Dan Koop talking at "This is a Door" presented by Pop Up Playground. Recorded at Theatre Works in St Kilda, Melbourne on 29 July 2012.

This is more than a little late, but here’s a few ideas about games for Pop Up Playground’s This Is A Door that was at Theatre Works in December 2012.

Thanks to James Tresise for the video!

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Our captain and ferryman, Dan Koop, was interviewed for Your Afternoon with Penny Terry on 936 ABC Hobart (and Launceston of course!)

Have a listen and get an insight into what we’ve done to integrate the work in our lovely surroundings on the South Esk & Tamar River…

Dan Koop at the South Esk & Tamar River

Your Afternoon with Penny Terry on 936 Hobart ABC Radio

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ArtStart Diary – Chicago: Standing Tall On The Wings of My Dreams

Sometimes the world seems perfect, Nothing to rearrange,

Sometimes you just get a feeling, Like you need some kinda change,

No matter what the odds are this time, Nothing’s gonna stand in my way,

This flame in my heart and a long lost friend, Gives every long street a light at the end,

Standing tall, On the wings of my dreams,

Rise and fall, On the wings of my dreams,

The rain and thunder, Wind and haze,

I’m bound for better days,

It’s my life, And my dreams,

And nothing’s gonna stop me now.

No nothing’s gonna stop me now.

 

Baseball diamonds dot the landscape out my airplane window, urban crop circles remind me that Field of Dreams is the film most likely to make a grown American man cry. I love the hackneyed phrase “if you build it they will come”, an assurance that I’ve always relied upon in my career. But, no cultural symbol of Chicago carries more sentiment for me than Perfect Strangers. It was my favorite show, often watched with my good pal Shane – I just wish that he were with me, playing an accidental Cousin Balkie to my over-organised Cousin Larry, we would surely do The Dance of Joy. (My impromptu acapella karaoke renditions of this song are designed to annoy my pals/show off my 90s power-ballad range, but the joke is often on me when I finish and need to wipe away a sincere of true nostalgia. Don’t be ridiculous!)

 

Sure, I plan to check out some culture while in Chicago, but the triad of 90’s based references that truly inform any of my pre-conceived notions of the city mean a tour along the Perfect Strangers locations, a Cubs game at the Friendly Confines and a Bulls match where MJ beat the buzzer again and again are really are my top 3 priorities. Apart from that I’m at the whim of recommendations, local arts listings and the few links I can muster through fellow Melbourne artists, one step at a time like this, ongoing creative development at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

 

But immediately upon arrival I’m introduced to another of Chicago’s true famous icons – deep dish pizza pie with sausage and some really good local beer from the Goose Island Brewery. Food continues to be a top recommendation as my week progresses. A friend said the “best thing to do in Chicago is just to be in Chicago” and went on to recommend a long list of coffee and food joints. I brought my running shoes fearing that the American diet would need counterbalancing, but during the week I manage no more than walking across town, but at least I’ve realized that I only need to eat twice a day if I keep up with these over-generous portions of rich, restaurant quality, gourmet junk food. But, I think instead I’ll “just be in Chicago” and leave the jogging till later.

 

TV, SPORT, ART & JUST BE IN CHICAGO notes to follow…

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We have been nominated for a Melbourne Green Room Award! The nomination is for Outstanding Production - Creative Agency for Audiences under the Alternative & Hybrid Performance category. Our work is mentioned alongside some terrific artists and work we admire - congratulations to our fellow nominees Triage Live Art Collective, Team Mess, Elizabeth Dunn & co and Jason Mailing.
The nomination is for ALL of the collaborating artists who made The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge. Further congratulations to Andrew Bailey who was also nominated for his entire Years Work at Melbourne Theatre Company for Set And Costume Design in the Theatre - Companies category.
Finally, particular thanks and awe to Next Wave Festival for supporting our work and so many others - 8 Next Wave Festival events were nominated!

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We have been nominated for a Melbourne Green Room Award! The nomination is for Outstanding Production - Creative Agency for Audiences under the Alternative & Hybrid Performance category. Our work is mentioned alongside some terrific artists and work we admire - congratulations to our fellow nominees Triage Live Art Collective, Team Mess, Elizabeth Dunn & co and Jason Mailing.

The nomination is for ALL of the collaborating artists who made The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge. Further congratulations to Andrew Bailey who was also nominated for his entire Years Work at Melbourne Theatre Company for Set And Costume Design in the Theatre - Companies category.

Finally, particular thanks and awe to Next Wave Festival for supporting our work and so many others - 8 Next Wave Festival events were nominated!

Today I start development of a new project, collaborating with Andy Field as part of the Going Nowhere program at Arts House - take a peek and keep up to date via this work in progress tumblr…

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First day of development on City Cycle as part of Going Nowhere at Arts House: Dan Koop is in Melbourne AU, Andy Field is in Bristol UK, 11 hours and 17,073km apart. During the creative development neither of us will travel to meet each other, we’ll purchase no new materials (second hand or recycled is okay) and we’ll work up an idea for a new work that can travel without us getting on a plane or sending equipment either. Perhaps we’ll present the work in a 3rd city altogether…

I started by visiting the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square and picking up maps and guides for tourists visiting Melbourne. These readily available printed collateral will be our materials. The sites surrounding also provide key Melbourne sites for exploration: the City Circle tram, the Melbourne Bike Share system and the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle. Even Eureka Tower rises above the iconic Flinders St dome from this angle.

Federation Square claims to be “Melbourne’s meeting place” but perhaps this boast is for tourists? “Meet you under the clocks” at Flinders St is still a default meeting place for many Melbourne locals. But is this the centre of town? Both Fed Square and Flinders St Station sit on the “southern” border of Melbourne’s city grid. Travel up Swanston St to City Square and were getting closer, even if this isn’t a square at all - at least Melbourne Town Hall is directly across the road giving a sense of being near the seat of local power.

Bourke St is the (almost) west-east spine of Melbourne, with the pedestrian mall situated between busy Swanston & Elizabeth Sts. Here, we find the Melbourne Visitor Booth and helpful staff. Anyone can drop by and grab a tearaway black and white map of Melbourne. The Melbourne General Post Office (now a boutique shopping centre) stands in the background on the corner of Bourke & Elizabeth. All the highway signs leading into Melbourne measure the distance to the GPO, marking this as the “centre of town”.

But Melbourne is expanding. Many times I’ve heard it said that “geographically, Melbourne is one of the largest cities in the world”. I have no idea if that’s true or not, but seeing as there are no mountains to stop the city growth I know there’s something to the statement… It’s like pancake batter that continues to ooze outwards from this centre. So if this really is the centre, what revolves around it?

The free City Circle tram carves out a boundary around the edge of the Melbourne CBD, now adding the Docklands to the west to it’s route. What’s inside this boundary and what’s outside? Who’s inside this boundary and who’s outside? Who’s in this city as a local and who’s the visitor?

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