Unknown Neighbours

UNKNOWN NEIGHBOURS

A collaboration between Ranters Theatre and Creative VaQi from South Korea

UNKNOWN NEIGHBOURS is a site-specific work about 5 performers and their response to the environment surrounding a theatre. The project can be adapted to any theatre and its surrounding area.

The work looks at reframing the everyday world outside the theatre’s walls creating links between the theatre and the social and cultural environment in which it sits. The project seeks to make the theatre a kind of ‘net’, capturing perspectives, narratives, images and feelings immediately outside its walls.

For Festival of Live Art (FOLA) the performance focused on connecting the Theatre Works with the poetry if the home and the neighbourhood. It began inside local residences followed by a wander through the streets into the theatre at Theatre Works before ending on the esplanade overlooking the beach and the bay of St Kilda.

The process involves being resident at the site prior to presentation and can include working with local artists.

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CREATIVE TEAM

Kyung-sung Lee
Adriano Cortese
Beth Buchanan
Dahuin Kim
Deborah Leiser-Moore
Kyungmin Na
Sooyeon Sung
Kayip
Hyeok-joon Ko

PRODUCERS

Heejin Lee (Producer Group DOT)
Nic Clark (NCM)

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

Ansan Street arts Festival, South Korea, 2017
Theatre Works and Festival of Live Art (FOLA), 2018

SUPPORT

City of Port Phillip
Australia Council
Creative Victoria
Theatre Works
Ansan Street Arts Festival
Korean Arts Council
Bundanon Trust

This project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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This project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund, and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Come Away

COME AWAY WITH ME TO THE END OF THE WORLD

A collaboration with Melbourne visual artist Callum Morton.

COME AWAY WITH ME TO THE END OF THE WORLD is a meditation on life and death between three performers who have been working together for over twenty years. We watch as they shape and reshape themselves confronting the space between their actual lives and their dreamed selves. Designed by visual artist Callum Morton, COME AWAY WITH ME TO THE END OF THE WORLD asks questions about how we live, how we want to live, about change and the desire for it as we gently brush up against our own mortality.

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CREATIVE TEAM

By
Ranters Theatre

Text
Heather Bolton, Beth Buchanan, Adriano Cortese, Raimondo Cortese, and Patrick Moffatt

Direction
Adriano Cortese

Performers
Heather Bolton, Beth Buchanan, and Patrick Moffatt

Design
Callum Morton

Sound Design
David Franzke

Lighting Design
Govin Ruben

Costume Design
Belinda Hellier

Choreography
Jo Lloyd

Musical Director
Evan Lawson

Tarantella
Rosa Voto

Dancers
Rosa Voto with Alessandra Barone, Natasha Colangelo, Tania Dionisio, Lucia Gareffa, Vincenzo De Simone, Joseph Sirianni, and Ourania Vassis

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

Beckett Theatre, Malthouse, Melbourne 5–24 July, 2016
Dublin Theatre Festival 28 Sept-1 Oct, 2017

SUPPORT

Originally produced by Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Australia. This project was developed with the assistance of the National Theatre Studio, London

AUDIENCE CRITICS PROGRAM

Ranters Theatre and Malthouse Theatre are calling for expressions of interest to become an audience critic! Click the button below to submit an EOI why you would like to participate (250-300 words) by 1 July 2016.

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Song

SONG

A collaboration between acclaimed Brazilian visual artist Laura Lima, UK musician James Tyson, and Ranters Theatre

SONG is an installation that takes the idea of a performance, removes the stage, and transforms the space into an atmospheric listening room filled with songs, the smells and sounds from nature, and the colours of day’s end.

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CREATIVE TEAM

Concept / Designer
Laura Lima

Concept / Composer
James Tyson

Concept / Direction
Adriano Cortese

Image Production / Lighting Design
Stephen Hennessy

Sound Designer
David Franzke

Perfumer
George Kara

Performers
Paul Lum, Patrick Moffatt, and James Tyson

Production Management
Geordie Baker & Govin Ruben from Rubix Cube

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

New Ohio Theatre, New York, PS122's COIL Festival 2016
Garaj, Istanbul, Australia in Turkey Festival 2015
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, International Performance Festival 2014
Arts House North Melbourne, Melbourne 2013

NOMINATIONS

Best Sound and / or Lighting, Wales Theatre Awards 2015

SUPPORT

Chapter Arts Centre
The Mission to Seafarers
Easy Turf
Design Sense
Resolution X

SONG has also been supported by the Australian Government through its arts funding and advisory body the Australia Council for the Arts; Arts Victoria; Monash University; the City of Melbourne through Arts House; Wales Arts International; Arts Council Wales; Zuppa Theatre; and Canada Arts Council. SONG has been developed in the CultureLAB.

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SONG has also been supported by the Australian Government through its arts funding and advisory body the Australia Council for the Arts; Arts Victoria; Monash University; the City of Melbourne through Arts House; Wales Arts International; Arts Council Wales; Zuppa Theatre; and Canada Arts Council. SONG has been developed in the CultureLAB.

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Intimacy

INTIMACY

Based on real life encounters with strangers on a Melbourne street.

INTIMACY begins with a man stepping out of his apartment into the chaos of a busy night. His aim is nothing more than to speak to strangers, to meet new people, to flirt with the simple differences that any urban street may offer up.

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CREATIVE TEAM

Concept / Direction
Adriano Cortese

Co-Devised / Performed by
Beth Buchanan, Adriano Cortese, and Patrick Moffatt

Text
Beth Buchanan, Adriano Cortese, Raimondo Cortese, Patrick Moffatt, and Paul Lum

Sound Design
David Franzke

Lighting Design
Niklas Pajanti

Set and Costume Design
Anna Tregloan

Video Design
Keri Light

Choreography
Alison Halit

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

The Orpheum Annex, Vancouver, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2016
LOT–Theater, Braunschweig, 2014
Culturgest, Lisbon 2013
Centro Cultural Vila Flôr, Guimaraes 2013
Prinsentheate, Groningen, Noorderzon Festival 2012
Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Dublin Fringe Festival 2011
Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Melbourne International Arts Festival 2010

NOMINATIONS

Best Ensemble, Best New Writing for the Melbourne Stage, and Best Sound Composition 2010 Victorian Green Room Awards
Shortlisted for the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award

SUPPORT

A Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne International Arts Festival Commission. The development of INTIMACY was supported by Arts House. Ranters is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.

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Holiday

HOLIDAY

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