THE BLOKES PROJECT
Joshua Thomson & Matt Cornell | AUSTRALIA
Beyond the beer and the bullshit.
The BLOKES Project is a new dance work created by Matt Cornell and Joshua Thomson. Generated through research with family and community elders in their truck yards, sheds and vehicles, BLOKES investigates the embodied myths, truths and stereotypes of how to be Australian. Exploring seemingly inherited cultural narratives of manhood, how do these models of behaviour serves us and hurt us as individuals and as a community.
In an age of toxic masculinity, how can we turn the critical lens on ourselves to build a new narrative of how to be a BLOKE?
Flowstate in association with Supercell presents The BLOKES Project
Date & Time
TUESDAY 13 – SATURDAY 17 February, 2018 7:30pm
SATURDAY 17 and SUNDAY 18 February, 2018 2pm
Duration: 53 mins
FLOWSTATE, The Arbour, Tribune Street, South Bank
FREE - bring along the man in your life
Matt Cornell and Joshua Thomson are decade-long collaborators across film, dance, construction and performance.
Matt Cornell is an Australasian based artist who grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land.
He gets excited by the challenge of trying to understand meta-phenomena while avoiding bullshit.
He believes in the power of non-spoken experience.
He hopes to invoke love
He hopes to necessitate better stories to tell ourselves by asking better questions.
He has also toured internationally, won awards and been awarded grants, residencies and scholarships.
Joshua Thomson is a Performer, Choreographer, Director and Maker.
As Co-Artistic Director of Legs on the Wall, his latest co-created work is Highly Sprung, an outdoor large impact trampoline activation. Highly Sprung premiered in Sydney’s Martin Place this year and continues to play around Australia.
For the past 12 years Joshua has worked nationally and internationally across many different performative art forms with company’s such as Tasdance, dancenorth, Perth Theatre Company, The Farm and PVC – Physical Virus Collective (Germany), Legs On The Wall, Shaun Parker & Company, Stalker Stilt Theatre and Marrugeku.
Joshua is one of the founding members of the new Gold Coast company The Farm. CockFight, a show that he co-created with other members of The Farm, was nominated in the “Best Ballet or Dance work” category at the prestigious 2016 Helpmann Awards. This work will also tour Australia and England in 2017. He specialises in dynamic physical performing work, ranging from live theatre to a 48 hour duration work in the ocean.
Co-creators: Joshua Thomson and Matt Cornell
Producer: Tammy Ryan
Sound designer and composer: Tristen Parr
Projectionist: Claire Robertson
Performers: Joshua Thomson and Matt Cornell