DEMO – seeking development partners

 

DEMO parachutes into the middle of the city with a team of champion skaters, BMXers, parkourists and dancers, as Branch Nebula’s signature street-style choreography transforms Brisbane’s Southbank, Adelaide Festival Plaza or Sydney Opera House forecourt into a skatepark.

DEMO is tightly choreographed within a compact set of custom-built portable ramps, creating a 3D space in which vertical and horizontal planes are spectacularly traversed. With ramps launching bikes high into the air and bodies in motion drawing lines and impossible arcs, they leave visual traces in their wake: charcoal lines on the ground, and trails of FX smoke, evoking fragile images that blow away in the wind. The performers’ freakish skills pit the speed of wheels vs. the vulnerability of bodies on foot.

Branch Nebula has collaborated with street-style artists and dance practitioners over 12 years, developing a unique and distinctive practice, unparalelled expertise in this field, and an acclaimed and much-travelled body of four major productions.

These have been created for diverse contexts: theatres (Paradise City), skateparks (Concrete & Bone Sessions and Snake Sessions), and urban industrial spaces (s.l.o.a.p.). They have reached diverse audiences, through partnerships with major festivals, contemporary arts spaces, and regional PACs, engaging teenagers and young adults who never set foot in arts centres.

Highlights form Branch Nebula street-style shows

This new work DEMO takes the company back to the streets where it all began… and to the kind of public civic space that is central to a community’s shared cultural experience at festival time.

But DEMO will have two iterations, two works made on the same set: a 30 minute work for outdoor presentation to a standing or seated audience of 500-1000, and a full length work for theatres.

As well as being designed for outdoor spaces, the set will be designed for medium to large conventional theatre stages, for a more nuanced one hour work for more focussed viewing in an indoor ticketed event. It would be more developed choreographically and dramaturgically, and would be created after the premiere of the outdoor version, which would function as a creative development towards the indoor show, as well as being a viable standalone work with a life of its own.