revue.  The  State  Theatre  Company  of  SA   have  joined  this  partnership,  also  supporting  Farrugia  through  their  State  Resident  initiative.       Vitals  have  joined  forces  with  a  number  of  associate  artists  and  organisations  to  support  the  presentation  of  three   other  works  within  their  2013  program.  Margie  Fischer’s  solo,  autobiographical  show  The  Dead  Ones,  a  hit  at  the   2011  Feast  Festival,  returns  for  seasons  at  the  Adelaide  Fringe  and  Melbourne’s  Midsumma  Festival  at  Theatre   Works.  Part  obituary,  part  theatre,  part  slideshow,  part  lecture,  part  wake,  part  homage  to  William  Yang,  this  life-­‐ affirming  solo  performance  is  not  to  be  missed.       In  May,  the  Born  of  Monday  Choir,  Waterside’s  resident  choir,  will  feature  in  the  Adelaide  leg  of  nationally  touring   show  Dust,  at  the  Queen’s  Theatre.  Written  by  Donna  Jackson,  Dust  takes  its  audience  on  an  almighty  journey   through  working  people’s  battle  with  asbestos  and  James  Hardie  Industries,  performed  by  local  singers  alongside   professional  actors  and  Mark  Seymour  from  Hunters  &  Collectors.     Then  in  June,  Vitalstatistix  has  teamed  up  with  Country  Arts  SA  to  offer  a  once-­‐off  opportunity  to  see  The  Table  of   Knowledge  by  version  1.0,  an  hilarious  and  forensic  exploration  of  an  infamous  case  of  local  government  corruption.   In  addition  Vitals  is  offering  a  one-­‐day  documentary  theatre  masterless  for  South  Australian  artists  with  the   version  1.0  ensemble.       In  July,  Vitals  will  present  their  annual  fundraiser,  The  Vitals  Book,  Zine  &  Crafty  Affair.  Celebrating  the  fifth  edition   of  this  annual  event,  the  Affair  will  spread  over  two  days  for  the  first  time.  This  will  be  a  warming,  winter  festival  of   browsing  books,  drinking  mulled  wine,  enjoying  local  music,  perusing  craft  stalls,  catching  up  with  friends  and   helping  raise  much-­‐needed  funds  for  Vitalstatistix.       The  final  stages  of  the  heritage  restoration  of  Vitals’  venue,  the  iconic  Waterside  Workers  Hall,  will  be  undertaken   from  January  to  March.  This  restoration  project,  campaigned  for  by  the  company  and  the  community  for  over  twenty   years,  ensures  Waterside’s  continued  use  as  a  cultural  hub  –  look  out  for  a  big  celebration  of  this  milestone.     Vitalstatistix  Creative  Producer,  Emma  Webb,  said,  “This  year  we  are  presenting  and  developing  works  that  span  the   ceremonial  and  the  documentary;  it’s  slightly  counter-­‐intuitive,  but  actually  those  two  things  sit  really  well,  side-­‐by-­‐ side,  especially  in  a  place  like  Port  Adelaide.  We  are  excited  by  the  diversity  of  our  program  this  year,  and  the   opportunities  we  are  offering  South  Australian  artists  in  particular.       “South  Australian  artists  and  audiences  continue  to  desire  a  broader  range  of  artistic  experiences,  outside  the  CBD   and  the  months  of  February  and  March.  We  encourage  people  interested  in  theatre  and  art  that  is  provocative  and   informed  to  come  down  to  our  beautiful,  heritage-­‐listed  venue,  Waterside  -­‐  it’s  only  20  minutes  from  the  CBD.”     A  full,  electronic  copy  of  the  Vitalstatistix  2013  program  is  attached  with  this  release.                                       FOR  MORE  INFO  OR  COMMENT,  PLEASE  CONTACT:   Emma  Webb,  Creative  Producer,  Vitalstatistix   emma@vitalstatistix.com.au  or  08  8447  6211     Waterside  Workers  Hall   11  Nile  Street        Port  Adelaide        SA          5015     P  +618  8447  6211         www.vitalstatistix.com.au         admin@vitalstatistix.com.au      

Vitalstatistix 2013 program - media release  

Vitalstatistix 2013 program - media release

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