Published 22 August 2019
Deputy Director Michelle St Anne will be speaking this weekend at Footprints Ecofestival in Annadale, responding to the provocation of how we can creatively address the challenges of climate change. Michelle will join award-winning broadcaster and former ABC journalist Gretchen Miller, Boomalli Aboriginal Art Gallery artist Darren Charlwood and Whites Creek Cottage resident artist Gilbert Grace.
Michelle, who has just returned from a weeklong artist residency at Gunyah, is currently working as lead researcher on the SEI project Sites of Violence, featuring theatre work The foul of the air.
Michelle will be debuting Prelude – After the fall, an original composition from The foul of the air, at the Eastside Sydney Music Festival on Saturday August 31. Provoked by the opening of Charlotte Wood’s award-winning book ‘The Natural Way of Things’, the piece features musicians Mark Bosch (Violin), Josephine Macken (Bass Flute) and Max Alduca (Double Bass). Embodying the sound of the Australian Gothic, the music responds to the disorientation of Wood’s protagonist, Yolanda, in her new dystopian reality.
As founding director of the Living Room Theatre, which celebrates its twentieth birthday next year, Michelle and her work have been pivotal in the evolution of Sydney’s Inner West cultural sector. Both of these events are locally based and we are so excited to see the continued growth of interdisciplinary collaborations within Sydney’s theatre and performance landscape.
“A Creative Response to Climate Change“, featuring Michelle St Anne, Gretchen Miller, Darren Charlwood and Gilbert Grace is one of three panel discussions to be held at the Footprints Ecofestival 2019 on Sunday 25 August at 2pm.
The Eastside Sydney Music Festival Music Trail, held on August 31st, will feature six ensembles as a series of performances located in iconic venues along Oxford Street in Paddington. Guests are invited to wander between locations throughout the day. Prelude – After the fall will be performed at The Imperial Hotel from 11am onwards.
Michelle St Anne is the Deputy Director the Sydney Environment Institute. She brings both corporate, events and hospitality experience and creativity to this role, with a background in industry conference management and theatre direction. Outside of SEI, Michelle is the Artistic Director and founder of the award winning Sydney based theatre company ‘The Living Room Theatre’. She has produced and written over 21 ambitious new works which has had seasons in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2018 she became an Honorary Associate with the School of Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Literature, Art and Media, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of Sydney