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"The only other show that came close to being as intelligent, as well-made, and as heart-crushing was Joel Bray's Biladurang at Melbourne Fringe. The performance was gorgeous, and the gentleness with which it opened up the space between audience, performer, city and story was just so absolutely stunning." - Jean Tong (Writer/Director)
Joel is black. Well, he’s white, but black. Y’know? He’s trapped in a hotel room somewhere in Melbourne; the audience trapped with him. In this no-where-place he takes a pause, looks over his shoulder and takes a good look at his life. “Is this where I am supposed to be? Is this who I am supposed to be? What is all this? The drugs? The sex? The cigarettes?”. The performer shares his heart on yearning for home, and struggling with middle-aged singlehood and his own demons. Loosely echoing the Wiradjuri story of the Biladurang – the platypus – this piece of dance-theatre is physical, tender, funny and dark.
History & background
Kukuni Arts is an independent Arts Management and Production company, focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts. Kukuni Arts produces the Spirit Festival, South Australia’s premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts & Cultural event and as such is committed to presenting, producing and developing ATSI works from across Australia in its many diverse forms. This commitment extends across all projects that Kukuni Arts are involved with and we are interested in fostering partnerships and collaborations to extend the reach of ATSI arts to the wider arts sector and community
Marketing selling points
Biladurang is innovative. Audiences are delighted by the immersive, experiential nature of the work. It’s premise is that the performer randomly meets the audience in the hotel bar and invites them up for champagne in his room. Performer and audience drink, and chat and dance together as he weaves the story around them, using all the furniture, nooks, crannies and accessories found in every bland hotel room. The work is sexy, the dancing is virtuosic and the storytelling tender. It is a rare opportunity for an audience to see performance, literally, inches from their nose.
Key audience and marketing notes
The work is for a broad adult audience. Anyone who has ever faced loneliness and homesickness can relate. The performer engages with strong themes with a fierce courage to expose himself figuratively and literally. However, the work has been carefully crafted to create a warm, inviting space. The work does not set out to provoke or confront, but to invite the viewer in with humour, self-deprecation and gentleness. The work will be of particular interest to Indigenous and Queer audiences. Both dance and theatre audiences will enjoy the show.
Community Engagement activities
Yes. - Dance workshops are for young adults and/or complete adult dance beginner workshops. - Dance master classes for mid-career to established artists. - Artist talks and panels.
What is this?
|Technical specifications||Download Now|
|Theatre formats||Hotel room|
|Bump in (hours)||18|
|Bump out (hours)||1|
The work uses the in-room lighting. Ideally (not essential) a lighting control console (touchscreen or buttons) next to the bed, which allows the performer to choose different ‘states’ e.g. relax, reading. These are becoming standard in luxury hotels.
In-room television with minimum 2 HDMI outlets.
- A large hotel-room (min. 40m2, ideally min 50m2) with standard furniture, mini-bar etc. - In room seating (mix of armchairs, sofas, stools, ottomans etc- whatever is available), plus the ability to bring in more seating to increase audience capacity - En suite bathroom - No specific floor surface requirement (carpet, tiles, wood etc). No specfic ceiling height requirement - Ideally (not essential), on a high floor with a good view of the city and of a river, harbour or similar
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 6.3||Height: 2.4|
|Depth: 6.3||Wing space: 0|
1 x car, yes can travel by plane