Animal Farm Collective



Animal Farm Collective is a new name for an old concept. Work is made in collaboration; everyone involved brings something to the creative process that shapes the piece dramaturgically, regardless of whether they are a sound/light/costume designer or a performer. This way of working is derived from the same processes used by Splintergroup in the making of past shows, Roadkill and Lawn. In a show by Animal Farm Collective all animals are equal and involved in the process of making the work, although in the case of Food Chain the show was directed by Grayson Millwood and Gavin Webber over several stages of development. Sometimes some animals are more equal than others.

Gavin and Grayson have been working together since their days with Meryl Tankard at Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in the early nineties. They both then moved to Europe and worked for well established dance theatre companies, Gavin with Ultima Vez in Brussels and Grayson with Sasha Waltz and Guests in Berlin. They managed to find time to work together on their own projects, at first with silly short films, but later they got together with other Australian artists to make the works lawn and roadkill under the name Splintergroup, touring them through Germany, the UK, Singapore and Canada. Lawn opened the 2006 Tanzplattform and Roadkill toured to the Venice Biennale & Salamanca in June 2010. From the Australian tours, Lawn & Roadkill won six Green Room Awards in 2010.

Food Chain (Animal Farm Collective)
Sydney Festival, Theater Freiburg & Theater Heidelberg, Germany & Festpielhaus St. Pölten, Austria (2011)

Roadkill (Splintergroup)
Dancenorth, Townsville, Cairns Civic Theatre, Barbican, London (2007); Bordeaux (2008); Arts House, Melbourne; CarriageWorks, Sydney; PICA, Perth (2009); Harbourfront, Toronto; Junction, Calgary;
Place des Arts, Montreal; (2010)

Lawn (Splintergroup)
Sophiensaele, Berlin & Tanzplattform, Stuttgart (2004); Brisbane Powerhouse (2005); Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival (2006); Heilbronn, Freiburg (2007); Brisbane Powerhouse, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne (2009); St. Pölten, Austria (2010)

Grayson Millwood – Co-Director
Grayson worked for Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre for three years before leaving for Europe in 1995. Since then, he has been working for many different choreographers/directors including: Joachim Schloemer, Benoit Lachambre, Constanza Marcras, Nasser Martin-Gousett, Luc Dunberry, Eve Sussman and the Rufus corporation. In 1999 he moved to Berlin to join Sasha Waltz and Guests, with whom he still enjoys a continual working relationship. His work includes choreography for the Grand Theatre de Geneve, the piece Edgar in collaboration with Claudia de Serpa Soares, and lawn and roadkill with Splintergroup, and Food Chain with Gavin Webber (Sydney Festival, Theater Freiburg, Theater Heidelberg & Festpielhaus St. Pölten, 2011)

Gavin Webber – Co-Director
Gavin worked with Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre from 1993 to 1998, then moved to Brussels and worked with Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez for three years. In 2001 he returned to Australia to teach and created lawn with Splintergroup. From 2005 to 2009 he was Artistic Director of Dancenorth and created Nightcafe, gravity feed, underneath, Underground, roadkill and Remember Me. Underground toured nationally through Mobile States (2008), and roadkill has also toured nationally, as well as to the Barbican, London, Canada, the Venice Biennale, Spain, Germany & Austria. He divides his time between Europe and Australia and has most recently created a new work, Little Pig, which premiered in Heidelberg, and Freiburg, Germany in October-November 2010. Food Chain co-directed with Grayson Millwood premiered at Sydney Festival, then to Theater Freiburg, Theater Heidelberg & Festpielhaus St. Pölten, 2011.
 
Claudia Kanik

photo by:
Claudia Kanik
Food Chain

Maurice Korbel

photo by:
Maurice Korbel
Food Chain

Maurice Korbel

photo by:
Maurice Korbel
Food Chain

Claudia Kanik

photo by:
Claudia Kanik
Food Chain