Queer Development Program 2017

Performance Space’s Queer Development Program is a suite of initiatives that aim to expand and energise performance practice in Sydney. The program brings together emerging and established artists to develop new skills, new works and make new connections that further the expression of queer identities through performance.

The Queer Development Program has three strands that work together to support queer artists of all levels of skill and experience

Stephen Cummins Residency

The 2017 Stephen Cummins Residency artist is KoCo Carey. KoCo is a Western Sydney based Fakaleiti artist, with a movement-based practice focusing on queer belonging and cultural performativity. Her work investigates personal experience, from her cultural heritage as a Tongan and Maori Fakaleiti person and her identity as a trans non-binary person living and growing up in suburban Sydney.

KoCo will be mentored by performance artist Latai Taumoepeau during a two week residency at PACT.  Her project will investigate traditional Tongan hulas and their intersection with the queer body. 

Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive

The Stephen Cummins Workshop Intensive is a skills development project designed to foster and strengthen the culture of queer creativity and performance in Sydney. The Workshop Intensive consists of six workshops over five-days led by experienced facilitators who will introduce participants to various methodologies for creating performative works that explore queer identities. It will take place at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists 21 – 25 March, 2017.

Download all the information about the Queer Development Program - Workshop Intensive here

Applications due: Midnight, Monday 6 February, 2017

If you have questions or would like to discuss your proposal please call 02 8571 9114 or email tulleah@performancespace.com.au

Queer Performance Party

This community event will wrap up the Queer Development Program featuring performances by program artists, special guest DJs and Jeff Khan on the sausage sizzle! Tickets will be available online with all funds raised by the event going towards the continuation of the Queer Development Program in 2018 (and beyond).

Event date: 25 March, 2017

About the Stephen Cummins Bequest

In 2012, Performance Space reactivated a bequest left by filmmaker Stephen Cummins to establish a residency program focused on mentoring and developing queer performance artists. The program is now in its sixth-year and will be expanded beyond the residency in 2017 to include an open call workshop intensive to develop performance and professional skills in emerging performers. Together these programs work to build connections between generations of queer artists and to increase the profile of this dynamic performance culture and connect it experimental practices. Performance Space has a long history of supporting and presenting queer practices and we’re committed to exploring new ways and models to support this important performance community.

About Stephen Cummins                                                                              

Stephen Cummins (1960-1994) was an Australian filmmaker, photographer and curator. After studying Sculpture and Photography at Sydney College of the Arts, Stephen’s early work included several solo and group photographic exhibitions, and collaborative work in the theatre with several dance and performance groups, often at The Performance Space. Moving into film, Stephen went on to win several international awards in the late 80’s for his short films Elevation and Le Corps Image. He curated several programs of Australian Super-8 films and toured them throughout Europe. He was a founding member and co-convenor of the filmmaker’s organisation Queer Screen, and served as a board member of Metro Television and the Sydney Super 8 Film Group.

Stephen's work often demonstrated a fascination with the subcultural signification of the male body. In 1991, he won the Best Short Film Award at Sydney Film Festival with the film Resonance, a collaborative work with Simon Hunt that examined anti-gay violence in Sydney from the perspective of dance. The film went on to great success at over one hundred international film festivals, and is still in international distribution some twenty years later.