Who is this man photographed recently on a beach nearby? On approach he spoke a dialect of musical memes, adolescent delusions, TV sound grabs, punch-lines and pedagogy. He hummed sound bytes from what a local lifesaver identified as Bach's Goldberg Variations. Developed over two years in Sydney, Perth, the south of France and Berlin, Sleepers Wake! Wachet Auf! is a unique and remarkable collaboration between Kellaway and distinguished writing talents. Composed, performed and directed by Kellaway, this most surprising performance finds a man at the edge of recollection, harboring a nagging desire to connect with the present. Adrift from cultural and historical specificities where nostalgia for Glenn Gould and Dean Martin washes up alongside political anxiety and an unreliable memory. Camera: Peter Oldham, performers: Nigel Kellaway (actor/director), Michael BellMargaret Howard (violinist), Catherine Tabrett ('cellist).
Writers: Virginia Baxter (NSW), Jai McHenry (France), Amanda Stewart (NSW), Josephine Wilson (WA).Composer: Nigel Kellaway. Lighting: Simon Wise.Nigel Kellaway, actor, director, dancer, musician, contemporary performance maker has been a recognized leader in the development of avant-garde and hybrid performance practices in Australia over the past two decades. He is presently Artistic Director of The opera Project Inc. In a career embracing his skills as an actor, director, dancer, musician and contemporary performance maker, Nigel Kellaway's initial professional performance training was in music, majoring in piano and composition at the universities of Melbourne and Adelaide.
He was the first Australian actor to train with Tadashi Suzuki and also worked with butoh artist Min Tanaka in Tokyo. Over 30 years, he has created dozens of full length theatre, dance and music works with numerous companies in Australia.
He was a co-founder, in 1987, of the performance ensemble The Sydney Front, and toured with the company extensively within Australia and Europe, to the UK and Hong Kong.
Also available: Double DVD featuring Kellaways' work
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