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Come warm yourself by NORPA's creative fire with our Winter Quarterly.
 
JULIAN QUARTERLY
NORPA's Artistic Director Julian Louis introduces this quarterly edition...
Left to right | Janis Balodis, Kate McDowell, Mitch King, Jade Dewi, Kirk Page (Associate Director), Julian Louis (Artistic Director), Caroline Dunphy, Emma Saunders, Darcy Grant and Valley Lipcer.
NORPA is thrilled to announce an incredible cadre of theatre makers will be taking centre stage in the company as Associate Artists. All are respected makers in their own right and represent the cutting edge of Australian talent across a multitude of forms. Together they form the thumping heart of NORPA’s artistic vision for the future. They will fuel the creation of inspiring new devised works and a creative program that is physical, visceral, ambitious, inclusive and occupies a unique place in the national theatre landscape. 

Our Associate Artists will join Julian Louis (Artistic Director) and Kirk Page (Associate Director). Together they will invigorate and inspire NORPA as a brave artist-led company. Our artists are Janis Balodis, Caroline Dunphy, Darcy Grant, Mitch King, Jade Dewi, Kate McDowell, Emma Saunders and Valley Lipcer.

Meet each of our makers.

Photo | Kate Holmes
 
 

NORPA is proud to welcome the producing powerhouse that is Jo Porter to the team. Jo will be working with NORPA's creative team across many projects including Djurra directed by Kirk Page.


Jo Porter is a consultant in not-for-profit and commercial performing arts. Jo teaches Governance and Leadership in NIDA's MFA in Cultural Leadership program, has guest lectured in arts management at the University of Melbourne and continues to produce independent theatre.

What attracted you to want to work at NORPA?

The attraction of working at NORPA is about the people and the place. The team at NORPA is an extraordinary mix of talented people whose ties into the community in Lismore and around the Northern Rivers region are extensive. These ties give me the sense that making performance works at NORPA carries with it a responsibility for investigating and representing the things that are precious in the place where they’re made, while being thematically interesting to people from other places.

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Last week we were all excited to see the second creative development of Djurra take place back on our stage in the City Hall. 

Three actors lead by director Kirk Page (NORPA's Associate Artist) and supported by Jade Dewi explored the way in which the tale of Djurra will be brought to life. Part of the creative development involved trying out aerial acrobatics and how the actors interact in mid-air, and with filmed imagery drawn from around the Northern Rivers. 

Djurra is the story of Mamoonh, the second brother in the Bundjalung creation story the Three Brothers. Mamoonh is called home by his mother Gami to Bundjalung country from a war in the centre of the world. Gami has called Mamoonh to attend to his dying father, but Mamoonh has forgotten who he is and the role he plays in his Bundjalung peoples’ customs.

Djurra will be performed at NORPA from Wednesday 29 November to Saturday 2 December 2017.

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Image | Kate Holmes
Watch a clip from the second creative team get together for Horses Mouth at NORPA
Horse’s Mouth is a partnership between NORPA and Beyond Empathy

Focusing on emerging regional Indigenous artists, the program encourages the exchange of skills and performance practice allowing the group to develop their storytelling, physical play and choreographic investigation from a First Nations perspective.

Horse's Mouth is a work in progress, as well as a laboratory. A place to bring lived experiences, stories, hopes, dreams, failures and futures together to unpick, remember, forget and share.

We're working towards Horse's Mouth becoming a yearly residency that continues to develop First Nations Australian artists, as well as providing a platform and voice for these artistic leaders of tomorrow.

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Video | Ryan Virtue
With the new Artistic Associates in place we're beginning our 2017 Masterclasses led by Emma Saunders and Darcy Grant. First up is...

Character in Dance — A masterclass in dance theatre
Propelling narrative through movement. Propelling movement through narrative. When building dance theatre for a story or scenario, how do we generate movement content? When do we dance? Where is the dance? How can dance act of its own accord and blow apart the narrative?

This masterclass will be task-based and will explore the development of original movement, character, gesture and dance.
 
Thurs 31 August — Sat 2 September
Led by Artistic Director Julian Louis, and Associate Artist Emma Saunders.
The Studio, Lismore City Hall 
10am — 4pm
$125 (three days)*
* NORPA is pleased to be able to offer three complimentary places. These places will be offered on the basis of the EOI submitted.

To register your interest, and for EOI and booking information, please email Valley Lipcer.
Limited places. Bookings are essential.
Open to trained dancers and actors looking to build on their art form and practice.

Images | Emma performing in The Fondue Set

Balancing Dynamics — A masterclass in acrobatics and theatre making
A one week intensive in physical theatre, acrobatics and duo dynamics. Through developing a series of duets the group will explore dramatic scenarios and comical play. They will delve into the distance between character and the authentic self exploring the fiction and truth in the performer and develop units of action that are packed with story and skill.
 
Monday 18 — Friday 22 September
Led by Artistic Director Julian Louis, and Associate Artist Darcy Grant
The Studio, Lismore City Hall 
10am — 4pm
$385 (five days)*
* NORPA is pleased to be able to offer three complimentary places. These places will be offered on the basis of the EOI submitted.

To register your interest, and for EOI and booking information, please email Valley Lipcer.
Limited places. Bookings are essential.
Open to trained dancers and actors looking to build on their art form and practice. 

Darcy performing in Dreamland  
Photo | Kate Holmes
 
Please read our past NORPA Quarterly issues:

Autumn 2017

Summer 2017


Spring 2016
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