1. Hannie is the author of 14 plays, including Hotel Sorrento, Life After George, Inheritance, The Glass Soldier. Two Brothers and The Swimming Club. Her plays have broken box office records for the major companies in Australia and have also been critical successes. She has won many awards including a nomination for The Miles Franklin – the only play to have ever been shortlisted. Her plays have been produced in London’s West End, the US, Canada, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Slovenia, New Zealand and Finland.

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  2. Leisa Shelton – is a performance artist /maker, curator, facilitator and teacher, with a practice that foregrounds collaboration and an advocacy for new Australian transdisciplinary work.

    Leisa has most recently engaged in a transitional project as part of an Australia Council initiative – Cultural Leadership- which has seen her in residence at the 2011 Spill festival in London, as guest artist in Taiwan and in NY, Chicago and LA, (2012) meeting and connecting with artists and producers toward future dialogues. This coincides with a decision to renew an independent focus for both her teaching and artistic practice as she ends 6yrs as Head of Postgraduate Animateuring at the VCA.

    In 2009, she established fragment31, an interdisciplinary performance collective that continues to initiate projects that aim to challenge and inform contemporary frames of performance. – ( fragment31.com.au )

    The most recent initiative was the Resonance project, with UK writer Theron Schmidt, considering writing ON performance within the context of current UK and Australian paradigms alongside a series of public dialogues and gatherings with UK Artist Rajni Shah toward investigations within Community and ART.

    Leisa is a lecturer for the Centre for Ideas and the Centre for Community Cultural Partnerships at the VCA+M, Melbourne.

    In 2014, she will curate a body of Australian work for the Venice Performance Week.

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  3. Ross Ganf is a director/dramaturge/choreographer/producer. Ross works with long-term artistic associates Vincent Crowley and Ingrid Weisfelt under the company name Torque Show. Torque Show has a highly collaborative process that creates work with a fluid authorship under the stewardship of the artistic associate. Torque Show’s maiden dance theatre work Malmö sold out at the Adelaide Festival of Arts 2012 after a premiere season at Arts House in 2011. Ross/Torque Show is currently developing a verbatim dance theatre work Farrugia with presenting partner Vitalstatistix ans State Theatre Company of South Australia. Farrugia focuses on the interviews of Joseph Farrugia who is the owner and choreographer of the Crazy Horse Strip Revue in Hindley Street Adelaide. In 2011 Torque Show was awarded the Dara Foundation Climate Change Commission through the Malthouse Theatre and Tipping Point Australia to make Be Prepared. Be Prepared seeks to readdress how participants protest climate change in a contemporary society. Using the non-threatening frame of the scout movement, Torque Show wants to explore notions of civic responsibility, civil disobedience and their perceived interface.

    These works exemplify his unique approach to theatre/dance that continues a dramaturgical arc of releasing audiences from seating banks while renegotiating the performer/audience contract. Ross was the Curator for Adelaide Festival club BARRIO in 2012 and returned in 2013 as Creative Director for BARRIO. He is currently contracted to create the new vision for the 2014 Adelaide Festival Club.

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  4. Dr Stuart Candy @futuryst is a strategic design facilitator and transmedia producer. Working collaboratively, he creates situations which viscerally deepen understanding of possible worlds and our pathways into them. As a consultant he has worked with diverse groups including General Electric, Oxford University, the TED Conference, the Sydney Opera House, UK’s National Heath Service, IDEO, Burning Man Australia, and governments around the world. He is currently Foresight and Innovation Leader at Arup, Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts, and Research Fellow of the Long Now Foundation.

    Stuart’s passion is the groundbreaking art/design practice of ‘experiential futures’, translating surprising scenarios into immersive encounters. He has codesigned and staged experiential futures interventions in various media for the city streets of Honolulu, public galleries including the California Academy of Sciences, and festivals including Burning Man. He also recently contributed to a hypothetical design for a new Australian capital which features in an exhibition now on at the Gallery of Australian Design in Canberra.

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  5. Willoh S.Weiland is an artist, writer, curator and the Artistic Director of Aphids.

    Aphids is an artist-led cultural organisation creating collaborations across artforms and borders. Aphids makes works that sit at the nexus of contemporary music, performance, technology and site-specific practice. Recent Aphids projects include a national tour of Thrashing Without Looking, a live-cinema and performance work experienced through virtual reality goggles; Computer Boy, a contemporary performance work commissioned for Performance Space, Sydney; Fever Beach and Exile, interactive digital artworks for the iPhone and iPad and Atelier Edens, a research project investigating the creation of cross-artform works in remote areas.

    Willoh has made work for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Next Wave Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow. Residencies include an Asialink residency in Beijing, 2009 and Splendid Arts Lab and Visible City, Melbourne 2010. Willoh co-directs the laboratory space Head Quarters; is a member of the Field Theory collective and sits on the Greenroom panel for hybrid arts.

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The 2013 Tipping Point Forum

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Presented by TippingPoint Australia and Theatre Network Victoria, TippingPoint Australia 2013 is small and significant cross disciplinary gathering of around 80 of Australia ’s artists, scientists, politicians, economists, activists, philosophers and…

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Presented by TippingPoint Australia and Theatre Network Victoria, TippingPoint Australia 2013 is small and significant cross disciplinary gathering of around 80 of Australia ’s artists, scientists, politicians, economists, activists, philosophers and others. For one day on May 29th we will explore how we can imagine and work towards a future that meets the challenge of adapting and mitigating the catastrophic effects of climate change. TippingPoint Australia 2013 in Canberra is co-presented by TippingPoint Australia, the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association and Theatre Network Victoria (producer of the Australian Theatre Forum). The event is supported by the Dara Foundation and is part of the Centenary of Canberra . TippingPoint Australia will be held on the cross-over day of two major performing arts conferences – APACA 2013: Fear No Art and ATF 2013: To the Heart of it.

We need to reduce emmissions, invest in renewables and clean energy and change our economic reliance on coal and oil – a paradigm shift. How can we contribute to moving this critical agenda forward by imagining futures, understanding and articulating the benefits of a sustainable global future and rehearsing the enormous cultural, political and social changes that must occur to prevent the unthinkable from happening?

TippingPoint Australia 2013 is an opportunity for leaders and change agents from arts, science and the business sectors to gather and harness hope, to identify the most effective strategies and actions to help each other make changes that will bring us closer to our happier imagined futures.

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