Near & Now at 107 Projects

This is a campaign to support some of the costs of delivering a brand new series of short form performance events called Near & Now, presented by Intimate Spectacle (Harley Stumm) and 107 in Redfern, Sydney.

Near & Now is an independent take on the short form, experimental performance night… showcasing the kind of live, unpolished, exciting and raw material that has recently disappeared from Sydney’s theatre calendars.

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The project idea emerged from many discussions between producers, artists and audiences, lamenting the disappearance of short-form, low ticket price, experimental performance events. These events, held at venues such Lanfranchi's Memorial Discotheque, Bill & George and Frasers Studios  (to name but a few) gave opportunity for artists to show new works and ideas-in-progress to audiences. 

The atmosphere of these performance nights was electric and permissive, with artists putting themselves on the line for an excited and engaged crowd. You only need to glance at the names in the back-catalogues of these events to see how integral they can be for the development of artists' work, and their establishment of an audience base.

107 and Intimate Spectacle are trialling four weekends of short-form performance nights across the late Summer/Autumn of 2017, with a view to making an ongoing program viable into the future. To test the presentation format, they have commissioned four different independent artists and groups to curate the performance evenings in the 107 venue, in a variety of different ways.

Theatre Kantanka explore the limits of the cosmos in ReLoadKoori Gras by Moogahlin Performing Arts, Mod Productions and Tim Bishop opens up a GBLTQI, First People's context for Mardi Gras with art (Exhibition), food and conversation (Black Point) and cabaret (Black Nulla). Martin del Amo will stir our senses with experimental choreography and bodies in extremis in Let's Dance, and POST will reimagine our present, through the past in Contemporary Contemporary Contemporary.

 The City of Sydney have come on board with the program through a cultural grant and their continuing support of 107 as a creative space. The partnership with Intimate Spectacle and 107 intends to foster a supportive, artist-led series of programs into the future, and reinforce the 107 venue as a key organisation for the support of local, experimental performance in Sydney.

We are asking you, the community of Sydney's artists, performers, friends and performance lovers, to chip in whatever you can to assist the production costs of each project... which are over $5000 per season. The funds directly support fees for artists and technical staff working on the program.

The first event kicks-off in February 2017, so we are running a short campaign with some great treats from local Redfern business-owners and establishments as rewards.

curated by Theatre Kantanka
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Exhibition: Tue 1 - Sun 12 Feb, 11am-7pm FREE 
Exhibition opening Wed 1 Feb, 6pm FREE
Cosmic Cabaret Fri 10 & Sat 11 Feb, 8pm TICKETED $20/15

 Feel like you’re alone in the universe? Anxious about the future? Join Theatre Kantanka in our exploration of the limits of the cosmos! A star-studded, all-singing, all dancing cosmological spectacle...and cosmic cocktails!

Digging from our past (and looking to our future) Kantanka and friends occupy 107 spaces with installations, video works and live performances to celebrate our 21st anniversary.

Artists include: Sean Bacon, Valerie Berry, Carlos Gomes, Arky Michael, Philip Mills, Katia Molino, Chris Murphy, Paul Prestipino, Kym Vercoe and DJ Nick Wishart (Toy Death).

Koori Gras
curated by Moogahlin Performing Arts (Liza-Mare Syron) with Tim Bishop & Mod Productions (Mish Sparks)
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Exhibition: Tue 21 - Sun 26 Feb, 11am-7pm FREE 
Exhibition opening Tue 21 Feb, 6pm FREE
Black Nulla Cabaret Night Fri 24 Feb, 7.30pm TICKETED $15/10
Black Point Sat 25 Feb, 7.30pm FREE

Koori Gras is a vibrant showcase of unique First Peoples culture and community. The exhibition includes images & artefacts from a chronology of First Peoples participation in the Mardi Gras Parade, curated by Tim Bishop.

For Black Nulla, the 107 performance space comes alive with renowned black drag performers with an after-show mixing space, featuring DJ Black President.

Black Point is a communal table throughout the week for First Peoples to meet during Mardi Gras, and encourage dialogue between strangers. On Saturday night, the table becomes the site of a communal “feed” and open mic night for First People and their guests. Bring a plate & share your stories of blak involvement in the Mardi Gras Parades.

Let's Dance
curated by Martin del Amo
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Fri 10 & Sat 11 Mar, 8pm TICKETED $20/15

Let's Dance celebrates dance in all its facets, forms & styles. It's an opportunity for audiences to witness short works by dance makers committed to the exploration of experimental choreography in an intimate gallery environment, through both live performances and video installations. 
Artists include: Thomas Bradley, Sue Healey and more to be announced.

Contemporary, Contemporary, Contemporary
curated by POST
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Fri 24 & Sat 25 Mar, 8pm TICKETED $20/15

 The present re-imagined through the past. A re-enactment of the present moment before your very eyes (it will be as if you were here). The Posties invite artists to deal with the past of Sydney, the past of art and the history of art makers as a way of dealing with the present. 

 Artists include: Matt Prest & James Brown, Martin del Amo and more to be announced.

Near & Now is curated by Bec Dean and produced by Harley Stumm for Intimate Spectacle.

Near & Now and 107 are supported by the City of Sydney. Koori Gras is supported by the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and ACON. Intimate Spectacle is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council.

Photo credits:
Tim Bishop
Heidrun Lohr
Heidrun Lohr


Harley Stumm
Redfern NSW

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