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Judging Panels
Contemporary & Experimental Performance Panel
Work that is eligible to be registered with the Contemporary & Experimental Performance panel is interdisciplinary, unconventional and innovative. It will be work that is experimental in form, style and content including site-specific events, circus, live art, visual and physical theatre puppetry, performance installation, performance art, and digital and online performance.
This panel may also view interdisciplinary work that crosses over with specific artforms covered by other panels (such as Theatre, Dance or Opera).
TRISTAN MEECHAM is the Artistic Director of All The Queens Men, which creates spectacular theatrical and participatory arts experiences. Presentations include; ANTI Contemporary Arts Festival - Finland, Ansan Street Arts Festival - South Korea, Sydney Festival – Opening Event, Darwin Festival, Next Wave Festival, Festival of Live Art – Arts House and World Theatre Festival – Brisbane Powerhouse.
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SARAH KRIEGLER is an award winning puppeteer, co director of Lemony S Puppet Theatre and an Artistic Associate of Chamber Made Opera. She trained at the V.C.A, School of Drama (Animateuring), and Teatro San Martin puppet school, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship and a Rotary “Young Achievers Award”. Performances of her works have played at the Malthouse, Arts Centre Melbourne, Castlemain State Festival, UNIMA International Puppetry Festival (Perth), Act 3 International (Singapore), La Mama Experimental Theatre (NY, USA) and Teatro Pathological (Italy). She has performed with many companies including Polyglot Puppet Theatre, Terrapin, Aphids (including La Mama, New York season), Jump Lead Productions and The Flying Fruit Fly Circus in The Promise (Helpman Award, 2009). She also puppeteered on Where the Wild Things Are.
Sarah has worked for companies both in Australia and overseas as a Programmer, Director and Curator and recently was the Convenor of the Artistic Sub Committee at Melbourne venue Theatre Works. Her work blends an interest in live art, visual theatre and participatory theatre and is informed by her research on the body and corporeal theory. From 2008 until January 2014 she was the Artistic Director and CEO of St Martins Youth Arts Centre in Melbourne. She sits on the Board of Management of Theatre Network Victoria and is a peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts.
Urszula Dawkins is a writer, performer, collaborator, editor and arts journalist of over 20 years standing, with an early background in media arts and music. Inspired by the poetic connections between desire, feelings and the physical places we find ourselves in, her recent projects include limited-edition artists’ book What She Wants (with book artist Peter Lyssiotis), spoken-word/music performance Solitude (with violinist Sarah Curro), and the ongoing hand-made book series, Wandering. She has been a regular contributor to RealTime since 2008, and her writing on contemporary performing and visual arts has been commissioned by many artists and organisations including Arts House, Art Monthly Australia, Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Festival and The Barbican.
David Ralph is an arts manager working across community and performing arts contexts.  He is passionate about the artistic, social and economic factors that influence and shape the cultural melting pot we all live and work in.  David has programmed large communal cultural programs i.e. Australia Day – Federation Square and national tours, worked as program manager for the Anti-Racism Action Band and is a founding member of Outer Urban Projects working across Urban Chamber – Beyond (2013, Melbourne Festival), Grand DiVisions – A Moved Urban Cantata (2015, Melbourne Festival) and Poetic License (2014, Melbourne Writers Festival).