Talking TIAFThe Tasmanian International Arts Festival, Artists’ Talks
Join us for a series of free lunchtime panel talks where our visiting artists sit alongside their Tasmanian counterparts and delve into each other’s creative processes, influences, ideas and talking points. Each of the five days will feature a different arts practice from composers to writers, choreographers, visual artists and directors. These artists create their work from unique perspectives; composers who don’t work with orchestras, writers who are constructing story in new ways, directors who create performances that are outside of ‘ordinary’ theatres. Look forward to conversations that will range far and wide.
MON 23 MARCH
IN CONVERSATION WITH AAKASH ODEDRA
Award-winning UK dancer Aakash Odedra brings his elegant and powerful contemporary dance work Rising to the Theatre Royal. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Aakash reflect on the traditions and physical languages that have inspired his work and life as he shares them in conversation with Tasmanian dancer/director Kelly Drummond Cawthon.
TUE 24 MARCH
CABARET: FRINGE DWELLERS OR FESTIVAL DARLINGS?
After a long history of challenging from the outside, there is a growing trend of cabaret being performed to more mainstream audiences. Does this mean bigger box office, political blandness or a completely new future? Our four panellists Sarah Ward (Yana Alana), Brett Haylock (La Soiree), Ursula Martinez (La Soiree) and Charles Bracewell (Miz Ima Starr) bring a combined century of slugging it out in the trenches. They come prepared to talk (not sing and dance) about the challenges of cabaret today, and tell you how they’re surviving – and succeeding.
WED 25 MARCH
ON ART & THOUGHT: IN CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD KENTON WEBB
In Tasmania as LARQ artist-in-residence, UK artist Richard Kenton Webb is exhibiting Landscape is a Conversation in Queenstown. Whilst here, he will embark on a series of conversations with Tasmanian artists which considers the interlinking of art & thought. In Hobart he will converse with Patrick Hall (Things I Once Knew), Tricky Walsh (Reorder) and Lucy Bleach (superslow).
THU 26 MARCH
FAIR GO, FAIR TRADE, FAIR SHIPPING – THE SECRET LIFE OF SEAFARERS
Big hART reveals the invisible true stories that inspired the Blue Angel Project. Join Artistic Director Scott Rankin in a conversation with Allan Schwartz (Australian Maritime Safety Authority), Matt Purcell (International Transport Federation) and special guests, as they unveil the “fair shipping” campaign underpinning the creation of this ambitious theatre work.
FRI 27 MARCH
COMPOSERS – A SENSE OF PLACE
The traditions of composing in response to place go back a long way. Only more recently has work been composed and then performed in many different contexts. There is a nuance to work which is responsive to a particular place that evokes a deep sense of belonging. TIAF has invited four of the composers participating in the festival to share their sense of how site directly informs their practice. Nick Haywood (Acoustic Life of Sheds) will host and participate in a conversation with Tim Humphrey (Acoustic Life of Sheds), Madeleine Flynn (Acoustic Life of Sheds) and Linsey Pollak (Calls Across the Island) in which they share their approach and method, their influences, passions and commitments.
If hotel walls could talk, then Hobart’s iconic Astor Hotel would have many a seafarer’s secret to tell; whispered to…
- 24-29 March
Rising is an elegant and powerful contemporary dance work by award-winning British dancer Aakash Odedra. Performed with grace and passion,…
- 20-21 March
- 26-29 March
Take a journey into the natural wonderland of Tasmania and listen to the voices of some of the most imperilled…
- 19 March
- 20 March
- Cradle Mountain National Park
- 21 March
- 22 March
- 23 March
- Lake St Clair National Park
- 24 March
- Lake Pedder
- 26 March
- Saltwater River
- 29 March
The nature of rural life has seen dramatic change with small farms under pressure from shifting markets and expanding agribusiness.…
- 21-29 March
Join Yana Alana, feather ruffler, rabble rouser and cabaret provocateur, for a bent night of blues, burlesque and blame in…
- 21 March
La Soirée is back! And it’s more deliciously decadent and daring than ever. By popular demand, the award-winning, five-star theatrical…
- 20-29 March