Live Action Relay by Sue Healey. Photo: Wendell Teodoro

Wire #11: Changing Models of International Engagement

Fri 20 Nov 2020

For many Australian performing artists and companies, international touring and other forms of international engagement have become fundamental to the sustainability of their artistic practice: their practice is international. What does it mean when the possibility of international travel remains uncertain for the foreseeable future? This conversation will centre on changing models of international engagement, exploring the different ways that artists are already thinking, adapting to new models of touring work, re-thinking their practice and methodologies, and working with international presenters on alternative ways to deliver the integrity of their work and ideas.

Our panel is Sue Healey, Amrita Hepi, Tristan Meecham and Gemma Pepper, hosted by Norman Armour.

This session will be live captioned. AUSLAN interpreting can be available upon request. Please email us for details.


Sue is a Sydney-based choreographer, filmmaker and installation artist. Her work investigates the potential that lies at the shifting boundaries between disciplines, and the revelations that are sparked at those intersections. Critically, movement is at the heart of each of the works. Her work is witnessed in a diversity of contexts and spaces; galleries, public spaces, television, cinema screen and theatres. She has created large scale public art projects and regularly works in the Asia Pacific region, most recently with her performance installation series On View, produced by West Kowloon Cultural Precinct, Hong Kong, Aichi Arts Centre and Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama, Japan 2016-2020).

Amrita (b. 1989, Townsville of Bundjulung/Ngapuhi territories) is an award-winning artist working with dance and choreography through video, the social function of performance spaces, installation and objects. Using hybridity and the extension of choreographic or performative practices, Amrita creates work that considers the body’s relationship to personal histories and the archive. In 2020 and 2018, she won the People’s Choice for the Keir Choreographic Award. She is also a Gertrude Studio artist, the recipient of the Dance Web Scholarship, and has been commissioned most recently by the Australian Centre for Contemporary art and The Art Gallery of NSW, creating two new performance works through chatbot identities called Neighbour and CASS. She has been named by Forbes as one of their ‘30 Under 30 to Watch within Art’ and has toured work nationally and internationally. Amrita has a keen interest in social advocacy, surveillance, psychoanalysis and magpie song, which is reflected through her practice. Her mission as an artist is to be active in the project of loving dance and to pursue that as a way to contribute to the cultural and political realm.

Tristan is an Artist, Performer and Director of All The Queens Men. Founded by award-winning performance artists Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid, All The Queens Men collaborate with communities of all shapes, sizes, and identities to produce transformative creative experiences that champion equality, social health, and human connection. All The Queens Men has become a leading creative voice within the LGBTI+ community nationally and internationally, most specifically for championing the rights of LGBTI+ elders. Committed to supporting health and wellbeing through creative participation and social connection, ATQM consistently partners with peak health bodies, extending reach into communities beyond the arts.

Gemma is a creative producer with 20 years’ experience working across a diverse spectrum of creative projects including theatre, festivals and new media. Gemma has a long history producing theatre and events in Australia, working for companies including Marrugeku, Stalker, Erth, Sydney Dance Company, the Enlighten Festival (Canberra), Geelong Performing Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Gemma has been Producer for Side Pony Productions since 2009 and produced their 2019 Australian tour of The Irresistible, which enjoyed sold-out seasons at Dark Mofo, Sydney Opera House and Geelong Arts Centre. In recent years Gemma has led the development of Audioplay, an immersive audio experience for children. Audioplay was the national winner of the Creative Business Cup 2019, made the top 5 companies in the global competition in Copenhagen, winner of the INVIO Experience Technology Solution Award 2019 and winner of Best Sound category in the Australian Game Design Awards 2020.

Norman is an arts specialist with over 30 years of experience. Based out of Vancouver, he works with the Australia Council for the Arts as the International Development Consultant for North America. His career has included work as a festival director, curator, theatre producer, stage director, and interdisciplinary artist. In 2005, he co-founded the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, serving as its Artistic and Executive Director for 14 years. Prior to that, he established Rumble Productions as a mainstay of Vancouver’s thriving independent theatre scene. Since graduating from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts in 1986, Norman has collaborated on over 120 works for the stage and other media. His career has been recognized with several awards and covers a wide range of creative interests: new writing and devised works; contemporary and classical interpretations; site-specific endeavours and live-remote radio broadcasts, along with contemporary large-scale interdisciplinary collaborations and events.