Aha Ensemble In conversation with Bree Hadley
30 July 2022
Join members of Aha Ensemble in conversation with Professor Bree Hadley, as they discuss their newly commissioned participatory installation Absolutely Everybody Judges.
Having worked primarily in performative practices, Absolutely Everybody Judges represents the collective’s first installation work. An improvised interaction between Aha Ensemble and audience members forms the basis of this multi-sensory installation which creates a dialogue where hierarchies are upended, limits are undermined, power dynamics reversed, and assumptions are playfully undone.
Learn more about the Ensemble’s intentions for making the work, their methodologies for generating the material for the installation, insights into the development of Absolutely Everybody Judges in residence at the IMA, and what they hope people take away from the experience they’ve created.
We invite you to join us in the courtyard for morning tea and informal conversation following the talk.
This is a free event and registrations are required for catering purposes.
The IMA strongly encourages mask-wearing onsite in the galleries and for events to keep our community safe. If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, please stay home.
This talk will be AUSLAN interpreted.
We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.
The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.
Aha Ensemble is a disability-led, Queensland based collective of diverse performance artists who value authentic, immersive, participatory and contemporary art practices. The Ensemble was initiated in 2015 by Daniele Constance with support from Access Arts, to aid in developing artists who identify with disability. Aha performers’ individual practices include training and creating work across South East Queensland, nationally; and internationally, including New York, Portugal, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Korea. Ensemble members include: Kayah Guenther, Allycia Staples, Mitchell Runcie, Megan Louise West, Tara Heard, Rebecca Dostal, and Ruby Donohoe, Director Daniele Constance, and Creative Producer Emma-June Curik.
Bree Hadley is author of The Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts Culture and Media (2019, with Donna McDonald), Theatre, Social Media, and Meaning Making (Palgrave 2017), Disability, Public Space Performance & Spectatorship: Unconscious Performers (Palgrave 2014), and articles and commentaries on diversity, access, and inclusion in the arts across journals, industry press, newspapers, and other platforms. In her practice-based research, Hadley has been investigating interest in ‘creative integration’ of sign language, captioning, and audio description into performing and visual arts works. This includes the 2021 International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) and 2020 Museums & Gallery Association Award winning Vis-Ability collaboration with Dr Janice Rieger. Her performance text, The Excentric Fixations Project, has also recently appeared in At the Intersection of Disability and Drama: A Critical Anthology of New Plays. Prior to joining QUT, Hadley worked as a writer, dramaturg, director, arts facilitator, and administrator for independent theatre companies, and for the Glen Eira City Council.