2007 Department of Performance Studies News Archive

December 19th, 2007

More appointments . . .
The Department congratulates two of our recent PhD graduates on exciting new appointments . . .

Dr Kate Rossmanith (PhD 2004) will take up a Lectureship in the Department of Critical and Cultural Studies in the Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy at Macquarie University.

Dr Andrew Filmer (PhD 2006) has accepted the offer of a Lectureship in Performance Studies, Department of Theatre, Film and Television at University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

We wish Kate and Andrew all the best in their positions, both of which commence early in the new year.

They join recent graduates Dr Paul Moore (PhD 2005), Dr Pauline Manley (PhD 2007) and Dr Stuart Grant (PhD 2007), who have all accepted positions in the past two months at, respectively, the University of Ulster, Macquarie University and Monash University.


The latest issue of the Department's refereed journal, About Performance 7Local Acts: Site-based Performance Practice–is now available.

Edited by Gay McAuley, the volume includes articles by
Mike Pearson (University of Wales, Aberystwyth); Fiona Wilkie (University of Surrey); Mark Minchinton (Victoria University) and Domenico de Clario (Monash University); Maryrose Casey (Monash University); Elizabeth Dempster (Victoria University); Paul Brown (University of New South Wales) and Xanth-Rose Crittenden; Kerrie Schaefer (Exeter University) and David Watt (University of Newcastle); Lisa Warrington (University of Otago); Mary Elizabeth Anderson (University of California, Davis); Kate Lawrence (University of Surrey); and Michael Cohen (University of Sydney).

December 18th, 2007

Some publications

A couple of recent articles about the Department, available on-line in Semiotix:
"State of the Art: Performance Studies" by Gay McAuley and
"Semiotic Profile
Gay McAuley: A leading figure in Australian Performance Studies"
by Andrew Filmer.

December 17th, 2007


. . . to successful applicants for Australian Postgraduate Award scholarships for PhD projects commencing in the Department of Performance Studies in 2008:

Kathryn Bicknell (Honours 2007);
Niamh Kearney (Honours UNSW); and
Jeffrey Stewart (MArts 2007).

December 4th, 2007

Congratulations to the Honours class of 2007:
Claire Dunn
Rosie Findlay
Kathryn Bicknell
Travis Hodgson
Elena Knox
Mimi Leith
Sabina Popescu and
Calista Sinclair

All eight will graduate early in 2008, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

The Department would also like to thank the following artists and organisations for assisting with placements for these students:

de Quincey Company: The Stirring (Kath Bicknell)
Bell Shakespeare Company: The Government Inspector (Sabina Popescu)
Nigel Kellaway: Sleepers Wake!Wachet Auf! (Travis Hodgson)
Opera Australia: Tannhauser (Rosie Findlay)
Sydney University Women's AFL (Claire Dunn)
State of Play Wilde Tails (Mimi Leith)
Compaigne Genty (Paris) (Calista Sinclair)
The Sydney Opera House: The Hanging of Jean Lee (Elena Knox)

Casebooks documenting these placements are held in the Department's Archive Room.

November 28th, 2007

Visiting Scholar, 2008

From the 18th February we are pleased to welcome Adam Ernst from the University of Vienna, who will undertake research towards his PhD project "Audience vs. Critics in Contemporary Dance."

This thesis implements theories used in communication sciences into the spectator-analysis of dance productions. "How do producers work for this audience?”, “how do they influence their perception?", and "how do audience/ critics influence the production of future works?" are some of his main points of interest and direction for further research. Special attention will be directed towards the question of whether there is a unique ‘Australian Gaze’ compared to the European perception of the spectacle.

Until recently Adam has been the coordinator of danceWEB Europe, a European network of dance institutions involing 32 countries. He was head of the Coproduction and Scholarship Programme, which brings each summer 60 young dancers from 40 countries to Vienna, to undertake professional training withing the frame of ImPulsTanz Vienna Dance Festival.

In February 2007 he published his book Art criticism: An approach for causality classification.

The collaboration with the Department of Performance Studies is supported by the Endeavour Europe Scholarship a merit-based scholarship provided by the Australian Government. The Endeavour Programme brings leading researchers, executives and students to Australia to undertake short or long term study, research and professional development in a broad range of disciplines and enables Australians to do the same abroad.


Congratulations to . . .
Pauline Manley, who, having received her PhD on October 26th, has successfully applied for the position of Lecturer in Dance at Macquarie University.

The Performance Studies team–'The Revisionists' (Ian Maxwell and Amanda Card with ring-ins Michelle Arrow (Department of History, Macquarie University) and Katy Coote (Darlinghurst Theatre)) who won the SAMAG Trivia Night at the Australia Council on Monday night.

November 19th, 2007

Publication news
Congratulations to Kate Rossmanith, whose essay about stem cell research, "Many Me", has been published in Best Australian Essays 2007 (Black Inc. 2007).

November 8th, 2007


In the Rex Studio . . .
Untitled (Triptych) is a residency led by performer and writer Rosalie Lester (pictured right). Rosalie will build the beginning for a triptych of short works exploring memory and forgetting and will extend her collaboration with the creative team who made Back in 5, performed at "Accidents and Alchemies" in 2005. Rosalie and her collaborators will develop elements of the two companion audio-visual installation works, addressing the fractured reality of dementia.

This Residency is supported through the Department of Performance Studies' collaboration with Performance Space at Carriageworks.

October 31st, 2007

Friday seminar November 2nd
Amanda Card and Martin del Amo
“Becoming undone with the dances of del Amo: a developing dialogue”.


Kate Rossmanith will present the opening sections of a work-in-progress:
"Steve Irwin, Crocodiles, and Far North Queensland: how people perform 'living-with-crocs'"

October 22nd, 2007

Coming up, following creative development in the Rex Cramphorn Studio . . .

de Quincey Company
The Stirring
8-17 November THU-SAT 7:30PM
Performance Space @ CarriageWorks
De Quincey Co's new site-specific performance
a labyrinth unfolds within the installation and buildings, touching the past, present and future of the Eveleigh railyards, with performers Henrietta Baird, Tess de Quincey, Peter Fraser, Oguri, Alan Schacher
sound installation Natasha Anderson, lighting Travis Hodgson, costumes Lian Loke
$25/$20/$15 + Student Rush Thu all tix $12
Artists Talk 15 Nov (following the show)
moshtix.com.au 1300 438 849, moshtix outlets
Performance Space Info 02 8571-9111

de Quincey Company
embrace: GUILT FRAME
27 February - 9 March THU-SAT 7:30PM
Richard Wherrett Studio, Sydney Theatre
Tess de Quincey and Peter Snow negotiate the eight key states of human emotion, as outlined in The Natyashastra–the cornerstone of artistic practice in India.
Presented by Sydney Theatre Company as part of WHARF 2LOUD

Friday seminar
October 26th, 3pm-5pm, AV Studio, Department of Performance Studies

Tim Fitzpatrick
title to be confirmed
Dr Stuart Grant
title to be confirmed

Level 1, Woolley Building. All welcome.

October 19th, 2007

In the Rex Cramphorn Studio . . .

Deborah Pollard: 24 September to 21 October

This is the second residency for performance artist Deborah Pollard who will continue to develop her solo piece Blue Print. Deborah Pollard draws on the experience of losing her family home in the 2003 Canberra bushfires as a way to explore how people grieve, and memory in relation to lost places.

The initial creative development phase occurred in March 2006, and Deborah performed the work before students in Dr Paul Dwyer's class at Department of Performance Studies.

The collaborative team includes Deborah Pollard (devisor/performer) together with [[b||avid Buckley, Daniel Fenech and Louis Fitzpatrick (performers); John Baylis (Dramaturg), Sam James (multimedia and space design), Erth (Object Design), Gail Priest (sound and composition), Katia Molino (Costume Design), Neil Simpson (Lighting), and Stephen Klinder (production Manager).

Blue Print goes straight into production at Performance Space at Carriageworks, 26 October to 4 November. Please visit www.performancespace.com.au for more information. Tickets are available through Moshtix, and are also available at the door. The artist talk is Wednesday 31 October, straight after the show.

Fondue Set: 22 October - 11 November 2007

Fondue Set will be working on the beginnings of a new work directed by UK artist Wendy Houstoun. Wendy will arrive in Australia following the Fondue Set's time in the Rex Cramphorn Studio.

The piece which has the working title of No success Like Failure will be performed in June 2008 at The Studio, Sydney Opera and the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

The three week residency period in the Rex Cramphorn Stuidio will be spent investigating and devising new material through the exploration of movement worlds, specific tasks and imagery. Not having Wendy's physical presence in the Rex, a part of their process will also involve receiving instructions and tasks from Wendy via email.

Fondue Set is comprised of artists Elizabeth Ryan, Jane McKernan and Emma Saunders. The trio formed in 2000 after they met at the Omeo Dance Studios in Sydney. Since then they have created and performed works including Soft Cheese (2001) and Blue Moves (2003) for the One Extra Dance Company, Sydney.

Blue Moves was also presented at the Melbourne International Arts Festival (2003) and the Antistatic Festival, Performance Space, Sydney. They presented Love and Other Indoor Sports at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2003) and produced a short film Are We There Yet? with Sydney based Peter Volich.

Keep an eye on this page for more news about No success Like Failure, or view their website at www.thefondueset.com.au

October 12th 2007

Congratulations to . . .

Lecturer Paul Dwyer, who, in collaboration with Professor Jim Martin of the Department of Linguistics, has been awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant for the project "Enacting Reconciliation: Negotiating Meaning in Youth Justice Conferencing".

Stuart Grant, Pauline Manley and Yana Taylor, who have all qualified for the degree of PhD following the successful examination of their theses.

Stuart Grant: Gathering to Witness
Pauline Manley: Opening the Pod: Involution and Dehiscence in Contemporary Dance
Yana Taylor: Doctors of Presence: Tadashi Suzuki's Training Methods in Sydney Contemporary Performance

Joanne Harris, who has been awarded her MArts following the successful examination of her thesis Historical Impressions: Ballet in a Nutshell–the Athletes and Dancers Company–the Dance Company (NSW) 1965-1976.

Jeffrey Stewart, who has also been awarded an MArts for his thesis Significantly Sentimental and the Possibility of Love.

Daniel Johnston, who has just submitted his PhD thesis, Active Metaphysics: Acting as Manual Philosophy or Phenomenological Interpretations of Acting Theory.