Published 18 November 2020
Presented by The Living Room Theatre, featuring Danielle Celermajer
Finding sense in the face of grief
Merging story with a double bass ensemble, ‘Myosotis’ – her requiem, asks us to sit within grief, to remember the non-human bodies lost in the 2019/20 fires. A plea to never forget that their lives are a legacy of our inaction.
Michelle St Anne is a multidisciplinary theatrical artist with over twenty years of experience. Her extensive body of work is centred upon themes of violence, complicity and women’s bodies. Her stories are meted out through the elongation of time, using object & light; film & movement; body, sound and space. Building a reputation as a site-responsive artist whose immersive and intimate works eschew traditional narrative-driven performance, Michelle’s work is known for its unique, and often profound, audience engagement. She has collaborated with the acclaimed musical mavericks Ensemble Offspring, Bass Liberation Orchestra and Ensemble Onsemble. She is the co-founder and artistic director of The Living Room Theatre which celebrated 20 years in 2020.
Rosie Boylan combines her mastery of millinery skills with a great sense of ‘character’, and what it takes to make a hat work as a natural expression of the wearer. Her world of hats stretches far and wide – from her iconic creations for the stars of stage and screen, to working with traditional artisan weavers across the Pacific region… from distinctive bespoke commissions for couture clients, to street-smart ready to wear for those who just love wearing hats.
Imogen Cranna is a cross disciplinary artist who graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2007 with a National Diploma in Dance Performance. She returned to Sydney in 2008 to further her career within the independent dance community as well as pursue her interest in multidisciplinary art creation. She has performed in both her own projects and collaborated with choreographers and dance practitioners including Kay Armstrong, Cloé Fournier Tony Osborne, Vicki Van Hout, Victoria Hunt and De Quincy Co. Imogen has been a member of The Living Room Theatre since 2012.
Cloé Fournier is a French born Australian based multi-disciplinary artist. She works as a choreographer, director, dancer, physical theatre performer, actor and now curator.As a performance maker, Cloé is fascinated by the impact of socialization on our everyday living and the potential of using her art form as activism. Indeed, she believes that art is a way to sensitise the public and stimulate a discourse with fraught subject matter.
Marie-Louise Bethune began playing with the Cape Town Symphony and CAPAB orchestras before completing her BMus in piano and double bass at the South African College of Music. In 1990 she moved to Germany, where she completed a Masters in double bass. She was invited to play and tour with the RIAS-Jugend Orchester [Berlin, Amsterdam & Jerusalem, 1994–1995], and the World Symphony Orchestra [Berlin & Paris, 1995]. Marie-Louise performed as a soloist at the Düsseldorf Altstadtherbst festival  and a production of Kounadis’ Die Baßgeige . After migrating to Australia in 2001, she free-lanced with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra [2002–2003]. Marie-Louise is principal bassist of the newly formed Greater Sydney Orchestra and as part of the Bass Liberation Orchestra which has performed with The Living Room Theatre since 2019.
Jacques Emery is a double bassist, composer and performer who works on Cammeraygal and Cadigal land. His teenage years laid the path for an ongoing curiosity with many different musical disciplines, playing in youth orchestras, jazz band and composing his own music. He completed a Bachelor of jazz performance at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2019. He has toured Europe with the Australian Art Orchestra and plays regularly around Sydney with many groups including Zela Margossian Quintet and HEKKA. In 2020 he is a finalist of the Freedman Jazz Fellowship.
Maximillian Alduca is a double bassist who has established himself as a force of creative energy amongst the Sydney Jazz and experimental music scene. Alduca has worked alongside some of Australia’s biggest names in Jazz including Mike Nock, Paul Grabowsky and Dale Barlow. As well as accompanying such luminaries, Max is a chief collaborator in projects that have been touring locally and internationally with recent performances at Copenhagen Jazz festival (Vulkan DK/Aus), Wellington Jazz festival (Steve Barry trio) and Manly Jazz festival (The Pocket Trio) to name a few. Alduca is an active recording artist who has been featured on recent album releases including ‘Blueprints and Vignettes’ (Steve Barry Quartet), ‘Good Winter’ (Antipodes Aus/NZ) as well as soon to be released album ‘All At Once’ from The Pocket Trio.
Will Hansen is a Sydney-based double bassist, improviser and composer. A co-founder of SPIRAL and a member of Ensemble Onsombl, Will has performed at the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall, Palau de la Musica Catalina, Barcelona, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. Will has performed alongside Ensemble Offspring, Ensemble Apex, and the Australian String Quartet. He has commissioned and premiered a number of new works by composers including Josephine Macken, Sarah Elise Thompson, Solomon Frank and Oscar Smith. In 2019, Will toured Spain with the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony, and Chengdu, China, with the Conservatorium’s Modern Music Ensemble. Will has made appearances at Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy Open Mic Night, as a composer for the Brett Whiteley Studio in Sydney, and as an improviser with The Living Room Theatre. Will has been nominated as Ensemble Offspring’s 2020 and 2021 Hatched Academy Associate Artist.
Danielle Celermajer is a Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. With a background in human rights practice and scholarship, her work now focuses on justice. Her forthcoming book Summertime (Penguin, 2021) weaves personal stories of the black summer fires with more abstract reflections on the ethics and politics of the climate catastrophe.
Produced by: The Living Room Theatre
This is a free event, registration is required due to limited numbers complying with NSW Covid restrictions. For more information, visit the 2021 Sydney Festival website.