tts: australia

tts: route 30 [melbourne 2005]
photo by pvi collective
tts: route 65 [perth 2002]
photo by bohdan warchomij
tts: route 21 [adelaide 2005]
photo by sam oster
tts: route 65 [perth 2004]
photo by bohdan warchomij
tts: route 21 [adelaide 2005]
photo by sam oster
tts: route 76 [sydney 2005]
photo by heidrun lohr
tts: route 30 [melbourne 2005]
photo by pvi collective
tts: route 21 [adelaide 2005]
photo by sam oster
tts: route 65 [perth 2002]
photo by bohdan warchomij
tts: route 21 [adelaide 2005]
photo by sam oster

tts: australia is a quadrilogy of site specific performance works created for perth [tts: route 65], sydney [tts: route 76], melbourne [tts: route 30] and adelaide [tts: route 21].  tts invites audiences to sign up, board a 22 seater bus and experience an alternative sight seeing ‘terror’ tour of their metropolis.

using live performance, on-board media, video and wireless audio, the bus navigates through public sites, with on-board tour guides revealing a darker underbelly of a city that is ‘alert’, ‘alarmed’ and in a heightened state of anxiety. tts: australia is a body of work that is provocative, satirical and challenging. investigating the rise of a politics of fear from a uniquely australian perspective

tts: route 65 was originally commissioned by the wa artrage festival for their 2002 season. 4 days prior to opening the bali bombings occurred, resulting in a negative backlash from members of the public, press, festival sponsors and relatives of victims who saw the subject matter as too sensitive. out of respect for those who lost loved ones, pvi postponed the show and remounted in dec 2002.

tts was impressive, a logistical and performative challenge involving all kinds of police, council and security negotiations and management of a cast of extras from the sydney performance scene. there were striking images, like the red man and the initial impression of our tour guide, or the extras dotted across the already dramatic sydney cityscape, or our own performance beneath the opera house.

review of tts: route 76, realtime magazine #66, 2005

Creative Team

tts: route 65 creative team:

devised and performed by: pvi collective

soundscapes by: jason sweeney

on site performers: khristo newall, tomas ford, alexis millar, lauren kamasz, lui sit and robear rault.

security by tom sioullas

tts: route 76 creative team:

devised and performed by: pvi collective with special guest entertainers, version 1.0

soundscapes by: jason sweeney

cd player bomber belt by: sarah contos

karaoke on screen performance by: bec dean

on screen pop quiz voice over by: charles mclaughlin

on screen bus safety briefing performance by: lara tumak

on site performers: bel macedone, cat jones, david borg, georgie read, lara thoms, matthew prest, michelle outram, teik kim pok, mish grigor and victoria hunt.

tts; route 30 creative team:

devised and performed by: pvi collective with special guest entertainers, cicada.

soundscapes by: jason sweeney

cd player bomber belt by: sarah contos

karaoke on screen performance by: bec dean

on screen pop quiz voice over by: charles mclaughlin

on screen bus safety briefing performance by: lara tumak

on site performers: craig peade, deborah garden, jeff khan, martyn coutts, tanya smith, anwyn jones, klare lanson, magdalena morena and ivan thorley.

tts; route 21 creative team:

devised and performed by: pvi collective with special guest entertainers, drive by shooting

soundscapes by: jason sweeney

cd player bomber belt by: sarah contos

karaoke on screen performance by: bec dean

on screen pop quiz voice over by: charles mclaughlin

on screen bus safety briefing performance by: lara tumak

on site performers: paul capricorn, julian crotti, andrew heggart, lachlan tetlow-stuart, liz dooley, stella dooley and catherine blanksby.

Performance History

tts: route 65 – artrage festival, perth, wa, dec 2002

tts: route 76 – performance space, sydney, nsw, 17 – 27 mar 2005

tts: route 30 – gertrude contemporary arts spaces, melbourne, vic, 14 – 24 apr 2005

tts: route 21 – carclew arts centre, adelaide, sa, 12 – 22 may 2005

Media

tts: route 21 [photos sam oster]

tts: route 30 [photos by paul …]

tts: route 76 [photos by heidrun lohr]

tts: route 65 [photos by bohdan warchomij]

tts: preparation – rehearsals [photos by charles mclaughlin]

tts: preparation – video shoot [photos by charles mclaughlin]

video

tts: route 65 promo

tts: route 76 – stone throwing extract

tts: route 30 – tour guide number 2 recruit briefing

tts: route 30 – pop quiz no. 8

tts: route 21 – tour guide 1 – the drop off

tts: route 30. onboard bus city promo

tts: route 21. onboard bus city promo