HOUSE OF SAND CREATES MADCAP, VISCERAL PERFORMANCE WORK WITH A SIGNATURE EXPRESSIONISTIC STYLE...
...IN AND ACROSS ARTFORMS INCLUDING THEATRE, DANCE, CABARET AND VISUAL & PERFORMANCE ART
"Eliza and Charles Sanders are important artists who give us an alternate view of the world"
- Suzy Wrong, Suzy goes see & Auditorium (UK)
WINNER: BEST EMERGING COMPANY - NZ FRINGE 2016
WINNER OF THREE 2016 NZ FRINGE AWARDS
NOMINATED FOR SEVEN 2016 NZ FRINGE AWARDS INCLUDING
BEST IN FRINGE l OUTSTANDING PERFORMER (ELIZA SANDERS) l MOST INNOVATIVE WORK (CASTLES)
NOMINATED (AGAIN) FOR MOST INNOVATIVE WORK (FEET.US) - NZ FRINGE 2017
"House of Sand" is more than a funny play on the surname Sanders. It’s a way of describing how our sibling creative partnership works: We’re like children on wind blown beaches building castles , each one a collection of a billion tiny grains of inspiration, following our own sense of play. We gather people and ideas and build epic imaginative creations - knowing that eventually, whether with the next tide or the king tide - they will eventually be washed away.
Since the beginning of 2015, we’ve worked with around thirty collaborators in two countries and five cities, and partnered with six venues to present at five festivals. We build tight-knit family style groups, which allows us to embrace the transience of working in many different places.
We explore what it means to be a citizen of the world by looking towards the very personal, intimate and specific. And we’ve developed a methodology which brings the idea of global/local citizenship into the body, the muscles and the guts, and results in a signature aesthetic: visceral, expressionistic, and slightly absurd.
Beyond House of Sand we both have substantial independent practices - this website also serves as a portal to media and reference for those practices.
Charles Sanders & Eliza Sanders - Co-Artistic Directors
CHARLES SANDERS - CO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Charles is a director, dramaturge, and theatre maker. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and an Advanced Diploma of Arts in Acting from the Adelaide College of The Arts (AC Arts) and has trained in Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition with Tina Mitchell, Zen Zen Zo and SITI Company. Charles currently maintains substantial practices in both Adelaide and Sydney.
Charles has worked in the arts since the age of 5; first as a classical boy soprano, then as a musical theatre performer, an actor, and since 2010 as a director and producer.
In 2010 Charles established ‘Early Worx’, a company he served as Artistic Director of for four years. During his time there the company created 10 works, 3 return seasons, and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe. Their numerous awards included Charles’ 2011 receipt of the Adelaide Critics Circle Emerging Artist of the Year.
Charles served as director and dramaturge on Trans Scripts for Paul Lucas Productions (NYC), an on-again-off-again engagement lasting over two years and including developments and performances in New York, New Jersey, Dorset, London, and Adelaide.
Charles has worked extensively as a freelance director including for Opera Australia (2nd Assistant Director, Cosi Fan Tutte, dir. Sir David McVicar) State Theatre Company SA (assistant director, Maggie Stone, dir. Geordie Brookman) Lambert House Enterprises(Flood) ActNow (co-director, Zero Feet Away) and as a teaching-director in the tertiary acting course at AC Arts (Mother Courage, O Go My Man, Slavs, 5 Years).
Charles also regularly teaches acting and directing at AC Arts (undergraduate and open programs) and NIDA (postgraduate and open programs).
ELIZA SANDERS - CO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Eliza is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Dance Performance from the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD) and has trained in Countertechnique, Alexander and Iyinga Yoga, among other techniques. Her practice utilises improvisation focusing on anatomical exploration and uninhibited voice work. Eliza’s work involves a prevalence of theatrical absurdity, the integration of text with movement and integrated stage and costume design.
Eliza has created works on Footnote Dance Company, QL2 and The New Zealand School of Dance. She is a key artist on the Make a Move program that works with school teachers for the Australian National Curriculum. Eliza works as a teacher of dance, improvisation and yoga around Australia and New Zealand with students age 5-65.
As a dancer Eliza has worked for, Java Dance Theatre, The World of Wearable Art, The Australian Dance Party, QL2 and Battleground Productions. She is a member of the Sound and Fury Ensemble and regularly performs as an independent cabaret & burlesque performer.
In 2017 Eliza collaborated with photographer Lorna Sim on a series of images. An exhibition of these titled Enigma featured at The Photo Room in Canberra in May/ June 2017.
Workplace welfare at house of sand
House of Sand is committed to a safe, respectful and diverse working environment - at all times, on all projects and for all collaborators.
We seek only ever to work with artists who are uniformly respectful, professional and pure of intention. We believe that every artist we choose to work with fulfils and exceeds this baseline. This being said, we recognise that issues can occur and it is our commitment to all artists to resolve any such issues in a timely and appropriate manner.
At House of Sand it's our belief that no level of talent, skill or fame excuses inappropriate or unlawful behaviour. We seek to work with the best artist for each role, and that artists will also be the best member of the team: respectful, appropriate and professional.
You can read our full Code of Conduct and Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harrassment Policy HERE
Workplace welfare officer
House of Sand has appointed Anna Cheney as our Workplace Welfare officer - only our fourth 'official' member of staff after the co-artistic directors and Creative Producer Suzanne Merrall. Anna is a long time advocate of diversity and fairness in the arts and sits on the Equity Diversity Committee. In her role as Workplace Welfare Officer she acts as an advocate for artists' welfare within House of Sand. Thanks for your ongoing work in this field Anna - You're a great asset to House of Sand and the arts community!