SAND

THIS INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION INCLUDES BELLOO CREATIVE (Aus), IDIOT SAVANT THEATRE COMPANY (Japan), DANIEL BELTON (NZ) & NORPA (Aus).

SAND is co-directed by Belloo Creative & NORPA Associate Artist Caroline Dunphy & Idiot Savant's Artistic Director Koh-Toh-Shi with performance writing by Belloo's Katherine Lyall-Watson. 

The contemporary, cross-cultural work explores what happens in the aftermath of dramatic upheaval and celebrates the beauty of impermanence, responding to elemental forces in the natural world and built environments.  

Co-choreographers Nao Akao (Japan) and Kirk Page (Australia)  explore how  bodies relate with one another in the resistance and shifting nature of sand.

SAND draws from Japanese classic literature, the 2011 tsunami and Indigenous connections to sand and stories of sand mining in Australia to create an original, contemporary performance.  

CREATIVE TEAM

Caroline Dunphy - Co-director (NSW)
Koh-Toh-Shi - Co-Director (Japan)
Katherine Lyall-Watson - Writer (QLD)
Daniel Belton - Visual artist / designer (NZ)
Kirk Page - Co-Choreographer / performer (NSW)
Nao Akoa - Co-Choreographer / performer (Japan)
Jon Shankey - Architect / Installation Designer (QLD)
Kathryn Kelly - Dramaturg (QLD)
Danielle Shankey - Producer (QLD)
Yasuhiro Kondo - Performer & co-devisor (Japan)
Chikako Arai - Performer & co-devisor (Japan)
Kanji Miura - Performer & co-devisor (Japan)
Jade Dewi - Performer & co-devisor (NSW)

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATING PARTNERS

Through cultural & artistic understanding, Belloo Creative (Australia), Idiot Savant Theatre Company (Japan), Daniel Belton (New Zealand) & NORPA (Australia) are building a substantial collaborative partnership to create a new performance aesthetic & poetic Australian/Japanese work. 

The Belloo Creative & NORPA Co-Production draws heavily on Caroline Dunphy’s 20 years of Suzuki practice & her long-standing artistic relationships in the Japanese performing arts sector. Playwright Katherine Lyall-Watson (Belloo) brings poetic performance writing to the piece and Kirk Page (NORPA) brings choreographic skill and Aboriginal connection to place. 

Collaborating company Idiot Savant Theatre Company have 15 years' practice as a working ensemble, devising their own contemporary movement style and methodology of body expression. Performers and dancers from diverse training backgrounds (classical & contemporary dance, martial arts, sports) perform in landscape and industrial settings.

New Zealand Arts Laureate Daniel Belton is an accomplished trans-media creator and brings digital, visual and sound design to the project. 

SPECIAL THANKS

 This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. 

 
 
 

Tokyo, Japan | February 2018 | More Info

In February 2018, Belloo travelled to Tokyo, Japan to collaborate on SAND's first creative development. The process was an inter-cultural collaboration between Japanese & Australian directors, a writer, choreographer, dramaturg and physical theatre performers.


 Image by Caroline Dunphy.

Image by Caroline Dunphy.