Weather Monster artwork

Weather Monster

  • 18th Oct 2018 - 20th Oct 2018 to (Everyday)
  • Wollongong
    Building 25.168 Performance Space

Director: Linda Luke

Performed by second year Bachelor of Performance students: Timothy Beattie, Patrick Finch, Lillian Gerlach, Jessica Gill, George Howard-White, Hannah Ivery, Sophie Napier, Melanie Parker, Edward Tuckerman and Ashley Wallis

That which we cannot control we fear. That which we fear makes terror.

Extreme heat, bushfire, drought, rising sea levels, forced migration, social unrest, extinctions – WEATHER MONSTER examines potential climate-related disasters and examines how society responds to fear. Envisaging some of the scariest scenarios imaginable, this dystopian performance piece explores how the weather can become a god - something to be revered and feared - and how society is responding to climate change; to an imagined future where the states of Australia have become independent, walling themselves off and where everyone wants to go south. Australians have become climate refugees in their own country. Finally, a deep imagining of the far flung future where weather, as we know it, has ceased to exist.

WEATHER MONSTER is a devised performance piece working with the students to explore contemporary performance making methodologies; creating material through movement, dance, spoken word, as well as developing integrated staging concepts utilizing video and soundscape. We aim to bring all the elements together to weave an immersive and atmospheric environment with an aim for the audience to experience the imaginings of the future and to reflect on our current concerns about climate change.

THEATRE FELLOW LINDA LUKE has been working across multiple platforms in the performing arts for the past 20 years: as a dancer, performer, choreographer and director; across contemporary performance making, theatre, dance and film. Linda's core practice is BodyWeather (since 1999), a movement training methodology founded by Min Tanaka in Japan in the early 1980’s. Linda’s recent solo performance production STILL POINT TURNING toured to Melbourne International Arts Festival, Dance Bites in Parramatta and Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (2014). Since 2004, Linda performed in over a dozen productions for Sydney based dance company De Quincey Co. In 2017 she premiered a new short piece Subterranean for MAP Festival in Malaysia. Linda sits on the board for ReadyMade Works, a studio space dedicated to independent dance makers in Sydney and for The Cad Factory, a regional arts organisation in southern NSW -

Stage Managers: Jaime Petersen, Carina Turner and Daniel Wearden
Production Manager: Tyler Fitzpatrick
Lighting design: Thomas Doyle and Karen Norris (mentor)
Sound design: Jaime Petersen, Carina Turner and Daniel Wearden

Season: Thursday 18 – Saturday 20 October, 2018, at 8pm nightly
Location: Building 25.168 Performance Space, University of Wollongong
Tickets: $23, $16 conc., $12 TAEM students

WARNINGS: haze/smoke, bright flashing lights, coarse language, moderate violence

IMAGE CREDIT: Jaime Petersen and Blake Hoole