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house of sand Presents
in asSociation with state theatre company south australia

WELCOME THE BRIGHT WORLD
BY STEPHEN SEWELL

DIRECTED BY CHARLES SANDERS, IN A NEW VERSION BY THE AUTHOR

this project made possible with your SUPPORT

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House of Sand finally turn our collective unconscious to text-driven theatre. 

Max (a mathematician) and Sebastian (a physicist) seek 'truth' in 1980's West Berlin.
Navigating the maze of state intelligence, identity politics and (post-)truth will lead one to death and the other to become a terrorist himself. 'Which' and 'How' remain to be seen in the multiverse of the 'Bright World'.
Anat, Frau Frankl, Rebecca, Fay and Gabrielle negotiate the same questions from the perspective of art, politics, youth, family and sex (respectively).
Their stories are as fascinating as the men's, but the politics of the time traps them in the supporting roles. 

Stephen Sewell's forgotten masterwork returns to the stage after over 35 years, and House of Sand bring our signature subversive and visceral style to a (massive and) canonical text. 

Production Design by Karla Urizar, Original Score by Mario Späte.
Cast Includes Terence Crawford, Lizzy Falkland  and Georgia Stanley.

SEPTEMBER 20TH - OCTOBER 6TH 2018
QUEEN'S THEATRE, ADELAIDE

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SINGLE TICKETS LINK COMING SOON


FEET.US

IN DEVELOPMENT

WELLINGTON FRINGE FESTIVAL - KOHA DEVELOPMENT SHOWINGS
runner up - nz fringe 'most innovative worK'

full production coming soon

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Dirty, smelly, wet and lonely Crimpson and Clover continue to the last drop of joy. Innocent of your grime. 

Journey into the world of these two strange broken beings. They know no time baby, they know no gender baby, hey know no love baby, no sense, no beauty, no ambiguity. No baby, no. Baby baby oh, baby oh I RARELY HAVE AN EGG FOR BREAKFAST THO MY WORK REQUIRE INFINATE EGGS TO COME TO BIRTH IN ETERNITY – Allen Ginsberge, Death to Van Gogh’s Ear! 

We want to hear what you have to say about this world, these lives, the chicken, covered in semen. Semen. The chicken covered in sea men, see men? say amen  

Ageist associations to ahh .. socks. And ginger

A new cross art-form immersive work from House of Sand with Eliza Sanders and Sophie Gargan. 


Pedal . Castles

more seasons coming soon

“Occasionally an artist emerges who possess the thrill to surprise. Eliza Sanders is such an artist… Sanders’ work will offer a new experience in the lexicon of dance. She emerges as a refreshing new talent in contemporary Australian dance.”
(Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle)

PEDAL

press & gallery

WINNER - Most Promising Emerging Company, NZ Fringe 2016
House of Sand ate up the 2016 NZ Fringe with two new dance/theatre works, taking out seven Fringe Award noms and three wins including Most Promising Emerging Company
Pedal is the company’s first work, and the prequel to multi-award winning Castles.
In her first solo, emerging star of the cross-artform stage Eliza Sanders brings all her artistic skills to the table. Text, movement, her physically virtuosic dance, visual art influences and song.

“What a force she is! Compelling. Original. An emerging artist with a mature and distinct creative voice… Virtuosic, herculean, mercurial, clever and generous.”
(Chris Jannides, Theatreview)

Pedal charts the first part of an archetypal journey of discovery… in a completely a-typical way. Like absurd stream-of-consciousness writing, Eliza finds a-logical, illogical and semi-logical connections between ideas and memories— a hive of strangely interconnected questions and musings — from the silly to the sublime.

CASTLES

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WINNER - Most Promising Emerging Company, NZ Fringe 2016
WINNER - SYNZ Sydney Fringe Award, NZ Fringe 2016
RUNNER UP - Outstanding Performer, NZ Fringe 2016
RUNNER UP - Pacific Studios Development Award, NZ Fringe 2016
RUNNER UP - Most Innovate Work, NZ Fringe 2016
RUNNER UP - Best In Fringe, NZ Fringe 2016

Winner of two NZ Fringe awards including Most Promising Emerging Company and nominated for four including Outstanding Performer and Best In Fringe. 

House of Sand’s Castles is the second solo from emerging star of the cross-artform stage Eliza Sanders. In these works, Eliza brings all her artistic skills to the table. Text, movement, her physically virtuosic dance, visual art influences and song.

"45 minutes of weird and wonderful; an exorcism of randomness, a one-woman schizophrenic romp It is also hilarious (underlined for emphasis) with points of poignancy that give you little moments of “the feels”.”
(Jillian Davey, Theatreview)

Castles charts the second part of an archetypal journey of discovery… in a completely a-typical way. Like absurd stream-of-consciousness writing, Eliza finds a-logical, illogical and semi-logical connections between ideas and memories— a hive of strangely interconnected questions and musings — from the silly to the sublime.

Creator / Performer - Eliza Sanders
Director / Dramaturge - Charles Sanders
Lighting Design - Owen Mc Carthy

Costume & Properties Design & Construction - Eliza Sanders, Jane Allan & Amy Oakes
Artistic Associate (Australian Tour) - Laura Beanland-Stephens
Original Lighting Design - Levi Hampton

prior performances

Auckland fringe double bill season
The Basement Theatre, Feb 28 - Mar 4 2017

aUSTRALIAN EAST COAST TOUR
Sydney, THE OLD 505 THEATRE, SEPT 20 TO 24 2016
melbourne, GASWORKS - THE BIG HOUSE, SEPT 27 TO OCT 1 2016
canberra, QL2 theatre, OCT 6 TO 82016

Wellington double bill season
bats theatre,  may 21 - 26 2016

castles premiere season
Te Whaea, wellington, march 12-13 2016

pedal premiere season
ql2 theatre, canberra, april 24-25 2015


knitting while sleeping

AUSTRALIAN TOUR dates coming soon  

press & gallery

“Occasionally an artist emerges who possess the thrill to surprise. Eliza Sanders is such an artist… Sanders’ work will offer a new experience in the lexicon of dance. She emerges as a refreshing new talent in contemporary Australian dance.”
(Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle)

After selling out in Wellington, House of Sand’s multi award winning Knitting While Sleeping, created by Eliza Sanders, will imminently make its Australian debut. 

Half the audience are seated safely in the seating bank, the other half at risk on the stage floor. Four female dancers will enter the space. Their relationship to the audience is full of potential - will they fulfil their role as caregivers or belie it? 

Taking thematic inspiration from the works of J. M. Coetzee and Berlinde De Bruyckere, and choreographic inspiration from the theatrical language of Pina Bausch, Knitting While Sleeping takes audiences on a highly individual journey through ideas and images as various as maternal instinct, floating feathers, migration, over-population and babies made of blankets. 

“From anxiety to hysterics of laughter to thoughts of "what the hell will they do next?" this performance piece takes you through everything… see it while you can.”
Wellington Reviews

“The show for anyone who’s been too nervous to go to see modern dance. It offers a variety of audience experiences all of which give you a fascinating look at an emotional, impressively physical world.”
Brooke Matherly for Art Mumers (NZ)

Creator & Choreographer - Eliza Sanders
Dramaturge - Charles Sanders

Dancers -
Laura Beanland-Stephens, Jadyn Burt, Tyler Carney, Sophie Gargan 
Costume & Set Desighn & Construction - Eliza Sanders & Jane Allan

Lighting Design - Owen McCarthy

Inspired by We Are All Flesh by Berlinde De Bruyckere & J.M. Coetzee

Team

tickets link coming soon 


sham pain - the bacon projeCt

in development  

Originally inspired by '5 Decades' the Francis Bacon retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sham Pain - the Bacon project has been gestating in the House of Sand hive mind since 2012. 
Sham Pain takes inspiration from both the work and life of Francis Bacon and uses dance, image, and text to explore themes of cruelty, beauty, passion, and hedonism. 

The first development saw Charles and Eliza bring together a team of three dancers and one actor/musician to create a 30 minute draft performance. Like much of Bacon's best known work the piece is a triptych: three theatrical images which create a mood rather than a narrative, give a feeling of a life rather than telling it. 

Further developments and performances are currently being negotiated for 2016 and beyond. 
Watch this space.  

First development team:
Creator / Director - Charles Sanders
Creator / Choreographer - Eliza Sanders
Composer / Sound Designer - Mario Spate
First Development Cast - Sarah Gatzonis, Demi-Jo Manalo, Felix Sampson, Mario Spate
Developed as part of a curated residency from QL2