Regrette Etcetera is a Sydney-based performer, activist, writer, costumier, DJ, & whore, with a very marketable set of identity descriptors. Described as “Kathy acker’s X-Files or Alfred Jarry as a Cockette”, her syncretic, content-heavy and context-specific work throws everything from military theory to feminist cryptozoology to esoteric Trans-Marxism into a psychedelic scholarly blender, serving up some frequently unsettling interventions. After 15 years of inter-disciplinary underground cultural production in squats, nightclubs, parties and protests (with occasional Art World & Gay-stream forays) across the world, and with myriad projects, blogs, magazines, and scandalous shows to her name, who knows what’s next from Regrette...
JANUARY – MARCH 2017
Emma Rose Smith is a writer from the Hunter Valley. She is interested in accountability, queerness, mental health, and the politics of representation. She has just completed a thesis about hysterical voices and symptoms in literature, via studies of Alexis Wright’s
APRIL – June 2017
July – September 2017
Tim Hansen is a composer, music director and songwriter known for blending cabaret and theatrical idioms with contemporary concert music. His music is an expression of his lifelong fascination with storytelling, be they fairy tales, ancient myths, or the simple, domestic everyday stories of the lives of those around him. His work draws from a dark but gleeful palette inspired by sources as diverse as Weimar cabaret, circus music, 20th century modernism, music theatre and post-minimalism.
Tim is a director of the W4 New Music collective based in New York, along with his co-directors Matt Frey, Molly Herron and Ruben Naeff. The collective combines the individual voices of each composer and other artists to create cohesive programs of new music, and has included an oratorio based on Moby Dick performed by Contemporaneous and presented by New York's MATA festival; and Cellophilia, which featured contemporary works entirely for cello and which was remounted as part of Fast Forward Austin festival in Austin Texas.
Along with collaborator Will Hannagan (Melbourne), Tim is currently a resident artist at the Hayes Theatre as part of New Musicals Australia’s new musical program. Other residency credits include being a composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival, the Avaloch New Music Institute, and twice artist-in-residence at Hill End, NSW. In addition to being short listed for the APRA Professional Development award in 2010 and 2013, Tim has been awarded the Frank Ponton Memorial Prize, the Darwin International Guitar Festival Composition Prize and an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. He also co-founded the ExhAust Australian music ensemble in New York, a group dedicated to presenting the work of Australian artists in New York City.
An enthusiastic and charismatic educator, Tim has created two online lessons for TED on music. He is currently composer in residence at Santa Sabina College and is engaged with Musica Viva as part of the 'Musician in the Classroom' program. He is also a major contributor to Soundfly, a US-based website filled dedicated to the idea that anyone can be a musician.
Tim has worked extensively with music ensembles, cabaret groups and theatre companies around Australia and in the USA such as Everyman Theatre, Synergy Percussion, Contemporaneous, JACK quartet, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and TRANSIT ensemble. He also regularly works with young people in the arts, and has worked with Canberra Youth Theatre, Australian Theatre for Young People and Shopfront Youth Theatre in Australia and the Lucy Moses School, Camp Broadway and The New Group in New York.
Tim is also a total nerd and would spend his life as a student if he could. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre & Media)(Honours) from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Australian National University in Canberra, and a Master of Music Theory and Composition from New York University. His teachers include Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Martin Bresnick, Lisa Moore, David Lang, Jim Cotter, Larry Sitsky and Toby Twining.