Nat Randal and Anna Breckon's collaborative practice is at the intersection of live performance, video and film. Nat’s extensive experience with durational models of performance practice pairs with Anna’s history of filmmaking and film theory to produce work that is uniquely live and cinematic.
Co-Writer, Co-Director, Performer
Nat Randall is an artist working at the intersection of contemporary performance and video. Randall has presented work at Dark Mofo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Next Wave Festival, Performance Space, Duckie (UK) among others. Randall is a recent recipient of City of Sydney’s Creative Live Work Studio residency program. Randall is a core and founding member of collectives Hissy Fit and Team MESS and is formerly a co-presenter on FBi Radio’s weekly arts program, Canvas.
Co-Writer, Co-Director, Video Direction
Anna Breckon is an independent filmmaker, editor, and critic based in Sydney. Anna has a research based PhD in queer and feminist film theory from the University of Sydney. She has worked as a director, editor, and colourist for projects presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Performance Space and Dark Mofo. Anna has published on John Waters and Todd Solondz and is currently writing a manuscript on the queer politics of happiness.This experience comes together with Anna’s extensive knowledge of cinematic representation. Anna has worked as an independent filmmaker in the roles of writer, director, video editor, and producer.
Her practice has involved experimenting with non-narrative techniques that sustain interest and pleasure over long periods of time. She has has recently completed a PhD in queer and feminist film theory at the University of Sydney.
Latai Taumoepeau is a Punake, body-centred performance artist; her story is of her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace; the Eora Nation – Sydney, and everything far and in-between. She mimicked, trained and un-learned dance, in multiple institutions of knowledge, starting with her village, a suburban church hall, nightclubs and a university.
Latai activates Indigenous philosophies and methodologies; cross-polinating ancient practices of ceremony with her contemporary processes & performance work to re-interpret, re-generate and extend her movement practice and its function in and from Oceania. She engages in the socio-political landscape of Australia with sensibilities in race, class & the female body politic; committed to bringing the voice of marginalised communities to the frangipani-less fore ground.
Latai is also a project worker for Radio Skid Row a community radio station in the inner west of Sydney, engaging with communities in creative digital media projects that are under-represented in mainstream media. She also works for PlayWriting Australia, facilitating an introduction & intermediate playwriting workshop program to communities and schools of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Finucane & Smith Unlimited are an Australian-based performance company globally acclaimed for their “salons of humanity”; provocative, entertaining, razor-sharp and visually intricate productions. From cabaret to drama, to richly detailed immersive carnivals, cross-artform collaborations and gallery installations, Finucane & Smith’s work mines an astonishing diversity of artforms to create indelible visions & provocations of humanity.
Finucane & Smith have won critical acclaim in 13 languages & 15 theatre awards, including The Patrick White Playwright Award, 7 Green Room Awards, & most recently, the International Theatre Institute's International Presentation of the Year (Cuba). Finucane & Smith are the first Australian company to be invited to many influential & unique festivals worldwide from The Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival where their Australian Gothic The Flood became the first Australian drama to be presented; The Havana International Theatre Festival (Cuba) to Mesto Zensk (Slovenia) to Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires (Argentina), and in 2016, Moira Finucane became the first ever Creative Fellow of the National Gallery of Victoria, working with the most significant visual art collection in the region.
The company is renowned for their keen interest in collaborating across cultures and forms: in 2014 Finucane starred in avant-garde director Meng Jinghuis’ Good Person of Szechaun (National Theatre of China/Malthouse Melbourne) in Melbourne, Beijing & Shanghai; In 2015/2016 they worked in 10 countries from gallery immersions to drama and cabaret, and in 2017 they collaborate with exquisite artists & companies worldwide; in Chile creating a Spanish-language Latin-American gothic of their acclaimed work The Flood; in China the very first full Chinese production of The Flood will be realised in partnership with Vertebra theatre and some of China’s most respected stage actresses & designers. Their most recent work The Rapture was received with immense critical acclaim and in 2017 will be presented in China and Germany.
"THE RAPTURE is the result of the exquisite passion of many artists. It came about through my desire to create a Wunderkammer, a Human Illuminated Manuscript of the Sacred and Ruined Heart. To explore the taxonomy of hope, transgression and the treasured. Art vs Extinction. Some of the earliest manuscripts were written on skin, and The Rapture takes all that has been written on my skin and within it, the years, the passions, my training and life as an Environmental Scientist and conservation activist, my human rights and gender violence work, my work on family violence, my wild times performing in clubs and underground salons, my unrequited love of and belief in humanity, in the future and in gesamtkunstwerk, the total work of art.
I believe in the intelligence and curiosity of people. I believe in challenging mediocrity, complacency, cruelty, and received wisdoms. I believe in the bold, the imperfect, the exquisite, and I believe we have to, and we can, do something every single day to turn back indifference, despair and ennui." Moira Finucane.