STREET DANCE, JOY IN MOVEMENT AND BREAKING BOUNDARIES – METRO ARTS’ 2023 PROGRAM TAKES ART TO BRAVE NEW PLACES
On 1 February, Metro Arts launched their 2023 season programme, reflecting the here and now, telling bold, brave and beautiful stories from Australia’s new crop of contemporary artists. Guests from the arts, corporate and lifestyle sectors enjoyed a sneak peak performance of new work BREAK and heard Metro Arts CEO, Jo Thomas, present the striking performance programme of dance, movement, theatre and music.
The Metro Arts 2023 program highlights the future of contemporary performing and visual arts – with the organisation providing a much needed space for national artists to grow, develop, experience and carve out sustainable arts practice.
January- June 2023 programme includes:
Betwixt by Pink Matter examines what lies between fear and freedom through street dance and spoken word, while Bring a Plate Dance Company unbottles the exuberant joy of uninhibited movement in the immersive one-off event, The People’s Dance Party.
For one night only, Brisbane-based alternative electronic trash trio The Architects of Sound will create an earworm extravaganza in Rough, Red & Raw, a sonic and comedic experience that is live, loose and extremely LGBTQIA+.
Turning the focus inward, indelibility arts shines the spotlight on women and mental health in SHE (See us, Hear us, Engage with us). Led by Amy Ingram of The Good Room SHE shares the good, bad and ugly stories to challenge perceptions about our collective emotional wellbeing.
Also raw and reflective, Break looks at what happens when dreams stretch to breaking point from the perspective of professional acrobat and former Circa performer Cecelia Martin and The Farm in a physical love letter to circus performance.
The Metro Arts 2023 Artist in Residence is First Nations (Bidjara/Kullali/Wakka Wakka) Italian artist, choreographer and performer Joshua Taliani.
Founder of the House of Alexander, Joshua’s signature style is heavy on open choreography infused with the art form of vogue (part of Ballroom culture).
During his residency he will be pushing the boundaries of his practice, crossing his work with learnings of culture and the queer movement.