Following on from their 2010 physical theatre work Phoenix Rising, James Cunningham, Suzon Fuks, Skye Nicholls, Jeff Turpin and Anna Yen, collaborated again to create The Mop Up Professionals in 2012 which was performed in Brisbane City Council’s ‘Music in the Gardens’.
Sticks and Stones
Divo Sock, Sofia Woods, James Cunningham and Anna Yen developed and presented Eye to Eye, a workshop process celebrating difference.
Ever been discriminated against because of difference?
Ever discriminated against someone because of difference?
Want to try to walk in someone else’s shoes?
Have someone walk in yours?
Through Chinese wushu (broadsword, fans) and physical / visual images, Phoenix Rising evokes a woman’s quest for freedom and transformation. Phoenix Rising is inspired by inner journeys reflected in outer physical actions.
How do we come from fear to freedom?
What is the part of courage, humour and travelling companions?
Anna has been working as director / dramaturg with Performers for Peace (P4P) to develop short pieces of street theatre to support the activism of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).
Over the past eight years P4P, with Anna’s support, have developed and presented 8 pieces: Votes for Women; Margaret Thorpe and the School of Arts; A Modern Day Fairy Tale; A Few of Those Dangerous Things; UNSCR 1325 Blue Silk Dreaming; Sustainability: Need vs Greed; Emma Stands Up for Peace; and Listen – Give Racism the Flick!
White Sheets was part of the Undiscovered Country exhibition, presented by the Cultural Diversity Cluster Project, during the OzAsia Festival, 2007 at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Anna was an originating artist on Cluster, organized by the Australian Performance Laboratory at the Flinders University’s Drama Centre, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts.
‘I was interested in facilitating an exploration to find visual / physical images that could speak universally, beyond personal and cultural experiences, about death. I wondered what material would lend itself to this exploration. White sheets! So I asked all the Cluster artists, each from different cultural heritage and artform backgrounds, to physically find resonant images using themselves and white sheets. Using the limited amount of time available to me with the whole group we looked for solo images and then group images which were videoed. I edited what I felt were the most resonant images together. The order of the images was largely influenced by the images themselves, and also an article I shared the group about journeying to the Underworld and facing one’s greatest fears in order to be fully alive.’
Many thanks to all the White Sheets collaborators: Tammy Anderson, Jessica Beck, Ian Corcoran, Leigh Corrigan, Kamal Krishna, Hung Le, Mary Moore, Bambang Nurcahyadi, Wojciech Pisarek, r e a, Xavier Samuel, Niki Sperou, Yumi Umiumare, Hossein Valamanesh, William Yang and Alirio Zavarce. Many thanks also to Professor Julie Holledge (Cluster researcher), Richard Back (camera operator) and Aîne Whitehead (video editor).
White Sheets Project of the first National Diversity Cluster, exhibited in the OzAsia Festival 2007, supported by the Australian Performance Laboratory