New Technologies, New Platforms, New Audiences, Oldest Tradition: Story Telling

Queens Theatre 4, Thu 5th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Davey Thompson 1st Provocateur: Colin Kinchela 2nd Provocateur: Diat Alferink

As cultures, audiences, and technologies converge, theatre evolves. Yet storytelling remains at its core. How does multi-platform practice inform storytelling? What are new ways to share our experiences, identity, and passion for storytelling through new media to reach a diverse and more remote audience?

Key Points (Updated Live)

  • More contemporary performing arts for Indigenous Australians, to keep form of storytelling happening. Need more exposure consistent across the year to engage communities. Relocating communities all the time due to weather. A highly densely populated area yet people in communities are still alone.

  • Supporting communities to think about what you are giving and what you are getting. Built consistent and persistent relationships

  • Climate change effecting storytelling, people are talking about it, 70 to 100 years’ communities won’t be able to live in the same place due to environmental change. There are traditional stories that are passed on and also contemporary stories about the waste in the ocean that damage the animals and environmental effect and how it impacts environmental sustainability

  • Multi-platform work seen more in visual arts but not really other performance based arts. Now seeing film and TV used to merge old stories into contemporary performance

  • Cross platform performance systems working together to help the community by getting the messages and stories out. Community arts working with diversity and not just selling it back to the common denominator but all of the community

  • Mixing technology into traditional theatre. How does this change things? Example: Circus OZ using technology to communicate ahead of time to get more communities. Example: decolonising the hierarchy of theatre and performance, a sense that all roles and peoples are equal and have a specific role working together as a family to create art.

  • Engaging artists and community/audiences using social media as a tool to do this. Using this tool to nurture the artists and community when there is a lack of money in the arts to stay in the same place. $300,000 a year to support the circus artists to support and live in the same community. Reality is there is a lack of support and foundations for artists and First Nations. From nothing we have to produce something.

  • Using technologies to allow everyone to have access to all kinds of the arts. To have a voice for everyone to hear and listen to, and understand by all communities. These include close captions or Auslan interpreters as an example. This is including future generations of First Nations hearing and visual impaired

  • The time is now, the arts is a central point to change for the future and the time for real change is now. Just do it, work together

    Time is a non-refundable commodity don’t waste it - Davey Thompson