Arts & Entertainment

The Flying Nun – Season 5.2

Brand X is re-launching Season 5 of its contemporary performance program The Flying Nun, premiering at East Sydney Community Arts Centre during Oct-Dec.

Brand X Director James Winter, says: “After months of Sydney’s night-time venues being dormant, we are excited to inject some creative life back into the inner city and present this exciting collection of experimental independent artists in a COVID-safe environment. We will offer live and virtual audiences a program of contemporary performance to reconnect with each other again under the new realities of COVID-19. If isolation has taught us anything, we need places for commune. Cultural connections remind us of our simultaneous fragility and resilience.”

The new program is radical, exciting and surprising – expect the unexpected with performances that explore love, COVID isolation, trans-global collaboration and Sydney eccentrics.

Some of the highlights of the program include;

  • Ghost Salon, a new cabaret written and performed by Drew Fairley, partly inspired by his experience of being marooned on a cruise ship during the onset of COVID-19. Ghost Salon is a hilarious and haunting cabaret; part séance, part confessional, part spectral hooley.
  • Layer, a ‘mixed reality’ real-time collaboration between three dancers, two in Australia and one in the Netherlands, who will dance together in an interactive filmic 3D space that is simultaneously live, projected, virtual and screened.
  • The Life Cycle Of Blanco, a solo work written and performed by multi-disciplinary theatre and filmmaker Vonne Patiag that fuses AV, call-and-response dynamics and a riotous monologue about the culminating impact of casual racism.
  • Whitney And Me is like a Whitney Houston Addicts Anonymous meeting, audiences are invited to be complicit in the bad behaviour. Everything disintegrates. All that remains is, Whitney.

A celebration of fringe counter-culture, The Flying Nun was created to incubate experimental projects that more conventional performance spaces hesitate to take a risk on and provides a platform for artists to test out new ideas and take them to the next level.

Oct 23-Dec 12. East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, 34 Burton St, Darlinghurst. $10-$25+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.brandx.org.au