Talks with Festival artists…
Program notes are great, but I always find it inspiring and fascinating to talk directly to artists about their work. The journey from concept to realisation is something that never fails to intrigue and surprise me. This series of talks is a way of sharing those conversations with you – the audience. Enhance your festival experience by joining me for a relaxed exchange of ideas with a brilliant group of Festival artists, as we delve deeper into the how and the why of art-making and reveal the hidden secrets of the Ten Days on the Island 2019 program!
Lindy Hume, Artistic Director
WHAT IS TASMANIA TALKING ABOUT?
Ten Days on the Island and Salamanca Arts Centre present
“It is not merely compassion that is called for, but citizenship…”
I think this quote from American author Sarah Sentilles perfectly articulates a critical social and artistic theme emerging in response to the turbulence and anxiety of our contemporary world, a zeitgeist gearshift from passive to active, from internalised to expressive, from the personal to the communal. Artists everywhere are making work that explicitly invites dialogue with audiences, and audiences are increasingly revelling in full participation, not just passive attendance. How might we express our citizenship in these troubling times? For citizens who yearn to gather, to discuss, to debate, to listen, talk and think, here are some enticing opportunities.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, TEN DAYS ON THE ISLAND
SAT 23 MARCH
LINDY HUME IN CONVERSATION WITH FESTIVAL ARTISTS
FOUNDERS ROOM, SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE
10-11AM WOMEN MAKING NEW AUSTRALIAN THEATRE
Following a provocation from leading theatre producer Annette Downs. Lindy Hume engages in conversation with theatre-making practitioners in the national and local contexts: Annette, Emma Porteus (Salamanca Arts Centre), Caitlin Comerford (Stompin) and visiting directors Kate Gaul and Leticia Cáceres.
11.15AM-12.30PM WHAT’S BEHIND A WORLD PREMIERE?
What actually happens in the months between the ‘lightbulb moments’ behind a play’s genesis and its opening night? Hear about the creative journey with leading director Leticia Cáceres and the creative team of THE MARES – Kate Mulvany’s World Premiere play for Tasmanian Theatre Company.
1-2PM CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND PHILOSOPHY: AN UNLIKELY ALLIANCE?
A conversation with choreographer Kyle Page, creator of DUST and Artistic Director of Dancenorth about how the birth of his son has altered his approach to life and art. Untethered by language as it is, how might Contemporary Dance support philosophical enquiry, where might this creative journey be leading, and how does it translate to the audience experience?
2.15-3.30PM ARTISTS AS CITIZENS – WHAT CAN WE DO?
More artists are explicitly inviting dialogue with audiences, and audiences are increasingly demanding to participate in, not just passively attend art experiences. What is our civic responsibility, and how might we express our citizenship in these troubling times? Festival artists including COMPASSION composer Nigel Westlake, Eyes as Big as Plates artists Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth, and director/choreographer Joshua Lowe on the contribution that artists might make to a more empathetic Australian society.
SUN 24 MARCH
TOWARDS TEN DAYS ON THE ISLAND 2021
HOBART TOWN HALL
On the last day of the Festival these two dynamic panels propose ideas for pathways ahead and set some challenges for Ten Days on the Island to tackle between this festival and the next in 2021.
10.00AM THE STATE OF PLAY – POTENTIAL FUTURES FOR PERFORMANCE-MAKING IN TASMANIA
Discussion with Tasmanian performing arts leaders on the future of theatre-making in Tasmania.
includes: Robert Jarman (Artistic Director, Blue Cow Theatre Company), Sam Routledge (Artistic Director, Terrapin), Emma Porteus (Salamanca Arts Centre), Adam Wheeler (Tasdance) and Caitlin Comerford (Stompin)
12.00PM FIRST NATION ARTISTS AND CULTURAL LEADERS – IDEAS, INSPIRATION AND PATHWAYS FORWARD
In the final discussion of the festival, Cultural Practitioner Sinsa Mansell leads a distinguished panel in a conversation on themes for the next generation of First Nations creative leaders in Tasmania. Panel includes: Jordy Gregg and Nathan Maynard (playwrights) and Dewayne Everett (musician)
Pulp Festival Lounge
APPM Services Building
Crn Reeves St and Marine Tce
Stuart Street Gallery
45-47 Stewart Street
Hotel Grand Chancellor
29 Cameron Street
19 Emu Bay Road
Hobart Town Hall
50 Macquarie Street
Salamanca Arts Centre
77 Salamanca Pl