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Council announces 2020-21 At Home line up

Artist Aimee Chapman will present Coming Home as part of the residency program. Photographer: Danny Cohen.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is pleased to announce the line-up of the 2020-21 At Home residency program with four residencies at the Phee Broadway Theatre in Castlemaine.

Tuesday 24 November 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is pleased to announce the line-up of the 2020-21 At Home residency program with four residencies at the Phee Broadway Theatre in Castlemaine.

At Home provides industry development opportunities for local creatives through a three-week residency opportunity, artist fees and marketing and technical support.

Three of the four residency projects will receive direct support from Council and demonstrate the wealth of talent that exists in the Shire.

Alex Kelly and her Melbourne based collaborator David Pledger will further develop The Things We Did Next, a multi-platform exploration of a world to come in the era of climates changed and changing and based on collectively imagined futures.

For Coming Home, Aimee Chapman is producing a multifaceted online and real-time sound project that will encompass workshops, masterclasses and live performances celebrating the commute from the big smoke to our home in Castlemaine and surrounds.

Lz Dunn and Casey Rice will explore the intersection of gender, sexuality, doctrine and faith through HYMNAL - a choreographic-sonic investigation of how formative religious experience might reside in and be transformed through queer bodies.

The At Home program has an ongoing partnership with Castlemaine’s experimental arts enterprise, Punctum Inc. who bring some of the nation’s most cutting-edge emerging works for testing with local audiences.

In 2021, Punctum will bring Hobart and Sydney-based performance collective re:group to the Phee Broadway, for a new work in final development stages called Coil.

Featuring as part of Punctum’s Weird Sanctuaries residency program which also partners with Bendigo Venues and Events, Coil speaks to the impacts of technology on how ensembles create experimental new works through a live cinematic performance experience.

While projects in development will formally commence on site in mid-December, public opportunities to engage with each project will evolve over time.

Aimee Chapman is currently inviting sound recording contributions for Coming Home, with simple guidelines on how to do so with a smart phone.

Public performances for the At Home projects are currently in the planning for February (Coming Home), April (Coil), May (The Things We Did Next) and June (Hymnal, by invitation), 2021.

After an incredibly challenging year for the arts, Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Cultural Development Officer, Vicki Anderson is delighted to be able to bring forth the At Home program which provides financial, technical and communications support to our local workforce, in addition to venue access.

“The At Home program announcement will build confidence across our hard-hit creative industries, through direct investment in our local talent,” said Ms Anderson.

“In 2020, when the desire to rethink how we activate public spaces has become commonplace, we can’t wait to welcome another year of projects that do exactly that,” she said.

Download the Phee Broadway At Home fact sheet for detail about the artists and their projects here.

For more information about At Home visit www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au.

To find out more about contributing sound recordings for Coming Home visit www.cominghomesounds.com.

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