Artists

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RED has been created with an international recognised team of artists to deliver a show that brings a universal feel to one woman’s story.

 

With choreographers Vicky van Hout, Martin del Amo and Virginia Ferris, led by dramaturg Brian Lucas, the work explores all nature of the human condition – one woman’s story told in ways that have universal themes. Honest, face to face dialogue with the audience balanced with beautifully framed with film and movement. Created over a period of 5 years with assistance from artsACT and Screen ACT as well as residencies with Tasdance, Ausdance NSW and QL2 Dance Canberra.

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Brian Lucas Dramaturg

Brian Lucas is a Brisbane-based performer, choreographer, director, teacher, writer and arts- advocate whose career spans over 35 years. Trained in both dance and theatre, he has a nation- al reputation for creating and performing provocative, powerful and intelligent works that bridge the divide between the two forms.Since 1995, he has created a number of critically and publicly acclaimed full-length solo works including “Underbelly”, “book of revelations”, “Performance Anxi- ety”, “monster”, “Frightening Livestock” and "De Profundis" (in collaboration with David Fenton). 

In addition to his substantial solo practice, Brian has worked with many of Australia’s and the world’s most well-known performance-makers and presenters including Chunky Move, Finucane + Smith, DV8 Physical Theatre, La Boite Theatre, Metro Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, NORPA, Pentimento Productions, Blue Roo Theatre, Michelle Heaven, Liz Lea, KAGE Theatre, David Fenton, Clare Dyson, Fran Barbe and Guests, ChamberMade Opera, Circa, Rock'n'Roll Circus, Dance North, Motherboard Productions, The Queensland Ballet, Queensland Theatre Company, Opera Queensland, QL2 Centre for Youth Dance and Expressions Dance Company. 

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Karen Norris Lighting Designer

Karen Norris has extensive experience as lighting designer for Theatre/Dance and Music throughout Australia and Europe. Based in London and Nice -1998 to 2008.

Recent designs: 

Terrain, Lore-Bangarra Dance Theatre, NAISDA Francis Rings & Sani Ray, Songs Not To Dance To and Champions Martin del Amo, On View Sue Healey, CELLA Germany SF 2018 & SF 2019 & Dance Massive 2019 & Hidding in Plain Sight Narelle Benjamin, Winyanboga Yurringa  Andrea James Moogahlin, KOTAHI Atamira Dance Company NZ, Barbara and the Camp Dogs Belvoir Street Theatre, The Appleton Ladies Potato Race & The last Five Years Ensemble Theatre, Blak Box Barangaroo & SF 2019 Melbourne 2020 Urban Theatre, Broken Glass SF 2018 - The Weekend Liza-mare Syron SF2019 - New Zealand Festival 2019 Moogahlin, RED Liz Lea Dance, Rainbows End Darlinghurst Theatre,  plenty serious TALK TALK Vicky van Hout, Blak Drop Effect Bankstown Arts Centre, Silence Karul Projects BlakDance Brisbane Festival 2020 & SF 2021 and Sunshine Super Girl Griffith  Theatre & SF 2021 Andrea James Performing Lines.

 

Works in progress: 

Complications of a Lyrebird Jasmine Shepherd CAC & Sydney Festival 2021

Action Star Karen Therese PYT

Sleeplessness Karen Therese PYT

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Natalie Ayton Rehearsal Director

Natalie Ayton is a British born dancer with a career spanning 25 years. She has performed with internationally acclaimed choreographers, directors and companies including: Gecko, New Adventures: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Wayne McGregor Company, Retina Dance and Candoco Dance Company. Moving to Sydney in 2011 Natalie’s primary focus has been teaching and working with Liz Lea as rehearsal director. Natalie’s work for Sydney Dance Company includes: leading workshops for the Pre Professional Year Course and lead teaching artist for Mulkadee Youth Arts Festival in Townsville three years running. In 2018 Natalie worked with Antony Hamilton as for Sydney Dance Company’s performance for primary school students, Crazy Times

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Nino Tamburri Photography Director

Nino has been working in the film industry and camera department for over fifteen years.

 

During this time he has worked on and photographed some of Australia’s most distinguished TV drama, TV advertising and Motion Pictures. 

 

Nino uses Lighting, Colour, Composition and Camera movement to make memorable images that enhance the story or deliver a message.

 

His variety of work encompasses, short and feature film, commercial advertising, television drama and is also an accomplished still photographer.

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Martin del Amo Choreographer

Martin del Amo, originally from Germany, is a Sydney-based choreographer and dancer. He started out as solo artist, acclaimed for his full-length solos fusing idiosyncratic movement and intimate storytelling. In recent years, Martin has also built a strong reputation as creator of group works and solos for others including Champions (2017), Songs Not To Dance To (2015) and Slow Dances For Fast Times (2013). 

His Helpmann Award-winning Anatomy of an Afternoon, a solo for Paul White, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House in the 2012 Sydney Festival, was presented with great success at Southbank Centre London in 2014. Martin's work has toured nationally in Australia and internationally to the UK, Japan and Brazil. Martin is a recipient of the 2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships. 

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Vicki van Hout Choreographer

Vicki van Hout; is a Wiradjuri woman born on the south coast of NSW. An independent choreographer, performance‐maker and teacher, she has worked across a range of performance mediums nationally and internationally. A graduate of the National Aboriginal Islander Dance College (NAISDA), Vicki has learnt and performed dances from Yirrkala, Turkey and Christmas Creeks, Mornington and Bathurst Islands, as well as Murray, Moa and Saibai Islands in the Torres Strait. 

Vicki studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York and has danced with companies including Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre and Bangarra Dance Theatre. Vicki has danced for the 30th Anniversary of the 1967 Aboriginal Referendum and the first Indigenous opening of Parliament leading to the 2008 National Apology. 

Vicki has had International choreographic residencies in Austria, Paris and Singapore and her show, Briwyant, premiered at Performance Space in 2011, and toured to Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne), Brisbane Powerhouse and Darwin Festival in 2012, the first ever national tour of a work by an independent indigenous choreographer and nominated for an Australian Dance Award for Best Achievement in Independent Dance. In 2014, Vicki became the first Indigenous person to be awarded the NSW Dance Fellowship for established and mid-career artists. She writes, creates and speaks alongside her choreographic career. 

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Virginia Ferris Choreographer

Virginia Ferris is a versatile artistic director, choreographer, event manager, specialised tutor and adjudicator, she has created hundreds of events and shows in Australia and internationally. After studying as a classical dancer she went on to perform with the Tasmanian Ballet and Company in Flight Dance Company (San Francisco, USA). She performed in The Peter Allen Australian National Show, David Atkins Dancin' Man, USA productions of Hello Dolly. She has choreographed and performed with Frank Sinatra, Casey Donovan, Marcia Hines, Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Somerville, Marilyn Jones, and Kath and Kim to name a few. 

In 2018 she is the Performance Director for Sydney Chinese New Year Lunar Festival and Choreographer for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 40th Year Opening Parade.

Performance, Featured Floats and Party Show. Virginia was the Artistic Director of the Dance Fusion Project (Red Earth Arts Festival in Karratha, WA), Artistic Director for The Australian Dance Awards, Choreographer for the 2017 Rugby World Cup Opening, Director of Choreography for Sydney 2002 Gay Games and worked as Choreographer's Assistant for David Atkins Enterprises for many years. She has an extensive list of teaching credits, currently teaching at Australian College of Physical Education and for NIDA Open Classes.