The human body has a physical response to big new ideas. We get that exploding feeling in our brains. It can feel like the ground drops away from under us. We feel uncertain, or scared, or angry, or exhilarated. It gives us goosebumps, quickens our heartrate, makes our brain hurt.
Awesome: a state of wonder and fear is an exploration of the biggest ideas in the universe, and how we might try to cope with them. Join acclaimed choreographer Liesel Zink and poet J.M Donellan as they explore ways of trying to understand the unfathomable.
Through movement and spoken word we are testing ways to make ideas that may seem too big or too complex or too far off into something real we can comprehend in the present.
We’re just trying to understand nature, the universe and our place in it. No big deal, right?
Keep an eye out for more Awesome pop-up performances during the festival.
Ashleigh (she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, producer and community arts facilitator. She uses the body as the central tool for creation, alongside text, object and space, creating works that balance...View Profile
Mike Willmett is an Australian sound designer, composer and key creative in dance and theatre productions. His practice frequently revolves around the relationship between sound and space, with a particular...View Profile
Alexa Dewar is a young emerging artist with a deep curiosity about the human experience and movement practice. Based in Brisbane (Australia), Alexa has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in...View Profile
Erin O’Rourke is a Brisbane-based contemporary dance artist. She graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in 2019, finishing with Distinction...View Profile
J.M. DONELLAN is an author, poet, podcaster, and teacher. He has performed at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, TEDxBrisbane, the Sydney Opera House, Brisbane Festival and some very prestigious basements. His...View Profile
Liesel Zink is an award-winning socially-engaged choreographer interested in the relationship between art, science and social-psychology. She creates interdisciplinary performance works in public space and uses her artistic practice can...View Profile
Produced by Liesel Zink.
Choreographed and Created by Liesel Zink in collaboration with:
Writer: J. M. Donellan
Sound: Mike Willmett
Performing Dancers: Ashleigh Musk, Erin O’Rouke, Alexa Dewar
Contributing Dancers: Ashleigh Musk, Michael Smith, Katina Olsen, Lauren Carr
Voice: Erica Field
Costumes: Alana Sargent
About the Nucleus
The Nucleus our brand new licensed bar will be open late afternoon and into the night.
Arrive early as there is limited capacity and we don’t want you to be disappointed.
All events at The Nucleus are general admission and as such seats cannot be reserved.
Where is The Nucleus?
The Nucleus, River Plaza, Queensland Cultural Centre is located near the entrance to the Queensland Art Gallery, Level 2, Corner of Grey and Melbourne Street, South Brisbane.
Are you old enough?
This is a licensed venue so bring along your ID to show at the entry and at the bar. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Can I buy food?
Yes! The Nucleus will be offering light food options.
What if it’s raining?
The Nucleus is undercover but if in doubt check our website for any last minute changes.
This is an outdoor event and the World Science Festival Brisbane ensures that its venues are as physically accessible as possible. The precinct is relatively flat with a mix of grass and paved surfaces. To discuss your individual needs and to book any access services, please contact us.
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