Friday, June 13, 2014

July at Vitalstatistix


AC ARTS, 39 Light Square, Adelaide 
Presented by Vitalstatistix & Mobile States 
Tour produced by Performing Lines 

From the critically acclaimed, genre-defying Chunky Move comes Keep Everything, a fusion of dance and performance from one of Australia’s most innovative choreographers, Antony Hamilton. Combining forces with ARIA award-winning musicians, Kim Moyes and Julian Hamilton, Keep Everything splices choreography, electronica, spoken text and improvised movement to trace human evolution from primates to robots and back again. 

Hallmarked by Chunky Move’s unpredictable, inventive style and showcasing three extraordinary Australian dancers, Keep Everything champions the absurd and sometimes vulgar nature of the spontaneous, by understanding that sometimes, it’s important to keep everything. 

The world of Keep Everything is simultaneously primordial and apocalyptic. It's a double helix of a Philip Glass opera and 2001: A Space Odyssey.” The Australian 

Director & choreographer: Antony Hamilton 
Lighting design: Benjamin Cisterne 
Sound design: Julian Hamilton & Kim Moyes 
AV design: Robin Fox 
System design & operation: Nick Roux 
Design consultant: Paula Levis 
Performers: Benjamin Hancock, Lauren Langlois & Alisdair Macindoe 

Five shows only 
16-18 JULY 8pm, 19 JULY 2pm & 8pm 

Download the e-flyer here Tickets on sale here

HER STORYSession 3: Maude Davey (2002-2007)
Throughout the year, Vitalstatistix is presenting HER STORY - Sunday afternoon sessions hosted by the artistic leaders from our thirty-year history. As a full set or as a solo experience, HER STORY is a delightful, personal glimpse into Adelaide’s feminist theatre history and the story of Vitalstatistix. 

Join us for the third instalment with Maude Davey (Artistic Director of Vitalstatistix from 2002-2007). For Maude’s contribution to the HER STORY series she will explore how ideas about feminism and performance, and feminist performance, have changed from 2002 until now. 

In 2002 Australia had had a Liberal federal government for six years. Feminism was a dirty word, dusty and tired, encrusted with denigrating assumptions about the usefulness and currency of feminism in theory and practice. Taking on the directorship of a self-declared women’s theatre company at that time felt a little like taking up the reins of a horse drawn buggy in a fast car era. It seemed like no one wanted to know. 

In 2014 we’ve seen the implosion of a federal Labor government and have been disgusted by the way in which Australia’s first female Prime Minister was treated.  Feminism is unapologetically back on the agenda, in the Twitter-sphere, and in monthly events like Cherchez La Femme in Melbourne. And the Australian theatre world has also been part of this new wave of feminist conversation and debate. This is a discussion that refuses to go away, and that has shifted notably in the last decade.

Maude will speak personally to these issues, and revisit some her own significant performance moments from 2002 to 2007 and to now. 

Warm up for this provocative afternoon with a bowl of sop sop (a delicious, vegetarian, savoury dish from the Torres Strait Islands). 


Incubator Residency
Life is Short and Long is an exploration of crisis by South Australian theatre-maker and conversationalist, Emma Beech. This new work is creating a surprising and beautiful catalogue of human resilience, made from performance, installation, film and community events.

“First of all I’m very curious about the GFC. What does it mean? It seems a fiction sometimes in Spain, sometimes what we discover about the political system and the politicians, it is so heavy it is so incredible, that for me (the whole situation) jumps into the territory of the fantasy. This is what I’m thinking now.” MARGA, ARTIST, BARCELONA

Life is Short and Long was inspired by Emma’s time in a tiny town in the mid-north of SA and in Barcelona during the most recent global economic crisis (GFC). In each location, she found that people had created informal economies and networks to cope with extreme circumstances. This year, Emma has travelled back to Spain, to the quiet corners of SA, and to Melbourne for the Festival of Live Art, to find out more about how people respond to crisis.

What are some of the ingenious, heart-breaking, hilarious and fascinating strategies that communities come up with when corporate and state money disappears? Where do these strategies, created by necessity, jump into the worlds of fantasy and utopia? Are Australians in crisis? How does crisis manifest in people’s identities?

Emma’s Incubator residency with Vitalstatistix will draw together these questions and travel experiences, completing the first stage of developing this long-term project.

BINGO Unit Riverland Roadtrip
Join Vitals and Country Arts SA on a boutique road trip to the Riverland, especially designed for South Australian artists interested in regional and community engagement.
The most fun artist opportunity offered all year!

Over the weekend we will visit arts, cultural and environmental locations in Renmark, Blanchetown, Waikerie, Kingston-on-Murray and Loxton, including a special visit to the new Australian Landscapes Trust/Country Arts SA partnership at Calperum Station.

You will also meet and talk with regional artists, get to know the Vitals and Country Arts SA producers and, of course, visit some local op shops and wineries.

A feature of the trip is a chance to see participatory performance BINGO Unit, by NSW-based artists, Team MESS, at the Chaffey Theatre in Renmark, as well as meeting with them to discuss engagement strategies.

This road trip, hosted along the way by Riverland-raised artist Emma Beech, is a fantastic opportunity for theatre and live art makers, curators, creative producers and any artists delving into the process of making new work outside of city theatres and galleries. Get on board quick – ten places only!

*Meals not included.

To book email Becci at

For more information about BINGO Unit see

Thursday, May 1, 2014

ADHOCRACY 2014 national artist hothouse

Supporting the development of new art and performance

Download the full Adhocracy 2014 program HERE or view it HERE

ADHOCRACY is Vitalstatistix’s national hothouse, supporting the creative development of new experimental and interdisciplinary arts projects. Artists from around Australia join us to create, converse and critique in one space (our beautiful, heritage-listed home, Waterside) over the June Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

THIS is how it works: artists spend the long weekend in an open studio environment developing new work which can span performance, live art, sound, installation and more. They are in the early stages of the process of making and are experimenting with ideas and form. YOU can engage with the artists and their creative process through a public program of artist talks and work-in-progress showings. To keep it comfortable, there’s also a BAR (open all the time) and taco cat selling their handmade Mexican food from a 1960s caravan each evening, 5:30 to 9:30pm.

IN 2014 there are nine projects participating in Adhocracy.


A local iteration of a global project exploring art, politics and memory through dinner parties hosted with people politically and artistically active in the year 1984.
black market

A participatory artwork, part game and part social experiment, where players discover their true usefulness and capabilities within a new black market economy.


A portable internet radio station and sound project, about listening to edges and broadcasting the faltering periphery of a territory.
Future Present

An interdisciplinary project exploring climate change and economic transition, through relationships and conversations between artists and people who work in primary industry.

A durational, choreographic performance work exploring the subversive world of aggression, violence, competition and conflict between women.

A participatory project creating a shared history of live art and contemporary performance - its key artists, practices and writing - in Australia.

Somatic Drifts

An immersive, full body, sensory experience for one person at a time, exploring identity transgression and trans-human empathy.
Speculative Culture/Weather Lore

A family-based project exploring weather lore and future forecasting through a series of cultural strategies.

A live performance exploration of communication, collaboration and technology, in digital and physical worlds.

PLUS: Sound Introversion Radio, Bad Jelly DJs, a series of special panel discussions and more.

open studios, artist talks, work-in-progress showings AND more > 3pm to midnight each evening
WATERSIDE > 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide
Entry by donation > bar & food available


Monday, April 28, 2014

Her Story #2

Catherine Fitzgerald (1996-2002)
Throughout the year, Vitalstatistix is presenting HER STORY - Sunday afternoon sessions hosted by the artistic leaders from our thirty-year history. As a full set or as a solo experience, HER STORY is a delightful, personal glimpse into Adelaide’s feminist theatre history and the story of Vitalstatistix.

Join us for the second instalment of the series with Catherine Fitzgerald (Artistic Director of Vitalstatistix from 1996 -2002).

During Catherine’s time Vitalstatistix commissioned, developed and produced over forty new projects including premiere productions, events, national and international tours, developments and play readings.  Vitalstatistix forged ahead as the National Women’s Theatre, where women writers, directors, designers, actors and arts workers made award-winning work that changed the face of theatre nationally by putting women central to the narrative/s. Rodeo Noir, The Doctor Lesson of Doctor Ruysch, Titbits!, Bull Bar Tours, Bananas, The Doris Day Dances, Feast Dinners (FISH), Winter Play Readings, Svetlana in Slingbacks, Jennifer in Security, My Vicious Angel, Whispering Demons, Spool Time, Carrying Light, Margie Fischer Live at the Lion were just some of the shows presented during this time. 
Hear about the vision, bravery, audacity, and tenacity of the Vitals team during this incredible time in the company’s history. Catherine will be joined by Maggie Armstrong, Andrea O’Shea, Irene Tunis, Kerry Reid, Helen Bock, Karen Lawrence and a bevy of inspiring thespians to celebrate and reminisce the halcyon days of Vitalstatistix, National Women’s Theatre.

Bar, pies and pasties, cocktails and a great yarn, true Vitals style.

3-5pm, Sunday 4 May
Waterside, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide
$5 entry at the door

HER STORY Session #2 is proud to be a part of About Time: South Australia's History Festival.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Coming up at Vitals

Adhocracy 2014 is coming...

Our national artist hothouse, is coming up very soon! Mark the Queen's birthday long weekend (7-9 June) in your diary and stay tuned – we will be launching the full program very soon!

Adhocracy support the development of new experimental and interdisciplinary arts projects from around Australia and gives audiences a chance to take part in a packed weekend of artist talks, work-in-progress showings, audience experiments and more. This year 9 projects are participating alongside some fantastic added extras.

Full program details will be announced here in early May.

This Saturday 26 April we're proud to host the closing event for FELTspace's FELTmaps project. Enjoy new work created specifically for this final event (including by our very own Lara Torr), work from the exhibition reimagined inside Waterside, DJ set from Jason Sweeney, and a great party.

You can get all the details here. The event starts at 7pm at Waterside, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide.

Her Story #2
Following a wonderful start in March with our founding members Roxxy, Ollie and Margie, HER STORY returns to Waterside on Sunday 4 May with Catherine Fitzgerald, Artistic Director of Vitalstatistix from 1996-2002 (and currently Artistic Director of Feast Festival). As the last session showed, the HER STORY sessions are a delightful, personal glimpse into Adelaide’s feminist theatre history and the story of Vitalstatistix.

Check out all the details here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Internships at Vitals

Vitalstatistix is offering 3 project-based internships in 2014

We are seeking three artists and arts-workers for these separate opportunities. The internships are ideally suited to emerging artists, students or recent graduates, however anyone interested is welcome to apply. 

The opportunites span our Her Story program, the Future Present residency with Rosie Dennis and Mish Grigor's Man O Man.

You can get all the details here or contact our Program Coordinator, Lara Torr, on 84476211 for more information.

Applications are due on 21 March.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A VITAL 2014

We are well and truly into our 30th year…

Tickets have just gone on sale for our next show, the award winning Hello My Name Is. You can read about it (and buy tickets) below and here.

We've got two great opportunities available for artists. You can find out how to apply for artist opportunities with Adhocracy 2014 and the Future Present climate change residency with Rosie Dennis here.

The Premier has helped us kick off our birthday celebrations. You can read about the festivities in store throughout the year here.


Sans Hotel
Presented by Vitalstatistix

Hello my name is is a performance about getting to know yourself and strangers. Created by Nicola Gunn and award-winning company Sans Hotel, this startlingly original show is warm like a spring day and unexpectedly fun like a game of table tennis.

It is set in a community centre, which is just a room we call a community centre, and the audience are cast as workshop participants. Hello my name is is a beautifully chaotic, joyous and uplifting event that reminds us how to engage with and celebrate the act of living (and conga lines).

“Entertainer at the top of her game” THE AGE

WinnerBest Experimental Performance, Melbourne Fringe 2012; The Blue Room Theatre Judge’s Award for Outstanding Theatrical Experience, 2012.

NominatedGreen Room Award for Best Production, 2012.

Concept, creation, text & performance: Nicola Gunn
 David Woods
 Nicola Gunn & Gwen Holmberg-Gilchrist
Lighting design:
 Gwen Holmberg-Gilchrist
 Justin Batchelor
 Sarah Greentree

Six shows only
2 – 4 APRIL 8pm, 5 APRIL 2pm & 8pm, 6 APRIL 6pm
Post Show Q&A Thurs 3 April
Waterside, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide
$30 full; $25 concession; $22 Fringe Benefits

You can buy tickets here
You can view the e-flyer here

Monday, February 10, 2014

Opportunities for artists

It's not just festival time of year, it's also 'get involved at Vitals' time of year. We're sending out the call for artists to participate in Adhocracy 2014 and the Future Present residency with Rosie Dennis...


ADHOCRACY is Vitalstatistix’s national artist hothouse, supporting the creative development of new experimental and interdisciplinary projects. Artists from around Australia join us to create, converse and critique in one space (our beautiful heritage-listed home, Waterside) over the June Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

This is how it works: selected artists spend the long weekend in an open studio environment developing new work which can span live art, theatre, dance, sound, installation, media and technology, socially-engaged practice and more. Audiences engage with the artists and their creative process through a public program of artist talks and work-in-progress showings.

We are now seeking proposals from artists across Australia for this unique creative development opportunity. We will select between five and seven projects for participation.

Download the info you need to apply here.
Applications close Monday 31st March.

To get a sense of what ADHOCRACY is like, view the public program from 2013 here and watch a short video about ADHOCRACY 2013 here.

FUTURE PRESENT: artists, primary industry & climate change, artist-in-residence project at Vitalstatistix for ADHOCRACY 2014

We are seeking 10 South Australian artists to join this residency, collaborating with lead artist Rosie Dennis, Artistic Director of Urban Theatre Projects (NSW). 

FUTURE PRESENT: artists, primary industry & climate change is an interdisciplinary project exploring the critical global issue of climate change and economic transition.

The project, commissioned by Vitalstatistix for ADHOCRACY 2014, is led by Rosie Dennis, Artistic Director of Urban Theatre Projects (NSW). A maker, performer, writer and curator, Rosie creates work renowned for distinct beauty, universality and currency. She is one of Australia’s foremost makers of contemporary art, drawing from relationships with non-artist experts and on-the-street research.

Download the info you need to apply here.
Expressions of interest due Sunday 23 March.

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Presented by Vitalstatistix and Format Collective in association with St Jerome's Laneway Festival

We're back from holidays, busily planning our 30th celebrations and absolutely delighted to be part of Australia's premier indie music event, St Jerome's Laneway Festival, which is taking place at Hart's Mill on 7 February.

We've partnered with the team of experimental artists, musicians and party technicians at Format Collective to transform Waterside into Port Land. Port Land brings together local bands, projection and installation art, unique lounging options (by way of old couches and cheap rugs) and further experiments in "mass karaoke" with Choral Grief.

If you're heading to Laneway, don't forget to drop into Waterside and immerse yourself in a full day of top-shelf contemporary art, music, fancy snacks, DIY knick-knacks and nautically-themed leisure.

7.50pm – 8.20pm – Old Mate
7.05pm – 7.35pm – Divine Rip
6.10pm – 6.40pm – Wireheads
5.15pm – 5.45pm – EMU
4.20pm – 4.50pm – Fair Maiden
3.25pm – 3.55pm – Bruff Superior
2.30pm – 3.00pm – Body Horror

Visual art courtesy of Katlyn Francis, Joshua Kathigitis and Adelaide ex-pats Tim Tuppence and Nick Moss.

More details will be announced soon and you can keep up-to-date here.

Port Land is exclusive to Laneway ticket holders. Tickets available here.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

And just like that, 2013 comes to an end for Vitalstatistix...

Our office will be closed from Monday 16 December and we will reopen on Monday 13 January. We have a massive year planned for 2014, packed with shows, residencies, events, projects, festival experiences, and our 30th birthday celebrations. 

View our 2014 program here or download it here.

We have plenty of opportunities for artists throughout the year. Here are just three which it’s worth noting in your diary and keeping an eye out for further details early in the new year:

FUTURE PRESENT: artists, primary industry & climate change
Adhocracy 2014 residency with Rosie Dennis, Artistic Director, Urban Theatre Projects, NSW
26 May – 9 June

This opportunity is open to South Australian artists. There are 10 places only; expressions-of-interest close 23 March, details released by February.

ADHOCRACY 2014: national artist hothouse
6-9 June, Queen’s birthday long weekend
Project proposals from across Australia are invited with a closing date of 31 March, details released February.  

Including tickets to BINGO Unit by Team MESS, at Chaffey Theatre, Renmark
A weekend adventure with Vitals and Country Arts SA, for artists interested in regional and community engagement. The most fun artist opportunity offered all year!
Book by 30 June.

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