© Mark Metcalfe
Exhilarating, creative, exciting… I had a big smile on my face and my heart in my mouth during the whole performance. –Kathy Blanter, audience member
Branch Nebula parachutes into the middle of the city with a team of champion skaters, BMXers, parkourists and dancers. Featuring tightly choreographed mayhem within a compact set of skate ramps, DEMO is a spectacular performance that showcases the outstanding talent of street-styles.
Bikes launch high into the air and bodies in motion draw lines and impossible arcs. Skaters crash, and bodies slide down quarter pipes, leaping and somersaulting off the top of the ramps and disappearing into the cavity.
DEMO is a meeting point between the thrill of wheels in motion and visual expression. The lines of the skaters are made tangible, piercing the space leaving visual traces in their wake with the use of found materials and driven by a sizzling post-apocalyptic electronic soundtrack.
Feel the exhilaration of risk and danger as we pit the speed of wheels vs. the vulnerability of bodies on foot.
Dynamic, daring, delicious… I liked the parkour moves as they overlap and leap over the other skater and BMX performers, adds a level of tension and surprise. You could spend 30 minutes on Instagram looking at shit or you can spend 30 minutes immersed in 100% live awesomeness right in front of you. Which pill will you take? –Toby Grime, audience member
© Adam Scarf
Carl Luiker (parkour)
Cloé Fournier (dance)
Dechen Gendun (dance)
Brock Horneman (BMX)
Austin Gray (skateboard)
Sari Simpson (skateboard)
sound design consultant
Jennifer Greer Holmes
Alejandro Rolandi (and special effects designer)
Antek Marciniec (parkour)
Marnie Palomares (dance)
Kathryn Puie (dance)
Erin Barney (dance)
Brock Horneman (BMX)
Sammy Renwick (skateboard)
Aimee Massie (skateboard)
Alex Baker (skateboard and dance secondment)
originally produced by
Harley Stumm for Intimate Spectacle
Art & About,
City of Sydney
30 October – 3 November 2019, 4 & 6.30pm.
Customs House Forecourt
Sydney Festival 2022,
13-16 January, 4.30, 6 & 6.30pm.