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Here We Are Amongst You

Rawcus

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House and Rawcus

Wednesday 29 June – Sunday 10 July 2022 
Wed – Sat, 7.30pm
Sat 9 Jul, 2pm & 7:30pm
 
Sun 10 Jul, 5pm 
No performances Sun 3, Mon 4 & Tue 5 Jul 

All performances will be Auslan Interpreted.

Audio Described performance Sat 9 Jul, 7.30pm and Tactile Tour commencing at 6.45pm. 

Duration
60min

Tickets
Pay if you can $35
Standard $20
 
BLAKTIX $10 
A small transaction fee will be charged per order.

Warnings 
Possible haze, intermittent loud sounds, a moment of flashing lights.

Arts House 
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Assistance Animal
Audio description
Auslan Interpreting
Wheelchair Accessible
Tactile Tours
Quiet Space Available
Visual Rating 50%

The Rawcus ensemble perform a joyous celebration of exuberance and connection. 

Here We Are Amongst You is a secular prayer for our times. It is a raw and exuberant gathering hosted by the renowned Rawcus ensemble.

The work is performed in the round, as performers move in all directions to create encounters that are different from every perspective. No two audience members will share the same experience, but everyone will be part of the warmth and welcome that underscores the work. 

This is artistic director Kate Sulan’s final show with Rawcus. Come and witness the Rawcus ensemble’s unique practice, in which many individuals contribute choreography to spellbinding effect. 

Here We Are Amongst You is an invitation to celebrate connection, belonging, and being together.  

Experience this rich and restorative world, as fleeting as it is resonant. 


“world class theatre – sumptuously imagined, visually stunning and profoundly moving” – The Age

“work that that leaves you feeling charged and changed” – The Age

“For over a decade, Rawcus Ensemble has been quietly redefining the possible for artists with a disability. Under artistic director Kate Sulan, the company has built up a body of work of sculptural delicacy and concentrated presence.” – The Age

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About the Company

Rawcus is a critically acclaimed long-term ensemble of 14 performers with diverse minds, bodies and imaginations. For over 22 years the company has been creating audacious performances and arts experiences. Collaborating with a core creative team, Rawcus devises new work that expresses the imaginative world of the Ensemble. Drawing on dance, theatre and visual art disciplines, the work is crafted with a precision that supports the performers but allows space for their inherent sense of anarchy. Rawcus’ performance aesthetic is characterised by a marriage of intense physicality and arresting visual imagery. Rawcus’ work is sculptural, unexpected, beautiful, funny and tender.
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Artist Statement

In December 2019, when we first began to work on this project, I asked the 14 members of the Rawcus Ensemble the question - “what does the world need right now?” We explored this question again in the midst of the 2020 lockdown, revisited it in lockdown 2021, and once again when we could finally rejoice in dancing together. Over the three years of sitting with this question, as we rehearsed online and sporadically in the room, we spoke about connection, about generosity, about how we might embrace our differences with grace. We spoke about the need to slow down and breathe, about rest and stillness. We spoke about encounters with strangers, about community and our interconnectedness. We spoke about exuberance and tenderness. We rejoiced in the sheer joy of being together. This work is a response to those conversations. It is an offering from Rawcus, an antidote to isolation, a celebration, a precious gathering in this moment of time.

- Kate Sulan, Artistic Director
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Credits

Devised and Performed by the Rawcus Ensemble: Clem Baade, Michael Buxton, Harriet Devlin- Dunbar, Rachel Edward, Nilgun Guven, Joshua Lynzaat, Paul Matley, Mike Mc Evoy, Ryan New, Kerryn Poke, Louise Riisik, Prue Stevenson, Danielle von der Borsch

Director: Kate Sulan
Designer: Emily Barrie
Composer/Sound Designer: Jethro Woodward
Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre
Co-devisor/Dramaturge: Ingrid Voorendt
Stage Manager: Jess Keepence
Production Manager: Alana Hoggart
Executive Producer: Jacque Robinson

Supported by:
Rawcus receives organisational support from the Victorian State Governments Creative Victoria’s Creative Enterprise Program, The City of Port Phillip’s Key Arts Organisation Program and the Shulu Foundation.  Here We Are Amongst You has been supported by the Commonwealth Government RISE program, The Australia Council for the Arts, the State Trustees Foundation, the Besen Family Foundation and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.

Image: Aaron Walker  

Image description: 12 diverse performers are captured in various stages of exuberant dancing. They are all wearing different coloured and textured clothing against a black background. There is a feeling of laughter and connection. In the foreground there are four performers; one is looking sideways as if to catch attention from someone next to him; the second performer has her arm above her head, her eyes closed and laughter on her face, the third performer is in mid leap with her hair spreading out and a smile on her face, the fourth performer is focused and still, with eyes cast downwards.  Behind them are other bodies dancing that are obscured by the four foregrounded performers.

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