AN INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
BELLOO CREATIVE (Aus) |IDIOT SAVANT THEATRE COMPANY (Japan) | DANIEL BELTON (NZ)
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.
SAND draws from Japanese classic literature, natural disasters, mass migration and Indigenous connections to sand and stories of sand mining in Australia to create an original, contemporary performance.
CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT #2
November & December 2018
Flowstate and Belloo Creative present a work in development
SAND explores the weathered fragments of our past, embedded in landscape and built environments. Inspired by the classic Japanese novel “Woman in the Dunes”, this contemporary, cross-cultural work explores what happens in the aftermath of dramatic upheaval and celebrates the beauty of impermanence.
Join Belloo Creative and the SAND collaborating artists this November and December for the making of a new cross-cultural, contemporary theatre work in the Flowstate Pavilion.
Stage 1 of the development (6-10 November) explores and tests the scale of sand play and sand installations during an all-ages, all-abilities creative development. Attend a free children’s workshop.
Stage 2 (4-8 December) brings artists into the space culminating in a free public showing of the new dance theatre work in development – SAND. Attend a free showing.
SAND is an international collaboration that 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.
SAND is part of Flowstate’s IN THE ZONE residency.
This development of SAND has been made possible thanks to support from the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Arts Queensland, Flowstate, QUT, NORPA and Brisbane City Council.
CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT #1
Tokyo, Japan | February 2018
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.
Directors |Caroline Dunphy & Koh-Toh-Shi
Writer |Katherine Lyall-Watson
Visual Artist |Daniel Belton
Cultural Choreographic Advisor & Performer |Kirk Page
Architect / Installation Designer |Jon Shankey
Dramaturg |Kathryn Kelly & Sandra Gattenhof
Producer |Danielle Shankey
Performer & Co-Devisor |Nao Akao, Yasuhiro Kondo, Chikako Arai, Madoka Kagawa, Yamato Miyazawa & Jade Dewi
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.
SAND: dance theatre installation with Japanese and Australian theatre companies is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, Arts Queensland, Flowstate, QUT, NORPA and Brisbane City Council.