Nicola Gunn and Tamara Saulwick


NICOLA GUNN makes contemporary performance and is based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work combining text, choreography and visual art is made in response to a self-generated impulse to tell a story or explore a form. She takes responsibility for each production from concept to realisation.

As an artist she finds parallels between personal experiences and larger social realities, using subversive humour to address themes of identity and transformation in the social and individual realms. She often generates works that activate the public sphere by questioning old ways of being or proposing new ones, as well as using performance to reflect critically on its place in theatres, to examine power relations, and to consider the relevance and social function of art itself. She rejoices in anti-authoritarian strategies and believes that the idea of art demands and deserves to be renewed and reimagined over time and space.

Recent works include Piece For Person and Ghetto Blaster (2015, Mobile States), A Social Service (2015, Malthouse Theatre), Green Screen (2014, Melbourne Theatre Company NEON Festival), In Spite of Myself (Melbourne Festival 2013) and Hello My Name Is (Brisbane Festival 2013, Dublin Theatre Festival and Festival de Keuze 2014). As a dramaturge, Nicola has worked with choreographers Jo Lloyd, Luke George and Shian Law, and as a collaborator/performer with Ridiculusmus, Ian Pidd, Jessica Wilson and Tamara Saulwick. Nicola is an Australia Council for the Arts Creative Australia fellow and a Mike Walsh fellow. Upcoming projects include two new works with choreographers: Mer Mer Mer with Jo Lloyd, PLAYING SHOP with Nat Cursio and a new site-specific work commissioned by Field Theory as part of its Site is Set Festival. Nicola is currently under commission by the Melbourne Theatre Company to write a new full-length work.

TAMARA SAULWICK’s individual practice has coalesced in recent years into a singular and compelling voice. Utilising digital, mobile and analogue technologies, with a particular emphasis placed on the role of sound in live performance, her works reflect on how we as individuals negotiate, connect, confront, and share with one another.

Her solo work Pin Drop, first presented at Arts House (2010), received critical acclaim and was nominated for 4 Green Room Awards, winning the Outstanding Production Award (Theatre – Hybrid Performance). After touring nationally, Pin Drop was adapted for ABC Radio National and presented in the UK at Tramway as part of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival. Other recent works include two Big West Festival commissions for public spaces, Seddon Archives (2011) and PUBLIC (2013), an audio performance work presented in a shopping centre foodcourt and Alter, created for the 2016 Festival of Live Art.

Tamara’s most recent work Endings was commissioned by Performance Space and Arts House, and premiered at the 2015 Sydney Festival, earning Tamara a Helpmann Award nomination for Best New Australian Work. A sonic excerpt of the work was previewed at the 2014 Aarhus Festival in Denmark. Endings will be presented at Canadian Stage in Toronto in 2017. Works in development include Permission to Speak (for Chamber Made Opera) and Newport Archives commissioned by The Substation. Tamara is currently an Artistic Associate (Performance) for Chamber Made Opera and an Australia Council Theatre Fellow.