Watch mini-talks from UTS experts about Sydney Festival 2019 shows

January 3, 2019
Thomas Hamilton
Plus free UTS Big Thinking Forums
The University of Technology Sydney has enlisted some of its top minds to lend their insights to shows in the Sydney Festival 2019 program.

Scroll down to watch four mini-lectures from UTS experts, talking about the themes and issues explored in HOME, The Chat, Dust and Beware of Pity, from the concept of “home” and housing affordability to innovative stage design, prison and rehabilitation, and the physical stress of performing modern dance.

You can also explore big issues in greater depth with the five UTS Big Thinking Forums during the Festival, bringing together artists and experts to discuss major themes from the Festival. Entry is free to all the UTS Big Thinking Forums but registration is essential – see the bottom of this story for more on the forums.

And don’t miss the two Sydney Festival events taking place at UTS this January: IMMERSE, an interactive music and visuals experience created by video artists and musicians from UTS; and the Bayala three-day language courses, where you can learn local language at three 50 minute classes over three days.

#1 The idea of HOME

Using the absurdist, interactive theatre-piece HOME as a launchpad, Matthew Daly from the Institute of Sustainable Futures explores a range of economic, social and environmental issues shaping conversations about the role of housing in creating communities, and the idea of ‘home’ in Australian society. 

More on HOME

#2 The physicality of dance performance Dust

Looking at dance piece Dust from a sports and exercise science perspective, Lee Wallace from the Centre for Human Performance Research Centre looks at how dancers use their bodies in training, rehearsal and performance, and the physical risks they take for their art. 

#3 Rehabilitation, reform and punishment in The Chat

Associate Professor Douglas Tomkin looks at The Chat’s focus on prison, parole and reform, and how different aspects of the criminal justice system impact ex-offenders, from building design to court proceedings. Register now for the free talk Rehabilitation & Reform: Life After Life Behind Bars, featuring The Chat co-creator J R Brennan, at 6pm Wednesday 9 January, UTS Great Hall.

#4 Theatre stage design and technology in Beware of Pity

Theatre scenography expert Thea Brejzek looks at how design and technology is used by Schaubühne Berlin in Beware of Pity, and discusses how these production techniques enhance the world, themes and characters of the play.

UTS Big Thinking Forums

UTS and Sydney Festival bring together artists and experts from various disciplines together for panel discussions that explore the ideas inspiring their works. Supported by media partner ABC.

Rehabilitation & Reform: Life After Life Behind Bars

Can people really change? Can society forgive? In conversation with artists, including J R Brennan, director of The Chat, this talk takes a deep dive into the stubborn issues around rehabilitation, regret and forgiveness. 

Wednesday 9 January, 6pm
UTS Great Hall

Displacement and Diaspora: Who We Are And How We Live Together

What impacts upon Australia’s national identity? How do we coexist? Can there be harmony in diversity? Is there more that unites than divides us? Drawing on themes from Festival shows including Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, Counting and Cracking and A Ghost in My Suitcase, this discussion explores the migrant experience in Australia and complex questions of identity, assimilation and belonging.

Sunday 13 January, 2pm
UTS Great Hall

Resilience and Recovery: Getting By And Getting Better

Colonisation has had a devastating impact. How do we recognise the resilience of Indigenous peoples? Taking in powerful ideas from Man With The Iron Neck and Deer Woman, speakers including Ursula Yovich explore how First Peoples are able to overcome sustained trauma and the role of art in the healing process.

Saturday 19 January, 2pm
UTS Great Hall

Imagination and Endeavour: Fly Me To The Moon

Is imagination the key to achieving the impossible? Fly Me to the Moon marks the 50th anniversary of a remarkable feat of human achievement: the moon landing. This talk explores how imagination shapes success and innovation. Imagining ourselves all the way to the moon, what new perspectives can we gain about what is possible on Earth?

Tuesday 22 January, 6pm
UTS Great Hall

Indigenous Australia And Captain Cook: Setting the agenda for 2020

First Australians are the oldest continuous culture in the world, having been on this continent for over 60,000 years. 2020 will mark the 250th anniversary of when Cook first landed, irrevocably changing the lives of Indigenous Australians. Inspired by ALWAYS at Barangaroo and ahead of The Vigil on 25 January, Professor Larissa Behrendt (UTS) hosts a powerful conversation with Indigenous leaders and artists including Sydney Festival Director, Wesley Enoch to set the agenda for this anniversary.

Friday 25 January, 6pm
UTS Great Hall

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