RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. is a new place-based festival launching in Blacktown. Led by seven Australian and two international artists, RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. explores themes of contemporary feminism, cultural diversity, wonder, and intimacy in suburbia.
Commissioned artists have been in residence with Urban Theatre Projects throughout 2017 and 2018, coinciding with the opening of our new Hub in Blacktown.
Full program announced August 2018.
RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. COMMISSIONS:
Intimacy of Suburbia – Luke Carman
Award winning author, Luke Carman has been working with six emerging writers from the Blacktown area. Individually, they are writing a suite of insightful and thought-provoking of audio works that explore the textures and tonalities of their intimate connection to suburban life.
Feminist Killjoys Reading Group – Rajni Shah
Inspired by Sara Ahmed’s blog ‘Feminist Killjoys’, Rajni Shah asks what the world would be like if conversations did not begin with assumptions based on masculinity and whiteness, but with queerness, colour, and a deep commitment to listening. Working with fellow feminist killjoys from Blacktown and surrounds she will create a series of public events culminating in a new performance.
The Keeper – Jagath & Amanda Dheerasekara
A new work that explores the fragility of a father/daughter relationship through a shared passion for political activism across continents and generations. Using Jagath Dheerasekara’s visual diaries from the 80s as a starting point, this new work asks the question: What are we fighting for?
Beat-A-Númeric – Maharshi Raval
Everyday life in the suburbs is tuned to a new rhythm. Maharshi Raval has been working with five percussionists, combining the sounds of tabla, cajón and drum kit. Together, they will create complex new rhythm cycles inspired by the Blacktown area.
The Nightline – Roslyn Oades & collaborators
Between midnight and 6am, someone picks up the phone, dials The Nightline and leaves an anonymous message. Award-winning director Roslyn Oades and her collaborators create an immersive work exploring wonder, anxiety and the sounds of the night.