Inspired by the traditions of the Pacific, the guts of physical performance and the crimes of pop-culture, Polytoxic serves up a signature style like no other. Presenting a diverse style of work that covers dance-theatre, physical cabaret and visual design, they bring a comic, distinct and energetic edge to performance.
Driven by co-directors Lisa Fa’alafi, Fez Fa’anana and Leah Shelton, Polytoxic has hard-earned their local acclaim and are eagerly forging national and international recognition. The recent increase of company members has upped the ante from 3 to 6 iconic performers versed in dance, theatre and circus, with the addition of the talented Mark Winmill, Amanda-Lyn Pearson and Natano Fa’anana. The company has developed a style that borrows from each performer’s intricate background, performance history and physicality, creating a twisted, exotic and accessible Polytoxic blend. The movement and artistry of Polytoxic pays homage to Pacific tradition, Aussie humour, new fangled choreography, delightful theatrics, conceptual costume, slick set design and good ol’ entertainment.
Since 2000, the company’s work has taken them from traditional huts to the Sydney Opera House, glitzy fashion parades to dusty big-tops, and independent seasons to major festivals. Polytoxic’s Teuila Postcards played to packed houses throughout Australia, including Sydney Opera House (Sydney Comedy Festival), Artshouse Melbourne, Ten Days on the Island Festival Tasmania, Come Out Festival Adelaide, Brisbane Powerhouse and Queensland Performing Arts Centre; as well as internationally to Wan Smolbag International Arts festival, Vanuatu and Planet IndigenUs Festival, Canada.
Other highlights include Company-in-Residence at Mackay Festival; On Edge Festival, Cairns; bonemap collaboration Whispering Limbs, CoCA Cairns; Queensland tours of children’s work Green Bananas; independent seasons at Adelaide Fringe and Woodford Festivals; Fresh Ground residency at the Judith Wright Centre, numerous site-specific commissions, and roving characters and entertainment for corporate events and festivals. Polytoxic also works extensively in cross-cultural collaborations with a range of communities.
Polytoxic is currently supported by MAPS (Managing & Producing Services for Artists) Qld.
“Polytoxic is a formidable, innovative company worth watching.” Stephen Carleton, Real Time