Deaf and disabled artists.
Daring and diverse artists.
6:30pm, Sunday 28 June 2015
Stores Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington Street, New Farm, QLD 4005
A great, fundraising night full of amazing artists! Singing, dancing, circusing and a whole lot more!
Julie Lyons - MC
Julie Lyons is one of leading Auslan Teachers in Queensland for more than 20 years. She is currently providing a private Auslan tutoring service (Julie Lyons Auslan Consultancy Service). She enjoys teaching Auslan and Deaf culture studies and she enjoys telling the stories about Deaf history to improve the student’s understanding of Deaf culture with “right attitude”. She has taught many students from different backgrounds, ranging from parents, community workers, doctors, lawyers and even circus performers! She has assisted many students to become qualified Auslan interpreters.
Julie has been the State Administrator at Deaf Sports and Recreation Qld since 2005. She is currently the presenter for Deaf culture in sport and the “Pathways to Deaflympics”. She organises the Deaf Sports Awareness Training workshops for various sporting organisations including community-based organisations throughout Queensland and she manages events for the deaf youth group e.g. Deaf Sports Day, Deaf Youth Camp and Deaf Sport Forum for affiliated clubs.
Julie was a professional actor with Australian Theatre of the Deaf (ATOD) in 1980s in Sydney. She was one of the actors in Theatre in Education throughout NSW schools. And she has been involved in many DVD projects.
She provides workshops to hearing audiences about deaf culture, sign language (Auslan), theatre, storytelling and poetry at Woodford Folk Festival every year with the organisation, Auslan Eternity.
Lauren Watson is an aerial performer training under professional industry artist Tammy Zarb on the Gold Coast. In 2000, Lauren had a spinal injury. She was diagnosed with incomplete paraplegia, leaving her partially paralysed from the waist down and having to use a wheelchair. 12 years later she decided that it was time for a change, and that's where her love for flying started!
Lauren has spent the past 2 and a half years immersed in circus arts. Her specialty is aerial hammock, double hammock and lyra. Lauren has fully replaced routine physiotherapy with aerial training and performance.
This aerial piece, in collaboration with partner Anthony Symons, explores themes of relationships, support, understanding, the removal of barriers and love.
Racheal Missingham is a Deaf circus artist. Her work focuses on integrating social, environmental and circus ideas through acrobatics, aerial dancing and performing. She is currently a student studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Drama at Queensland University of Technology and is keen to explore social cohesion through physical theatre nationally and internationally for Deaf and disabled artists and arts workers. Racheal works as an environmental policy adviser.
Racheal's credits include, Performance: Vulcana Women's Circus, Solar Bear Theatre and Access Arts QLD. Leadership: Sync Leadership Program, Cohort 1 (Australia Council for the Arts).
I just turned 28 years old when I acquired a cochlear implant. This opened up a whole new world of sound for me, and marks the start of my journey into learning and understanding these new sounds. There are sounds that I like and there are sounds that I detest. This piece of contemporary performance includes both ground and aerial skills and explores my journey into sound.
Kirstin is predominantly an arts administrator, who occasionally dips her toe into the waters of performance (as well as many other art forms). Originally from the UK, Kirstin worked as a freelance creative, facilitating multi-artform projects with the aim of exploring creative potential in others. She arrived in Australia in 2012 and currently works as the General Manager at Vulcana Women's Circus and the Co-CEO of Arts Access Australia. In her 'spare' time she makes her own clothes and dabbles in performance, writing and design.
Kirstin identifies as experiencing disability. She says:
"When I was 18, I received an anonymous letter from a friend saying she was concerned I might be depressed. It took me 8 years to pluck up the courage to see a counsellor and utter the words "I think I have depression". Since then, the depression comes and goes, but each time my understanding deepens and I learn more about myself and my connection to the world around me. So I have an interesting relationship with depression: I don't welcome the way it makes me feel, but I gain great benefit from the wisdom it brings with it."
Stories and Monsters (working title)
This work explores the complexity of domestic violence, identity and stereotypes. Drawing on personal experience, this performance highlights the many challenges of reducing domestic violence and how as individuals, we are often surprised with the paths we choose to take in life.