What’s On

See what’s on from our base in Brunswick and beyond ↓

Wed 1 – Fri 31 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics

What will your body be, and how will it behave in a virtual future? Cthuluscene explores the transformative nature of the digital to discover different notions of gender, physicality, and the post-human. Through animation, motion capture, and dance, new physical forms expand the idea of the human body and dance performance. This work draws on the ideas of diverse bodies, and the post-human through the image of the Cthuluscene. The Cthuluscene is a post-human body caught between times, living both in the past and the future. Just like its Sci-Fi namesake, the Cthulhu, the Chthuluscene is a mixed assemblage and cyborg conglomeration of parts drawn from a range of human, animal, and technical elements.

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Fri 17 — Sun 19 Mar | Perth Cultural Centre Amphitheatre (PICA)

Take a sly-octane wheelchair ride with Bruno Booth and PICA (tag us) in Dead Ends and Detours, an interactive outdoor installation meets obstacle course. Using a wheelchair, race against the clock and the system in a game of will.

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Fri 24 Mar, Yagan Square, Boorloo | Perth

WA friends, this ones for you!

You’re invited to experience Kickstart artist Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson’s work Anvár. Two years in the making, this immersive film-poem, explores the spiritual literature of Baháʼu’lláh, called the Seven Valleys and Four Valleys.

The creative development of Anvár is supported by Next Wave Kickstart 2022, and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

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Sat 25 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics

In this conversation the artists will discuss the transformative nature of the digital and the position of a body in the future and how this informs the making of their works. This talk is presented as part of FRAME: a biennial of dance 2023 followed by informal drinks at the Brunswick Mechanics.

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Sat 11 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Wed 15 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 5 Nov, Brunswick Mechanics
Fri 18 Nov, Migrant Coffee
Fri 28 — Sat 29 Oct, Trades Hall, Carlton
Fri 21 Oct, Platform Arts
Fri 15 & Sat 16 Jul, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 11 ⏤ Sun 26 Jun, Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Wed 11 May — Sat 25 June, Brunswick Mechanics
Thu 28 Apr, Brunswick Mechanics
Sun 27 & Tues 29 Mar, Federation Wharf, Princes Walk
Thu 17 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 26 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
Thu 17, Fri 18 & Sat 19 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
  1. Image: Dead Ends and Detours Bruno Booth. Photo: Duncan Wright (2022)

  2. Image credit: “Cthuluscene” (2023), Megan Beckwith. Photo courtesy of the artist.

  3. Image credit: “Cthuluscene” (2023), Megan Beckwith. Photo courtesy of the artist.

  4. Image: Courtesy of the artist (2021)

  5. Image: Saluhan x Next Wave presents: Radical Hospitality – Kain Na Tayo! Photography: MJ Flamiano. Art Direction: Catherine Ortega-Sandow

  6. Image: Saluhan x Next Wave presents: Radical Hospitality – Kain Na Tayo! Photography: MJ Flamiano. Art Direction: Catherine Ortega-Sandow


re:group performance collective
Season 27 Jan - 19 Feb
📍 Peacock Theatre (TAS), PACT (NSW)
& Brunswick Mechanics Institute (VIC)

Our friends re:group performance collective are embarking on a summer tour, bringing their Next Wave Festival 2020 work to our home at Brunswick Mechanics alongside nipaluna/Hobart and Sydney shows. Are you coming?

An elegy to the closure of the local video shop, Coil is about loneliness, nostalgia, friendship and viability. Blurring the boundaries of theatre, film and ceremony, Coil draws on our collective memories to pay tribute to the glory days of the video store, and commemorate the communities we made within them.

This summer, join us for a playful and timely live cinema experience as re:group reflects upon the joys, perils and pitfalls of nostalgia; outsourcing their own labour to technological replacements and grappling with goodbyes.

Season dates
Thu 27 - Sat 29 Jan, Peacock Theatre, nipaluna/Hobart as part of Mona Foma
Thu 10 - Sat 12 Feb, PACT, Sydney, NSW
Thu 17 - Sat 19 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics Institute, VIC

Get tickets to Sydney season, presented by PACT
Get tickets to Melbourne season, presented by Next Wave

Co-created and performed by Steve Wilson-Alexander, Solomon Thomas and Carly Young
Video design by Solomon Thomas
Screenplay by Mark Rogers
Automation programming by Chris Howell
Sound design by Liam “Snowy” Halliwell
Creative Producer: Malcolm Whittaker
Set Realisation: Alistair Davies

‘Coil’ is Supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Tasmania, Creative Partnerships Australia, Next Wave, PACT, Punctum and Merrigong Theatre Company

re:group performance collective are a group of artists based in Hobart, Wollongong and Sydney, Australia. Inspired by the highs and lows of pop culture, they mash theatre and film together to create live cinema performances. The aim of their work is to turn the typically comfortable, nostalgic and passive movie-going experience into something immersive, irreverent, sweaty and live, and ironic and sincere in equal measure.

re:group core members work collaboratively on the concept, direction and performance of their projects; with other artists, actors and technicians regularly joining the team to collaborate.

re:group are Carly Young, Jackson Davis, Steve Wilson-Alexander, Solomon Thomas, Mark Rogers and James Harding.

Associate artists include Matt Abotomey, Mara Davis, Pippa Ellams, Alex Francis, Emma Hoole, Hannah Goodwin, Lily Hensby, Tom Hogan, Tahlee Leeson, Braydon May, Harry McGee, Ryan McGoldrick, Kirby Medway, Alex Perritt, Grace Rouvray, Lauren Scott-Young, Claire Stjepanovic, Oliver Trauth-Goik, and Christie Woodhouse.

re:group’s producer is Malcolm Whittaker.

  1. Photo: Rosie Hastie