We believe that extraordinary things can happen in ordinary places, away from metropolitan centres in regional and rural areas. Bundanon’s commitment to the Shoalhaven population has seen an explosion of interactions between the local community and Australia’s leading artists.
I had no idea what to expect and it was amazing!- Audience Quote
Ladies and Gentlemen, take to the floor for the ultimate night at the Dance Hall! Part theatre performance, part invitation to get up and dance, this is an all ages performance event that immerses everyone in an evening of old time and new time dance floor magic. From the two-step to the twerk, tango to a cheeky cha cha, a waltz to funky free-styling grooves, The Inaugural Annual Dance Affair go-go's its way through a celebration of decades of dance.
Seeding new writing for emerging First Nations artists- Urban Theatre Projects
B-Side in an ongoing program produced by Urban Theatre Projects (Bankstown). It is a cultural development residency for emerging First Peoples artists working with sound, incorporating music and the spoken word. Guided by the principle of 'deep listening' - the practice of conscious and intent listening which is driven by the rationale that we all wish to be heard.
This work has such a healing dimension ... so valuable in real organic terms. Participation for over 60's is imperative!- Mary Williams, Ensemble Member
Heads Up explored the power of deep listening and standing witness. This performance evolved out of the eighteen month out reach project, 60+ Performance Project with local seniors. Twelve seniors worked with director Annette Tesoriero (Shoalhaven Health and Arts) to research, write and perform their own work inspired by the stunning beauty and resilience of the trees of the Shoalhaven. The project was facilitated by director Annette Tesoriero and filmmaker Sam James. Supported by the IRT Foundation.
Perhaps the ghosts are real, perhaps they are the conjuring of the mind. Our imagination is as fearsome as our reality.- Anna Tregloan
The Ghost Project created by Sydney based artist and designer Anna Tregloan was a representation of local ghost stories collected during her visits to the region. These stories formed the basis of an interactive art installation including projection, sound and objects presented at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery. The Ghost Project was a pseudo museum, a cabinet of curiousities, in which artifacts, memories and stories came to life.
Exhibition dates: Saturday April 7 - Saturday June 2, 2018.
Experiencing how a simple memory can become a simple movement, simple sound or piece of music and then all put together, is something quite powerful.- Claire Manning, participant
A social and creative project for our seniors led by creative team, Annette Tesoriero and Philip Channells with composer Damien Barbeler and filmmaker Sam James. The team established an inquiry-based ethos, inviting participants to learn and create, have fun and explore and 'misbehave'.
Over 60 people participated in an intensive workshop program in February 2017 exploring listening and vocalizing, movement and dance and responding to the landscape using visual tools and working with live musicians.
A core team of twelve performers formed an Ensemble and presented a new multi-layered work 'Some Enchanted Evening' for Siteworks, our annual spring event at the Bundanon property in September 2017.
PLANET NOWRA was a partnership between Bundanon Trust and Theatre Kantanka's artistic director Carlos Gomez with guest artists Alison Clouston & Boyd, Katia Molino, Kym Vercoe and Sean Bacon. The core team of artists worked with local artists, makers and children to create a new multi-disciplinary celebratory work. PLANET NOWRA at the Manse Gardens, Nowra on December 8 & 9, 2017.
we live our lives young black and deadly!
Transmit was a five-year skills development and performance project for local Indigenous youth. The project offered participants a series of unique workshops led by professional artists and mentors,culminating in a public celebration. Over five years hundreds of local young people and community members will have had the opportunity to express themselves, learn new skills and grow in confidence.
Hyperreal Tales is fertile ground to develop self identity, confidence and insight into our own uniqueness- Melinda Tebb, Health Worker
Hyperreal Tales (formally known as No Time Like Now) is a series of short art films capturing the everyday here and now of people’s lives in the Shoalhaven district. It brings together participants with diverse abilities, local community and health services in an integrated dance, video and landscape project. The project is led by director and choreographer Philip Channells and video artist Sam James.
Snake Sessions was a street-style performance created by Branch Nebula and produced by Bundanon Trust. Staged during Youth Week 2016, the final piece was the culmination of a two-week residency at Harry Sawkins Park, during which the Branch Nebula team worked with local skaters, bike & scooter riders to craft a site-specific, spontaneous and innovative work.
Niteraft was site-specific performance work in partnership with Bomaderry High School. Over a period of six months, sixteen gifted and talented students in year eight worked with artists from Sydney based companies Shopfront for Young People and Curious Works.
The performance was whimsical, evocative ... this project has expanded the artistic horizon of the students (and families) and in a regional context this can sometimes be a challenge.
- Michael Cohen, Creative Producer, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
The Bundanon Local program has enabled more than 20,000 engagements since 2007. To find out more read our 2019 Impact Evaluation Report.