Blue-S- Cat by Koffi Kwahulé
Presented by Hurrah Hurrah
Directed by Alicia Gonzalez
A man and a woman are trapped in an elevator. Alone in an unnamed city, confined and isolated by their own thoughts. Blue-S- Cat is an absurdist dramedy. Using the improvisational rhythms of jazz; the characters’ inner monologues propel the story and music of the play across a complex landscape of the mind.
Hurrah Hurrah is seeking a male lead to audition in Blue S Cat by Koffi Kwahulé. We encourage performers from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and diverse cultural backgrounds who are interested in collaboration and experimenting with new theatrical languages and movement-based theatre.
Old 505 Theatre, Newtown
23 August – 28 August
Tues - Sat, 8:00pm
Rehearsals will run: 25 June – 22 August
A rehearsal schedule will be confirmed once casting has been finalized. Rehearsals are tentatively lined up for both 1 x weekday and 1 x weekend (eg. Friday and Saturday), during daylight hours.
The Man | Male | 30+
There is nothing prescriptive about this play; we’re open to all shapes and sizes. The only
requirements are maturity, a sense of wonder and comic timing. Although not essential, please highlight any musical and/or jazz expertise that you may have such as instrument, vocal, composition, dance and if you are French speaking.
Auditions will be held in 15-20 min slots. Some applicants may be asked for a call back audition.
Audition: Wednesday 15 June, 11am to 6pm and Thursday 16 June, 3pm to 8pm.
Call back: Sunday 19 June
BOOK AN AUDITION
Please email your expression of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 13 June and
- A current CV and headshot
- We will send you the full script along with audition date and time and other details for
your audition preparation.
- Your preferred audition day and time.
Blue-S- Cat is an unwaged production and creatives will be working under an MEAA Approved Standard Co-op Agreement.
ABOUT HURRAH HURRAH
About the Playwright
Koffi Kwahulé is an Ivorian writer and playwright. In 2006 he won the Prix Ahmadous Kourouma for his novel Babyface, and the Grand Prix Ivoirien des Lettres.
A native of Abengrourou, Kwahulé began his artistic studies at the National Arts Institute in
Abidjan. Upon receiving a state scholarship, he continued his studies in France, working at
the École Nationale Supérieure des arts et des techniques du Théâtre de Paris. He received a doctorate in theatrical studies at the Sorbonne. Since 1977, he has written over twenty plays, some of which have been published by Lansman and Théâtrales. His language has been described as musical, influenced by the rhythms of jazz. Today Kwahulé is among the most popular African playwrights in the world; his work has been translated into numerous languages, and his plays have been shown in Europe, the United States, and Canada.
NIDA Theatres in Sydney is getting a showcase of NIDA Independent artists ready aaaaaand there will be Christmas drinkies too!
Come and see a collection of snippets from works developed by artists engaged in creative development residencies with NIDA Independent in 2014, including a short doco and 10 minute performance presentation of Macondo’s Clothesline’s original theatrical research and process during the NIDA Independent two-week intensive development session. A series of images, scenes, ideas and moments.
RSVP here, it's a free event ya'll, so why not check out new work while sippin on some xmas mojitos.
Macondo’s Clothesline is back. Want to play with us?: 21 July – 3 August 2014
We are seeking 6 artists from across Australia or beyond to join this unique creative development opportunity.
The 2-week program (21 July - 3 August) will include mentorship provided by industry professional Gavin Robins and an opportunity to create and workshop the second development of Macondo’s Clothesline, using a range of stimuli, improvisation, provocations designed to encourage an imaginative approach to theatre making. It will be a series of explorations, which will inspire to take Macondo’s Clothesline to the next level with a final showing of the work developed.
We’re interested in:
- All artists, devisors, collaborations and mediums. These can include (but are not limited to): actors, singer performance artists, writers, dancers, choreographers, puppetry/ object manipulation connoisseurs, sound, lighting and multimedia designers.
The development, commissioned by NIDA Independent, will be led by Alicia Gonzalez and Carolina Rebolledo alongside artists Natalia Ladyko, Naomi Livingstone, Mariana Barcelo and Juanita Boada as well as compositions by Keyna Wilkins. Alicia is Artistic Director of Marquez Laundry Theatre Co. The company is known for inventing stories “reaching into the deepest part of the psyche, hoping to stir, tap and awaken some sleeping giants inside” (Lisa Thatcher theatre reviewer). Alicia is a maker, performer, director, and is currently in Paris where she met international theatre maker Carolina (Artistic Director of Teatro Engranaje) at The Jacques Lecoq Laboratoire d’Etude du Mouvement. Carolina will be joining in for the entire development of Macondo’s Clothesline as Co-Artistic Director. Both come armed with inspiration and theatre making experience to create a visual body of work that will evoke culturally rich narrative and universality.
HOW TO APPLY: Send in your CV, headshot, bio, and any links to your previous work. Also briefly tell us why you’re interested in this creative development opportunity.
ENQUIRIES AND PROPOSALS: email@example.com
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 20th May 2014
MORE INFO: Click here
Killer news! Macondo’s Clothesline is back for NIDA’s 2014 Independent Creative Development Program. A bit of mingling was had at last night's launch along with many uber talented artists on board, an honour to be in the mix.
The original Macondo’s Clothesline ensemble will be joined by talented Chilean theatre maker and Artistic Director Carolina Rebolledo and Sydney-based Keyna Wilkins published composer, pianist and flautist.
WATCH THIS SPACE! as we'll be placing an Artist Call Out for a collective of new artists to participate in the development.
Wonderful news! Fred & Ginger made it in Lisa Thatchers Best of 2013 list!
We'd like to thank Old 505 & a huge shout out to all who came along the journey and added their magic to this production.
Read more here
'Fred and Ginger is what the soul and heart of The Fringe Festival is all about: small, unusual acts that find fertile soil inside and set down their fragile roots, from which great things grow.'
Read review here
Super lovely article written about us by author Alistair Baillie.
We salute you comandante Alistair! Read it here.
Alicia Gonzalez taking some time out to answer Suzy Wrong's 5 questions.
What is love? Read it here.
“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”
- Diane Arbus
Phyllis Wong, the mysterious woman behind the lens has never failed to realise my vision. Oh, who's Phyllis? She is the person responsible for capturing the essence of Fred and Ginger and Macondo's Clothesline in still images. We've collaborated together on more than one occasion, sworn to kill each other, we serve as each other's muse.
It feels good when you find a true collaborator, it's kinda like a marriage (for lack of a better word) but without the sexy times. Errr..umm that is a marriage. Anyway, I digress. I am super excited because during the week long run of Fred and Ginger Phyllis' photographic works will be exhibited at The Old 505 Theatre foyer/lounge room area. This crazy sought-after photographer is leaving to HK wuaaaah : ( and I am going to miss her so. But, we'll always have Paris :)
The Journey of Fred and Ginger, Photographic exhibition by Phyllis Wong
Sharing the fondness of absurdity with Artistic director Alicia González, Phyllis Wong (Phyllis Photography) used photography and visual arts as a media to present the concept and Fred and Ginger. Alongside with the development of Fred and Ginger, Phyllis Wong joined the journey by documenting its creation in form of photographic art.
“Diane Arbus, a big influence on my work, her works examined subject’s relevance to the society, her works subtly express the feelings of uncertainty and alienation. This series of work explored the characters of Fred and Ginger. Through Diane Arbus’ works, I understand the importance of the relationship between the photographer and the subject/ character. Knowing the subject/character is an investment that enriches the contents and emotions of a photograph; as a result it elevates it as an artform.”
Phyllis’ photographic works will be exhibited at The Old 505 Theatred during the season of Fred and Ginger.
xx Mucho amore
The showing of Macondo's Clothesline #2 has been put on hold until 2014, as the Sydney Fringe commissioned show Fred & Ginger has taken priority over the last month or so (hope you can make it!). Among all the craziness I decided to take in some oxygen and take a trip down nostalgia lane.
Best part about creating a piece of theatre that encourages feedback is reading about the individual experience that each audience member takes away with them. Audience reviews are the best!
Here are some of my fave comments:
The lads had a great night out to see MACONDO'S COTHESLINE at Old 505 Theatre. Delightful, whimsical, feminine, erotic....poetically composed and performed... One more week!
- O’Punksky’s Theatre
Loved it tonight!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats to you all!
- Subtlenuance Theatre
Congrats and thank you all for a wonderful evening. An amazing, entrancing theatre experience, where my eyes became the key to your souls. My ears found the music and your voices taking me on a journey to a world beyond the known. Chookas and love to you all xox
- Georgie Edwards
Lovely work last night - captivating, enigmatic and thoroughly delightful, with performance, puppetry and musical score beautifully interwoven. Congrats to you all and best wishes for the rest of the run !
- Daniel Byrnes
Hey ACTT students, if you haven't seen Macondo's Clothesline you better hope to in the future. A million and one things to be learned about story telling through movement, physicalization and using your ENTIRE body to tell a story. Yes you have a beautiful face and voice, but it's attached to a body! This is what a lot of your training is all about and, to be an outstanding stage performer, you need to get this right otherwise, no one will take notice of you while you're up there performing. It would be a damn shame to miss Macondo's Clothesline as they tell the story so well through subtle and deliberate physicalization that they made it look easy. But it ain't. It's well trained and rehearsed. Well done Naomi Livingstone, Alicia Gonzalez and Natalia Ladyko.
- Oleg Pupovac
Hey Alicia... nomas queria decirte cuanto disfrutamos el Macondo. La combinacion de teatro, danza, sombras, humor, amor, desamor, realmente nos dieron mucho. Y ahora que pasaron unos dias, me quedaron imagenes grabadas, como cuando te 'cuelgan' de la cuerda, la rusa en la cesta, el hombrecito que te sale del coco y bastantes mas... Pues sinceras FELICITACIONES para todos Uds y espero ver mucho mas en el futuro.
- x Michel
Great performance girls! Bravo! You're a very talented and creative bunch... Looking forward to more of you're work.
....yo también he visitado Macondo por un hombre...
- Carolina Diaz
Thanks for a fab last night. Alicia, Macondo was a lovely piece, very thought-provoking, really enjoyed it. Provoked a lot of debate.
- Alistair x
Macondos Clothesline was brilliant! Highly recommend. Congratulations to you all. - x Paul Ellis
What a magical show! It ends an hour before it starts.
Macondo's Clothesline - go and see it. Go. See it. Wonderfully devised and will teach all the firsties why you should be listening to Andrew's Lecoq knowledge! It's on again next week and is worth way more than the $15 you pay for a ticket. Go. See it. X
- Alia Lievore
I would just like to give you some feedback on the play from last night, now it's dissolved into my brain. My interpretation was I was watching an insight into the emotional limbo, which we've all have resided on, whilst where waiting to gain the confidence to go back over the edge into a relationship. I particularly liked the way you depicted the fondness of the relationship memories and portrayal of men. I thought you captured the sensitivities and the animalistic emotions between men & women extremely well. Being a hot blooded male:) it made me feel strong, sensitive and erotic, so thanks for evoking such feelings, in one:).
I hope my interpretation and feedback is helpful.
Great work Alicia!
- Michael x
I really enjoyed the setting and the way you mixed drama with music/sounds, lights and puppetry & mime, I didn't necessarily relate to each and every bit, but I believe I did to most of them, and there is no boring part in the play, the attention is constantly being captured. I enjoyed the raw feminity of the characters and their 1930s/40s style (if I'm not mistaken), all of you played beautifully and certainly did not leave the audience indifferent.
The only 'negative' point (for me) was when the 'Frenchie' placed a torch on the ground facing the audience, for a back-lighting effect I assume, but the torch was in our face (I was in the first row and I could feel my neighbours seemed disturbed as well) and it made it uncomfortable to watch for that time when the torch was lit directed to the audience. Maybe something on the ground could have been placed in front of the torch so as to hide the torch bulb while still keeping the back lighting effect (I'm not lighting specialist though).
Voilà, these were my thoughts, you ladies seemed to be having a great time and that made it even more enjoyable. Thank you again for this charming combination of poetry/insanity/satire. I hope nothing offends you in my feedback and that it helps
Marquez Laundry Blogger
Latest opps and news