Celebrity talk: The space between us
Explore the key themes in the Anne Landa Award 2013
Image: Robyn Davidson
Bec Dean, co-director, Performance Space
Bec Dean joined Performance Space, a cultural agency that presents contemporary artistic experiences across a multiplicity of sites, as associate director in 2007 and became co-director with Jeff Khan in 2012. She is a curator and writer who trained as a visual artist. Bec was previously curator at the Australian Centre for Photography and exhibition manager at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. She has written for many publications including Artlink, Art & Australia, Broadsheet and RealTime, as well as catalogue essays for many institutions including the Art Gallery of NSW. Her curatorial interests revolve around interdisciplinary and participatory practices, performance, site-specificity and photomedia. Bec will provide her insights regarding the recent institutional interest in performative practices and will consider the future of performance art in Australia.
Wednesday 12 June 2013 6:30pm – 7pm
Robyn Davidson, writer, in conversation with Fenella Kernebone
Robyn Davidson is the author of the international bestseller Tracks which detailed her 2700 kilometre journey across the Australian desert with four camels and a dog. It won many awards, including the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, and has been published in 20 languages. The film of Tracks starring Mia Wasikowska will be released next year.
Robyn has been travelling and writing ever since and has published Ancestors, Desert places, an anthology The Picador book of journeys and an extended essay No fixed address: nomads and the fate of the planet. Her literary reviews and travel essays have been published in international newspapers and magazines. She has also contributed to the catalogue for The space between us.
Robyn spends several months a year in the Indian Himalayas but has recently returned from London to live in Australia where she is writing a memoir. Speaking with arts journalist Fenella Kernebone, Robyn joins us to reflect on her famous journey as a performative act.
Wednesday 26 June 2013 6:30pm – 7pm
Scott Witt, teacher, actor, clown, director & fight director
Scott Witt has been working in stage, television and film for over 25 years, acting, adapting, writing, fight directing, directing and/or clowning. He has worked with companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Opera Australia, Griffin, La Boite Theatre, Queensland Theatre Company, Zen Zen Zo, ABC TV, Bell Shakespeare, Opera Queensland, Queensland Ballet, Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe and JUTE, as well as with many independent feature and short films. As an instructor of acting, clowning, improvisation, creative state, mask, commedia, stage combat and fight direction, Scott has taught nationally and internationally.
Many contemporary performance artists, such as Kate Mitchell in The space between us, choose to perform their own stunts. Scott joins us not only to speak more about his fascinating and diverse career but also to consider the psychology and requirements of what is involved when choreographing slapstick and violence for stage.
Wednesday 3 July 2013 6:30pm – 7pm