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The opera Project - 5 DVDs

Nigel Kellaway

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Since 1996 The opera Project (co-founded by Nigel Kellaway and Annette Tesoriero) has committed itself to the development of a flexible ensemble of mature, experienced and respected theatre artists.

The company’s concerns are in pursuing a contemporary theatre practice that deliberately examines the breadth of cultural heritage in theatre, music, dance and associated technologies.

The collection features three major works from The opera Project Inc + a collection of excerpts of Kellaway`s work between 1994 - 2004:

Sleepers Wake! Wachet Auf! (a solo work for Nigel Kellaway,developed in 2006 and premiered at Carriageworks in 2007) contemplated a man at the edge of recollection, harbouring a nagging desire to connect with the present, washed up alongside political anxiety and an unreliable memory.

The Rameau Project (developed 2005-2008 and presented in 2009) was a sprawling, multi-layered music theatre work for nine performers featuring Kellaway's "re-imaginings" of the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau.

The company’s most recent work, “BRIEF SYNOPSIS: a beautiful naked woman ‘of a certain age’ brutally stabs a young man to death" (2014) pulls together rich elements of music, physical space, visual arts, text and movement. An exploration of emotions and loneliness in a strange triangle of love, it contemplates violence, without relying on sensational anecdote. Explores issues in more abstract ways, creating something at once funny, scary, sumptuous, provocative…

Excerpts from 10 major works of Nigel Kellaway between 1994 - 2004 features: This Most Wicked Body (17:50), The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior (4:30 mins), The Berlioz: our vampires ourselves (14:55 mins), The Terror of Tosca (22:15 mins), Tristan (11:30), Little George (17:20), El Inocente (7:10 mins), Entertaining Paradise (15:35mins), Another Night: Medea (14:05 mins), The Audience and other Psychopaths (18:40 mins).

Titles are also available individually - DVD & Streaming:
Nigel Kellaway in Sleepers wake! wachet auf!
The Rameau Project
Brief Synopsis
Excerpts from 10 major works of Nigel Kellaway between 1994 - 2004

NIGEL KELLAWAY - 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 his Suzuki Company Of Toga (1984-85) and also worked with butoh artist Min Tanaka in Tokyo. Over 35 years, he has more than seventy full length theatre, dance and music works with companies including The One Extra Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Entr'acte, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Sidetrack Performance Group, Legs on the Wall, Ihos Contemporary Opera, the Australian Dance Theatre, Stalker, Calculated Risks Opera Productions, the Song Company, Splinters Theatre of Spectacle, Urban Theatre Projects and Stopera and for venues including Performance Space (NSW), the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (WA) and The Royal Court Theatre (UK).

He was a co-founder, in 1987, of the performance ensemble The Sydney Front (of which a large selection of the performances are available on both DVD & Streaming), with major productions including THE PORNOGRAPHY OF PERFORMANCE (1988), PHOTOCOPIES OF GOD (1989), DON JUAN (1991), FIRST AND LAST WARNING (1992) and PASSION (1993). The Sydney Front toured extensively within Australia and Europe, to the UK and Hong Kong. Solo performance works include PERFORMER (1977), GIVE ME A ROSE TO SHOW HOW MUCH YOU CARE (1986), THE NUREMBERG RECITAL (1989) and THIS MOST WICKED BODY (1994), a ten day, 240 hour performance marathon with percussionist David Montgomery, video artist Peter Oldham and restaurateur Gay Bilson, which toured to the 1998 Telstra Adelaide Festival with pianist Gerard Willems and Gay Bilson.

Over the past fifteen years a major focus of his work has been in contemporary music theatre. In 1997 he directed the Colin Bright/Amanda Stewart opera THE SINKING OF THE RAINBOW WARRIOR with the Song Company and Australysis for the Sydney Festival on Sydney Harbour, and in 2001 co-devised and directed LITTLE GEORGE, again with the Song Company. His collaborations with Canberra based Stopera have been dISTRESSING THE DIVA in 1998 and the Clérambault/Rameau derived CANTATA in 2003.

In 1997 he co-founded with Annette Tesoriero The opera Project Inc., a loose ensemble of actors, musicians and physical performers dedicated to the mission of reassessing "opera" (and its accoutrement) as a contemporary performance practice. Major works by the company have been THE BERLIOZ - our vampires ourselves (1997, toured nationally in 2001), THE TERROR OF TOSCA (1998), TRISTAN (1999), EL INOCENTE (2001), ENTERTAINING PARADISE (2002), ANOTHER NIGHT: MEDEA (2003), THE AUDIENCE AND OTHER PSYCHOPATHS (2004), SLEEPERS WAKE! WACHET AUF! (2007) and THE RAMEAU PROJECT (2009).

He served on the dance committee of the Australia Council from 1993-96 and in 1997 was awarded the Rex Cramphorn Theatre Scholarship by the NSW Ministry for the Arts. Kellaway has been a leader in the development of avant-garde and hybrid performance practices in Australia over the past three decades, and in 2004 was awarded a senior artist's Fellowship by the Theatre Board of the Australia Council to devote two years to his continuing research into theatrical, operatic and contemporary performance practices.

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